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Thursday, August 21, 2014




What a treat to read. Frankly, it’s rather astonishing that this book exists. No matter where you stand on the issue of UFOs, there is no question that the British Government was perplexed as to how to manage UFO reports. All sightings and accounts offered in this book were once locked up and tucked away at the National Archives in the United Kingdom. These very reports were likely never to be read by the public. At one point reports made prior to the 1960s were destroyed, then new reports were saved, and now they are available to the public. What a curious turn of events.
I commend the author on sifting through a myriad of documents to publish fascinating accounts from school children, diplomats, pilots, and police officers. We start off with examples of sightings starting in the early 1900s of scare ships and phantom airships. Could they have been misidentified Zeppelins or perhaps they were the same cigar shaped UFOs citizens report seeing today? Accounts are presented in a concise manner along a timeline of events familiar to a U.S. audience ranging from Foo Fighters to Flying Saucers and Roswell to RAF Bentwaters.
The UFO Files is a quick read, and one need not be a Ufologist to enjoy this book. Any researcher though will treasure viewing many of the reproduced primary resources featured throughout the text.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014


When I heard that there were plans to make a movie of Dean Koontz' unique character 'Odd Thomas', I admit to being a wee bit leery. After all, Hollywood seems to have a record of taking books loved by their readers and then making them into movies that everyone hates. 
Odd Thomas (2013) PosterSo as I sat down to watch the DVD of Odd Thomas, I was a little anxious.  It was reassuring to see the title role played by a likeable actor familiar to those who have seen the new Star Trek franchise films.  It was calming to see the director, Stephen Sommers, was the one responsible for The Mummy and The Mummy Returns. Sommers was also responsible for the screenplay based on the book.
In a California desert town, a short-order cook with clairvoyant abilities encounters a mysterious man with a link to dark, threatening forces.
The unique story of a young fry cook with a unique talent caught the viewer right away.  The charming, witty and philosophical young man with his basic goodness and sense of duty is appealing. Then, the strangeness begins...
There were shivers, shakes, action sequences, surprises and a strangely believable reality to the entire story that kept you captivated.  The cast were all solid actors who brought great skill to their parts and solid support for the story crafted by Koontz. Anton Yelchin, Addison Timlin, Leonar Varela, William Defeoe. and others, all added greatly to the success of the film.
I was surprised how true to the book the movie was.  Not just slavish word-for-word matching but, more importantly, true to understanding who Odd Thomas is and what he can mean in the strange world he populates.  An awareness that his philosophical insights can apply in a very real world far away from his fictional desert community.
I think this may be the best translation of a bestselling and popular book into a movie format I have ever seen. I look forward, with hope, to other of the Koontz corpus being translated into film with equal skill and understanding.
Trailer here.
Marilyn A. Hudson, Paranormal Librarian

Friday, January 3, 2014

"Dead of Winter" Writing Contest Seeks Short Chillers

Submit your best short horror work (of roughly 2,000 words or less) and a panel of judges will weigh your darkened soul against the feather of Maat and see who comes out on top. Prize will be awarded and will be announced at a later date.
c2013, Strange State, C.Hudson

The deadline is January 31st and winners will be announced shortly thereafter. For now, writers, dip your quills into the dark ichor of winter fear and begin scratching out the most chilling passages you can fathom.