Thursday, February 27, 2014

Creature of the Month - The Kelpie by Nick Redfern


Paul Bell was a keen fisherman who I met back in early 2001 and who had a remarkable story to relate of truly monstrous proportions. And when I say “remarkable,” I’m not exaggerating. His summer 1976 encounter, on a pleasant and picturesque stretch of English canal, involved not just one breed of bizarre beast but two.

The further I dug into the story, however, the more and more convinced I became that the diabolical monsters were actually one and the same - albeit in an acutely strange fashion. If that all sounds very odd, well, it is! Bear with me, however, and all will soon become clear.

Bell told me how, in July and August of 1976, he spent several Saturdays sat on the banks of England’s Shropshire Union Canal with his rods, reels, bait, cans of beer, and favorite beef and onion sandwiches, soaking in the intense heat of what was without doubt an absolutely scalding hot couple of months.

I seriously doubt that anyone who grew up in England, and who is old enough to remember the summer of 1976, will ever quite forget those truly extraordinary temperatures that briefly, and memorably, plunged the entire nation into complete and utter scalding chaos. But it was far stranger things than the occasional extreme nature of the British weather that Paul Bell had fixed on his mind.

He told me how, on one particular Saturday afternoon, he was sat near the water’s edge on a small wooden stool that he always carried with him, when he was “literally frozen solid” by the sight of “what at first I thought was a big log floating down the cut, about sixty or seventy feet away.” According to Bell, however, it was no log; it was something else entirely. As it got closer, Bell was both astonished and horrified to see a large “dark brown and black colored” eel or snake-like creature – possibly ten feet in length or a little bit more – moving slowly in the water, with its head – that “looked like a black sheep” - flicking rapidly from side to side. Although he had an old Polaroid camera with him, said Bell, he never even thought to take a photograph. Instead, he merely stared in both awe and shock as the animal cruised past him, before finally vanishing out of sight.

I had heard similar accounts to Bell’s on several previous occasions – namely, of giant eels roaming British waterways, and particularly those of the West Midlands. In that sense, Bell’s story was not that unusual to me at all, even though it certainly involved what was without doubt an unknown animal of truly impressive proportions.

But what elevated matters to a far stranger level was the fact that Bell claimed, in quite matter of fact fashion, I have to confess, that the following Saturday he was fishing in practically the same spot when “I got the feeling I was being watched” and saw something equally monstrous – yet manifestly different in nature and appearance. It was nothing less than a large, hairy, ape-like creature!

Peering across the width of the canal, Paul was both horrified and petrified to see a dark, hairy face staring intently at him out of the thick, green bushes. The head of the animal was unmistakably human-like “but crossed with a monkey” said Bell, who added that “as soon as it saw me looking at it, up it went and ran right into the trees and I lost it.” He further explained: “That was it; a second or two was all at the most. But as it got up and ran I knew it was a big monkey. There’s nothing else it could have been. But what flummoxed me more than seeing it though, was what was it doing there?”

It has to be said that most people go through their entire lives never, ever encountering an animal of the unknown variety even once. But here was a man claiming to have seen no less than two completely different monsters, but in pretty much the same location and time-frame. Of course, the skeptic might state that Paul Bell was nothing more than a hoaxer or a fantasist. There is, however, a far more intriguing possibility. It’s a highly disturbing possibility, too.

Within the centuries-old folklore, mythology and culture of the people of Scotland, tales are told of an infernal beast known as the Kelpie, which translates as water-horse. It’s a violent monster that spends most of its time lurking in pools, ponds, lakes and rivers, waiting to pounce on unwary walkers that pass by. It’s also a monster of distinctly paranormal proportions, one which thrives on killing the living and devouring their souls. Like the classic werewolf, the Kelpie is a shape-shifter.

Boy on White Horse by Theodor Kittelsen

Rather notably, there are three particular forms into which the Kelpie most often mutates. One is that of a horse, hence the term of water-horse. The creature positions itself by the edge of the water, doing its absolute utmost to invite those that encounter the “horse” to mount it. That, however, is always the deadly mistake of the traveler, as invariably the Kelpie then reacts in violent fashion and charges head-long into the depths of the waters, thus drowning the already-doomed rider in the process.

There are two other forms into which the Kelpie can shape-shift: one is a creature of the water (in some cases, a serpent-like monster and, in others, a mermaid-style entity) and the other is a large hair-covered, humanoid beast. This, of course, brings us right back to the matter of Paul Bell and his summer 1976 encounter. It must be said that, as incredible as it sounds, Bell’s story is highly suggestive of a relatively modern day encounter with an ancient Kelpie. After all, on both occasions Bell was situated close to the water – and given the nature of the experiences, arguably perilously close. And, at that very same water’s edge, and on the same stretch of canal, he encountered two Kelpie-style archetypes: a water-beast and a hairy, ape-like creature.

Paul Bell was, I strongly suspect, very lucky not to have been dragged to his death in the darkened depths of that accursed waterway. And with that thought in mind, I urge you to tread very carefully should you ever find yourself in the vicinity of England’s Shropshire Union Canal. The Kelpie may be coming for you too…

Nick Redfern is the author of many books, including the upcoming Close Encounters of the Fatal Kind, For Nobody's Eyes Only, Monster FilesThe Pyramids and the Pentagon; The Real Men in Black; The NASA Conspiracies; and Keep Out!He has appeared on more than 70 TV shows, including: Fox News; the BBC’s Out of This World; the SyFy Channel’s Proof Positive; the History Channel’s Monster Quest, America’s Book of Secrets, Ancient Aliens, and UFO Hunters; the National Geographic Channel’s Paranatural; and MSNBC’s CountdownNick writes regularly for UFO Magazine, Mysterious Universe, and Fate.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Positive News of the Week


5 Siblings Reunited

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Kindness comes back around

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Homeless Man Plans to Help Others After Lottery Win

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"It's not how you Start, It's how you Finish"
From Janitor to Principal

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Love, Etched in Snow

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Coming in March - Dragonflame!


The revelation of a new and powerful philosophical system is the rare treasure to be discovered in the new book, Dragonflame: Tap Into Your Reservoir of Power Using Talismans, Manifestation, and Visualization. By Lawren Leo, a noted expert on esoteric philosophy and the practice of magickal arts, the book develops a unique formula for achieving spiritual transformation and manifesting one’s desires.

Anyone interested in the Holy Grail, the Philosopher’s Stone, The Secret and the law of attraction (and who isn’t?) will be drawn to Dragonflame for the insightful meditations and visualizations, the exercises and the rituals. In an understandable and reader-friendly way, detailed instructions are tailored to beginners and to advanced practitioners of the magickal arts, so that both achieve metaphysical transformation. The fascinating exercises are motivational, written with the intent of empowerment.

Based on a new and entirely unique formula, Dragonflame teaches readers to:
* Create talismans with which to control personal power
* Find and manifest deepest dreams and desires
* Discover new paths for magickal and spiritual development
* Make magick work in a karmically correct fashion

Two deeply guarded occult secrets are revealed in Dragonflame: The key to controlling individual destiny and the key to the Philosopher’s Stone! Also in this book, and only here, are potent, original spells and chants, and tarot and alchemical explanations. By creating talismans for concentration and empowerment, and with visualizations to work through trauma, and positive affirmations, Dragonflame is a “crossover” book into the self-help and philosophy genres.

Leo said, “My mission, to help others with divination, is constantly evolving through my work in self-realization and guidance. Intended to heal, illuminate, and affirm, my readings embody the science of divination derived from the tarot, playing cards,astrology, and my spiritual gift, psychic ability. I am a firm believer that everything we need and desire to know already exists in our inner and outer universe; we simply need to listen.”

About the Author:
Lawren Leo attended Lynn University and Pepperdine University, and since has traveled throughout the United States, Great Britain, Western Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East, studying esoteric philosophy, magickal arts and alternative religion, and giving readings.

Leo has practiced Wicca and High Magick and has studied Qabalah for nearly three decades, tracing his first psychic experience back to the age of five. His remarkable gifts of spirit communication, clairvoyance, clairaudience, and clairsentience have garnered international attention.

Presently, he owns a metaphysical boutique called New Moon Books, Crystals & Candles, Inc., in Pompano Beach, Florida, where he also resides. Leo is also contributing author and editor at the electronic magazine, The Familiar.
Photo Courtesy of Tiffany Photography

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Weird News of the Week


Crocodiles Climbing Trees

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Gene Testing for Olympians in Uzbekistan

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Frozen Chicken Declared a Weapon by 
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Man with Tail Worshiped as 
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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Positive News of the Week


Lego Responds to Awesome Girl's Letter

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8-year old's Board Game to be Sold Nationwide

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Making Strangers Happy

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Reunited #FindMike

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Weird News of the Week


Seaweed becomes Haute Cuisine

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Peanut Butter & Jelly Fish

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The Mystery of Itch

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Is NASA Failing to Investigate Alien Life?

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CATNADO in England

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Triangular Moon Mystery

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Monday, February 3, 2014

Spring 14 New Release Announcement

Our Spring 14 list features 11 New Releases this Season. Find out more by visiting the individual book links below.

Ancient Mysteries
The Lost Secrets of The Gods: The Latest Evidence and Revelations on Ancient Astronauts, Precursor Cultures, and Secret Societies
Edited by Michael Pye and Kirsten Dalley
July 14 Release
Lost Secrets of the Gods delves into these ancient mysteries and many more in articles by some of the world’s most intrepid and knowledgeable researchers. The old paradigms of history are being radically transformed as we discover more evidence of little-known cultures and what they achieved. 

Magick
DragonflameTap Into Your Reservoir of Power Using Talismans, Manifestations, and Visualizations
by Lawren Leo
March 14 Release
Dragonflame is a new and powerful philosophical system that sets forth a magical equation for achieving spiritual transformation and manifesting one’s desires.
From insightful meditations and visualizations to magical exercises and rituals, this book offers spiritual guidance, with beginners’ instructions and advanced practices that will help both novices and adepts achieve transformation in an understandable and reader-friendly format.

Nutrition/Health
Optimum Health the Paleo WayA 28-Day Plan to Adopt the Paleo Lifestyle With A Diet Designed to Help You Get Healthy and Feel Great
by Claire Yates
July 14 Release
In Optimum Health the Paleo Way, Paleo nutritionist Claire Yates explains clearly why bad health is on the increase and how the Paleo lifestyle (not ‘diet’) can help. Claire sets out the key aspects of the Paleo lifestyle (including the importance of food as medicine, and the truth about fats, carbs, protein and fiber). She then takes you through the 28-day reset meal plan before including over 100 delicious Paleo recipes that will get you feeling great while eating some of the tastiest food of your life!

Your Nutrition Solution to Acid RefluxA Meal-Based Plan to Manage Acid Reflux, Heartburn, and Other Symptoms of GERD
by Kimberly A. Tessmer, RD LD
May 14 Release
If you suffer from acid reflux, heartburn and other symptoms of GERD you are hardly alone. Over 60 million Americans experience symptoms of acid reflux at least once per month and at least 25 million Americans suffer on a daily basis. For many people acid reflux is far from a minor inconvenience. Symptoms can make you feel miserable and disrupt your sleep, work and life in general.
Your Nutrition Solution to Acid Reflux provides you with another treatment option that will last a lifetime. This book will both guide you and provide you with the tools you need to examine your food and beverage intake and truly detect what is causing your symptoms. 

Your Nutrition Solution to Type 2 Diabetes: A Meal-Based Plan to Help Manage Diabetes
by Kimberly A. Tessmer, RD LD
August 14 Release
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. In fact almost 26 million American children and adults have diabetes with 90 to 95 percent of these cases being type 2 diabetes. There are countless numbers of people that do not know they have diabetes and even more who have prediabetes, a condition that puts them at higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes and its complications.
There are many treatment options for those with type 2 diabetes and prediabetes with the most important and effective one being nutritional intake. The correct diet plan can be the key to lowering or even eliminating the need for prescription medications and living a life without the worry of medical complications due to type 2 diabetes. Your Nutrition Solution to Type 2 Diabetes provides you with a treatment option you can live with for a lifetime. 

Paranormal
It Was a Dark and Creepy Night: Real-Life Encounters With the Strange, Mysterious, and Downright Terrifying
Collected by Joshua P. Warren
August 14 Release
There were only three rules when Joshua P. Warren began collecting these stories from around the world: they had to be true, they had to be short, and they had to send a shiver down your spine.
It Was a Dark and Creepy Night presents a wide variety of weird and spooky tales about ghosts, UFOs, cryptids, angels, demons, ESP, interdimensional contact and more.  Because each tale is short, this eerie little tome is perfect for a subway ride, a plane flight, or a night entertaining guests.

Demon Street, USAThe True Story of a Very Haunted House
by David Rountree and Robbie Lunt
August 14 Release
A summoning gone awry leads to problems for Penelope, who is driven from her home by phantom parties, a dancing stove, and a wave of demonic force that tosses her around like a ragdoll.
Looking for help, she turns to her friend, Robbie, who brings her to David Rountree, a Lakota shaman.
Robbie and David embark on a whirlwind journey of learning, racing against time, visiting sites of spiritual power, and gaining artifacts and allies in their quest to exorcise the evil before it can seriously injure someone—or worse.

Self-Help
The Biology of Beating StressHow Changing Your Environment, Your Body, and Your Brain Can Help You Find Balance and Peace
by Jeanne Ricks
June 14 Publication
The Biology of Beating Stress emphasizes and gives tips for making the mental shift towards not merely managing your stress but, really having the breakthrough necessary to use stress to your advantage! The way we interpret our stress and its affects directly affects our health and wellness.

Spirituality
The Power of AngelsDiscover How to Connect, Communicate, and Heal With the Angels
by Joanne Brocas
April 14 Release
A higher power exists to help anyone who desires spiritual assistance within all areas of his or her life whenever it is needed. It is the angels who work on behalf of this higher power, helping to bring you comfort when you are emotionally low, knowledge and insight to help you progress along your life path, healing you when you are sick, and inspiring you to achieve your greatest potential. 

UFOs
Close Encounters of the Fatal Kind: Suspicious Deaths, Mysterious Murders, and Bizarre Disappearances in UFO History
by Nick Redfern
Everyone has heard of Close Encounters of the Third Kind. But what about close encounters of the fatal kind? The field of UFOs is rife with unsettling examples of suspicious deaths. Accounts of accidents that might not have been accidents after all, abound. Researchers and witnesses have vanished, never to be seen again.

UFOs: Gods Chariots: Spirituality, Ancient Aliens, and Religious Yearnings in the Age of Extraterrestrials
by Ted Peters
May 14 Release
UFOs: God's Chariots? uncovers and exposes the clandestine spiritual dimensions within the UFO phenomenon. UFOs vibrate with transcendence, omniscience, perfection, and redemption.
Ted Peters delves deeply into government conspiracies, analyzes the newest models of close encounter interpretation, and reveals the results of  The Peters ETI Religious Crisis Survey.

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