The author devotes an entire book to documenting real
life stories of the Men in Black (MIB) . The book begins
with Al Bender who almost single handedly ushered in the MIB.
He turned his upper floor into a literal house of horrors by
creating a Space Review for flying saucer enthusiasts .
The Men In Black, purportedly sport dark suits in public.
They also may wear sunglasses to disguise their
"piercing eyes" not unlike Bram Stoker's Dracula .
They are short and non-athletically inclined
with olive complexions and '50s hair.
They may be confused with "Gypsies" . Most MIBs are
purported to travel in groups of up to three and
usually ride around in shiny, new dark limos.
They may flash official - looking credentials.
These can never be verified conclusively.
Occasionally, the MIB's display badges with strange
emblems on them, or have unrecognizable symbols
painted on the autos. The purpose of the visits
seems to be to get people who have seen UFO's to
stop talking about them or face uncertain
The author advises readers to keep the door
closed if you are ever approached by the MIB.
There is an extensive bibliography including
references; such as,Daily Journal Gazette,
New Age Press, Inner Light Publications and
Anchor Books. The bibliography alone documents
that the author researched the topic considerably.
The next closest thing to flying saucers is the
Bermuda Triangle and the famous disappearances.
Some people have theorized the unexplained events
to be caused by UFOs, theoretical wormholes in
time/space, left over technology from the
Continent of Atlantis and other phenomena not
fully explained over the centuries. 2)
Overall, the book will interest UFO enthusiasts and
researchers in the MIB arts. This reviewer does
not have a research interest in UFOs; however, the
work is engaging and the contents provide an '
additional perspective on an unknowable topic
out there. ( or at least a topic that is difficult
to verify uniformly)
1)Think-about it /albert_bender
2) Bermuda triangle facts
on July 29, 2013
First, I'd like to make clear that this book is a fun read. Yes, it is flawed. No, it is not an excellent reference book. But the author presents a series of interesting ideas and small biographies that are truly entertaining--kind of like a short short fiction anthology. If you believe in MIB, it is a great read for you as an overview of the subject. If you do not believe in any of it, it is a great read for you because it recounts a bunch of creepy tales, explains a few creepy people's lives, and theorizes about the MIB with a bunch of creepy metaphysical suppositions.
This book is like a crash course in the MIB, the people responsible for their incarnations (perhaps literally), and a series of theories as to what these MIB actually are. There were not as many tales of the MIB as I expected in such a book, but there were so many interesting paranormal ideas to consider that the book did not suffer as much as it should have for this lack of MIB accounts. I especially liked the idea that creatures like the MIB may in fact be Tulpas. That part is like a spiritual Frankenstein tale which is pretty scary--unfortunately not as in depth a study as it should have been. But that is the issue with this book.
Two big criticisms are 1) It does not include nearly enough MIB accounts and 2) it does not go in depth into any of the ideas expressed. It covers just enough to give you an understanding of the differing views on the origins of the MIB, then backs off from any real evaluation and intelligent discussion of the subjects. In fact, the author often quotes "authorities" on these topics and just leaves it at that. Many of these people, especially the Christian priest, have no business being held on a pedestal as experts in this field.
So, taking the good with the bad, the book still stands up as an informative and entertaining read for both the believer in aliens and the seeker of creepy tales.
on September 29, 2011
You don't need to be an expert on the UFO phenomenon to appreciate how complex and multifaceted it is. Clearly, the phenomenon isn't limited to reports of strange objects in the skies or cases of alien abduction, but incorporates numerous other elements, some of which belong to the realm of the occult and the truly weird. A few examples include cattle mutilations, the contactee phenomenon, and spectral entities like the mothman. And of course, who could forget the men in black (MIB).
Which brings us to Nick Redfern's latest book The Real Men in Black, a much needed investigation into one of the most unappreciated and little understood aspects of the vast UFO mystery. Born in England but now living in Dallas, Texas, Redfern is an expert in conspiracies and all things paranormal.
Much to my frustration, whenever I attempt to have a serious conversation with someone about the MIB, they invariably bring up the cheesy 90s sci-fi comedy film Men in Black, in which the MIB are portrayed as government agents working for the good of humanity. As Redfern's book demonstrates, however, the MIB are a very real presence on this earth and there's nothing pleasant about them. In fact, they couldn't be creepier. The MIB are named as such because of the black suits they wear and the black cars they drive. Commonly gaunt and pale in appearance, with mechanical voices and a mechanical manner of movement, they neither look nor behave entirely human. The MIB are known to spook and threaten UFO witnesses and researchers, and their aim, it would seem, is to prevent anyone from ascertaining the truth about UFOs.
The book is written in a fast paced and absorbing journalistic style, and, like all of Redfern's books, it captures the reader's interest from the very first page. Redfern begins with the case of Albert K. Bender of Bridgeport, Connecticut, the first person (in modern history at least) to claim an encounter with the MIB. Bender was an eccentric individual with an intense interest in the occult and paranormal, who, in 1952, established a UFO research organisation called the International Flying Saucer Bureau (IFSB). The IFSB became successful very quickly. About a year later, however, Bender closed down the organisation and dropped UFO research altogether, advising "those engaged in saucer work to please be very cautions."
It was later revealed that the reason Bender quit the UFO scene is because he'd been ordered to by three mysterious men dressed in dark clothes, who scared him half to death. Bender's story of terror and paranoia, first told in Gray Barker's sensational They Knew Too Much About Flying Saucers (1956), shaped UFO lore in a profound and enduring way. Explains Redfern: "It was Bender...who almost singlehandedly ushered in the plague of the Men in Black - just as [Kenneth] Arnold inaugurated the era of the UFO [with his famous sighting of UFOs in 1947]."
Ever since the MIB first came knocking on Bender's door in the early-1950s, encounters with them have continued up until the present day, leaving many a victim shaken and terrified. Among the many cases included in Redfern's book (a large proportion of which, I'm pleased to say, don't appear anywhere else) is that of prolific author Marie D. Jones. In the mid-1990s, while living in San Diego, Jones and a friend, whom she calls Anna, formed a UFO research group that "took off really quick." Before long, however, both women started to receive threatening telephone calls from a man "with a very robotic voice."
According to Jones, the man displayed an intimate knowledge of the goings-on within the group. And, more disturbing still, he knew everything about her - what clothes she had on at the time of the phone call, what book she was reading, what room she was in, etc. Though Jones never saw the man (or men) responsible for the harassment, apparently Anna did. She told Jones that a number of men - who "moved like robots" and "stared without blinking their eyes" - trespassed into her property late at night.
Another fascinating, modern case is that of paranormal investigator and Wiccan priestess Raven Meindel, who first encountered the MIB in April 2008. For months following the encounter, the Meindel family home was plagued by paranormal activity, and on several occasions Meindel's husband heard "whispered voices throughout the apartment." Overcome by a very strong feeling that she wasn't supposed to continue with her UFO research, Meindel, frightened and intimidated, reluctantly gave it up. "I got the message," she explains, "and I'm not going to mess with the UFO thing anymore."
The Real Men in Black is more than just a collection of spooky and entertaining stories. There is plenty of food for thought within its pages as well. In the second half of the book, Redfern explores a number of compelling theories - ranging from the mundane to the remarkable - as to who or what the MIB might be. Some MIB, he explains, are probably nothing more than government agents, others civilian investigators. While others, perhaps, could be tulpas (thought forms) that, in order to sustain their existence, feast on human fear and other negative emotions, making them similar to vampires. Also presented is the intriguing time traveller theory of Joshua P. Warren.
Fans of the paranormal are sure to enjoy this book. It's immensely interesting, well-researched, and grips the reader from beginning to end.
on October 5, 2011
I must admit that I am a fan or Nick Redfern, having read his books. I have found him to consistently be objective, especially praise worthy in a subject area which is laced with pitfalls of sensationalism and hyperbole! His selections of MIB incidents leaves the reader to decide the reality of the encounter, and further to put the different cases into a contextual assessment that leads readers (at least me...) to draw conclusions that are fascinating...albeit, a more than a bit frightening. Those curious minds who have dared to look "under the rug" of black ops, NSA, etc. easily can understand the phenomenon of MIB and their
obvious goal of suppression of information from the public domain. Just the fact
that the government has been so devious and down right ridiculous in attempts to
explain away solid UFO sightings and abilities to alter physical matter (resetting
destination of warheads), affect the psyche of those who encounter UFOs and/or their entities would find this book a wonderful addition to their library of the
entire field of UFOs and related issues!