Since the beginning of recorded time, mankind has been plagued by unknown forces and beings, baffled by archaeological phenomena, and haunted by the inexplicable accuracy - and inaccuracy - of prophecies and "visions." In the classic Our Haunted Planet, John A. Keel brings into chilling focus strange truths about the Earth and its mysterious inhabitants. Could an unseen, prehuman race have taken careful measures to remain hidden from surface dwellers? Are they still watching us from their secret hiding places, manipulating and misleading us, using us for their own entertainment, and controlling our actions?
Our Haunted Planet is an entertaining survey of anomalous "Fortean" events such as UFOs, enigmatic stone monuments, Men in Black, missing ships and aircraft, phantom radio broadcasts, teleportation, missing time, black magick, tulpas, angels, demigods, tricksters, and much more.
Unlike most ufologists, who settle on a literal interpretation of such phenomena, Keel is broad-minded and courageous enough to include all possibilities - including the impact of occultists and spies on the fields of ufology, conspiracy, and cryptozoology. Modern "spooks" appear alongside the gods of the ancients, creating a mind-expanding pastiche that may either heal your soul, send you to the loony bin, or just keep you up all night as you ponder the meaning of its forbidden secrets.
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Keel's 2nd best work
I have been a John Keel fan since watching the Mothman Prophecies movie shortly after it was released in 2002. I found the movie to be extremely compelling, and when I read the book (both written format and audio), I became more and more intrigued by Keel's perspective of the unknown. Having downloaded most of his recently released works--largely the 3 Andy Colvin edited collective works, "Flying Saucer..", "Outer Limits", and "Searching for the String:, I was delighted to learn that "Our Haunted Planet" was now available. After listening to this book, I was astonished at the detail and conjecture that Keel lay out for his audience, and I consider this to be his best book, after, of course, MP.
N/A--as this is a work of non-fiction.
Michael Hacker is a narrator PAR EXCELLENCE. I have listened to him on several of his Keel/Gray Barker books, most notably "Men In Black-The Secret Terror Among Us" by Barker. He has an almost other-worldly ability to elicit myriad emotions, conjuring up various images and character development with a technique that few can match. As usual, Michael's performance in this book it at the top of the list.
No, but I found the combination of Keel's material and Hacker's narration to be an excellent combination--as I expected.
If you are a fan of conspiracy theory, alien agenda, or any other just plain weird stuff--pick this up. You'll find it entertaining, at the very least.
Very imaginative, but highly implausible
The writer (John Keel) needs to do a better job of researching his subject matter. Flight 19 was solved years ago and is no longer a mystery. Aleister Crowley is not some quack that dabbles in "Black Magik". Researching any of the subject matter in this book would have been highly beneficial instead of listing unsubstantiated numbers with no points of reference.
I didn't find any issues with the narrator
The book was good for some laughs, but the general concept lacks any real foundation. I was not impressed at all.
- John R Peck