The following is a list of important or noteworthy researchers of supposed anomalous phenomena
and Fortean subject matter, including author bibliographies or relevant books.

Listed chronologically from when their work reportedly began.



The history of the study of anomalous phenomena, which has come to be known as “Fortean research”, is a vast and complicated one with many branching paths or side passageways. This list is compiled of various classic researchers who studied a variety of topics including spirits, UFOs, monsters, parapsychology and more. 

This list includes some influential figures previous to Charles Fort that I feel also contributed to the Fortean study in some way such as noted Spiritualists and Mesmerists. Also included are story collectors, philosophers, and the pioneers of ideas that later shaped or influenced the Fortean landscape.

This is simply a list of names you should probably know along with some relevant works they had published. Note that some of their views on potential anomalous phenomena and other matters may be incredibly inaccurate or antiquated. Researchers and books are of course of varying quality.


[ BEFORE THE 1900’S ] :


Franz Anton Mesmer was a doctor and theorist who is credited with introducing the idea of supposed “animal magnetism.” The word “Mesmerism” is derived from his name. He released his French thesis on Animal Magnetism in 1779. (Born: May 23rd 1734, Work Began: 1770’s, Died: March 5th 1815 / Aged 80)

⦁ BOOK – “Mémoire sur la découverte du magnetisme animal” AKA
Thesis on the discovery of Animal Magnetism (1779) by Franz Mesmer


The Fox Sisters (Leah Fox, Margaretta “Maggie” Fox and Catherine “Kate” Fox) are credited with founding the “Spiritualist” movement in New York after their claims of communicating with spirits in 1848. Margaretta later reportedly revealed their claims to be a publicity stunt in 1888 but then recanted that statement in 1989. Regardless, their claims inspired countless mediums and Spiritualists to attempt to contact spirits. These various Spiritualists later gave birth to the notion of “psychics” along with the many séance practices. 

Leah (Born: April 8th 1813, Work Began: 1848 / Age 35, Died: November 1st 1890 / Aged 77), Margaretta (Born: October 7th 1833, Work Began: 1848 / Age 14, Died: March 8th 1893 / Aged 60) and Catherine (Born: March 27th 1837, Work Began: 1848 / Age 11, Died: July 2nd 1892 / Aged 55).


Catherine Ann Crowe was an English author and playwright who collected and investigated ghost stories. (Maiden name: Stevens, Born: September 20th 1803, Work Began: 1848 / Age 45, Died: June 14th 1876 / Aged 72)

⦁ The Night Side of Nature AKA Ghosts and Ghost Seers (1848) by Catherine Crowe
⦁ Ghosts and Family Legends (1859) by Catherine Crowe
⦁ Spiritualism and the Age We Live In (1859) by Catherine Crowe
 (And More…)


Charles John Huffam Dickens was a famous English writer known for “A Christmas Carol.” He was also a Mesmerist and researcher of anomalous phenomena. He reportedly joined The Ghost Club in 1862. (Born: February 7th 1812, Work Began: 1860’s, Died: June 9th 1870 / Aged 58)


Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle was a famous British writer known for the “Sherlock Holmes” series. He was also a dedicated spiritualist and researcher of anomalous phenomena with an interest in faery lore. He reportedly declared himself to be a spiritualist in 1887, then purportedly joined the Society for Psychical Research in 1893 and The Ghost Club some time in the late 1800s.

Famously, in the 1920’s, Doyle discovered the supposed photos of “Cottingley Fairies” taken by two young cousins named Elsie Wright and Frances Griffiths from the village of Cottingley, England. He displayed them in one of his Strand Magazine articles and purportedly thought the photos to be genuine psychic “materializations.” Much later in the 1980’s, the girls reportedly admitted to using cardboard cutouts. (Born: May 22nd 1859, Work Began: 1887 / Age 28, Died: July 7th 1930 / Aged 71)

⦁ The New Revelation (1918) by Arthur Conan Doyle
⦁ The Vital Message (1919) by Arthur Conan Doyle
⦁ The Coming of the Fairies (1922) by Arthur Conan Doyle
⦁ The Case for Spirit Photography (1923) by Arthur Conan Doyle

⦁ The History of Spiritualism (1926) by Arthur Conan Doyle
⦁ The Edge of the Unknown (1930) by Arthur Conan Doyle
(And More…)


[ WORK BEGAN 1900 ] :


Carl Gustav Jung was a Swiss psychologist and the inspiration for “Jungian psychology” and “Jungian archetypes.” He coined the term “synchronicity” and the “collective unconscious.” His work covered various folklore concepts, mythology and even paranormal or anomalous themes including Flying Saucers later in his career. (Born: July 26th 1875, Work Began: 1903 / Age 28, Died: June 6th 1961 / Aged 85)

⦁ On the Psychology and Pathology of So-Called Occult Phenomena (1903) by Carl Jung
⦁ Psychology of the Unconscious (1912) by Carl Jung
⦁ Flying Saucers: A Modern Myth of Things Seen in the Sky (1959) by Carl Jung
 (And More…)


Hereward Carrington was a British-born American researcher of psychic phenomena, stage illusionist, and mediumship-skeptic. He reportedly joined the American Society For Psychical Research (ASPR) in 1907. He wrote on spirits and psychic ability and reportedly exposed various mediumship hoaxes. He also allegedly held some pseudoscientific views on health and dieting. (Born: October 17th 1880, Work Began: 1907 / Age 27, Died: December 26th 1958 / Aged 78)

⦁ The Coming Science (1908) by Hereward Carrington
⦁ The Physical Phenomena of Spiritualism (1908) by Hereward Carrington
⦁ Personal Experiences In Spiritualism (1913) by Hereward Carrington
⦁ True Ghost Stories (1915) by Hereward Carrington
⦁ Modern Psychical Phenomena (1919) by Hereward Carrington
⦁ Psychical Phenomena and The War (1919) by Hereward Carrington
⦁ The Problems of Psychical Research (1921) by Hereward Carrington
⦁ Your Psychic Powers and How To Develop Them (1925) by Hereward Carrington
 (And More…)


[ WORK BEGAN 1910 ] : 


Charles Hoy Fort was an New York author and collector of anomalous phenomena. He spent much of his time combing through the various libraries, newspapers, and scientific or medical journals for peculiar and mystifying data. The most famous examples from his treasure trove of collected anomalies were perhaps the mysterious lights in the sky (later embraced by UFO fans) as well as the reports of things inexplicably falling from the sky such as frogs or fish.

He noted a variety of odd reports including poltergeists activity, out of place animals or artifacts, mysterious disappearances, ball lightning, spontaneous human combustion, mirage cities, and unexplained animal mutilations. He pioneered and shaped the genre of the what we call the “paranormal” or the unexplained. His work is the inspiration for “Fortean” researchers of the 20th century and beyond as well as for many Sci-fi concepts such as the term “teleportation” which he himself coined as a tongue-in-cheek theory for things like missing items.

Fort was very critical of Spiritualism and its afterlife notions, but wrote about potential psychic abilities or “Wild Talents” of the mind in his book of the same title. (Born: August 6th 1874, Work Began: 1919 / Age 45, Died: May 3rd 1932 / Aged 57)  [LEARN/READ MORE…FORTEAN HISTORY CHAPTER 1]

⦁ The Book of the Damned (1919) by Charles Fort
⦁ New Lands (1923) by Charles Fort
⦁ Lo! (1931) by Charles Fort
⦁ Wild Talents (1932) by Charles Fort


[ WORK BEGAN 1920 ] :


Harry Houdini was an Hungarian-American stage illusionist, escape artist, and a very influential and harsh mediumship-skeptic. In the 1920s, his friend Sir Arthur Conan Doyle took Houdini to see his wife Jean Doyle who was a Spiritualist medium. Jean then claimed to speak to Houdini’s deceased Jewish mother, but when she reportedly drew a Christian cross via automatic writing, Houdini decided to dedicate his time to debunking Spiritualism and mediums who he saw as taking advantage of grieving people. This later ended his friendship with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Houdini was reportedly able to see through many tricks because of his background as a stage magician. In his books and articles, he reportedly revealed how various tricks were done and exposed many supposed mediums as hoaxers. He even used their methods in his stage illusionist shows and this influenced stage magicians for generations. Houdini’s skepticism also inspired generations of medium-skeptics and debunkers to expose alleged Spiritualist deceptions.

Harry told his wife Bess Houdini that if he found a way to communicate beyond death he would tell her the phrase “Rosabelle believe” based on their favorite song Rosabelle. Every year for ten years after his death Bess held a séance on Halloween to try to reach him but reportedly never did. The tradition of trying to talk to Houdini on Halloween via séance reportedly continued on though with various further attempts by folks like prolific author, illusionist, and medium-skeptic Walter B. Gibson.

  • Miracle Mongers and Their Methods (1920) by Harry Houdini
  • A Magician Among the Spirits (1924) by Harry Houdini


Harry Price was a British psychic researcher, mediumship-skeptic and paranormal investigator. He reportedly joined the Society for Psychical Research (SPR) in 1920 and The Ghost Club in 1927. (Born: January 17th 1881, Work Began: 1920 / Age 39, Died: March 29th 1948 / Aged 67) 

⦁ Revelations of a Spirit Medium (1922) by Harry Price
⦁ Confessions of a Ghost-hunter (1936) by Harry Price
⦁ Fifty Years of Psychical Research (1939) by Harry Price
⦁ The Most Haunted House in England (1940) by Harry Price
⦁ Poltergeist Over England (1945) by Harry Price
⦁ The End of Borley Rectory (1946) by Harry Price
(And More…)


Joseph Banks “J.B.” Rhine was an American botanist and psychic researcher who is credited with founding the field of “parapsychology” and popularizing the term “Extra-sensory Perception (ESP).” While reportedly teaching at West Virginia University in Morgantown, he and his wife Louisa Rhine became interested in psychology and psychic phenomena. He later reportedly aided her in establishing the “Parapsychology Laboratory” at Duke University in North Carolina in 1927. (Born: September 29th 1895, Work Began: 1927 / Age 32, Died: February 20th 1980 / Aged 84)

⦁ Extra-Sensory Perception (1934) by JB Rhine
⦁ New Frontiers of The Mind (1937) by JB Rhine
⦁ Extra-Sensory Perception After Sixty Years (1940) by JB Rhine
⦁ The Reach of The Mind (1947) by JB Rhine
⦁ New World of The Mind (1953) by JB Rhine
⦁ Parapsychology: Frontier Science of the Mind (1957) by JB Rhine and Joseph Pratt 
⦁ Parapsychology from Duke to FRNM (1965) by JB Rhine and Associates 

⦁ Parapsychology Today (1968) by JB Rhine and R. Brier
⦁ Progress in Parapsychology (1971) by JB Rhine


Louisa Ella Rhine was an American botanist and groundbreaking early parapsychologist. While reportedly teaching at West Virginia University in Morgantown, she and her husband JB Rhine became interested in psychology and psychic phenomena. She later relocated with him to North Carolina where Joseph reportedly helped her to establish the “Parapsychology Lab” at Duke University in 1927. After leaving academia for a while, she supposedly returned in 1948 to work in the lab and began analyzing cases of psychic phenomena full time. (Maiden name: Weckesser, Born: November 9th 1891, Work Began: 1927 / Age 36, Died: March 17th 1983 / Aged 91)

⦁ Hidden Channels of the Mind (1961) by Louisa Rhine
⦁ Manual for Introductory Experiments in Parapsychology (1966) by Louisa Rhine
⦁ ESP in life and lab: Tracing Hidden Channels (1967) by Louisa Rhine
⦁ Mind Over Matter: Psychokinesis (1970) by Louisa Rhine
⦁ Psi, What is it?: The Story of ESP and PK (1975) by
⦁ The Invisible Picture: A Study of Psychic Experiences (1981) Louisa Rhine
⦁ Something Hidden (1983) by Louisa Rhine


[ WORK BEGAN 1930 ] :


Karl Edward Zener was an American psychologist and researcher of extra-sensory perception (ESP). He is best known for creating the famous “Zenner cards” to test telepathic communication. (Born: April 22nd 1903, Work Began: 1930’s / Age: late 20’s-30’s, Died: September 27th 1964 / Aged 61)


Nandor Fodor was a Hungarian-born British and American author and parapsychologist. He reportedly joined The Ghost Club in 1927 and served as the London correspondent for the American Society for Psychical Research from 1935 to 1939. He reportedly theorized poltergeist activity to be manifestations of the subconscious. (Born: May 13th 1895, Work Began: 1934 / Age 39, Died: May 17th 1964 / Aged 69) 

⦁ Encyclopedia of Psychic Science (1934) by Nandor Fodor
⦁ These Mysterious People (1936) by Nandor Fodor
⦁ Haunted People (1951) by Nandor Fodor and Hereward Carrington
⦁ New Approaches to Dream Interpretation (1951) by Nandor Fodor
⦁ On the Trail of the Poltergeist (1958) by Nandor Fodor
⦁ The Haunted Mind (1959) by Nandor Fodor
⦁ Mind Over Space (1962) by Nandor Fodor
⦁ Between Two Worlds (1964) by Nandor Fodor
⦁ The Unaccountable (1968) by Nandor Fodor
⦁ Freud, Jung, and Occultism (1971) by Nandor Fodor


[ WORK BEGAN 1940 ] :


Ivan Terence Sanderson was a biologist and Fortean researcher. Sanderson reportedly began his Fortean essay writing in the early 1940s. He is known primarily for his work related to the Abominable Snowmen and for coining the term “Cryptozoology” but he also wrote extensively on UFOs and various other Fortean subjects. (Born: January 30th 1911, Work Began: Early 1940’s / Age 29-30’s, Died: February 19th 1973 / Aged 62)   [LEARN/READ MORE…FORTEAN HISTORY: CHAPTER 2]

⦁ Abominable Snowmen: Legend Come To Life (1961) by Ivan Sanderson
⦁ Uninvited Visitors: A Biologist Looks At UFOs (1967) by Ivan Sanderson
⦁ Things (essays) (1967) by Ivan Sanderson
⦁ More Things (essays) (1969) by Ivan Sanderson
⦁ Invisible Residents: The Reality of Underwater UFOs (1970) by Ivan Sanderson
⦁ Investigating the Unexplained (essays) (1972) by Ivan Sanderson


Raymond “Ray” Arthur Palmer was an American publisher of pulp fiction and Fortean material. He was an editor for the pulp magazine Amazing Stories from 1939 to 1949 and published the first story about “The Shaver Mystery” in March of 1945. He reportedly co-founded FATE Magazine with Curtis Fuller in 1948. He also published a reprint of the supposedly automatically-written spiritualist work “Oahspe” in 1960. (Born: August 1st 1910, Work Began: March 1945 / Age 34, Died: August 15th 1977 / Aged 67)  [ LEARN/READ MORE…FORTEAN HISTORY: CHAPTER 3 ]

⦁ FATE Magazine (began 1948) originally published by Palmer and Fuller
⦁ Reprint of “Oahspe” (1960) published by Ray Palmer


Kenneth Albert Arnold was an American pilot as well as a famous UFO witness and researcher. He is credited with coining the term “Flying Saucer” after his June 24th 1947 sighting over Mount Rainier WA. He later read the works of Charles Fort and became a Fortean. (Born: March 29th 1915, Work Began: 1947 / Age 32, Died: January 16th 1984 / Aged 68)  [ LEARN/READ MORE…FORTEAN HISTORY: CHAPTER 4  ]

⦁ The Coming of The Saucers (1952) by Kenneth Arnold


Josef Allen Hynek was a UFO skeptic and researcher who is credited with inventing the original three “Close Encounter” kinds. He was also the mentor of UFO researcher Jacques Vallee. (Born: May 1st 1910, Work Began: 1947 / Age 37, Died: April 27th 1986 / Aged 75)

⦁ The UFO Experience (1972) by J. Allen Hynek
⦁ The Edge of Reality (1975) by J. Allen Hynek and Jacques Vallee
⦁ The Hynek UFO Report (1977) by J. Allen Hynek
⦁ Night Siege (1987) by J. Allen Hynek, Philip Imbrogno and Bob Pratt


Ruth Ann Musick was an American author and folklorist specializing in West Virginia folklore. She reportedly helped found the first folklore course in Fairmount State University in 1948. She gathered local folklore tales and family stories which she shared in her works. (Born: September 17th 1897, Work Began: 1948 / Age 51, Died: July 2nd 1974 / Aged 76)

⦁ The Telltale Lilac Bush and Other West Virginia Ghost Tales (1965) by Ruth Ann Musick
⦁ Coffin Hollow and Other Ghost Tales (1977) by Ruth Ann Musick


[ WORK BEGAN 1950 ] :


Donald Edward Keyhoe was an American pulp fiction writer and UFO researcher. He wrote for the pulp magazine Weird Tales from 1925 to 1936 then reportedly published an article in True magazine entitled “Flying Saucers Are Real” in January 1950. He then followed this up with a book of the same title. (Born: June 20th 1897, Work Began: January 1950 / Age 53, Died: November 29th 1988 / Aged 91)

⦁ The Flying Saucers Are Real (1950) by Donald Keyhoe
⦁ Flying Saucers from Outer Space (1953) by Donald Keyhoe
⦁ The Flying Saucer Conspiracy (1955) by Donald Keyhoe
⦁ Flying Saucers: Top Secret (1960) by Donald Keyhoe
⦁ Aliens from Space: The Real Story of Unidentified Flying Objects (1973) by Donald Keyhoe


Thomas “Tom” Baker Slick Jr. was an American adventurer, businessman and Abominable Snowman researcher. He reportedly began his adventures in the 1950’s. (Born: May 6th 1916, Work Began: 1950’s / Age 30’s-40’s, Died: October 6th 1962 / Aged 46)

Books about Tom Slick :
⦁ Tom Slick and the Search for Yeti (1989) by Loren Coleman
⦁ Tom Slick: True Life Encounters (2002) by Loren Coleman


Albert “Al” K. Bender was a Pennsylvania UFO researcher. He reportedly founded and organized the International Flying Saucer Bureau (IFSB) from 1952 to 1953. His story of strange visitation, published by Gray Barker, reportedly introduced the UFO community to the idea of the “Men In Black.” (Born: June 16th 1921, Work Began: 1952 / Age 31, Died: March 29th 2016 / Aged 94)

⦁ Space Review Newsletter (1952-53) by Albert Bender
⦁ ( About Bender’s Story : ) They Knew Too Much About Flying Saucers (1956) by Gray Barker

⦁ Flying Saucers And The Three Men (1962) by Gray Barker and Albert Bender


Gray Roscoe Barker was a West Virginia UFO researcher, publisher, storyteller and purported prankster. He reportedly began his career investigating the Flatwoods Monster in September of 1952. He published his colleague Albert Bender’s supposed encounter with the “Men In Black” and helped popularize the notion in the UFO field. (Born: May 2nd 1925, Work Began: September 1952 / Age 27, Died: December 6th 1984 / Aged 59)  [ * Note:  Much of Barker’s work can be considered semi-fictional * ]

⦁ They Knew Too Much About Flying Saucers (1956) by Gray Barker
⦁ Gray Barker’s Book of Saucers (Booklet) (1965) by Gray Barker

⦁ The Silver Bridge (1970) by Gray Barker
⦁ Gray Barker at Giant Rock (Booklet) (1976) by Gray Barker
⦁ Men In Black: The Secret Terror Among Us (1983) by Gray Barker


Coral Lorenzen was a Wisconsin UFO researcher, witness, and Fortean researcher. She founded the Arizona-based Aerial Phenomena Research Organization (APRO) in 1952. (Born: 1925, Work Began: 1952 / Age 27, Died 1988 / Aged 63)

⦁ The Great Flying Saucer Hoax (1962) by Coral Lorenzen
⦁ Flying Saucers (1966) by Coral Lorenzen
⦁ Shadow of The Unknown (1970) by Coral Lorenzen


James “Jim” Willett Moseley was an American UFO researcher, skeptic and prankster. Supposedly inspired by his “treasure hunting” mentor and the famous 1947 Kenneth Arnold UFO story, Moseley reportedly began traveling to UFO conventions in the early 1950s as well as interviewing UFO researchers and witnesses. He also founded the Saucers And Unexplained Celestial Events Research Society (S.A.U.C.E.R.S). He was a close friend of Gray Barker and after his death in 1984, he revealed various pranks they had reportedly played on fellow researchers and some of the UFO public. (Born: August 4th 1931, Work Began: Early 1950’s / Age 20’s, November 16th 2012 / Aged 81)

⦁ Shockingly Close To The Truth (2002) by James Moseley


Leonard H. Stringfield was an American UFO researcher. He reportedly joined the National Investigations Committee On Aerial Phenomena (NICAP) in 1957. (Born: 1920, Work Began: 1957 / Age 37, Died: December 18th 1994 / Aged 74)

⦁ Inside Saucer Post…3-0 Blue: A Summary Report (1957)


Bernard Heuvelmans was a French monster researcher and author of the influential book “On The Track of Unknown Animals.” (Born: October 10th 1916, Work Began: 1958 / Age 42, Died: 2011 / Aged 84)

⦁ On The Track of Unknown Animals (1958)


Roger Patterson was a California sasquatch researcher and controversial filmmaker. He and Bob Gimlin reportedly filmed the iconic and heavily debated “Patterson-Gimlin” film on October 20th 1967. He also reportedly founded the The Abominable Snowman Club of America in 1966. (Born: February 14th 1933, Work Began: December 1959 / Age 26, Died: January 15th 1972 / Aged 39)

⦁ Do Abominable Snowmen of America Really Exist? (1966) by Roger Patterson
⦁ “Patterson-Gimlin” film (Oct 20th 1967) by Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin


[ WORK BEGAN 1960 ] :


Frederick “Ted” William Holiday was an English Loch Ness Monster researcher and Fortean. He reportedly went to Loch Ness in an attempt to get photos in August of 1962. He later reportedly joined the Loch Ness Phenomena Investigation Bureau (LNPIB) in 1963. (Born: 1921, Work Began: August 1962 / Age 41, Died: 1979 Aged 59) 

⦁ The Great Orm of Loch Ness (1969) by Ted Holiday
⦁ The Dragon and the Disc (1973) by Ted Holiday
⦁ The Dyfed Enigma (1979) by Ted Holiday
⦁ The Goblin Universe (1986) by Ted Holiday (Posthumous manuscript)


Hans Holzer was an Austrian-American author and parapsychologist. He reportedly wrote over a hundred books in his lifetime. (Born: January 26th 1920, Work Began: 1963 / Age 43, Died: April 26th 2009 / Aged 89) 

⦁ The Ghost Hunter (1963) by Hans Holzer
⦁ ESP and You (1966) by Hans Holzer
⦁ Predictions: Fact or Fallacy? (1968) by Hans Holzer
⦁ The Handbook of Parapsychology (1972) by Hans Holzer
⦁ Possessed! (1973) by Hans Holzer
⦁ The Power of Hypnosis (1973) by Hans Holzer
⦁ Victorian Ghosts (1973) by Hans Holzer
⦁ The Truth About ESP (1974) by Hans Holzer
⦁ The Psychic Side of Dreams (1976) by Hans Holzer
⦁ The UFO-nauts (1976) by Hans Holzer
⦁ Where the Ghosts Are (1984) by Hans Holzer
⦁ Great American Ghost Stories (1990) by Hans Holzer
⦁ America’s Mysterious Places (1992) by Hans Holzer
⦁ Ghosts: True Encounters with the World Beyond (1997) by Hans Holzer
(And More…)


Grover Sanders Krantz was an American anthropologist and sasquatch researcher. He reportedly began his sasquatch research in 1963. (Born: November 5th 1931, Work Began: 1963 / Age 32, Died: February 14th 2002 / Aged 70)

⦁ Big Foot-Prints: A Scientific Inquiry into the Reality of Sasquatch (1992) by Grover Krantz
⦁ Bigfoot Sasquatch Evidence: The Anthropologist Speaks Out (1999) by Grover Krantz
(And More…)


Elliot Budd Hopkins was an American UFO researcher and witness. He reportedly saw a UFO in August of 1964. He is best known for his work related to reported alien abductions and introduced many readers to the concept of “Missing Time” in UFO cases. (Born: June 15th 1931, Work Began: August 1964 / Age 33, Died: August 21st 2011 / Aged 80)

⦁ Missing Time: A Documented Study of UFO Abductions (1981) by Budd Hopkins
⦁ Intruders: The Incredible Visitations at Copley Woods (1987) by Budd Hopkins
⦁ Witnessed: The True Story of the Brooklyn Bridge UFO Abductions (1996) by Budd Hopkins
⦁ Sight Unseen: Science, UFO Invisibility, and Transgenic Beings (2003) by Budd Hopkins and Carol Rainey
⦁ Art, Life and UFOs: A Memoir (2009) by Budd Hopkins


Jacques Fabrice Vallee is a French-American UFO researcher. In the mid 1960’s he was reportedly mentored by UFO investigator J. Allen Hynek and began his research into the subject. (Born: September 24th 1939, Work Began: Mid 1960’s / Age 20’s) 

⦁ Anatomy of a Phenomenon (1965) by Jacques Vallee
⦁ Challenge to Science: The UFO Enigma (1966) by Jacques Vallee
⦁ Passport to Magonia (1969) by Jacques Vallee
⦁ The Invisible College (1975) by Jacques Vallee
⦁ The Edge of Reality (1975) by Jacques Vallee and J. Allen Hynek
⦁ Messengers of Deception (1979) by Jacques Vallee
⦁ Dimensions: A Casebook of Alien Contact (1988) by Jacques Vallee
⦁ Confrontations – A Scientist’s Search for Alien Contact (1990) by Jacques Vallee
⦁ Revelations: Alien Contact and Human Deception (1991) by Jacques Vallee
⦁ Wonders in the Sky (2010) by Jacques Vallee
(And More…)


Brad Steiger was a prolific author of various Fortean subjects. His massive bibliography is far too in-depth to be fully included here. (Born: February 19th 1936, Work Began: 1965 / Age 29, Died: May 6th 2018 / Aged 82)

⦁ Alien Meetings (1978) by Brad Steiger
⦁ Real Monsters, Gruesome Critters and Beasts From The Darkside (2010) by Brad Steiger
 (And More…)


John Alva Keel was an adventurous New York writer and an influential Fortean researcher. He was reportedly commissioned to write a UFO article in early 1966 which he then expanded into his book Operation Trojan Horse in 1970. In December 1966, he first traveled to Point Pleasant, WV where he interviewed locals and studied strange happenings reportedly going on at the time.

His efforts there culminated in his most well known book The Mothman Prophecies in 1975. He also founded the New York Fortean Society (NYFS) which ran from 1984 to 1989. He introduced many readers to the idea of a unified theory for anomalous phenomena and is credited with coining the term “Ultraterrestrial.” (Born: March 25th 1930, Work Began: 1966 / Age 37, Died: July 3rd 2009 / Aged 79) 

⦁ Jadoo (1957) by John Keel
⦁ The Fickle Finger of Fate (1966) by John Keel
⦁ Anomaly (newsletter) (1969-74) by John Keel
⦁ Strange Creatures From Time And Space (SCFTAS) (1970) by John Keel
⦁ Operation Trojan Horse (OTH) (1970) by John Keel
⦁ Our Haunted Planet (1971) by John Keel
⦁ The Mothman Prophecies (1975) by John Keel
⦁ The Eighth Tower (1975) by John Keel
⦁ Disneyland of the Gods (1988) by John Keel
⦁ The Complete Guide to Mysterious Beings (1994) (Revised version of SCFTAS) by John Keel
⦁ The Best of John Keel (2006) by John Keel (FATE Magazine Articles)


Mary E. Hyre was a West Virginia reporter and researcher of UFOs, monsters and other oddities. In her news articles for The Athens Messenger and especially in her column, Where The Waters Mingle, she covered various strange local stories including supposed UFO activity and the legendary “Mothman.” She worked with author John Keel and kept him informed on all bizarre happenings within her small town of Point Pleasant, WV. (Born: 1915, Work Began: November 1966 / Age 51, Died: February 15th 1970 / Aged 55) 

⦁ Where The Waters Mingle (newspaper column of The Athens Messenger) (1966-70) by Mary Hyre


John Willison Green was a Canadian journalist and sasquatch researcher. (Born: February 12th 1927, Work Began: 1968 / Age 41, Died: May 28th 2016 / Aged 89)

⦁ On the Track of the Sasquatch (1968) by John Green
⦁ Sasquatch: The Apes Among Us (1978) by John Green

⦁ The Best of Sasquatch Bigfoot (Reprinted material, 2004) by John Green
(And More…)


Loren Coleman is an American Fortean and monster researcher who is well known for his books, articles, field guides and various media appearances. (Born: July 12th 1947, Work Began: Late 1960’s & Early 70’s / Age: Early 20s)

⦁ The Unidentified (1975) by Loren Coleman Jerome Clark
⦁ Creatures of The Outer Edge (1978) (aka Goblin World / 1984) by Loren Coleman and Jerome Clark
⦁ Mysterious America (1983) (Revised, 2001) by Loren Coleman
⦁ Curious Encounters (1985) by Loren Coleman
⦁ The Field Guide to Bigfoot, Yeti, and Other (…) (1999) by Loren Coleman and Patrick Huyghe
⦁ Cryptozoology A To Z (1999) by Loren Coleman and Jerome Clark
⦁ Mothman and other curious encounters (2002) by Loren Coleman
⦁ Bigfoot! The True Story of Apes in America (2003) by Loren Coleman
⦁ The Field Guide to Lake Monsters, Sea Serpents and Other (…) (2003) by Loren Coleman and Patrick Huyghe
⦁ The Copycat Effect (2004) by Loren Coleman
⦁ Weird Ohio (2005) by Loren Coleman, Andy Henderson and James A. Willis
⦁ The Field Guide to Bigfoot and Other Mystery Primate (2006) by Loren Coleman and Patrick Huyghe
⦁ True Giants (2007) by Loren Coleman and Mark Hall
⦁ Monsters of New Jersey (2010) by Loren Coleman and Bruce G. Hallenbeck
⦁ Monsters of Massachusetts (2013) by Loren Coleman
(And More…)



(1862 – Active) The Ghost Club was reportedly founded in London in 1862 and is considered the oldest organization dedicated to the investigation of ghosts and hauntings. Following the death of prominent early member Charles Dickens in 1870 the group dissolved but was then revitalized in 1882. Other famous members included writer Arthur Conan Doyle and poet W. B. Yeats. The club is reportedly still active.

(1882 – Active) SPR – The Society for Psychical Research was reportedly founded in the United Kingdom in 1882 and is reportedly still active.

(1884 – Active) ASPR – The American Society for Psychical Research was reportedly founded in 1884 and supposedly continues.

(1926 – 1938) The National Laboratory of Psychical Research was reportedly established in London in 1926 by Harry Price. It was later supposedly disbanded by Price in 1938.

(1927 – Early 1990s) The Fairy Investigation Society was reportedly founded in Britain in 1927 by author Sir Quentin Craufurd and the artist Bernard Sleigh. It was dedicated to the research and documentation of supposed fairy sightings. The society was inactive during World War II but was later revitalized by Craufurd in 1949. In the 50’s there were reportedly over a hundred members. It became inactive and supposedly closed down in the early 1990s.

(1931 – 1959) Fortean Society was reportedly founded in 1931 by friends of Charles Fort and Fortean researchers including Tiffany Thayer. Eventually Thayer became the leader of the organization and the group supposedly went inactive with Thayer’s death in 1959. (The International Fortean Society then acquired their files).

(1952 – 1988) APRO – Aerial Phenomena Research Organization was reportedly founded in January 1952 by Coral Lorenzen and her husband James Lorenzen. The group was based in Tucson, Arizona. It remained active until late 1988 when Coral Lorenzen passed away.

(1952 – 1953) IFSB – International Flying Saucer Bureau was reportedly founded in 1952 by Albert K. Bender. It was dissolved in 1953 after Bender was supposedly visited by the “Men In Black.”

(1956 – 1980) NICAP – National Investigations Committee On Aerial Phenomena was reportedly founded by Donald Keyhoe in October 1956 and supposedly became defunct in 1980. (NICAP’s archives on UFO sightings were then reportedly purchased by CUFOS)

(1950s – Defunct) S.A.U.C.E.R.S. – Saucers And Unexplained Celestial Events Research Society was reportedly founded by James Moseley in the 1950’s and is now supposedly defunct.

(1961 – Active) INFO – International Fortean Organization was reportedly founded in 1961 by brothers Ron and Paul Willis who acquired the files of the original Fortean Society. Supposedly still active.

(1962 – 1972) LNPIB – Loch Ness Phenomena Investigation Bureau was reportedly formed in UK in 1962 by Norman Collins, R. S. R. Fitter, David James, Peter Scott and Constance Whyte. The society’s name was later shortened to the Loch Ness Investigation Bureau (LNIB), and it supposedly disbanded in 1972.

(1965 – 1980’s) SITU – Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained was founded in 1965 by Fortean Ivan T. Sanderson. It continued after Sanderson’s death in 1973 and officially ended in the 1980’s.

(1966 – Defunct) The Abominable Snowman Club of America was reportedly founded in 1966 by Roger Patterson and is now supposedly defunct.

(1973 – Active) CUFOS – Center for UFO Studies was reportedly founded in 1973 by J. Allen Hynek. Reportedly still active.

(1982 – 1998) ISC – The International Society of Cryptozoology was reportedly founded in 1982 in Washington D.C. with Bernard Heuvelmans as the president. Members included John Green and Loren Coleman. The term “cryptid” was supposedly coined the next year in their ISC News newsletter. 

(1984 – 1989) NYFS – New York Fortean Society was reportedly founded in 1984 by Fortean author John Keel. It supposedly dissolved in 1989 due to a lack of funding.