Richard Thomas writes the travel column A Big Day Out for South Wales Evening Post. He is also the author of “The Loss of Flight 19 – Is There a UFO Base inside the Bermuda Triangle?” Here is a link to his website:
Q: When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
A: I think I’ve always wanted to be a writer of some sort. When I was child, however, I thought I’d be a science fiction writer like H.G. Wells or Arthur C. Clarke. For a long time I wanted to be a script writer for television and film like another one of my heroes Nigel Kneale, who penned the Qutermass stories for the BBC and Hammer Films. Kneale is probably best remembered today for his third Quatermass story, Qutermass and The Pit, which is kind of the original Prometheus. Riley Scott even admits Kneale’s influence on his Alien prequel in his DVD commentary. Basically the story is about a Martian invasion which was stalled five million years ago. I don’t want to spoil the film for people who haven’t seen it, but Kneale and other science fiction writers were writing about “ancient astronauts” long before the History channel series.
Q: . What is the overall theme of your column “A Big Day Out?
” A: It doesn’t have anything to do with the paranormal or any of the other alternative subjects I’m more known for online. Basically, the column involved me visiting museums, castles, cinemas, leisure centres and other fun places to go to on the weekends. I wrote this my local newspaper the South Wales Evening Post for about three years, by which time it had really run its course. I also wrote a similar column for the newspaper’s monthly magazine, Swansea Life. Sometimes, however, as was the case at Swansea Museum and Oystermouth Castle I’d sometimes come along a ghost story I could include in my column to make it more interesting for me to write about. For anybody who would like to take a look all of my columns are posted at www.abigdayout.info. Q: What made you interested in writing about paranormal activities?
A: I think it was my fascination with science fiction which ultimately led to me writing about the paranormal. I was a huge fan of shows like Doctor Who and The X-Files, as well as Arthur C. Clarke’s Mysteries World, a paranormal-themed documentary series hosted by the late science fiction author. Nigel Kneale, who I mentioned before, didn’t only write the Qutermass tales he is best remembered for today. He also wrote a TV play called “The Stone Tape”, a term that that will be familiar to ghost hunters. What they might not realise, however, was that the theory that ghosts could be 3D recordings captured in the stonework of a building was first introduced by Kneale in his 1972 script. Q: What made you interested in writing “The Loss of Flight 19 – Is There a UFO Base inside the Bermuda Triangle?”
A: I was asked to write a series of short ebooks about different UFO cases by Bretwalda Books, who published my first two books Para-News and Sci-Fi Worlds. The disappearance of Flight 19 in 1945 has always been one of my favourite mysteries. One theory is that the planes were abducted by aliens, so I thought it would be interesting to include the case in the UFO Files ebook series. Readers can buy the ebook on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Loss-Flight-19-Bretwalda-ebook/dp/B00BCIAQDK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1394326501&sr=8-1&keywords=richard+thomas+flight+19
Q: What evidence is there that there is a UFO base in the Bermuda Triangle?
A: In Unearthly Disclosure (2000) best selling author Timothy Good disclosed information given to him by “a senior reporter in Washington, DC,” who, in turn, received it from “a senior US Air Force officer”, about the existence of extraterrestrial bases on the Earth. Good writes: “According to the officer, aliens have been coming to Earth for a very long time. Following the Second World War, they began to establish permanent bases here, in Australia, the Caribbean, the Pacific Ocean, the Soviet Union and in the United States.” The reference to the Caribbean is interesting as this is where a portion of the Bermuda Triangle is located. Since the time of Christopher Columbus strange lights have been reported in the region known as the Bermuda Triangle and ships and planes continue to go missing without a trace. 6. Who was the most interesting character you have interviewed in the course of your UFO research? It is difficult to pick one but the interview I’m most proud of is the one with the Mac Tonnies, who sadly died in 2009. Me and Tonnies didn’t agree about a movement called Transhumanism, but I think when two people who disagree try to out think each other instead of name calling, it makes for a fascinating interview. You can read my interview with Mac Tonnies here: http://binnallofamerica.com/rr12.26.8.html Q: Have you ever had a personal UFO encounter?
A: There were other factors too that led to me writing about the paranormal besides just being a science fiction fan. When I was a teenager I had a UFO sighting which led to me becoming increasingly obsessed by strange phenomena, alternative history and conspiracies. Read about my UFO sighting here: http://www.para-news.com/2010/12/ufos-over-swansea-bay.html Q: , Why do you think people are hesitant to believe in UFOs?
A: I’ve pondered this for a long time and come to the conclusion it is for the same reason many people had difficulty coming to terms with the British TV personality and charity fundraiser Jimmy Savile being exposed as a prolific pedophile. People basically want to believe what the authority figures on the TV tell them to believe. It doesn’t matter how much evidence exists to prove the contrary. Conspiracy researchers like David Icke were talking about Savile’s activities for years before he died, but they were just laughed at. It ultimately took a documentary on the UK’s Channel 4 for the laughing to stop. Until the mainstream media across the board stop treating UFO stories as just entertainment, people will continue to not take the topic seriously. Q: What sort of UFO research have you done?
A: Lots of reading. In my book collection I have everything from Donald Keyhoe’s flying saucer books from the 1950s right up to books published this year. I prefer to read older books, though, and whenever I start researching a particular alleged incident or sighting, I always start with the first book to document that case. For instance, The Interrupted Journey by John G. Fuller, which first brought the Betty and Barney Hill abduction case into public attention is one I’ve been reading lately. I’ve also interviewed many other authors and researchers, as well as witnesses about their experiences. Q: What has been the most challenging thing you have ever written about?
A: The most difficult case I’ve written about would have to be the alleged Aztec incident. This allegedly happened in 1948, in Aztec, New Mexico. Although the crash supposedly happened the year after the more famous Roswell Crash, Aztec was the first flying saucer crash story to break into public consciousness following the publication of a best selling book by gossip columnist Frank Skully in 1950. Basically the case has some good merits, including a possible crash site that has been discovered, but the credibility of the case was poisoned when it was revealed that the original source for the information about the crash were two con men. My gut feeling is that the Aztec crash story may have been invented or at least promoted to distract UFO researchers from looking into Roswell. For 30 years UFO crashes were almost completely ignored by the UFO research community following the Aztec crash being debunked. Readers can get all the details in my ebook The Aztec UFO Crash: http://www.amazon.com/The-Aztec-Crash-Bretwalda-Files-ebook/dp/B00BBEBFNA/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1394324991&sr=8-3&keywords=The+Aztec+UFO+Crash
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