Many years ago I read books by Whitley Streiber and others who claim that strange creatures frequently abduct them, and run invasive painful exams on them, and then put them back and try to keep them from remembering it, though I guess they do remember or they couldn't write the books.
There was an interesting story about two young girls who were abducted from school ( I believe ). Many years later they were drawn together by mutual interests. It was at this time they began remembering the many times they had been abducted. Under hypnosis, they remember being together many many times in what looked like a laboratory. Their experiences were very creepy.
There have been so many stories, it is hard to discount all of them. The ones that really freak me out are those stories where they have actually found foreign objects buried under their skin. Nobody has been able to figure out what these objects are, but GPS devices come to mind.
Here's what my Source says:
There are no other resources more abundant on earth than human beings. What these "creatures," as you call them, are doing is making themselves reproducible. I did not give them the ability to reproduce on their own because that would mean they would over-run the colonies of earth faster than even the humans do. If I allowed every manifesting nature run their own group of species attacks then there would be nothing left of the earth and each system would get wiped out over and over. So in order to facilitate a greater brain capacity and also a never-ending cycle of earth resources, I have had to allow these master races get their supplies via the humanoid species. The only reason they are concerned with earth now is that its inhabitants are wiping out the natural resources and if this planet goes, so goes the resources they depend upon to survive and thrive. You will start to see this activity increase over and over for they are quite afraid that there will be no oxygen left in the atmosphere with which to facilitate human life. This is not something I fear. I know very well what nature will do to mankind before mankind has a chance to kill off nature.
There's cold logic here, none of which makes me feel very good on any level, not that that matters.
That's why it's important to know WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU ARE DEAD. :) If I can quit being distracted by this blog, I'll have the teaser video to the book done this week. I will insist you and Ms. H offer thoughts/critique when it's done - very short I promise.
Could it be that the aliens are secretly running the publishing operation, and cashing in on the wild success of such books? Clever aliens...
John, Of course you're just goofing, but only the early rounds of such books were bestsellers. Sales faded as the subject became routine and derivative, same as anything else.
Jeff, am I really goofing or am I one of those clever aliens who has infiltrated WAE and plans to take over the world? (bwoo-haw-haw-haw). Come closer...and find out...
Seriously, I did not know the bloom was off of Strieber's rose that soon. I still see the books around brick & mortar shops, I believe...and isn't it part of a larger genre that never seems to fade? I thought I saw things like that amid the New Age books in BN a few days ago. As an experience, professional agent, what can you teach us here?
Does everything become routine and derivative? My theory is that there are always 'hot spots' moving across the popular, communal brain that we all share. One minute it's Da Vinci Code, then Harry Potter, then the next wave of hysteria (gotta have it! everyone's reading it! I don't want to miss out! rubbernecking! what's all the excitement about?).
Charles Dickens stirred up this kind of popular hysteria with that most sentimental of all of his popular books, The Old Curiosity Shop, in the 1830s, when rioting crowds stormed the piers of New York City (another version of the tale says Boston). The captain of the ship, bringing the latest installment of the journal in which the novel was being published serial fashion, kept off shore for a few hours and addressed the crowd with a megaphone across the waters. Dickens had not yet been permitted past the gatekeepers of his day, and so still published in alternative forms (self-pub). Does LIttle Nell die? the crowd wanted to know. The captain was afraid they would storm aboard his ship looking for copies to tear from each others' feverish hands, and capsize the vessel. "Yes, Little Nell has died!" came the call across the waters. And the crowd went into mourning. Nations on both sides of the Atlantic went into a frenzy of grieving. It is said (okay, I am embroidering now) that many more cultured readers died or had to be hospitalized from laughing so hard at this cartoonish little child's tragic demise to the tune of out of tune violin music. In other words, it has to rank as one of the greatest marketing triumphs of all time.
Where will this form of hysteria and marketing hype move next? Will it hover like a UFO over a hot spot or a novel near your house? Will the next author hiding in the ship for fear of rioting crowds be me? or you? Will his agent Jeff remain in hiding for months, in fear of his life, until people calm down? Will Deborah send him secret messages, baked into suspiciously large scones, to be carried by Marty Feldman "walking this way?"
John, "Abductions" will always be a dependable marketable story, but none of them have been on the Bestseller lists for years.
Which makes me wonder if it's time for a new round? Do you believe that these popular fads go in cycles?
For example, post-apocalyptic literature has been around since before St. John on Patmos. Actually,the Book of Revelations is just one sample from the end-of-world genre popular in ancient Roman times--hundreds of them were written at the time. An excellent modern example is Mary Shelley's novel about a last man on earth sort of wanderer across futuristic Europe. I was reading that sort of thing when I was a kid (e.g., Andre Norton's Daybreak 2245 from the 1950s, and I think August Derleth or somebody did a novel).
Gosh John, your comment couldn't be more timely at least for me. I sure hope the world is ready for another warning from the almighty, ala Noah. Because that's what my manuscript is all about - the end of the world as we know it.
My best wishes for a great success with that, Sondra. Many people at the moment seem to feel that the Mayan calendar predicts the end is near (November, is it?). I don't find myself breaking a sweat over it. I do enjoy post-apoc fiction very much--have actually written a little of it, and plan to do more. My question is: if I write an end of the world novel, and the end of the world happens, who will be around to read my novel? There seems to be Noah answer to that question.
Well, my advice to you is to wait until December 31, 2012, and if nothing happens, write the book.
My source does not have any connection to the Mayan calendar, but there is a prediction that will end our world in a couple of generations. The problem that we seem to be having with most end of days theories is that they have no purpose in the world ending, mine does. I'll send you video soon, I'm working on my video essay now.