JOHN KEEL NOT AN AUTHORITY ON ANYTHING

January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!

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KEELSODA

If John Keel were still here, I’m sure he’d be glad to toast you with a diet soda in a parking lot. This photo was taken by George Kuchar, who seems to have his thumb over the lens.

As we head into another year, please tell me what you’d like to see on this site. I’ll warn you that John left surprisingly few notes about Mothman, although he did keep a file of clippings about it.

I’ve had a busy year, myself. Black Scat Books published my translation of a selection of plays by the proto-Surrealist Alphonse Allais, as well as a collection of my comics and picture stories, The Unknown Adjective. I also wrote the introduction to the second volume of Richard Toronto’s definitive collection of Richard Shaver’s artwork, Rokfogo, which may be of interest to some of you…  I’ll be marking my 60th birthday with a concert of my music at Brooklyn’s delightful Jalopy Theater, and am planning a number of lectures at the equally delightful Morbid Anatomy Museum, also in Brooklyn. You can check my site if you’re curious.  Meanwhile, Happy New Year, and more Keeliana is on the way.

7 Comments »

  1. Doug thanks for keeping this web site up. I just started re-reading Disneyland of the Gods. Right or wrong I always love John’s take on events. I wonder what he would have thought about all these abductions now with the claims of hybred children. What kind of tongue in cheek comment he would have made about the ultaterrestrials games today!

    Comment by Mike Nemeth — January 3, 2015 @ 9:45 am

  2. I love it!

    Comment by William J. Grabowski — January 4, 2015 @ 1:21 am

  3. Hi Doug,

    First and foremost, a very big thank you for the Keel marginalia you put up on this site. Especially the correspondence and letters by Mary Hyre, and Keel’s thoughts and insights on the various fortean phenomena he became involved or interested in.

    Since I don’t know what the Keel archives actually hold, it’s difficult for me to compose a ‘wants list’ of what to put up on this site.

    I would welcome though anything related to his ufological and fortean writings, investigations and researches or letters written to him or by him.

    I would also welcome some kind of overview of what exactly the Keel archives consist of. what was it like when you first encountered it? an unorganized mess? A neat row of filing cabinets? Any photos?

    Another thing I am curious at. What did the interior of Keel’s apartment look like? Keel was an artist and a writer, so I am curious as to his ‘studio’, or his writing spot where he composed, among others, ‘Mothman Prophecies’. Did he have book cases? What books were in it?

    Other than that, I am just very grateful that you maintain this site and post all these interesting items.

    Best regards and a very happy new year!

    Theo

    Comment by Theo — January 8, 2015 @ 10:23 pm

  4. Theo — John’s apartment was more than a mess, it was a horror: http://www.johnkeel.com/?p=179

    When he was alive, his friends often tried to clean it up; after his death, we salvaged what we could, often working in the dark, since John refused to pay his electric bill. He did have a lot of books. He was interested in everything, but particularly in magic and aviation. He kept lots of back issues of UFO magazines. We did save some photos, many of which I’ve posted here. Most are photos of himself, friends, girlfriends, and family; I haven’t seen any forteana. He made a lot of films in the ’60s, experimental and humorous films, often animated; we’re trying to preserve those, and have posted some on YouTube.

    Well, more is coming on his investigations. I plan to keep posting Mary Hyre’s letters. There is a lot of material on Long Island in the ’60s, the basis of a few chapters in “The Mothman Prophecies.”

    Comment by Doug — January 9, 2015 @ 10:43 am

  5. Many thanks Doug for keeping this site alive. I hope that you can keep it going! I check in here regularly to see whats up in the latest installment of “Keeliana”.
    Having just read Jadoo (what an interesting book!!) this year I am interested in anything John did. I’ve read all of his well known stuff and it’s been fascinating to learn the backstory on some of it.
    Best of the new year from Minnesota, the land of Norwegians and lutefisk.

    Comment by Clarence Carlson — January 10, 2015 @ 5:40 pm

  6. If you really aren’t going to put things together in a coherent order and tag them like a normal blogger, you’re not only suppressing John Keel’s enduring fame for the sake of your own ego, you are doing an enormous and almost monstrous disservice to serious researchers and writers who are beginning to look critically at the twentieth century UFO mythos, its manipulation by intel services and its anthropological and sociological aspects.

    If you hold a collection of physical Keeliana it would be immensely preferably were you to either properly collate it and present it or otherwise donate it to a university where the material will be professionally prepared as an accessible collection in the same way Penn Jones, Jr. material has been.

    As it stands this drip-drip-drip of more or less random snippets is silly. John Keel may have left his papers and files in a horrendous mess all over the floor of his rooms but that is no excuse for you doing the same online.

    Comment by Rollo Tomasi's Right Foot — February 12, 2015 @ 7:13 am

  7. I answered this on the front page.

    Comment by Doug — February 12, 2015 @ 12:36 pm

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