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About Mike Clelland
Mike Clelland has had many callings—author, illustrator, wilderness traveler, podcaster, and UFO researcher. His books fall into two contrasting categories. First came funny outdoor instructionals with cartoons. These taught the technical skills of skiing, climbing, mountain travel, glacier rescue, and ultralight backpacking. Next came a more thoughtful series, an inquiry into the relationship between owls and UFOs.
Mike’s 2015 book, The Messengers, was met with high praise. In it, he explores the mysterious connection between owls, synchronicities, and UFO abduction. It was his first-hand experiences with these elusive events that have been the foundation for his research. This book is also a personal memoir, and a journey of self-discovery.
His website, MikeClelland.com, is a comprehensive resource of his research and creative output. After 25 years living in the Rockies, he now lives in the Pacific Northwest.
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Without question, this is a classic by one of the most exciting new authors in the UFO field today. After reading it, your view of reality will never be the same.
The owl has held a place of reverence and mystique throughout history. And as strange as this might seem, owls are also showing up in conjunction with the UFO experience.
Mike Clelland has collected a wealth of first-hand accounts in which owls manifest in the highly charged moments that surround alien contact. There is a strangeness to these accounts that defy simple explanations. This book explores implications that go far beyond what more conservative researchers would dare consider.
But the owl connection encompasses more than the UFO experience. It also includes profound synchronicities, ancient archetypes, dreams, shamanistic experiences, personal transformation, and death. From the mythic legends of our ancient past to the first-hand accounts of the UFO abductee, owls are playing some vital role.
This is also a deeply personal story. It is an odyssey of self-discovery as the author grapples with his own owl and UFO encounters. What plays out is a story of transformation with the owl at the heart of this journey.
The book has been revised and updated in 2020. Several accounts have been expanded to include new information.
Reviews of THE MESSENGERS:
I would characterize very few UFO books as beautiful, but this one is.
—Richard Dolan, author of UFOs and the National Security State
It’s a wonderful book… because it's a book that advances us in consciousness—it advances us—it takes us from where we were before we started reading it to a new place in terms of understanding the close encounter experience. I can name, just on the fingers of one hand, the number of books that actually do that.
—Whitley Strieber, January 2016
I get a strong sense that Mike Clelland was guided to write this by the UFO intelligences, and I think the reader will get that. This is the first time I have seen this level of both a book and its author being inextricably linked to the phenomenon itself since Strieber and Communion. Communion was clearly more than just a book; I believe the phenomenon intended it to be written, published, and read on a large scale. I think Mike’s book is another example of this.
—Nick Redfern, author of Men In Black
“If evidence for the Extraterrestrial Hypothesis has failed to surface—despite decades of hard work and diligent investigations—then maybe we should consider the notion that we are looking for the answers in all the wrong places. Instead of looking up, maybe we should be looking around us. And, perhaps, even below us, too.” – From the Foreword by Nick Redfern
“This book is an honest pursuit of ideas that might lead to some greater understanding of the paranormal and the existence of an apparent non-human intelligence…Mac Tonnies cuts through much of the self-satisﬁed, bloated fundamentalist fat of the last 50 years with the deft touch of a surgeon and the encyclopedic knowledge of a veteran.” – From the Afterword by Greg Bishop
“The Cryptoterrestrials is the most refreshing speculation on the paranormal I've seen in ages. The ideas in this book will be harvested by science-ﬁction writers and TV shows like Fringe for decades. Even skeptics will have a great time reading this well written book of wild conjecture. Mac Tonnies' ﬁnal Fortean landmark is the Book of the Damned for the 21st century. Fans of the paranormal: be there or be square.” – John Shirley, author of Bleak History
Written in the tradition of the successful Allen & Mike’s Really Cool Telemark Tips, with 153 trail-tested tips full of solid advice, as well as more than 100 humorous and helpful illustrations, Ultralight Backpackin' Tips is the ultimate guide for backpackers serious about traveling ultralight. Just a few of the top ten tips expounded upon in the book:
* Use a scale.
* Comfortable and safe are vital!
* Make your own stuff, and making it out of trash is always the best!
* It’s okay to be nerdy.
* Try something new each and every time you go camping.
* Know the difference between wants and needs.
Each chapter tells a deeply personal story where these mysterious experiences are explored in depth. The book reads like a collection of short stories. The ancient mythology of the owl is repeating itself within the modern UFO report. What plays out is a journey of transformation, with an owl at the heart of each story.
Praise for Stories from The Messengers:
“Symbol.” “Totem.” “Archetype.” “Conjure.” “Magic.” “Hierophany.” These are old words that we thought we knew, and that we thought were very dead. Turns out they are not. Turns out they are fiercely alive and silently flying around in the world, mesmerizing, haunting, abducting, or just generally scaring the crap out of people. If you don’t believe me, read this book. I’d be careful, though. As Mike is all too aware, when one writes or reads about this level of reality with this sense of clarity, reality answers back. Weirdly, of course. Good luck.
—Jeffrey J. Kripal, author of Mutants and Mystics, Newton Rayzor Professor of Philosophy and Religious Thought, Rice University
What is an owl? The question is more complicated than one might suppose. This book, which will be the most interesting book about owls you will ever read, does an excellent job of conveying the variety of ways in which owls exist—as Jungian archetypes, in mythology, and as living mythology. More specifically, Clelland outlines how owls figure in the worlds of those who have experienced “ufo-related” events. Clelland offers some compelling clues as to how one might consider these perplexing connections. A fascinating, delightful read.
—Diana Walsh Pasulka, author of American Cosmic, Professor and Chair, Department of Philosophy and Religion, University of North Carolina, Wilmington