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Operation Trojan Horse: It’s Back!

Way back in 1970, one of the most important UFO-themed books ever published was unleashed upon the world. Its title: Operation Trojan Horse. Its author was John Keel, perhaps most noted for his later classic, The Mothman Prophecies. Like all of Keel’s book’s, Operation Trojan Horse polarized (and continues to polarize) readers into two definitive camps: (a) those who believed that Keel was onto something that got very close to what lies at the heart of the UFO puzzle; and (b) those who believed that the words Keel wrote bordered upon ufological heresy.

operation-trojan-horseThe latter group was comprised of those souls whose mindset was wholly dominated by the theory (and, yes, a theory is all it is) that UFOs have extraterrestrial origins. For many of them, Keel’s attempts to rewrite ufological history and lore were downright outrageous and dangerous. Those with far more refreshingly open minds, and ones not tainted by the “I want to believe” factor, gave the man the fair hearing he deserved. So, why am I mentioning all this – and a 43-year-old book – today?

Simple: thanks to the good folks (or the splendid chaps, as we might say in my home country of England) at Anomalist Books, Operation Trojan Horse has a new lease of life. That’s to say, a new edition has just been published.

If you haven’t read Operation Trojan Horse, now is the chance to do so in a great, new, package that runs to 349 pages. And if you have read it – and your original, like mine, is well-thumbed, creased, and battered from endless re-reads – you should invest in the new edition, too. There’s nothing wrong, at all, with updating an old library!

What, you might wonder, is so special about John Keel’s Operation Trojan Horse? Well, let’s see.

First and foremost, if you’re the sort of person who wants to hear nothing but exciting tales of the type that titillated a certain, obsessive loner named Fox Mulder back in the 1990s, and you accept the extraterrestrial hypothesis (ETH) without question, you are going to be in for a big and loud wake-up call. Or, you’ll take the unfortunate approach of: “I don’t want to know. Leave me to my dead aliens, Hangar 18, soil-sampling ETs, and back-engineered spaceships from Zeta-Reticuli.”


Indeed, Keel didn’t just suggest the ETH was way too simple an explanation for what’s afoot in our skies, woods, and bedrooms. Rather, he gave the ETH a punch on the jaw of the kind that Mike Tyson dished out at the height of his career. In other words, Operation Trojan Horse sends the ETH reeling into oblivion. But, Keel didn’t just toss out the ETH for the sake of it (although he did, admittedly, enjoy taunting the ufological faithful). No, he did so because the evidence he uncovered suggested this was the right thing to do.

I have to admit that, as a teenager, I was a full-on devotee of the idea that UFOs had extraterrestrial origins. My mindset was born out of the ET-driven titles of Donald Keyhoe, the Lorenzens, Leonard Stringfield, and so on. But, as time progressed, I became more and more convinced that the alien angle wasn’t strange enough to explain what was afoot. One of the chief reasons being that there seemed to be distinct crossovers between UFOs and other paranormal phenomena, such as encounters with magical entities like elementals – not to mention aspects of demonology, prophecy, and even cryptozoology.

Keel was someone who – when the likes of the aforementioned Keyhoe were loudly demanding the U.S. Air Force release the truth about alien visitations to Earth – recognized that UFOs are not what they seem to be. And they are not what the intelligences behind the phenomenon clearly want us to think they are.

Keel was able to do something that very few ufologists are capable of doing: he recognized, and had no qualms about highlighting, the many and varied absurdities present in so many close encounters with “aliens.” He clearly noted the staged-managed way in which UFO encounters that appeared to occur at random were anything but random.


And he also demonstrated to his readers how 20th century meetings with supposed extraterrestrials displayed uncanny parallels with centuries-old encounters involving the “wee folk,” incubus, succubi, angels, and a wide range of additional entities that have long taunted us with fragmentary glimpses of them and their strange “lives.”

John Keel was also one of the first in Ufology to note, and highlight, the “Trickster” angle of the UFO phenomenon. Keel made it clear that the entities orchestrating the UFO phenomenon, and the attendant ET ruse, appeared to deeply enjoy manipulating, and downright confusing, witnesses and researchers alike.

Sometimes, that enjoyment proved to be downright dangerous and malevolent, plunging investigators and experiencers alike into worlds filled with mental-illness, physical ailments, constant bad luck, negativity upon negativity, and much more. As Keel also showed, in centuries past, those who dabbled in the world of the occult also came face to face with this dark and foreboding issue of pulverizing psychic backlash. It’s issues like these which make up the very meat of Operation Trojan Horse.

If you’re thinking by now that John Keel was a ufological skeptic, you’re dead wrong. He was the exact opposite. He did believe in the realm of what might be termed the others. He also held no doubts about the fact that the UFO entities interacted to a high degree – and to a very close degree – with the Human Race, whenever the mysterious mood took them.

But most important of all, Keel’s research – and certainly that which fills the pages of Operation Trojan Horse – shows that we are mere pawns in a game played by mysterious, supernatural entities that dearly want us to believe they are alien, when, in reality, they are…something else. Keel may not have been able to prove what that “something else” was exactly, but he came pretty damned close.

Buy Operation Trojan Horse. It’s a massively important contribution to Ufology. And it still stands the test of time more than 40 years after it was first published.

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  • Tony Harrison

    You forgot the 3rd, and largest group of readers; those who recognise fiction.

  • Javier Guerrero

    I’ve never heard of this book, but now that i have im going to get it. Thanks for the info 😀

  • Jim

    The ETH true believers have something in common with the doubters, skeptics, and haughty haters: none of them seem to be interested in exploring the nature of reality and consciousness. Until we make some headway in that area, all the theories about extraterrestrials or alternate universes or demons, ad infinitum, will just be a lot of chin music. Something is out there, all right, but something is also within there, and neither here nor there. It is one of our evolutionary responsibilities as a species to start figuring all of this out. I wish us luck.

  • Matt Cardier

    Though I know even less what I think after reading a Keel book, I enjoy his books. Though I’m no expert on popular culture, I still recommend the X-Files episode “Jose Chung’s From Outer Space” as one of the best expositions (and portrayals) of Keel’s thoughts in mainstream art- much better, sadly, than the Mothman Prophecies film, though maybe I should give it another chance.

  • Ronald Lehner

    Forty years ago this man brought the UFO/paranormal question to the forefront
    with his expose on the real problem. This work exemplifies both the struggle and
    dilemma in attempting to explain it all. I think anyone with even a cursory
    interest in the subject will not be disappointed with what Keel so delicately
    weaves in this mysterious and thought provoking work. I rate it at the top and
    think you will too.

    Journalist and author of “The Mothman Prophecies”
    (made into a film starring Richard Gere) John A. Keel was adamant when he
    stated: “. . ..The UFOs do not seem to exist as tangible manufactured objects.
    They do not conform to the accepted natural laws of our environment. . .The UFO
    manifestations seem to be, by and large, merely minor variations of the age-old
    demonological phenomenon.”(Conspiracy Journel)

    “Other researchers of
    supernatural phenomena have noted that. . .The casting of magical spells, the
    performance of occult rituals and a ceremony to conjure up spirits are sometimes
    attempted by witnesses prior to a UFO appearing in their proximity.” (Conspiracy

    “It’s the dirty little secret of UFOlogy — something that only
    a few insiders dare discuss amongst themselves. For example, Lord Hill-Norton,
    the late five-star Admiral and the former head of the British Ministry of
    Defence, believed strongly in the existence of UFOs. But he did not see them in
    a positive light, professing instead in his privately printed UFO Concern
    Report: “UFOs are essentially a religious matter rather than a military threat
    and furthermore there is certainly a degree of psychic involvement in almost
    every case. Quite often, however, such experiences are definitely antithetical
    to orthodox Christian beliefs.”(Conspiracy Journal)

    “John Keel uncovers a
    universe of mystery incomprehensible in its complexity. At the same time he
    demonstrates that this is tied up, often in a ludicrously mundane manner, with
    normal people. A mystery that is possibly cosmic in extent yet as much a part of
    human life as the telephone, Cadillac, or even, so help us potato peelings in
    which it manifests itself. It would be trite to say that Keel knocks over the
    ETH. He challenges the framework of ufology as we know it, and poses the problem
    of what happens now. The evidence in the book, quite apart from the conclusions
    he arrives at, destroys ufology as we know it. To study the phenomenon as it is
    revealed in OTH and then to consider ourselves ufologists, is rather like
    attempting to study marine ecology and admitting we are only tadpole hunters.
    John Keel has liberated ufology. Are ufologists capable of liberating

    “So what
    makes Keel’s book so interesting? If I must sum it up to one thing it must be
    Keel’s radical approach to viewing the unexplained such as UFOs, poltergeists,
    angels, and lake monsters as `ultradimensional’ rather than extraterrestrial in
    origin. In other words, they’re not from outer space but exist all around us;
    vibrating at different frequencies. And sometimes they cross over, or become
    part of our

    summarizes it period.

  • Ronald Lehner

    I couldn’t have said it better.

  • M.W.L. Gwynplaine

    Hi Nick: Glad you wrote this. Your article may get people thinking about other theories regarding the UFO/paranormal phenomenon. Jacques Vallee’s latest theories, as you know, coincides with the Keel paradigm. Not only did Keel Tyson-punch the ET theorists, but he also bit off their ears. LOL

  • That’s Nick’s favorite episode 😉

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  • jarhead1969

    In the early 1800’s Blessed Sister Catherine Emmerich, the German mystic and Stigmatic, while still a young girl, five years old, in the winter went outside in the snow, looked up to heaven and innocently invited “baby Jesus” to her house for Christmas; Our Lord appeared to her and showed her from the beginning of creation to the end of the world and many of the major events to come.
    What else she was shown was the war in heaven between the good and bad angles and according to her revelations:
    God created the angels, pure spirits, pure intellect and infused in them all human, worldly and other knowledge. An angel does not have to think or reason for being pure intellect with infused knowledge, the angel knows instantly. They, the angels were given a test which was that in the future God showned them H plans to create the world and man, that man would fall and that He would send a redeemer born of a woman, the Word (God) made flesh, or the Hypostatic Union of God with man, the God-Man. The angles were also shown that Mary, the Mother of God surpass them in her nobility and place in heaven – Lucifer, Angel of Light, objected in His pride that he would not serve “non-servun” or bow to the Man-God because of his humanity being lower than his angelic creation, and certainly would not be subservient to a mere mortal, Mary. Thus there was a war in heaven that Blessed Emmerich was shown and she describes it as undescribable, more violent thant anything man can conceive of.
    But in the wings some of the angels wished to be neutral and sat on the fence, so to speak, waiting for the victor to side with them. For their neutrality, which God looked at as siding with Lucifer, they were banished to hell for all eternity but not before the end of the world; until then they were to be free to roam under Satan’s command and control and on the last day would then be thrown into hell. These angels have retained al their human, scientific, and infused knowledge. These are what Sister Emmerich explains who are the originators of “flying scaucers” or alien beings. They are somewhat limited in their powers but have complete and instant knowledge of all that man has ever known, science, and maerial creation.
    These are your “aliens”. And it has been warned that when it appears their presence is increasing that we are near big events, WAR and a very big one.

  • John Keel has for many, many years been one of my favorite writers on the subject of UFO’s and Cryptids – and esoteric weirdness. He looked at the patterns; the full realm of the patterns, and deduced from there. In many ways, he was the Sherlock Holmes of the Paranormal Investigation arena. Thanks for letting us know that his fine work is once more available!