Ever got a creepy, eerie feeling that emanates from nothing less than the pages of a book? I don't mean a well-written horror story. I mean a book that seems to have a life of its very own. Shades of The Ninth Gate movie of 1999 that starred Johnny Depp, Lena Olin and Frank Langella? To suggest that a book might provoke something so sinister sounds bizarre. Not for some, though. And that's the theme of today's article. Let's have a look at some examples of books being...more than just books. Let's begin with David Weatherly's book on the Black-Eyed Children. It's the most important book on the BEC phenomenon. David generously put together a paper for me that told of some very strange things that happened in relation to the BEC and David's book. He told me: "The first indications came in the aftermath of the book’s release. Appearing on various radio shows and podcasts to discuss the topic, some odd things began to occur. I found that I could talk about a wide range of paranormal topics, but, when the discussion turned to the black eyed children, things changed. Electronic issues would suddenly plague the program. Strange sounds and static would interrupt the show. Calls would be dropped and weird clicking noises would come from nowhere." David wasn't alone.
An email came to David from a woman named Jane. She wrote to David: "Every time I start reading your book, The Black Eyed Children, electronics in my house go wonky. The first night the smoke alarm went off even though there was no smoke. The second evening the timer on my stove went crazy. I never set it and never use it so that was weird; I didn’t even know what it was at first. Then another time my garage door opened itself! That one really freaked me out! Are other people having such weird things happen or is this some strange coincidence? I’m interested in the topic but I honestly don’t want any black eyed kids showing up at my door!" Indeed, Jane was not alone in her experience. About a dozen readers reported similar incidents and sent me questions or comments similar to the above. It’s a small number by comparison, but still notable.
How about the Men in Black? Can reading a book on the M.I.B. provoke sinister phenomena? Some will say "Yes." Back in 1962 UFO writer Gray Barker published a follow-up, and far less known, title to Albert Bender’s Flying Saucers and the Three Men. It went by the moniker of Bender Mystery Confirmed. It was, basically, a 100-page collection of letters from readers of Bender’s book and who wanted to offer their thoughts and theories on its contents. One of those people was Trevor James Constable. The author of They Live in the Sky, and someone who believed that at least some UFOs are living, jellyfish-like creatures, Constable wrote a letter to Gray Barker, which the latter duly published in Bender Mystery Confirmed. The letter, in part, told of how so many of Bender's readers felt that Bender Mystery Confirmed was itself evil. Yes, it sounds strange; but it was very similar to the situation that David Weatherly found himself in.
In early November 2016 I received in the mail a copy of Linda Godfrey’s then-new book, Monsters Among Us. In her book, Linda tells the story of a man named Paul who, in October 2012, shared with her an intriguing story. Paul stated that at the time he was twenty-one and, one week before his traumatic encounter, he read Ira Levin’s Rosemary’s Baby novel. That Paul thought it relevant to even raise that issue is interesting. According to Paul, he was asleep in the front bedroom of his girlfriend’s house when he quickly woke up – to a smoke-like odor. In an instant, Paul saw at the foot of the bed what he described as a "Dogman." He added: "It was very dark in color, like a German shepherd without the saddle colors but more black, and the presentiment of its intellect was very scary."