John A. Keel

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John A. Keel ( 25 March 1930 - 3 July 2009 )

Alva John Kiehle - who was born in Hornell, New York, when it was a railroad town - is the grandson of John Gibbs, an air brake machinist for railroad trains; and Eva Bergeson. John's mother, Irene Gibbs, and his father Harry Kiehle, separated during the Great Depression and, for financial reasons, Keel (the family name changed when he began to write extensively) never finished high school.

Keel is author of The Mothman Prophecies, a novel that was made into a movie in 2002. In addition to the writing credit, he also has an acting credit in the TV production, Search for the Mothman, a documentary based on his book.

A November 2008 Interview

Keel was hospitalized in 2008, spending almost six weeks in New York City's Greenwich Village Nursing Home (607 Hudson Street, 10014). Following is a summary of his conversations while sharing a room with fellow writer Warren Allen Smith.

A Diabetic With One Tooth

Keel, when over 78 years old, was seriously ill in 2008. In 2006, he had suffered a heart attack and was treated at New York City's Lenox Hill Hospital. He had a variety of physical problems and could barely walk with a cane. Diabetic, he disliked whatever daily food arrived to his nursing home bed. Understandably, for he had but one tooth. He said an aide in one of the hospitals had discarded his dentures. Chicken, almost any way it had been prepared, could not be chewed. Broth was tasteless. Decaffeinated coffee was undrinkable, although he took tea and certain soups and sherbet and some main courses. He subsisted on Glucerna Shake for People with Diabetes (Abbott Laboratories).

His two nursery home roommates observed his extreme unhappiness, his surliness with the nursing home workers, and his dream of getting completely out of the New York City area and moving to the South or some area where the climate was not cold. He also recounted having no friends he could trust - those he had trusted had stolen his credit cards, his identification, many of his private belongings. He was months behind on his rent at 334 West 85th on Manhattan's Upper West Side. He had not been able to pay the garage rental for his car, which likely had flat tires. And although the prospect of returning to his home was not a good one, the prospect of staying longer than the six weeks he already had been in the nursing home was not a good one. If returned to his place, where he claimed to have no trusted person to help him, how could he manage, being barely able to walk with a cane. Meanwhile, he was concerned that diabetes was but one of his many physical problems.

A Little Badinage

Keel's mind, despite his physical infirmities, was alive, and his wry sense of humor was not entirely understood by nursery home workers who were helping him with physical therapy and rehabilitation.

During their two-week long stay in the nursing home, Smith was fascinated with Keel. "You know about Robert Benchley?" Keel would ask, as if talking into space. "Which one?" Smith countered, having taught one of the 19th century comedian's grandchildren. The two developed a rapport, both being authors, liking wit, sharing an interest in syntax, nuance, and asyndeton.

Badinage and one-upmanship was a way to spend the time in a nursery room home.

  • "John, I taught English in the New Canaan, Connecticut, town, where Johnny Carson and Jack Paar lived."
    • "Smith, did you know that I was a guest on Johnny Carson's and Jack Paar's show?"
  • "Smith, did you know that I was in Fate."
    • "Forteans are fated to become fatalists, huh?"
  • "Smith, you asked about my familyI. My girlfriend died long ago. Her loss is something I still have problems about."
    • "My companion and I were together for forty years until his death from KS in 1986. Neither of us believed in an afterlife, so at the end I emphasized his many accomplishments."
  • "You're a non-believer?"
    • "'Believe' means you have faith in something which cannot be be scientifically proven, right? You know what logical positivists said about that."
  • "I learned to fly an airplane. Had a great time in Scotland!"
    • "At Fort Knox, Kentucky, after being drafted, I briefly drove a tank. But John, your experiences in Tompkins Square when first you came to the city as a kid, your writing so many best-sellers, your writing syndicated newspaper columns, your working in Hollywood, your writing for New York City's Radio WPIX: all these are significant events that most of us could never have dreamed of approximating! I envy you, to put it mildly."
  • "You don't like the word atheist?"
    • "John, the prefix means not, so yes I'm an a-theist, an a-Pennsylvanian, an a-vegetarian, and an a-ufologist. Words invented by theologians don't phase me.
      • At least, they didn't invent UFOs.

Shown some of the "garbage" on the Web, Keel said the Red Pill article is "reasonably accurate." It was one of the few positive statements Smith heard Keel make in the two weeks they were together 24/7.

The last Smith saw of him was the day Keel sat waiting to leave the nursing home just before the end of November 2008. "They don't tell me anything," he complained. "When told that a car was ready to take him, he was both incredulous and happy to move on. He scarcely said goodbye to anyone as he left. A person who accompanied him home said that when the key unlocked his apartment's door, the air smelled contaminated. "The man of mystery who wrote about mysteries is somewhere right now," wrote Smith in the present entry for Philosopedia, "and it's difficult to empathize how he is getting along,"

The Mothman Prophecies


Keel, who became a parapsychologist, was interested as a writer in UFOs, Men in Black, ghosts, and paranormal phenomena. Such subjects netted many readers and potentially large sums of income and royalties.

During 1966 and 1967, he was interested in events in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, and he wrote about a creature called Mothman.

His book tells how, as a journalist, he directly observed some events that he presents as a memoir. Readers debated as to whether or not anything was true or whether his was an innovative work of creative nonfiction. Some readers found that his style, like Truman Capote's In Cold Blood, combined reportage and understated humor with fragments of the vivid cinematic approach used by Capote. Keel's main thesis, it was debated, suggested that paranormal phenomena are engaging in elusive communication and it may be easier to appreciate the essence of this communication than make literal sense of it. How to prove? How to disprove?

  • "Once you have established a belief, the phenomenon adjusts its manifestations to support that belief and thereby escalate it." (Saturday Review Press and Tor Books, 2002, page 11)
  • "I have come to realize that we have been observing complex forces which have always been an essential part of our environment." (Ibid., page 55)

(See a review of Keel's book by B.F., one of many that Keel disapproved of, citing its author hid behind initials. "It's not entirely accurate," Keel said of a Sci-Fi Online article, "but the picture reminds me of that time in the 1960s."

Abandoning the Extraterrestrial Hypothesis

"I abandoned the extraterrestrial hypothesis in 1967 when my own field investigations disclosed an astonishing overlap between psychic phenomena and UFOs," Keel wrote.

He continued, "The objects and apparitions do not necessarily originate on another planet and may not even exist as permanent constructions of matter. It is more likely that we see what we want to see and interpret such visions according to our contemporary beliefs."


Keel has written about Charles Hoy Fort's research into anomalous phenomena. He also has written about alleged secretive government departments and Men In Black (MIB), a term used in UFO conspiracy theories to describe men dressed in black suits claiming to be government agents who attempt to harass or threaten UFO witnesses into silence.

Charles Fort Institute

Keel took pride in saying that his philosophy was similar to that of Charles Fort.

Also, Keel subscribed to the Institute's newsletter.

A SciFi online interview with Keel relates how he wrote for several magazines including Saga, with one 1967 article "UFO Agents of Terror" referring to the Men in Black.

It's All Garbage!

Told that the Web, including information on Wikipedia, contained much information about him, Keel said, "It's all garbage!" Agreeing that such was possible, fellow nursing home patient Warren Allen Smith briefly posted on Philosopedia all references to him for a tentative biography in order that the "garbage" could be cited as being untrue and facts such as the biographical information could be verified. However, Keel was uncooperative, thinking he was being asked to write his own website, not verifying an encyclopedic entry. He liked the idea of typing his own website, so he was advised to find technicians who could arrange such - upon hearing this could cost a lot, he showed complete lack of interest.

Excerpts From A 1973 Keel Interview

In 1973, Glenn McWane and David Graham included the following in their New UFO Sightings (Warner Paperback Library Edition, pages 26 - 34):

Shortly after the October UFO flap broke out, we were able to obtain an interview with John A. Keel, who is probably one of the most well-informed of all the UFO researchers:
McWane: John, how do you feet about UFOs getting some national publicity after a rather long hiatus on the part of the media?
Keel: It is very interesting. Tonight on the NBC news they reported some of these sightings. They mentioned that a woman somewhere in the South not only saw a UFO, but on the side of this object the letters UFO were painted. It was an amusing anecdote for the newscast, but I expect this was true. This was an ultimate joke. We may get more reports like this. A few years ago I talked with two young men who had seen an object in a field that resembled exactly one of our space modules and had "US Air Force" printed on the sides. But, of course, one of our space modules isn't going to be hovering over a field in New Jersey. I never wrote it up because, even the UFO buffs wouldn't believe it. As for the coverage this flap is getting, it is superb. UPI is doing excellent wrap-up stories on it. The NBC newscast has been covering it every night this week and every night last week. This may be because NBC is preparing a White Paper on UFOS. Three or four weeks ago I was called in by the young man who is working on it, and we had dinner together. It is being produced by Fred Freed, who produced a number of the award-winning White Papers. In the course of my conversation a month ago with these people, I laid out some predictions based on the patterns of previous flaps. I really put my neck out. All of my predictions are coming true. I was able to tell them that the sightings would be concentrated in the Mississippi Valley and move up to the Ohio Valley by the end of October. They are seen everywhere, but the heaviest concentration seems to be in the Mississippi Valley. According to my statistics, around or on October 21 is the day when the biggest flaps are likely to occur. Of course the twenty-fourth produces some interesting manifestations. This year October 24 is on a Wednesday, and I wouldn't be surprised if the UFO flap will peak on that day, then gradually start to subside. We will have a brief low, and then next March, all hell is going to break loose.
McWane: Why do you think all this UFO activity is taking place now?
Keel: I keep trying to outguess the phenomenon; but it is hard, because it is always one step ahead of you. On a number of occasions, when I was most active in my research, I would go to an obscure farm on an obscure back road to research a story that had never been publicized. As soon as I would walk into the house, the phone would start to go crazy. But no one would be on the other end of the line, and the farmer would be amazed because this had never happened before. This occurred several times in several different places. Someone was trying to get through to me that they knew every move I was making. They finally convinced me.
McWane: Speaking of personal investigations wherein it appears that a mysterious, unidentified "someone" is keeping an eye on things, a-few years ago I was involved in researching a case in which a particular UFO contactee claimed to have been given vast hordes of advanced scientific information. This man (I'll call him Salvatore) claims that he knows where terrestrial UFO bases are located.
Keel: You must be aware that this very thing has been repeated fifty or a hundred times around the country, or around the world. Do you remember the famous Mel Noel of the 1960s? He claimed that a group of earthly scientists based in Brazil were building UFOS. He had a good following, and people came to believe in him - then he just disappeared into thin air. Someone did write to me about a year ago and said Mel Noel had turned up again. They had talked to him and heard him lecture. Noel apparently had a lot of money behind him. He came to New York City, went to Life magazine, went to Mort Young, who was then with the Journal American. Noel was signing people up to go on a space flight. He collected photos of all these different reporters for their space passports. Mel Noel was very good-looking, extremely well dressed. He was accompanied by not one, but two or three or more very attractive girls who looked like movie stars, from the descriptions I have. He traveled all around the country stirring people up. He had a story very similar to your Salvatore's. A lot of people with such claims get in touch with me because they think I am going to believe their story, become enthusiastic about it, and write a glowing article about it. It is very difficult for me to tell them that I feel sorry for them; that I have heard it all before, and that I see them going down the road to ruin just as several others have done in the past.I believe that a lot of people who have written strange letters to me have really been mediumistic channels, and that the letters were produced by automatic writing. There was a case a few years ago in which I interviewed some witnesses in Long Island. It was a family that had seen some rather remarkable things. I taped the interview in their living room with three or four people. A year or two later I went back and dropped in on them to see how they had been doing and if anything new was happening. They didn't know me. They were amazed. I started telling them about UFO experiences, and they thought I was crazy. They had no memory of all the things they had told me a year ago. They were not acting as if they were hiding anything or putting me on. They were nearly at a point of shock.
McWane: Does this lead us into the sinister men-in-black kind of phenomena?
Keel: Perhaps. Not too long ago, a photographer showed me a lot of pictures be had taken of an outdoor rock festival in England. There was something very extraordinary about the picture. There was a large crowd, and scattered in the crowd were three men who looked like brothers. Their hair was quite short in contrast to the other people in the picture. They were dressed identically, and they all had this man-in-black look. Not an Oriental look, but a gaunt, evil look. They were widely separated in the crowd, and yet if you brought these three men together, they would have looked like triplets. This doesn't prove anything, except that the picture fascinated me. In January 1969, during Nixon's first inauguration, I was very interested to notice three men in black suits looking very much like our classical men-in-black sitting together a few rows from the front, right behind Nixon when be gave his inaugural address. Every time the television cameras shot Nixon from a particular angle, I could see these three men. They seemed out of place. Of course they could have been ambassadors from Vietnam or something. I wondered afterward if my imagination had been running away from me. I got a hold of all the magazines I could find with pictures of the inauguration; and I went over them with a magnifying glass; but I could not find those three guys. Yet I had seen them very clearly on television.
McWane: Have you ever run into a man-in-black type that is as skinny as you could ever imagine a living human to be?
Keel: The thin man is well known to me. I call him the Cadaver. Over the years I have had twenty-five different people describe the Cadaver to me. He is usually extremely pale, as if he were bloodless. He is so thin that he looks like be is going to fall apart at any moment. He is usually rather poorly dressed, but it isn't easy to look good in clothes when one is so thin. A man in Minnesota wrote to me recently about his problem with men-in-black. He called them morticians. He thought that their manner and looks were like those of a mortician in an English comedy. He was seeing them all over his home town. There are several areas to this whole weird business. On one hand we have real UFO phenomena - strange lights passing over the earth, probably since time began. The UFO intelligences are aware that we are going to see these lights occasionally when conditions are just right so they have to give us an explanation. Different generations have been given different explanations. These intelligences have staged whole events over a long period of time to support those explanations. We have the fairy faith in Middle Europe; we have the vampire and various other kinds of legends. We have the mysterious airships in 1897. Now we have spaceships. But all of these things are nothing but a cover for the real phenomenon - whatever it is. On the ground, as well as in the air, there are real things happening that they don't want us to know about, so they give us lots of cover stories. The men-in-black support the cover stories in many of these instances. What they are trying to hide may be frightening, even incomprehensible to us, but it does seem that they are using us in some fashion. It may be more than a rumor that young people are being collected from college campuses after the memories of their families and friends have been altered so that they will not remember the existence of these children. As farfetched as this sounds, there may be more truth to it than to some of the other theories we are kicking around. We are being used in some fashion, and UFO intelligences don't want us to discover how they are using us. So all this other stuff is camouflage. And I keep trying to peel away the layers of this camouflage. I keep trying to come up with something real and substantial. Perhaps if we could find out what they are doing to us, we could stop them. But once we found out what it was, they might stop of their own volition. And do something else for a change. It may be the end of the game once we figure out what they are doing to us. Now when we have a new UFO flap, such as the one going on at the moment, I ask myself what is really going on! What are they covering up this time? What kind of manipulation is taking place that we don't know about? This is a very big flap, because there is a lot of heavy news right now from the Middle East and it should have smothered the UFO reports, but it didn't. There must be a lot more UFO activity than the media have mentioned. Two nights ago, the TV cameraman in a town near here (Mt. Marion, New York) spotted an object in the sky. He had a camera and he took pictures of it. He is a specialized cameraman, but when he developed the film nothing came out on it. I have heard all this before. Were the objects really there, or were the witnesses just thinking they saw them? Or was the film manipulated in some way? Both possibilities are possible.
McWane: You seem to feel that the UFO phenomenon is some kind of delusion that is being perpetrated upon mankind by some unknown source.
Keel: In an earlier time when someone would undergo such experiences, people would say that he was enchanted. Today, people are still being enchanted, even though we don't use that terminology anymore. More and more people are accepting these incidents as real experiences - when they probably aren't. What we have had in the last twenty-five years or so is a large propaganda movement designed to create a whole frame of reference for these manifestations. A frame of reference that could be used to conceal and to cover up what is really going on. If it hadn't been for a relatively small handful of extraterrestrial enthusisasts, the concept of UFOs from outer space wouldn't have caught on; and the UFO intelligences would have had to find something else. But the outer space propaganda did catch on, and we have millions of people who accept extraterrestrial visitors as the explanation for the lights they are seeing in the sky. These UFO lights are appearing simultaneously in thousands of places all over the country. If it were really an invasion from outer space, it would be enormous!
McWane: Have you observed any new variations to the UFO sightings?
Keel: This summer we bad a great increase in "phantom helicopters,' which appeared in some twenty states. These are unmarked helicopters of a very large size, and are usually compared to military helicopters. They are seen hovering over farm fields, so when farmers see them they think they are cattle rustlers. So far we do not have a single case in which the cattle were rustled when the helicopter was seen. Recently, new cases have started to erupt in New York State. Before that they were mostly from California to Illinois. If you come across any news stories about helicopters, I would like to see copies. There is one other thing to keep on the alert for. I have come across six different cases in six different parts of the country in which exceptionally bright children from fairly poor families were given tests in school which determined that these children were the brightest in their schools. These were children who also claim their family bad a great deal of psychic ability. These children were approached by someone claiming to represent the U.S. government. These representatives made an offer that the government would finance their kids' college education - if the children would sign an agreement that when they got out of college they would automatically go into government service. Not military service, but govennnent service. This seems to me to be a rather extraordinary program. The government does have programs to finance exceptional chddren with the agreement that the students will pay somehow after they get out of college - but I am aware of no deal wherein the students would have to go into the government when they get out of college. When I was in Washington I decided to get to the bottom of this thing. I was with the department of Health, Education, and Welfare. I nosed around, and no one has ever heard of such a thing. I've tried to keep in touch with these six contacted families, but now I have lost communications with all of them. I would like to find out what has happened to them - or what will happen to them when their kids are out of school. This doesn't sound like something the CIA would go in for. They are interested in a certain psychological aspect of people, not intelligence. All these kids have psychic ability. There are a lot of kids with high IQs who have not been approached, so psychic ability must be a credential. Why do they single them out? Again I ask, as with so many aspects of this phenomenon, just what is really going on? The October wave is actually part of the enormous 1972-73 flap and is following to the letter the patterns of the previous waves. I expect the greatest peak to occur in March-April 1974. When that subsides we will hear very little about UFOs until 1978-79. However, the next really significant wave will not take place until about 1984. By that time a complete and rational explanation of the phenomenon will be common knowledge, and the whole delightful extraterrestrial concept will be a thing of the past. Thousands of people around the world now know all there is to know about the UFO phenomenon. Unfortunately, very few Americans are in this group because they have been misled for years by fanciful speculations, deliberately misleading manisfestations and chimeras, dark suspicions of mythical conspiracies and, most of all, fanatical emotionalism. Essentially the phenomenon can be divided into two parts. The meandering nocturnal lights are the real mystery and still remain unexplained by astronomy. The objects and apparitions seen on the ground, or close to it, comprise the second part. These range from complex hallucinations to elaborate transmogrifications, often accompanied by incredible distortions of reality and manipulations of time and space. Such manifestations have been known, and recorded, thoroughout history, and their true nature was recognized and defined thousands of years ago. Collectively, American ufologists are ill informed and poorly educated in history, philosophy, and the behavioral sciences. So they have failed to recognize what is actually happening (in contrast to what they think is happening). Ufology is essentially a new system of belief, not a new system of scientific fact. As such, it is no more substantive than the study of angels and the medieval cataloging of chimeras. Indeed, the deeper one penetrates into the ufological problems, the more he finds himself rediscovering Heraclitus.

(The above article was posted online by Jerry Hamm of Napoleon, Ohio.)

Keel's Displeasure with Much That Has Been Written About Him

In the November 2008 interview with Smith, Keel repeated his displeasure "with all the garbage" about him on the web. He had seen Dr. Greg Little's online material about the movie, The Mothman Prophecies. But he would not go on record concerning Little's ending:

  • Keel's theories have either been derided or are heartily embraced. Both Brent Raynes and I have long been Keel fans and both of us have spoken to him. The movie only hints at his ideas. Many of the events depicted came from real events, including the phone calls, the appearance of someone who looked like Keel, the dreams of the packages floating in the river, and the "messages" received by various people. The movie also has seveeral Keel-like twists. The writer in the movie, named Leek, is a representation of Keel himself. (Leek is Keel spelled backwards). John Klein also is a play on words as are a few other elements in the movie.

"The Indiana Jones of the Paranormal"

Ben Robinson, in a February 2002 article published in, wrote about Keel:

John A. Keel, the Indiana Jones of the paranormal, the real-life X-File before Mulder is now a feature film starring Richard Gere who plays John Klein (note initials), a writer investigating the paranormal, and who is possibly experiencing insanity. "It's a great picture. They did things very cleverly. Everything is implied. The director Mark Pellington gets a lot of credit" an unusually enthusiastic John A. Keel told Magic Times during an hour-long interview.
Keel began his career at age 12. "I sold a an article to a magician's magazine and they sent me a check for two dollars. That was it." He moved into Manhattan's Greenwich Village at age 16 and supported himself by writing for poetry magazines, and fraternized with another Village resident, Ted Annemann. "Annemann and I were both from upstate NY (Annemann was from Waverly, Keel from Perry, NY) and we were both young, manic writers with worldly interests." Keel told Magic Times.
Keel is best known to magicians for his "autobiography" written at age 27: Jadoo. It is one of the first western books to tell the story of Indian street magic. The author befriended many galli galli men, and those who performed feats no longer seen , such as the instantaneous appearance of many small birds from under a basket. The publisher of the 1957 magnum opus was aggressive, and by the time Keel was living in Germany years later, he was famous. In India he was close friends with Sorcar Sr., and in Germany he spent time with Kalanag. Back in the US, he spent countless hours with one of his closest friends, Walter B. Gibson. Keel and Gibson saw eye to eye. Gibson's "Shadow" was Keel's "Jadoo."
Keel has seemingly done it all. Author of 30 books. 100,000 articles in too many languages to count. He's made ropes and snakes rise in department store windows. He's been on and written for every talk show since talk shows began. He even performs a neat little "Out to Lunch" business card trick every now and then at his favorite luncheon counter. A book of original tricks he has on a shelf has never been published.
Magic, written about, performed or debunked, real or imagined, illusion or reality, in New York or Tehran (he's lived in both) is the central pursuit to the man whose letterhead used to boast a wand, quill and noose.
From real research of the vanishing caste of street performers with snakes ("the samp wallah") in India, to hosting radio broadcasts from the interior of the Great Pyramid of Giza, the road John Keel has followed is captured in his genuinely horrifying book The Mothman Prophecies. Originally published by the Saturday Review Press in 1975, Keel's book has been optioned for film many times, but this time, it happened. What makes a feature film "a go" these days? "A young screenwriter named Richard Hatem is a Keel fan with a huge collection containing articles since 1952. He read Mothman 20 times. He wins the Expert Keel Cup." Keel quipped. "He wrote the screenplay, and was very instrumental in making this happen."
"He had a romantic angle that no one who ever pitched the screenplay ever had. The movie is really a very good exposition of my thoughts. Alan Bates gives a speech in the movie that is word for word a speech I gave once. Gere plays one side of my brain. Bates the other. It's very clever. Neither is me, entirely, but I am both of them in the movie."
HBO is currently (last two weeks in January) running a short film called The Making of Mothman. January 23 the F/X channel will run an hour-long documentary about the actual case Keel investigated in the movie. The reprint Mothman book cover also matches the gripping movie poster. The original Men in Black made their first appearance not in Will Smith's jiggy vid but in Keel's life. Then he wrote about it, and the story will scare you to keep the lights on when you sleep.
Keel jokes, "Richard Gere is not the problem. . . . I'm the problem. I can't get any comps to the screenings!" He continued, "The movie is sort of a crossover from one world to another, the psychic and the real world. This is hard to do without making it hokey, and this is not hokey."
One reprint cover to Keel's monumental tale of magic, mystery, and genuine intrigue is a famous Frank Frazetta painting of the dreaded red-eyed beast, the Mothman. The poster has sold in the thousands, and the book? Probably, millions. But Keel hasn't seen the cash. "I'm the most ripped off author! Even little presses in Finland have knocked off my titles," the matter-of-fact author said.
A paranormal superstar, Keel doesn't believe in little green men. However, Keel's truth is out there, in movie theaters nationwide, beginning January 25, 2002.

Health Problems Starting in 2006

In October 2006, Keel admitted himself to New York City's Lenox Hill Hospital and on Friday - the 13th of October - underwent successful heart surgery on October 16. Keel then was moved from the hospital to a rehabilitation center on October 26, 2006, according to Doug Skinner, whom Keel did not identify to Smith.

Although annoyed by postings of his premature death, Keel continued for six weeks in 2008 to be in rehab at the Village Nursing Home in Greenwich Village. He asked to go to his New York apartment, and in November 2008 he left, hoping somehow to move to a warmer clime.


Loren Coleman has written an obituary.

Selected Works

  • Jadoo (1957)
  • UFOs: Operation Trojan Horse (1970)
  • Strange Creatures From Time and Space (1970)
  • Our Haunted Planet (1971)
  • The Flying Saucer Subculture (1973)
  • The Mothman Prophecies (1975)
  • The Eighth Tower (1975)
  • Disneyland of the Gods (1988)
  • The Complete Guide to Mysterious Beings (1994)
(revised version of Strange Creatures from Time and Space)
  • The Best of John Keel (Paperback 2006) (Collection of Keel's Fate Magazine articles)

(See concerning books that can be purchased.)