Gray Barker

Gray Barker

The colorful writings of Gray Barker, author and owner of the long-running fringe publishing house, Saucerian Press, influenced the plot-lines of culturally significant shows like Star Trek, Futurama, The X-Files, Twin Peaks, The Outer Limits, The Jetsons, Lost in Space, and The Twilight Zone. John A. Keel called him "extremely intelligent, with a dangerous sense of humor," and the "greatest UFO stylist of the 1950s and '60s." Shuttling between his Manhattan publishing office and his secluded cabin deep in the hills of his home state of West Virginia, the prolific Barker single-handedly kept public interest focused on UFOs during it leanest years, and introduced many themes still discussed by today’s paranormal and conspiracy researchers: the Roswell UFO crash, Men in Black, Ancient Aliens, Nazi UFOs, the Philadelphia Experiment, the Flatwoods Monster, Mothman, MJ-12, secret underground bases, little green men, and the Maury Island Incident. Most significantly, he was the first to report than President Eisenhower had met with aliens on a tarmac at Edwards AFB in California. He later introduced one of these aliens, named Valiant Thor, to the public, by having Thor appear at a UFO convention he had organized at the farm of the famous contactee, Howard Menger, in High Bridge, New Jersey, in September of 1958. Later popularized by Rev. Frank Stranges, Valiant Thor has become an international icon, appearing in several TV shows and movies.
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