Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving Haven fans!

Thanksgiving is the day we come together with friends and relatives to share a meal and give thanks for all the blessings in our lives.
It's a wonderful tradition and a beautiful reminder that, even though we have all been through hardships and low points in our lives, we are also blessed with many reasons to be thankful.
We should also remember those less fortunate than ourselves. Reach out today and help someone in your community, even if its just sharing a hug and a smile. You never know when a simple act of kindness could save or change a life forever. I have every bit of faith we can make positive changes in the entire world by first starting in our own backyards and communities.
This incredible human experience has already taught me so much in my 42 years, and has brought into my life the most treasured friends and family anyone could ask for.
They have all touched my life in different ways and I give thanks for them not only on this beautiful Thanksgiving day,but always. : )

Speaking of treasured friend...

My good pal Neil Arnold is a folklore researcher and fellow investigator of all things strange. He is especially known for his fieldwork research of "ABC"'s (Alien Big Cats--Large predatory cats known to be in places where they do not belong.)
On November 30,2009, he will be on Coast to Coast radio discussing his study of creatures including winged humanoids, sky serpents, paranormal 'manimals,' hellhounds, and other creatures.
Be sure to tune in on:

Have a happy and safe holiday everyone!

Your Mistress of the Mysterious who is about to stuff herself silly today,
Raven M.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


My fellow researcher and good friend,Nick Redfern's book "Contactees: A History of Alien-Human Interaction," is published by New Page Books and is a fabulous read.
To view the full press release and article,please go here:

“Redfern has a solid reputation as a leading researcher and author of all things
paranormal. He can present the facts, write the books, and speak across the globe with the
best of them. One thing he does better than all the rest is get out there in the field, get his
hands dirty, and actually look for the very things he writes about.”
—MARIE D. JONES, author of PSIence: How New Discoveries in Quantum Physics
and New Science May Explain the Existence of Paranormal Phenomena

San Francisco, CA (July 1, 2009) –– We are not alone on our planet, according to noted
paranormal author/expert and self‐described “monster hunter,” Nick Redfern.

His new book, Contactees: A History of Alien‐Human Interaction, is a collection of hairraising
eyewitness accounts by people chosen by ETs to spread their message.

Redfern is a popular author, media guest and journalist who specializes in unsolved
mysteries, UFOs and ETs, Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, government conspiracies,
and the paranormal. His previous bestsellers include Memoirs of a Monster Hunter;
Strange Secrets; A Covert Agenda; and There’s Something in the Woods.
Among his many
notorious exploits, Redfern has investigated reports of aliens in Mexico, lake monsters in Scotland, vampires in Puerto Rico, werewolves in England, and crashed UFOs in the United States.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Charles Fort --Who was he?

If you take an interest in anomalous phenomena of any kind, then by now you surely have heard the name Charles Fort.

He is credited as the man who coined the term "teleportation" and whom the subject of Forteana itself is named after.

Fort was born in New York and although, even as a youngster, was considered bright and intelligent, did not do well in school.
He was known to be witty and humorous, and his natural intense curiosity may have been the spark which started his lifelong journey of sitting in libraries for hours, taking notes, and collecting reports of anomalous phenomena. Today, strange anomolies are often refered to as Fortean, thanks to a playwright named Ben Hecht,who was the first to use the word in a review of "The Book of the Damned" in 1919.
Fort was somewhat of a rebel, and was very critical of authoritarianism, especially in science and religious dogma.
He was adamant that he not be refered to as a scientist, and always remained philosophical in nature when discussing the subjects he researched.
He took great delight in critiquing the scientific community's opinion of anomolies, and gave lengthy comment on circumstances labeled by them as "myth", such as frogs and stones falling from the sky, and even occurrences of ball lightning, which have now been categorized as real events.

Fort characterized his research and data as "damned" because of the opposition it faced from orthodox science. He believed that all information must be considered "tentative" forever as it is subject to change at any time. He once stated "There never was an explanation that didn't itself have to be explained"
His views and reviews often infuriated his contemporaries, but it never stopped Fort from continuing his search in the fashion he was best known for.
He passed away at the age of 58, apparently from leukemia, though that diagnosis has never been accurately confirmed.
He continued his research and obsessive note taking right up until the end, and has inspired many to continue on the path of a "contrary to popular opinion" type philosophy.
The term Fortean has many interpretations, but one fact remains.... is as far from orthodoxy and conventional thinking as one can possibly get.

It is a beautiful Autumn morning in Michigan today. I hope everyone is enjoying their day to the fullest.
Bright blessings to all.

Your Mistress of the Mysterious,
Raven M.


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