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This Tragic Earth

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This Tragic Earth includes a collection of Richard Sharpe Shaver's articles and art. This rare collection with a previously unpublished Shaver manuscript was compiled by Wm. Michael Mott. Hundreds of hours of research and preparation, along with careful scanning of old papers and manuscripts went into this project.
What you hold in your hands is a Book of Wonder-one man's wonder, his sense of awe and mystery-a mystery which fascinated readers for fifty years. What you hold is, in part, a facsimile of one of the rare lost notebooks of Richard Sharpe Shaver (1907-1975), fiction writer, non-fiction writer, artist, poet, dreamer, and philosopher. And his philosophy is best summed up in one word:


Beware of the deros (detrimental robots), the subhuman/superhuman degenerates below.

Beware of their flying machines, which Shaver described in identical detail before the first "official" flying saucer reports came to light.

Beware of modern society, a demented world secretly run by subterranean dementos, and at the mercy of their manipulative and mind-destroying rays.

Beware of the Past, when the moon fell, the oceans rose, monsters and human-animal hybrids roamed, the sun grew evil, the ancients left the planet, and their refugees-our ancestors-dug into the ground to survive. Some eventually came out into daylight again, but the others remained below, from whence they secretly rule the world today, both devolved and evolved, and as far removed from modern humans as we are from chimpanzees.

Beware of human arrogance, folly, egotism, short-sightedness, warmongering, environmental destruction, and general stupidity.

Beware of all of these things, because all of these things and more were encompassed by Richard Shaver's worldview, and he was not bashful about sharing his opinions, whether they appeared in a science-fiction fantasy tale about the pre-cataclysmic world for magazines like Amazing or Fantastic (often hinted at as "truth" by the author), or in "serious" and sincere literature warning of the Hidden World below; or in the lessons he found in his famous "rock books," wherein which he found images that he often turned into paintings.

About the Author Richard Sharpe Shaver :

(b. 1907 Berwick, Pennsylvania, d. 1975 Summit, Arkansas) was an American writer and artist.

He achieved notoriety in the years following World War II as the author of controversial stories which were printed in science fiction magazines, (primarily Amazing Stories), wherein Shaver claimed that he had personal experience with a sinister, ancient civilization that lived in caverns under the earth. The controversy stemmed from the fact that Shaver and his editor/publisher Ray Palmer claimed Shaver's writings, while presented in the guise of fiction, were fundamentally true. Shaver's stories were promoted by Palmer as "The Shaver Mystery".

Wm. Michael Mott presents his 2nd edition work of Caverns, Cauldrons, and Concealed Creatures. Five new chapters, over 100 additional pages, new larger format, and more color inserts than the 1st edition.

Human history and culture are permeated and surrounded by long-standing traditions, folk-beliefs, and purported experiences of encounters, interactions, and conflicts with "others." These others are not human beings, as we would use the term, and do not always conform to those controlling conditions which we tend to think of as "natural law," or as more recently defined, "the laws of physics."

These "beings," seemingly existing at the periphery of our awareness or our reality, have gone by a variety of names: djinn, ifrits, fairies, elves, trolls, goblins, vampires, incubi....and more recently, as "little gray aliens," "reptoids" or reptilian humanoids, hairy humanoids, "nordics," and so on. While some seem to have a more substantial basis in physical reality than do others, a close examination of folklore, mythical, and historical accounts reveal that not only are all such forms inter-related in some way, but they have their origin in an aspect of reality which has been in large part ignored or dismissed as fantasy--a realm which nevertheless has a powerful presence, as far as the mythical and religious traditions of the world are concerned.

Throughout our oral and written history as a species, folktales and folk traditions have either hinted at or indicated the reality of this "hidden world" which surrounds us. The furtive and parasitical nature of this "alternate reality" leaves no doubt as to the intrinsic hostility of these "others," or at best, the indifference that some of their "racial types" or subspecies exhibit toward humankind.

From child-snatching tales (or distorted actual occurrences?) such as changeling legends, stories like those of Rumpelstiltskin and the Pied Piper of Hamelin, to the sexual assaults or predatory activities of succubi, incubi, and other manifestations of "demon lovers," and then onward to modern-day UFO abduction and hybridization accounts, the interest that these beings have--the NEED that they demonstrate--for fresh human genetic material or influx, becomes quite apparent upon careful examination. "Frog princes" and "fairy princesses" may in fact have their parallels in today's reptoids and nordics.

The reported fascination of UFOnauts with reproduction and interbreeding--as in the Villas Boas case--is surely pertinent to this topic. Are human beings--worshippers, servants, or unwitting fools--utilized upon occasion to assist in the procurement of genetic materials--people and livestock--in exchange for some sort of reward? The circumstantial evidence would seem to indicate that this also is a very real possibility. The reported "fairy" interest in human livestock-particularly cattle--and the extant tales from the British Isles and elsewhere of both cattle pilfering and genetic manipulation, and even dismemberment or exsanguination, are wholly identical to many aspects of the modern "cattle mutilation" phenomenon.

The visitations of the ancient Nephilim or Nefilim mentioned in Apocryphal lore, in which they presented themselves to human women for purposes of procreation or lust, are not at all dissimilar to the sexual depredations of fairies and modern day "aliens" of a wide variety of descriptions. Pattern and intent remain consistently the same, whether dealing with ancient "folkloric" forms or archetypes, or more recent ones.

Another interesting parallel is the tradition that the Nephilim and their partially-human offspring and descendants are imprisoned beneath the Earth, kept captive there, perhaps, by a changed surface-world environment and a low tolerance for the ultraviolet radiation in sunlight. Only those with more of the "stolen" human genetic material can venture forth for any length of time, which may in fact explain the seemingly desperate and unrelenting need for interbreeding, whether accomplished by trickery, seduction, or coercion.

The same can be said for the "wee folk" of varying descriptions and traditions, as well as for vampires, evil spirits of various types, and a number of so-called "extraterrestrials" who have surprisingly little tolerance, for a "space-faring" race, for bright daylight conditions, even down to the dark protective lenses over their bulbous eyes. Great lengths seem to be gone to, in order to convince humanity that "they," the "others," come from somewhere else, when in fact their origin may be much nearer at hand than we realize. As for most humanoid creatures of "supernatural," paranormal, or cryptid aspect, sightings tend to be take place more often at night, or at twilight, dusk, or early morning, and in deep, dark locales such as heavy forests, misty valleys, and so forth.

In his highly-confabulated accounts of subterranean dwellers and their predations upon the surface world, the pulp writer Richard Shaver insisted that such beings had taken refuge beneath the Earth's surface as a result of a change in the sun, or in its effect upon the genetic structure of living tissue. We now know that prolonged exposure to direct sunlight and other types of radiation do in fact degrade our cells, and in fact may be the primary cause of aging.

The Sumerian and Hebrew accounts of a flood seem to indicate that the atmosphere surrounding the Earth was once very different than at present, with an ever-present "canopy" or "firmament" which may have kept the majority of such radiation away from life on the planet. In fact, the Book of Genesis indicates that the "first rainbow" occurred after the downpour of the deluge (perhaps when the cloud canopy fell, due to some form of catastrophism), when the sun shone brightly upon the Earth. If this occurred upon a day which was, in actuality, the first day in millions of years without a hazy shroud of water vapor or even suspended ice crystals filling the upper atmosphere, then this may not be as much of a myth as many might wish to believe.

A rainbow would have been something new, and might have heralded the rise of a hardier species--homo sapiens--to a place of dominance in the surface world environment, and the retreat of older races or species beneath a protective ground. According to the records of Sumerian Kings and Biblical Patriarchs, the result of this exposure to increased cosmic and solar radiation had an effect on humanity as well, with life-spans dwindling, becoming shorter and shorter as years and centuries passed and our cells became less and less resistant to the bombardment from above.

The evidence for these facts seems at times overwhelming. Folklore, mythology, religion, literature, witness accounts--all seem to support this theory with a mountainous supply of circumstantial evidence. As we re-examine our own emerging global society, as we approach a century of great expectation for human development, we can nevertheless sense a tightening of "control" or restraint, like a leash, about our collective throat. The grinning despotic and de-humanizing skull of global governance seems to be only the herald, or sunlit surface-world manifestation of this sense that WE are not really in control of our own destiny, and never have been; that through human puppets who rule from offices, palaces and assemblies, we are all dancing or cringing to the pull of unseen strings, and this has always been the case.

The book CAVERNS, CAULDRONS, AND CONCEALED CREATURES examines these topics and the evidence for these musings in greater depth, with a close examination of most of the folk and mythic-religious traditions of the world and the relationships which emerge, as well as many first-hand, eyewitness or historical accounts. We have perhaps been so conditioned to accept the strangeness of it all--to dismiss the unusual or unexplainable as a delusion, fantasy, or item of ridicule and derision (which is actually a device to mask our own fear and uncertainty)--that we are in fact our own "worst enemy." Ignorance may be bliss, but the time may also have come to reach a state of full and empowered wakefulness and awareness as to what just might be going on.

~ by Wm. Michael Mott

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