Terry Hooper-Scharf. Noted naturalist and historian was a former UK police forces Wildlife Consultant specialising in Canids and Felids. From 1977 -2007 "Officially Unofficially" investigated UFOs Reports as Head of the Anomalous Observational Phenomena Bureau (AOP B) Project Grey Book. per cognitionem veritatis
"The decision on the fate of the AOP Blog will be made on 1st January. According to Terry he will up date everyone then.
Folks, we want him to keep this blog going then now is the time to post comments of support. Jerry"
So, 12 days later how many comments supporting the continuation of this blog?
The fate of the blog? Work it out yourselves. You don't support by buying books just whatever you can grab for free here and will not even comment to keep the blog going....that shows a total lack of interest and, to be honest, its pretty insulting.
My thanks to anyone who has (about 3 people) commented on the blog in the last five years.
In all seriousness, the prose books consist of just some of the work from the last 40+ years and the reason for self publishing was simple.
Book after book that was being published on UFOs, "sea monsters", strange creatures and other phenomena had become a mish-mash of a few little distorted "facts" and heaps of sensationalism. People were buying these books expecting to read the truth and find out about all the weird stuff going on around them.
They might as well have gone out and purchased a fantasy novel.
Several times, large publishers waved the contract and offered the cheque but the line from them was always the same: "Can you, maybe sex this up a bit? Claim government cover-ups or threats against you if you revealed the truth? That sort of thing?" These were established and "respectable" publishing houses and they knew I needed the money. However, despite making it very clear that lying and adding false claims was something I would not do, I kept getting the "Yes, but no one will know other than us" and my insistence on honesty led one after another to back out of the contract.
It may sell but what would that achieve -apart from getting me money!- in the long run? You cannot set out to lay facts before readers that have been fully referenced and investigated/researched and then add fantasy elements to "make it sexy".
So I self-published. A couple of copies have sold. Looking at the number of views of posts on these books on my Yahoo groups, Face Book, Twitter, CBO, Google+ and so on, we're looking at a quarter million. Three copies of a book sold.
Is fiction published as truth really preferable to fact?
It may well be. A year or so ago I started touting the books to publishers because them not selling were doing me no good. Presumably no interest since I never got responses.
So I have books. I need a publisher who can do the whole publisher things and not ask me to add lies or sex the books up. I can't see it happening but.....
Better to have no sales as a proper publisher than trying to encourage people, from the 7th October 2016 the books will see a substantial increase in cover price to reflect what they are. I make no apologies because I've heard from one person after another with the "I am going to buy this one!" etc etc etc and those people never buy. I need to earn money. I'm not a charity. Now I'm operating as a proper businessman. _________________________________________________
The Red Paper: Foxes, Coyotes, Jackals, Arctic Foxes and Wolves in the UK
One for those interested in Wildlife -or cryptozoology!
The Red Paper: Canids
(21 x 30cms)
Photographs, illustrations and maps
By the 1700s the British fox was on the verge of extinction and about to follow the bear and wolf having been hunted for sport for centuries. The answer was to import thousands of foxes per year for sport. But foxes kept dying out so jackals were tried. Some were caught, some escaped. Even wolves and coyote were released for hunting and "country folk" were very far from "happy" -some even threatening local hunts -one intending to release a wolf for a hunt- with legal and other consequences.The summation of over 40 years research by the noted naturalist and former UK police forces exotic wildlife consultant reveals the damnable lie of "pest control" hunting but also reveals the cruelty the animals were subject to and how private menageries as well as travelling shows.Private menageries, or single exotic "pets" as well as travelling shows helped provide the British and Irish countryside with some incredible events such as the 1905 "vampiric" sheep killer of Badminton, the mystery hounds of Cavan and Coyotes of Epping Forest.
The Girt Dog of Ennerdale is also dealt with in detail -was it a tiger? A Tasmania Thylacine? This book gives the exact facts and details for the first time.Up-dated 2013 edition includes a section on sarcoptic mange in foxes and treatment plus a list of wildlife sanctuaries and rescue centres in the UK.
After more than 40 years as an investigator and more than fifty as a naturalist,the author has opened some of the many files he has accumulated dealing with such things as.. The Terrifying Events At The Lamb Inn, The Ghosts Of All Saints Church, Dead Aquatic Creatures of Canvey Island, captured bigfoot like creatures in India -all exclusively presented for the first time and with new added research previously unseen. PLUS a vastly expanded section on Spring-heeled Jack! Photographs, maps, line drawings and up-dated to make 358 pages looking at Things truly Strange and Sinister. Cryptozoologist,Ghost Hunter,Ufologist or Fortean:this book has something for everyone -including the just plain inquisitive! ContentsForeword by Travis L. Whitehurst Introduction de occultis non judicat ecclesia The Bristol Rocking Horse The Terrifying Events At The Lamb Inn The Coonian Ghost The Ghosts Of All Saints Church His Luminous Chamber The Late Reverend Dr. Blomberg And More Ghost Stories The Thomas B. Cumpston Case The Chupacabra The Strange Case Of The Gotherington Gargoyle What’s Tall,Hairy And Vanishes? Mystery Beasts Of Ireland The Creature Of The Dump The Strange Creature Of Repton Woods The Bizarre Legends,Crimes And Truth About Spring Heeled Jack The Black Beast Of Darmstadt The Nameless Thing Of Berkley Square The Terrifying Case Of The U.S. Naval Transport The Case Of The Ghost Lear Jet Ghost Planes,Crashes And Dead Aquatic Creatures The Mitchison Loch Ness Monster Video From The Deep Below To The Air Above –USOs Aerial Encounters Over Austria A Crashed UFO In 1790? Angel Hair Quimper-Corentin:Where “Thunder Fell” Strange Aliens From Space The Llandrillo ‘Saucer’ And Other Crash Retrievals Transient Lunar Phenomena,Alien Structures And Moon Vegetation Whiddon Down-Saint-Jean-du-Guard:Impossible Correlations? The Venezuelan HorrorA Final Word.
Alleged piece of crashed UFO from Berwyn Mountains, Wales. **************
Some More Things Strange & Sinister
http://www.lulu.com/shop/terry-hooper-scharf/some-more-things-strange-sinister/paperback/product-18763730.html Follow-up to the hugely successful Some Things Strange & Sinister.For those interested in Ufology, cryptozoology, hominology, unusual natural history, ghosts and mysteries in general.The secret history of gorillas in the UK -before they were officially 'discovered'. The history of the Wild men of Europe, the UK and US: something that in the 1800s become very "pop culture" Very pop culture and totally forgotten today!Hominology. Sasquatch and Bigfoot -is there evidence for their existence? No sitting on the fence here -the Patterson-Gimlin film is looked at as well as other evidence. The Author's conclusions? You might be surprised.Giant snakes. Amazons. The Giant serpent of Carthage. The Girt Dog of Ennerdale -another big cult 'creature' amongst paranormal and cryptozoological circles. The Beast of Gevaudan -what was it and were there really descendents of the creature in the 19th century -one of which was actually brought to London? Believe it or not more than one incident of historical crocodiles cases in the UK. In fact, far more than even the Author had thought .And, after more than a century of claims by 'researchers' that it no longer exists: The Silent City of Alaska and the near legendary 'lost' photograph taken of it.
This and much more. Updated with extra pages and photographs. *********************
Pursuing The Strange And Weird -A Naturalist's Viewpoint (2014 up-date)
UP DATE -From Dead Aquatic (Humanoid) Creatures, the giant squid and yet undiscovered sea creatures; submarine and ships crews encountering true leviathans. There is a fully expanded section which also refers to the so-called ‘Ningen’ sightings and video footage.
Extinct animals at sea that have been re-discovered. The subject of Sasquatch and other mystery Hominids around the world is dealt with including a look at the “Sasquatch-killer”, Justin Smeja.
Dr. Bryan Sykes and his DNA test results for TVs The Bigfoot Files as well as the controversial Erickson Project and Dr. Melba Ketchum’s Even more controversial Sasquatch DNA test results.
Also included are two early French UFO entity cases that still baffle. Ghosts, strange creatures and the Star-Child hoax. All dealt with by the naturalist and pursuer of the strange and weird *******************
The Bizarre Legends, Crimes And Truth About Spring Heeled Jack (2014
Terry Hooper-Scharf Paperback, 53 Pages Dimensions (centimetres) 20.98 wide x 29.69 tall (A4) fully illustrated and referenced http://www.lulu.com/shop/terry-hooper-scharf/the-truth-about-spring-heeled-jack/paperback/product-21259526.html The terror and mystery created by “Jack The Ripper” has been the subject of countless books, magazine articles as well as movies and TV documentaries. Ask anyone if they have ever heard of Jack The Ripper and it is doubtful anyone would respond with a “no idea.” By that same token, ask people who “Spring-heeled Jack” was and you would be lucky to find anyone who had ever heard of him. Spring-heeled Jack was the subject (loosely) of a film The Curse of the Wraydons (1946) and Dominic Keating also appeared as Spring Heeled Jack in the 2010 film Sherlock Holmes by The Asylum film company. The character has also featured in both American and British comic books and a number of books, for both children and adults. But the fact that the Springald held the country –not just London– in a grip of terror much longer that the Ripper did is all but forgotten except for some half-truths and fanciful theories. Now be prepared to read the full story of Spring Heeled Jack
Scientists have picked up a "crazy," complex call from the depths of the Mariana Trench. Although the mysterious sounds haven't been attributed to an exact species just yet, marine researchers believe it's less the call of Cthulu and more a previously-unknown dialect of baleen whale song.
As the deepest known area of our planet's oceans, the Mariana Trench captures the imagination, especially when it produces sounds as eerie as these. That said, some of that other-worldliness is undermined by the name it was given – the "Western Pacific Biotwang" – by its discoverers, scientists from Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center. The calls were picked up by passive acoustic ocean gliders, instruments that can dive down to 1,000 m (3,281 ft) below the surface to record and study ocean sounds.
Made up of five distinct parts, the calls tend to last between 2.5 and 3.5 seconds. Frequency-wise, they're quite the roller coaster ride, with moans dropping as low as 38 Hz before jumping up to 8,000 Hz for a high-pitched finish the researchers describe as "metallic." That wide a range makes it hard for researchers to notice the calls, since studies often focus on narrow frequency bands.
"It's very distinct, with all these crazy parts," says Sharon Nieukirk, lead author of the study. "The low-frequency moaning part is typical of baleen whales, and it's that kind of twangy sound that makes it really unique. We don't find many new baleen whale calls."
Minke whales are the most likely culprits, according to the team. The closest match for the strangeness of the Western Pacific Biotwang are the calls emitted by dwarf minke whales around the Great Barrier Reef, northeast of Australia – sounds that scientists have dubbed "Star Wars" calls, since they apparently sound like blasters and lightsabers. And because minke whales have a wide variety of calls depending on their region, it stands to reason that the Western Pacific Biotwang is simply an as-yet-unheard dialect.
"We don't really know that much about minke whale distribution at low latitudes," says Nieukirk. "The species is the smallest of the baleen whales, doesn't spend much time at the surface, has an inconspicuous blow, and often lives in areas where high seas make sighting difficult. But they call frequently, making them good candidates for acoustic studies."
But in the case of the Western Pacific Biotwang, this frequent calling does raise further questions. Baleen whales tend to call more regularly in winter, during mating season, but this new sound wasn't limited to that time of year.
"If it's a mating call, why are we getting it year round? That's a mystery," says Nieukirk. "We need to determine how often the call occurs in summer versus winter, and how widely this call is really distributed."
Whether it is minke whales or not, confirming what's making all this racket is a priority for the researchers, and the team hopes that the sounds might turn up in existing recordings, where the wide frequency band may have led them to be previously missed.
"Now that we've published these data, we hope researchers can identify this call in past and future data, and ultimately we should be able to pin down the source of the sound," says Nieukirk. "More data are needed, including genetic, acoustic and visual identification of the source, to confirm the species and gain insight into how this sound is being used. Our hope is to mount an expedition to go out and do acoustic localization, find the animals, get biopsy samples and find out exactly what's making the sound. It really is an amazing, weird sound, and good science will explain it."