Thursday, 30 November 2017

Thank Yous and Book Size

THANK YOU -again- to those who have been buying the books.  It is greatly appreciated.

I was asked about the size difference between UFO Contact? *which is in an A4 format) and High Strangeness which is in a more traditional format.

I don't have a camera any more but I hope these images show the size difference

And as for how dense a read they are....

Monday, 27 November 2017

Strange & Mysterious Beasts and a BIG Thank You

Firstly, for those few of you who have recently purchased copies of my older and new book - THANK YOU.  It really does help and I hope they are enjoyable reads for you.

As for the new book, well, it is half-way completed.  I'm taking a look at "mystery beasts" from France as well as up-dating the old Beast of Gevaudan work.  I also look at the "British Bigfoot" reports and even the "werewolf" reports of the last few years.  The rest I'm keeping quiet on.  I can assure you, however, that the book will be fully illustrated and fully referenced and I hope it will help inspire others  to carry out their own investigations and studies.

As far as I can predict, the book will be published around March 2018 but it all depends how things go in the meantime.

The one mystery I cannot solve is why posts here get zero response or why no one ever comments. Perhaps some mysteries should remain unsolved!

Friday, 24 November 2017

Norway temporarily bans wolf hunting after outcry

photo: (c)

I am quite a ways into writing Strange & Mysterious Beasts and wolves have cropped up quite a bit. Then I saw this item.  To state that there are 100 wolves left in Norway is saying that they are not going to survive long. Of course, Norway, like other countries, has the option of declaring the wolves extinct when they are gone and then re~introduce them to provide more 'sport'. 

It seems to work in the United States.  France, of course, suffers from "wolfaphobia" and the policy seems to be the same as centuries ago: if it's a wolf ~kill it.

European Union member states ~and I include the UK here~ have always seemed to turn a blind eye to legislation or come up with some excuse to get around whichever law it does not want to bother with.

This is the 21st century and people are still killing animals for fun.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Conférence de cryptozoologie

Jean-Louis Maurette, Hunter of... Yeti!

Interesting story via( Cryptozoologie -see blog roll)

It's not a joke. Jean-Louis Maurette, a Breton Adventurer, is preparing a new expedition to Russia. His hope: to be the first to discover the almasty, the yeti of the caucasus.

When Jean-Louis Maurette, 58, says he's looking for Bigfoot, he's having trouble being taken seriously. " people, it's fun for them, it's like aliens, it doesn't exist ", ",. But for this baroudeur writer of quimperlé (Finistère), a thousand leagues from the illuminated, it is an exciting and very thoughtful quest. He returned from a month-long expedition to Kazakhstan, after three more in Russia in recent years. He's hunting the almasty, or Sasquatch of the caucasus, which would look like a big, furry hairy primate. But, like his cousins from the Himalayas (the yeti of tintin) or North American forests (big football), he often remains a big joke in the eyes of the public. Yet, for decades, expeditions have been linked.

Explorers and seasoned scientists are trying to find a trace, producing solid work, some of which have been supported by Paléontologue Yves Coppens. Many have, in these remote mountains, collected testimonies of people who overlap. The lucky ones found fingerprints. But none of them brought back an indisputable reality: a dead or alive yeti. Result: this monkey of about 2 M, who moves like a man, is returned to the state of myth, feeding on la fantasy and videos.

Jean-Louis, he believes. " at first I was very skeptical, I had doubts. But the more I go to the field, the tighter it gets. What I'm passionate about is that there's a mystery ", ", that's the one who's also a hunter of wrecks. He's been interested in this puzzle for almost half a century.

On his travels to the east, he conducted the investigation. He questioned shepherds, hunters who saw "strange things", a natural reserve inspector, from the residents to ensure that their parents had told them to cross the beast...

On the spot, people are not always talkative. " witnesses are afraid we're gonna take them for fools. But when they talk, it's believable. They know the fauna, they're not going to confuse the almasty with a bear ", thinks this former technician of laser tank sights. He himself observed a suspicious trace of not. But he did not come to his nose with the hominidé to " Dark hair with red sheen ". " it is an animal that is probably in the process of disappearing, which has a nocturnal life in regions that is. So, inevitably, encounters with man are difficult ", he analyzes. He is not afraid of this hypothetical face-to-face with an animal at the top of the chain of intelligence and evolution. What scares me is the bears, not the yeti ", he does.

He is already preparing his next summer hunt on the caucasus ridges, in Russia, currently on the lookout for sponsors to fund his three-month immersion. This time he would like to be able to "Mount a study station", set about photo-video traps and equip himself with a thermal vision camera to try and flush out the mysterious creature.

The Yeti, " the abominable snowman " of the Himalayas, popularisé by the adventures of " Tintin in tibet ", published in 1960, is not a pure invention of hergé. The Famous Belgian Cartoonist was inspired by his compatriot and friend, the scientist Bernard Heuvelmans. The two men met as early as 1942 in the premises of the daily "evening". the zoologue, who died in 2001, is one of the founding fathers of the cryptozoologie, the study of animals whose existence does not have Été proven by science. 

This is based on testimonies, fossils, hair, clichés... the doctor in zoology wrote the series of books "on the trail of ignored beasts", which sold to hundreds of thousands of Copies. This scholar provided hergé with documentation on the yeti for his 20th album. In L''s imagination, the monster of the peaks, which has been the subject of many expeditions in the th century, is not a cruel brute. He's even endowed with feelings, since he shows himself very human when he becomes the guardian angel of Chiang, who survived an air crash.
Source: Leparisien

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

The Beast Of Faudiere -The Investigation Continues

Frederic Remington "Moonlight Wolf", C. 1909

It is a very brief item.  Almost unnoticeable if you scan through faded print too quickly:

 “A Letter from Nantes, dated July 19, says,

                    “Yesterday evening about eight o’clock, a wild
                    beast devoured two girls,one about twelve, and
                    the other seven years of age, the daughters of a
                    farmer in the Commune of Chevroliere.  The
                    animal immediately after took shelter in the fo-
                    rest of Faudiere.  It appeared to be larger than
                    a wolf, had a snout about a foot long, and a very
                    formidable set of teeth.”

The account has no thrills or high drama.  Everything is stated precisely.  I have heard the line "ill educated French peasants" used too many times to explain such incidents away.  Peasant or of "higher standing" -all knew what a wolf looked like and the assumption here is that we are only reading about a small part of the incident. The locals knew where the animal had taken shelter and had quite obviously seen it -they were able to state that it was bigger than a wolf and that it had a long snout with a "formidable set of teeth" -indicating that someone got close enough.

What is bigger than a wolf with a long snout and took the time to kill and (partially?) devour two young girls?  Believe me, I would like to say a starving or, maybe, rabies infected wolf.  I covered the history of French wolf accounts in The Red Paper (I) Canids. Again and again there are accounts of people being very familiar with wolves so to say a French person at this time would see a wolf and not be able to identify it is like saying someone sees a fox and is dumb-founded.

Having proven beyond any real doubt just what The Beast of Gevaudan and the Girt Dog of Ennerdale (read Some Things Strange And Sinister) had been, I tried long and hard to identify or even get additional information on a French case of 1800.  If any existing or would-be investigator of the mysterious  could come up with more than a non-French speaking / reading English idiot (me) could then I would give a big cheer.

I have now continuously searched the internet since 2008, originally once a week and then once a month but all I came up with was my account of what happened.  I have scoured as many of the newspaper titles as I can from the United Kingdom at that time.  However, in the early days news was received in letter form from Englishmen or travellers abroad –everything from food shortages, crime and much more.    

It may well be that some other newspaper also published a piece on this but it is more than likely only one did!

However, things to consider: the news of the attack had reached Nantes and was obviously reported on if a correspondent considered it newsworthy enough to go through the rigmarole of sending a letter from France to inform the Caledonian Mercury about it.  One assumes (hopes) that there is some archival record in Chevroliere or, if not, then, hopefully in Nantes?

We even have the date of the attack -18th July, 1830.  So one assumes that anything in print appeared after the 18th, including news of any possible hunts or the burial of the victims.

This is where French researchers who know the newspaper / local record system can help. 

So, if not a wolf, just what was The Beast Of Faudiere?



1.      The Caledonian Mercury,2nd August,1800
2.       Some More Things Strange & Sinister

Monday, 20 November 2017


I began working on this one a while ago and below is the preliminary cover (or the actual cover if I cannot persuade a certain Mr. Dilworth to come up with something.

There will be up-dated chapters that look at cases dealt with before in the previous books but solutions will be offered based on quite a few years intense research.

Newer material will look at a mystery British wolf, the British Bigfoot subject as well as the Hull Werewolf. If anyone has anything to add to this or photographic evidence then I am quite willing to look at it and offer an unbiased opinion.  If you are genuine and can offer any evidence or even sighting reports get in touch

If you believe that you have seen and/or photographed anything unusual then, obviously, get in touch. I am quite interested in finding out whether people are still seeing unusual lake or -particularly- sea "monsters" -have they really died out?

I know that I have asked repeatedly since this blog "officially" started in 2011 and the lack of any response never fails to impress!  Look at how many people have viewed the AOP blog (or Face Book page) and today is typical:

United States           1020
Ukraine                    78
United Kingdom       35
France                      18
China                        9
India                         9
Spain                        8
Netherlands              8
Germany                   6
Brazil                       4

There must be sightings or incidents that you are aware of that you can send me a link to or information on?  I would like to spend more time posting here but there is only so much one man can do alone. You see or hear anything let me know!

This new book should be out around May, 2018 and I'll up-date as I go along.


Rats In London Are Getting Bigger

UP-dated: Strange Aliens in Jardinopolis, Brazil (2008)

I contacted the Brazilian group directly and asked whether it might be possible to get more information on this report and explained my interest.


So, since 2017 I have been chasing up any possible secondary reporting.  Nothing.

It seems that this report may be a hoax and I was told the group in question had disbanded long before the report was made.

My conclusion: fake report

Location. Jardinopolis, Sao Paolo, Brazil
Date: December 27 2008
Time: 2100

Two local youngsters, Denilson and Rafael were playing in the Sebastian’s Chapel Square when they were surprised to see bright lights moving overhead heading towards a field close to the square. The lights seemed to be rotating around an ellipse form, and were red and blue in color; they suddenly descended and disappeared from sight.

Feeling somewhat frightened the two friends ran to a nearby house where they told their two other friends, Carlos and Cristiano. The boys knew that it hadn’t been an airplane since there wasn’t any noise and the lights seemed to have performed a vertical descent into the field. The now four witnesses approached the field and could now see the lights on the grounds alternating colors from red to blue.

Three of the boys were afraid to approach the field by Cristiano drove his scooter closer and illuminated the area with its headlights, as he did this, Carlos, Denilson and Rafael followed closely behind him. The boys could now see that the lights were suspended in mid-air in a diagonal position and under the lights they could see three or more “crouching” creatures on the field. The creatures were crouching in a horseshoe or U-formation and appear to be “communicating” with each other.

The boys were extremely frightened, since they had never seen anything like that before. The boys were convinced that the creatures were not animals, since their behavior was totally different from that of typical farm animals that abounded in the area. The boys explained that the creatures were well-defined but when they changed their viewing angle they were able to see four and up to five creatures, giving some the creatures the appearance of being “invisible” and only becoming visible when the struck by the light rain that was falling at the time.

When Cristiano shone his scooter headlight directly on the creatures they disappeared. They could only see the creatures when it was dark. In the darkness they still see the contours of their bodies. The boys estimated the creatures to have been about 1.20 meters in height, with large black oval-shaped eyes, lacking noses or ears, they had a round mouth and their color was dark gray. They had hands with fingers but were unable to count how many fingers on each hand. All four youths gave identical description of the creatures.

They observed the creatures for approximately forty minutes and during the time the boys noticed that the creatures appeared to be communicating among themselves. Suddenly they saw a red “laser point” on Carlos’s shirt, Rafael pointed it out to Carlos who became afraid, and he immediately lifted his arms in a way to demonstrate that he was no threat to them and that he was unarmed. At this point the witnesses could see a red beam of light that appeared to be emanating from a cylindrical shaped object on the field, there also appeared to smoke coming from the tip of the object.

Terrified the four witnesses began leaving the area slowly concerned for their safety. The youths estimated that they had stood about 10 meters from the creatures. They arrived home afraid and nervous. Three days later the witnesses visited the site and found that the brush in the area had turned brown in color.

Source: Milton Dino Frank Junior, Presidente do Centro de Ufologia Brasileiro

HC addendum

A two-headed dolphin discovered on a beach in Turkey 2014 .

A stroller made an astonishing discovery while wandering on a beach in Turkey. Thus, near the city of Izmir (in the west of the country), he came face to face with a two-headed dolphin!

Tugrul Metin is a 39-year-old sports teacher. At the beginning of August 2014, he was walking on a beach when he saw, in the distance, a dolphin stranded on the sand.Intrigued, the man approached the animal, as he told the Turkish Times newspaper  :

"  I saw the dolphin in the sea and then, I saw it run aground on the beach.  "

It was only when he reached the height of the creature that he found that it had two heads! The teacher was rather shocked by this discovery. Quickly recovering his spirits, he warned the police who entrusted the corpse to a laboratory.

According to researchers who autopsied the dolphin, they found that he was about 12 months old and one meter long. In addition, on one of his two heads, the eyes had never been properly opened.

Professor Mehmet Gokoglu , who works in the Department of Marine Biology at Ak Deniz University, says this is an extremely exceptional discovery:

"  It's as rare as Siamese in humans.  "


Two UFOs observed over Cap d'Ail, France 13th November 2017

This is taken from Paranormal Activity blogspot France

On November 13, 2017, at 9.30 pm, a resident of the commune of Cap-d'Ail (in the Alpes-Maritimes department, in the south of France) observed and filmed two UFOs moving in the night sky .


 I was at home watching TV. Our living room has a large window that has an impressive sea view. From the couch I can look out the window and see a wide landscape, without obstacles, just the sea and the sky.

Around 9:30 pm, I saw an unusual light in the sky. She looked like a huge star. So I got up and started to watch him. I knew there was an astronomical event involving Jupiter passing over Venus. But when I looked at the time at which this specific event was to occur, it did not correspond to what I was seeing.

So I decided to take my professional camera to take pictures in order to zoom in on the image and better understand what was happening, also because the star I saw at first, had changed shape. She had come closer and was coming down close to the point on the horizon, over the sea.

I started taking some pictures with my camera, sitting on my couch, zooming in on the pictures and was absolutely shocked at what I saw:

- In the first picture, there are two UFOs. the one I did not see with my eyes because I was too focused on the bright spot. He was in a sort of round boomerang shape and there was a multitude of multicolored lights around him. I used an exposure of 2 seconds and this object is perfectly net, it was static.

- The second UFO (the one I saw) is present in all my other pictures. It was a very bright light made up of a kind of green wing. I lost sight of him because he simply disappeared by becoming smaller and smaller. It appeared again two / three times with about 10 minutes apart.

I alerted my neighbor to go outside and see this strange thing. She saw it too. I'm not sure it was the same because it was the 4th appearance and it was almost an hour after the first appearance. I felt very dizzy, confused and empty. I knew I had evidence of what I was seeing and it was enough to make me feel calmer.

I felt as if I 'had observed something very special and of unique, but at the same time I was scared because I did not know what it was and whether it could hurt me.  "


Friday, 17 November 2017

High Strangeness. Weirdness. The Sinister

Proof checked and done. In case you wonder about High Strangeness/UFO Contact? Remember that each book has more than half a ream (500 sheets) of paper in it!  

second up-dated edition
Black Tower Comics & Books
26 February 2011
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Price: £20.00 (excl. VAT)
After more than 30 years as an investigator and more than forty 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 newadded 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:thisbook has something for everyone -including the just plain inquisitive!

Terry Hooper-Scharf/Black Tower Books UK
19 November 2013
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2013 UP DATE -From Dead Aquatic (Humanoid) Creatures, the giant squid and yet undiscovered sea creatures; submarine and ships crews encountering true leviathans. This 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

third up-dated edition
Terry Hooper-Scharf/Black Tower Books UK
10 November 2017
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Follow-up to Some Things Strange & Sinister. For those interested in Ufology,cryptozoology,hominology,unusual natural history,ghosts and mysteries in general. The secret history of gorillas -before they were 'discovered'. Wild men of Europe, the UK and US. Hominology. Giant snakes. Amazons. The Giant serpent of Carthage. Girt Dog of Ennerdale. The Beast of Gevaudan. Crocodiles in the UK. Silent City of Alaska. And much more. Updated with extra pages and photographs.

Terry Hooper~Scharf
Publisher  Terry Hooper~Scharf
Published 09 November 2917
Pages 530
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Since 1947 it has been claimed that UFOs/flying saucers are evidence of aliens visiting the Earth. Since the 1950s claims of encounters with landed craft and alien beings were talked about but not taken seriously.

In the 1960s the subject of UFO abduction was a "slow-burner" until the whole "Grey" abduction phenomenon and claims made by researchers. But is there evidence to back up any of the claims -and what about those encountering Alien Entities but who were not abducted?
2017 is the time to assess the past evidence and look at the faults within Ufology.

Not everyone is going to be happy -debunkers or ufologists.

Below larger format same contents

Publisher Terry Hooper-Scharf

09 November 2017
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