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October 15th, 2008

THE SILVER BRIDGE IS BACK

 

Available from Amazon now.

I wrote the original introduction to "The Silver Bridge" back in 1969-70 and encouraged Gray Barker to publish this surreal and exceptional account of the Mothman cases and the collapse of the Silver Bridge.  Andy Colvin was kind enough to ask me to write a new introduction to this edition, which also has a cover I designed around a hitherto unpublished photo of Barker I took many years past at the National UFO Conference.  This in the mail today from Andy:

"Speaking of the Silver Bridge, we have just republished a new edition of the famed Silver Bridge by Gray Barker:  
 
Here's the dust jacket blurb:
 
"Written in 1970, The Silver Bridge was the first book ever written on the mysterious Mothman creature, and still one of the best. Barker was the first researcher on the scene of both the Flatwoods Monster and Mothman cases. Known for his eloquent writing style, Barker became nationally famous for his seminal 1956 book They Knew Too Much About Flying Saucers, which set the standard for reportage of UFO contactees and the infamous Men In Black. Through his Saucerian Bulletin and Saucerian Press, Barker found a huge following that presaged today’s 'alien abduction' boom. In The Silver Bridge, Barker paints a sociological portrait of life in West Virginia during the Mothman era of the late 1960s. In addition to exploring the inner psychology of Mothman witnesses, Barker also creatively imagines what might be going on in the heads of the 'alien' spacemen, the Men in Black, and the Mothman. This book was originally printed in small quantities and hence became very rare, fetching enormous prices. Now, for the first time, it is being made widely available to the general public. Inside, one finds many intriguing facts and details about Mothman that previously escaped attention."
 
This edition features new intros by myself, Allen Greenfield (author of Secret Cipher of the Ufonauts) and James Moseley (author of Shockingly Close to the Truth: Confessions of a Grave-Robbing Ufologist). Interestingly, in Moseley's introductory poem, he cites AT&T as being the phone system he tries to call Barker on (in the afterlife)."

We talked about this some while back on a podcast here.

This from Amazon:

"Editorial Reviews
Product Description
Written in 1970 by West Virginia Ufologist Gray Barker, “The Silver Bridge” was the first book ever written on the mysterious Mothman creature, and still one of the best. Barker was the first researcher on the scene of both the Flatwoods Monster and Mothman cases. Known for his eloquent writing style, Barker became nationally famous for his seminal book “They Knew Too Much About Flying Saucers,” which set the standard for reportage of the infamous Men In Black. In “The Silver Bridge,” Barker explores the murky psychosexual depths of life in WV during the Mothman era of the late 1960s. This book was originally printed in small quantities and hence became very rare, fetching enormous prices. Now, for the first time, it is being made widely available to the general public. Inside, one finds many intriguing details about Mothman that previously escaped attention. This 2008 edition features new introductions by noted paranormal researchers Allen Greenfield, James Moseley, and Andy Colvin.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 154 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (October 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439204276
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439204276

Now, I hope I get a couple of copies.  Stay tuned!

ps- I'll be doing a spooky Halloween true terror show with Adam Gorightly on All Soul's Eve.  Tune in!

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