Chapter 16

The Goblin Barrier


Confounding and bizarre, the perceived rift between anomalous aerial phenomena (UFOs) and paranormal events (ghosts, poltergeist activity, psychic visions, etc.) remains an unnecessary–even tragic–fact in field investigation.

I use the term perceived because there is no “physical” gap between these–only a subjective one, found usually in those ignorant of the vast (admittedly uneven) literature piled up over hundreds of years, a lot of this by organizations whose names might surprise some of you: the Vatican; Russian intelligence (scientific, well-funded, deadly serious); CIA (even a partial listing of MK-ULTRA sub-projects would run many pages); FBI; universities with corporate, private, and government funding. Regardless of any of these having individual ambitions and agendum, they gathered–a few continue to gather–reams of raw data.

Out of that (short) list, probably the Vatican keeps the largest collection, and might very well have been the first to note a continuum between “lights in the sky” and ground-based phenomena, divine or otherwise. Poltergeist activity (rock-throwing, unaccountable movement of inanimate objects, “apports” such as falls of coins, biologicals, etc.) is recorded as far back as AD 400, well before anyone thought of exploiting such matters for personal or political gain.

Some researchers think Vatican scholars were and are coerced to “accept” only those accounts that reinforce the Roman Catholic church, i.e. “Our miracles are better than yours–and approved!” An obvious absurdity, akin to those uttered by government conspiracy-mongers who believe fabulous UFO artifacts and secrets are under lock and key. No one can control, or hide, a global phenomenon so fugitive, culturally adaptive, and incomprehensible.

What can be controlled is disclosure of gathered data–nothing more. It might be very interesting if American intelligence released their files, as did the UK not long ago. But data is not information. I have read a sampling of Ministry of Defense documents, and they offer a confused, often annoyed, record of meandering nocturnal lights, bright stars, jarring cries in empty buildings, mysterious “animals,” and apparently solid objects seen in daylight. I doubt American documents tell a different story.

Photographs, be they of unusual machines in the sky or on the ground, apparitions, or cryptids (unknown and/or “paraphysical” creatures) can never prove anything. This was true in the twentieth century; even more so now. A photograph tells us nothing useful about its subject. In today’s slippery high-tech environment–forget it.

None of this discounts that we share a world thrumming with anomalies. In our skies, lakes, seas, homes, and minds. I agree with that old, bespectacled, brilliant and often pissed-off Charles Fort, whose four classic tomes–The Book of the Damned, New Lands, Lo!, Wild Talents–first collected from newspapers, university and science journals, accounts of all things Damned.

Fort hated believers, scientists, charlatans, and petty authority; the whole “either-or” mindset. He posed the question: Not if such things exist…but why?

In Fort’s world there existed no Goblin Barrier. But a timeless march of weirdness forever just out of reach, a few decades ahead of common wisdom. “A procession of the damned. By the damned, I mean the excluded. We shall have a procession of data that Science has excluded. Battalions of the accursed, captained by pallid data that I have exhumed, will march. You’ll read them–or they’ll march. Some of them livid and some of them fiery and some of them rotten….”

Fort wrote the above in 1919.

Sometimes I’m sure nothing since then has changed.



  1. Can I just say something? I feel like crying. In all honesty, I thought you were dead, all these long years. I have spent countless hours looking for you online, searching, googling, whatnot… good lord man. Where the hell have you been???


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