posted on Sep, 4 2003 @ 04:09 AM
'The Shaver Mystery'
This story was published in the March 1945 issue of Amazing Stories.
It was credited with helping to boost Amazing Stories' circulation from 27,000 to 185,000
[Original headline: The Madman, The Midget And the Giants ]
Deep in the bowels of the earth, a mutant race of malevolent beings keeps thousands of kidnapped humans as slaves and sex toys before ultimately
At least that's what Richard S. Shaver believed and who cares that he was a raving lunatic? He had a good editor, who happened to be a hunchbacked
midget, who turned Shaver's demented screeds into some of the most popular pulp magazine stories of the 1940s.
But the June 24, 1947 Kenneth Arnold saucer sighting over Mt. Rainier, Washington shifted popular attention to the skies, and the Shaver Mystery soon
vanished from both the public mind, and, with the exit of editor Ray Palmer, from the pages of Amazing Stories as well. In the 1950s, Palmer, then
editor of Flying Saucers from Other Worlds magazine, attempted to breathe new life into the Shaver Mystery by shortening the publication's title to
simply Flying Saucers, and declaring that UFOs originated from deep inside our own world. He emphasized the fact that Shaver had described disk-shaped
Dero flying machines as early as 1945, well in advance of the Arnold sighting. But the man in the street was looking up, and his attention would not
be drawn earthward again until long after Richard Shaver and his Mystery had faded to little more than footnotes in paranormal history
[Edited on 4-9-2003 by quaneeri]
[Edited on 5-9-2003 by quaneeri]