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Appalachian Case Study: UFO Sightings, Alien Encounters and Unexplained Phenomena
The state of West Virginia has a long prominent history of unexplained happenings and bizarre sightings of unidentified flying objects (UFOs). Perhaps it’s because we are a rural state—geographically covered with harsh mountains and rolling hills, being far from more densely populated territories—that makes this phenomena even more fantastic. Maybe the people here are just more observant of such oddities, or more willing to report such experiences to authorities. Regardless of the reasons for the increased activity in Appalachia, it remains a fact that citizens of the state have recorded an astounding number of UFO sightings over the last fifty years.
Among these have been high profile incidents such as the famed Braxton County Monster occurrence where a crippled unidentified object and creature may have come near the community of Flatwoods. Additionally, the legendary Mothman sightings, near Point Pleasant, still mystify investigators and enthusiasts. There were the infamous “Men in Black” investigators that have garnered international attention to the territory. Hundreds of lesser-known cases exist where solid citizens of upright character claimed to have witnessed strange flying objects over the state’s airspace.
Many sightings have been reported to county law enforcement or to federal investigative agencies, often with lackluster results. However, it’s likely that an even greater percentage of eyewitnesses have kept their experiences secret to avoid public ridicule or harassment from non-believers. To this day, the whole UFO situation is often viewed as an erroneous and suspect enigma. Of course, the author Kyle Lovern tends to see things differently, and so do millions of others like him. This literary work documents sixteen new UFO sightings in Appalachia—interviews with West Virginia citizens that have experienced the unexplained.
Also, Lovern includes an exclusive interview with nationally respected ufologist, researcher and nuclear physicist Stanton Friedman.
Author Kyle Lovern has been a popular guest on radio shows like Coast to Coast AM, with George Noory, and has been a guest on a variety of international Internet radio programs.
See www.kylelovernufos.com for more information about Kyle Lovern.
Here's what others are saying:
Lately I had the opportunity to read Kyle Lovern’s two books; “Appalachian Case Study: UFO Sightings, Alien Encounters and Unexplained Phenomena, volumes 1 and 2” I enjoyed every page of his books and I am very much impressed by his informative, serious approach as a writer and a UFO investigator. Lovern brings us the less known facts of UFO sightings world enriched with a variety of witness interviews. His professional and realistic style comes forward in both of the books. I strongly recommend these books to who anybody would like to get informed by a writer whose feet are on the ground but whose intellect is much more ahead of our time. I cannot wait to read Kyle Lovern’s new books.
— Farah Yurdozu, UFO Magazine Columnist and Jerry Pippin Radio Show Program Producer.
Ex-newsman producing his second UFO book
By Mannix Porterfield
Hardly a day passes that Kyle Lovern isn’t approached by someone with a tale to tell about an Unidentified Flying Object sighting in the hills of West Virginia.
Just recently, while making a bank transaction, a teller inquired, “Are you the guy who wrote the book?”
Indeed, he is that man who wrote the book, “Appalachian Case Study: UFO Sightings, Alien Encounters, and Unexplained Phenomena.”
Correction. Two books.
Lovern has a second one in the works, with publication by Woodland Press expected in late September or early October.
“Actually, I’ve gotten a lot of response from the first one,” he said. “A lot of people contacted me, wanting to share their stories. One guy was from California. He originally lived in the ’60s in Virginia, on the other side of Bluefield. He used to go out hunting in Hidden Valley.”
While on one such foray, the man, accompanied by his father and some cousins, experienced a UFO sighting.
Lovern soon found after his first book hit the market there certainly was no dearth of material. A number of other people since have come forth to furnish vivid details of personal sightings.
One of them was shared by a former supervisor of a work crew engaged in contour mining in Mingo County. About 40 employees joined him in watching a UFO maneuver up close to their work site in the 1980s, a time of intense activity for the unexplained, Lovern pointed out.
A state professor at Morehead University detailed his account of watching a UFO with his two sons while driving home one evening, telling Lovern it appeared to land in a meadow or a valley near his subdivision. A woman provided her own version while out with a friend to take in the Christmas lights of her neighborhood.
“Then some people heard this scream, like a woman screaming, ‘Oh, my God, please help me!’ from the same area, and even called 911,” the author said.
“Police, fire and ambulance crews were sent out in the area of the scream. There is actual proof there, with the emergency services being contacted, that something had happened. It was a real eerie story.”
Yet another episode Lovern covers in his second book, tentatively titled “Appalachian Case Study Two: Mysterious UFO Sightings and Alien Encounters,” entails a report that a UFO sideswiped a passing CSX freight train in eastern Kentucky.
Lovern, a former newspaper reporter in southern West Virginia, now works in the marketing department for Dignity Hospice and Home Health in Logan and Mingo counties.
Recently, he appeared at a book signing at Tamarack, and has been sought out by a number of media outlets across the country for interviews. One talk show beamed coast-to-coast is ironing out details for an appearance. Already, he has shared his personal UFO experiences on an Internet show.
“I’m starting to get a little bit of national exposure,” he acknowledged.
So far, however, there has been no contact from the aliens themselves.
“I told my wife, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool if one would flash the lights at me?’” he said. “I could really share a story. But then, I probably wouldn’t remember it. They would probably take my memories away.”
Originally published in the Beckley Register-Herald, @register-herald.com
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