Carry On Ufologist

Jonathan Downes. The Blackdown Mystery: A Tale of UFOs, Crash Retrievals and High Strangeness. Goblin University Press/Centre for Fortean Zoology, 2000.

I think that Jonathan Downes must be engaged in some sort of sinister conspiracy, first he produces one of the most outrageously funny books on ufology ever; the one that tells you what gutter roots ufology is really like, so that you will persevere in reading the book against all odds. Then he makes the print so damned small that you are going to get a stinking headache reading it, if not actually making yourself blind. Destroying the eyesight of the world's ufologists, so they can't see what's going on under their noses, that's what its all about matey. Well we've rumbled your little game there.

On balance it really is worth investing in a good magnifying glass and following this hilarious adventure of Jonathan Downes and two equally weird mates as they explore the word of small town ufology, trying to discover the secret of a tale of a crashed plane and a UFO.

Their encounter with a thirty-something ufologist and her aged mother on a Bridgewater council estate will make your eyes water, even if the print doesn't. It might also make you give up ufology before something like that happens to you. This should be made into a TV sitcom. Any suggestions as to who should play Nick Redfern? -- Peter Rogerson, from Magonia 72, October 2000.

[Peter Rogerson notes that the later edition of the book, advertised below, is readable]


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