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Thursday, September 22, 2011


I have just met John Hanson and Dawn Holloway at our recent conference and this was a great pleasure to meet the team who have been putting in such a huge amount of effort into not just one book, but a series of several extensive volume chronicles of the UFO subject in the British Isles.

We have corresponded frequently with regards to certain cases John had been researching, sometimes for case information or just to check some small details. Before I acquired these first two volumes, I became aware of books in the making when Lionel Beer had mentioned a retired police officer who was looking extensively into UFO files. I then observed our long time BUFORA member, David Sankey, preparing images for this project. Have a look at the standard of the artwork that is has gone into these first two volumes at www.davidsankey.com

In general UFO literature, there are many cases that have their own books on specific events. The last extensive work that covered UFOs in decades of case summaries and a rolling overview of the subject would be by our very own John Spencer.

Here is an author that is prepared to go further back in time than the benchmark Kenneth Arnold sighting in detail and reminds us that the modern UFO story did not start here.

The first two books in the series are already published and they have taken a selection of prominent cases, complete with interviews and press cuttings from pilot and civilian sightings from the Second World War right through to cases that mark a heightening awareness of the public towards UFOs in the later 1960’s.

For a historical and thorough account of the best of the sightings, John Hanson and Dawn Holloway largest task has been in the editing down of so many important cases, still coming in from research and investigations from a multitude of sources, including UFO groups and independent investigators.

The first two volumes have attracted glowing reviews from all sales points and also specialist magazines such as UFO Matrix. This is growing into the definitive summary of UFO cases from all around the U.K. and lead by authors with a keen eye to separate fact from fiction.

You should also seek out John and Dawn at various UFO conferences, as there is such an abundance of material, some of which did not make it into the book (live interviews and additional case photographs) that you’ll get a different set of cases discussed and explored at any appearance.

John and Dawn appeared at the recent BUFORA conference in Newcastle and will be joining us for the 50th anniversary in London on the 22nd September 2012.

In terms of a definitive selection of prominent cases and development of the UFO phenomenon, from witnesses, type of sightings and reports from 1940 to 1965, these first two volumes are the best for the interested newcomer and established reader, researcher and serious investigator in this broad subject.

You can find further material being added constantly at John and Dawns site at:


In addition to personal thoughts and meetings with other UFO investigators and researchers, it’s almost an appendix to many items the first two and forthcoming third volume simply does not have room to include.

This should indicate to you the wealth of material you will be accessing by purchasing all of the progressive volumes in this large project. Volume three is due very soon and the purchasing of the Haunted Skies books will ensure regenerated resources to continue the series, which intends to go the complete timeline right up to more recent UFO incidents.

BUFORA highly recommends the Haunted Skies volumes and if you want an extensive and thorough window on the fascinating cases that have occurred in the U.K. in the last fifty years, the first two books will leave you wanting more, with volume three (at the time of writing) due for release very soon, with later publications in the series already collating material and already underway.

Purchase sources can be Amazon or your local bookseller will be able to supply this or directly from the Haunted Skies website.

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