Up, up and away? (Maybe not)
The October 1977 issue of Official UFO magazine had the article, pictured above, about Richard Shaver and his “revelations.”
The article by Richard R. Toronto [Page 33 ff.] elaborated on Shaver’s Detrimental Robots (Deros) as related to Toronto by a “guru” – Kid Revahs.
Toronto’s piece also covers Ray Palmer’s insertion into the Shaver oeuvre.
It’s all a little goofy, and can be dismissed by the more circumspect of you.
This is Shaver, visiting a cavern, where he said Deros live:
Richard Shaver was not quite right, as you know.
And I ignore the ramblings of men who sport beards like Shaver’s. Such men are a little off kilter in my estimation, and we’ve dealt with the matter in an earlier posting here (and elsewhere.)
That aside, where and why did the idea of underground men (or gods) derive?
One can understand gods or life-forms from the heavens, but from beneath our feet, from the underground?
No UFO creature, who has allegedly communicated with their witness (see Jose Caravaca’s repository at his blog, The Caravaca Files) indicated they were from the nether regions.
Even as figments of witness imagination or input from an external reality (the Caravca Distortion hypothesis), the underground is virtually absent as the originating venue for UFO visitors.
Fiction writers (science fiction and otherwise) have created people from below, but UFO witnesses haven’t bought into that scenario for their experiences.
(Shaver’s views have pretty much been ignored by everyone who purports to be part of the fringe, either as a witness to strange happenings or as an investigator of same.)
Mythology is rife with gods and beings from the nether regions but, apart from the Irish legends of leprechauns and wee people and the religiously fevered few who have been bedeviled by demons from hell or the underworld, UFO witnesses’s beings are usually (almost always) from the skies.
Shaver’s psychotic creation of The Elders, Deros, Teros, and all the rest, promoted by Ray Palmer, never caught on with anyone, at least any one with an ounce of common sense.
But UFO visitors from outer space still capture the imagination of many and creatures of the underworld have all but disappeared from Fortean literature.
Does this mean that there is some kind of validity to UFO reports of beings from space?
Or will UFO creatures from galaxies far, far away also go the way of Shaver’s beings?
If bearded ufologists have their way, we’ll be stuck with extraterrestrials for some time to come.