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
Toronto’s piece also covers Ray Palmer’s insertion into the
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
(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.