Kelly Incident

Kelly Incident

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by Anna Karyl
     
 
On a hot August night in 1955, a salt-of-the-earth farm family and some friends in rural Kentucky were terrorized for hours by something that came from the sky, something they couldn't explain. They were frightened nearly to death by something the government seemed almost desperate to explain away... or cover up. Sent on what she thought was a fool's errand to expose

Overview

On a hot August night in 1955, a salt-of-the-earth farm family and some friends in rural Kentucky were terrorized for hours by something that came from the sky, something they couldn't explain. They were frightened nearly to death by something the government seemed almost desperate to explain away... or cover up. Sent on what she thought was a fool's errand to expose a fraud, an independent-minded young reporter from St. Louis is plunged head-first into mystery, intrigue and conspiracy... discovering more than she expected, far more than she had ever dreamed possible--gargoyle-like alien creatures unlike anything reported before or since. A top-down government clamp-down denied everything, and seemed to make the very witnesses disappear into thin air... haunted eye-witnesses willing to risk everything--even their sanity--to tell a story not even they are sure they can believe. Fantastic ... Yet it's all true! This fast-paced, riveting novel was written by a native of the small Kentucky town that became the focus of wonder, mystery and denial--a relative of the people intimately involved in this most dramatic of all documented Close Encounters. The Kelly Incident is based on a true story, a classic in the annals of Ufology. You can find a reference to this bizarre alien encounter in any major book on UFOs because the details are unique. Though the event was investigated by authorities at every level of government, this close encounter has never been explained!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780975264522
Publisher:
Gate Way Publishers
Publication date:
08/28/2004
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.26(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.51(d)

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Preface

The Kelly Incident is based on a true story, a classic in the annals of Ufology. You can find a reference to this bizarre alien encounter in any major book on UFOs because the details are unique. Though the event was investigated by authorities at every level of government, this close encounter has never been explained!

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I grew up in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, located about eight miles south of Kelly, where the witnesses of this startling alien encounter fled to seek the county sheriff's help on that sultry August evening in 1955. My family had moved to Hopkinsville a year or so after the alien event. I learned about the alien invasion from the neighborhood children who delighted in initiating the new kid on the block (me) every Friday night in the summertime with ghost stories that would curl your hair, as my grandmother used to say. I have curly hair to this day.

Some of the other weird stories in that part of the world include the spooky, eyeless fish of Kentucky's Mammoth Cave, the infamous Bell Witch who haunts nearby Adams, Tennessee (who would scratch your eyes out if you weren't careful, according to local legend), and the crazed one-armed zombie who attacks couples in the dead of night (especially if they are making out in a parked car). It's interesting to note that within a seventy-five mile radius, this rather small geographic area is quite potent in phenomena.

There were also stories involving psychic phenomena. Which brings us to Hopkinsville's most famous resident--psychic Edgar Cayce, one of my distant relatives by marriage. (I have since learned that I am also related by marriage to the Suttons--theeyewitnesses of the original Kelly encounter.)

Edgar Cayce was born and grew up in Hopkinsville, where his first psychic experiences began. Much later, he moved to Virginia Beach, Virginia to establish a healing center and educational institution, the Association of Research and Enlightenment (www.edgarcayce.org), a research center that remains a viable and credible source of astonishing information regarding psychic healing and paranormal phenomena that has withstood the test of time. To honor the life of "the sleeping prophet," the Pennyroyal Area Museum in Hopkinsville hosts the "Edgar Cayce Hometown Seminar" every March.

Though I had grown up in this center of paranormal activity, it wasn't until the 1990s that I began to seriously research the subjects of UFOs and alien encounters, paranormal happenings, and other phenomena. Only then did I understand that these often-inexplicable events are real manifestations in the world--and that they continue even now. I have experienced some of them myself. There is no consensus on the meaning of these phenomena. But millions of us know that "phenomena" ... rare or significant facts or events ... are real.

In this book, I have fictionalized the characters of the alien invasion that occurred during the high summer of 1955 in Kelly, Kentucky. However, most of the details that I've included of the original incident are historically accurate and factually correct, giving the story an authenticity it might not otherwise have had. Because the facts of this case are limited, and the case remains unexplained, it is a story without an ending. Therefore, I have allowed my imagination to offer some possibilities that may or may not prove out. I have also woven into the story a number of other historical, well-documented UFO encounters that will be recognized by those who are well-read in the genre, even though the cases themselves are presented here as fiction.

Whether or not you have found any evidence to support an alien reality, I hope you enjoy the story.

Anna Karyl

July 23, 2004

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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is compelling, highly descriptive storytelling: Conspiracy ... Off-Earthers ...Project Strange ...Clairvoyance ...mental aberrations ...paranormal phenomena ...Renaissance artists painting UFOs ...pushing the envelope of evolution ...liaisons with cosmic Beings ...reptilian alien interlopers .... It is a spiderweb of ever-tightening threads that wrap around its two leading characters -- a St. Louis journalist and a rural Kentucky motel manager -- as they move from disbelief, fright, and wonder, to deepening love, then to cosmic understanding and acceptance, and an unknown future....
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Kelly Incident Helen Wheeler is a two-fisted, big-city reporter in the 1950s sent to find the story about a mysterious event in Hillbilly Heaven - Kelly, Kentucky. Alien invasions, mysterious bright lights, a bully Southern cop, bewildered country folk, and a handsome young man keep the reader riveted to the Kelly Incident. Anna Karyl has managed to combine sci-fi, mystery, and romance into a fun, fast read. Where's the next Helen Wheeler adventure?
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Kelly Incident Middle America in the 1950s - where families and communities are close knit, the local sheriff's word was law, and outsiders are looked upon with suspicion. Ann Karyl has taken these familiar elements and thrown a disconnect into the mix by introducing visitors from another galaxy. Follow Helen Wheeler, the Lois Lane of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch as she uses her investigative reporting skills to come to the bottom of the mystery. It's a genuine page turner, enticing the reader to keep reading, pondering the next twist in the tale.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'The Kelly Incident,' by long-time author (but first-time novelist) Anna Karyl, is many things - all of them fascinating, and thoroughly entertaining. It's a chilling fictional retelling of a classic UFO encounter, one that took place in rural Kentucky in 1955 and still puzzles researchers and scholars. It's a moving love story, an honest example of the way that real love can transform two lives and reach across an almost unimaginable cultural chasm. It's a charming evocation of a time in America when Eisenhower was President, television was in black-and-white, Coke was ten cents a bottle and a tank of gas - pumped by a uniformed attendant - cost four dollars. And perhaps most important, 'The Kelly Incident' is a compelling mystery. This book skillfully presents a mystery that touches deeply on the UFO phenomenon that has plagued and challenged millions of Americans for more than half a century - and a mystery that goes beyond what is known about UFOs, to explore new, troubling potential answers. But more than any of that, 'The Kelly Incident' is a great 'read.' I can honestly say that I read it at one sitting, turning pages as quickly as I could, pressing on from incident to revelation to scene of touching humanity. Feeling like she's being hazed by her hard-nosed boss for being late - again - a skeptical young reporter is sent from bustling 1955 St. Louis to the wilds of rural Kentucky to debunk yet one more Deep South swamp myth. Glowing lights in the summer sky, and weird creatures harassing credulous backside-of-beyond country folk. But what she discovers is the best night's sleep in years, the most incredible breakfast she's ever tasted - and a couple of simple, honest salt-of-the-earth types who are sincerely terrified by what they've experienced. She also discovers a heavy-handed cover-up by the local deputy sheriff, a harsh shunning of the witnesses by their neighbors, and mysterious involvement by the military and a pair of closed-mouth government officials. She also discovers a handsome, soft-spoken young man whose open manner and gentle smile begin to capture her big-city heart. In short, everything she thought she knew or believed - from the logical, straightforward rationality of the universe to the clear superiority of big-city life - is challenged. Then, pushed too hard by officials intent on covering up whatever it was that happened in rural Kentucky, this young reporter buckles on her courage and plunges - like Alice through the looking glass - headlong down the rabbit hole. There, she dives head-first into a world beyond her belief - seemingly beyond reality - yet as plainly true as the face that looks back at her through her own bedroom mirror. 'The Kelly Incident' weaves a compelling true story with a page-turning mystery, overlaid with a love story that takes its two lovers to the edge of reality - and beyond. ***