Interview with Whitley Strieber


Months ago I did an interview with Whitley Strieber about my book The Secret Influence of the Moon. After a lengthy delay, the interview has finally been posted. The first part of the interview can be listened to for free here.

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The Secret Influence of the Moon Interview


Here’s part of an interview I did with Jeffery Pritchett concerning my book The Secret Influence of the Moon:

JP: What inspired you to write your new book, The Secret Influence of the Moon: Alien Origins and Occult Powers?

LP: I’d been closely researching the Moon for a number of years, from both scientific and esoteric perspectives, and I wrote the book as an attempt to collate and compile this research. I’ve long been fascinated by the Moon and its mysteries. My interest in the Moon deepened significantly when, many years ago, I first became acquainted with the Spaceship Moon theory. The idea that the Moon is a part-natural, part-artificial world, as stated by this theory, piqued my imagination and made me question all of my preconceptions about the Moon. One of my objectives in writing the book was to see if the Spaceship Moon theory has validity in light of contemporary lunar discoveries. (The theory originated in 1970 and hasn’t been updated since that time.)

The rest of the interview can be found here.

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Phillip ‘Pip’ Proud (1947–2010)

Yesterday (Friday the 13th!) I received in the mail a box from my publisher containing ten shiny copies of my new book, The Secret Influence of the Moon. Years of work went into the book, so it was satisfying to finally hold a copy of it in my hands. I had meant to dedicate the book to my father, Phillip Proud, a man who inspired me a lot and taught me to pursue my passions in life, but, due to space and time constraints, no such dedication was included. My father, a musician, recorded many songs during the late-60s, and again during the 90s. His music never appealed to a large audience, but rather attracted something of a cult following. So, anyway, the book is dedicated to my father — not in print, but in spirit. Below are a couple of my father’s early tracks.

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The Secret Influence of the Moon due out very soon!


I’m excited to announce that my book The Secret Influence of the Moon is due out very soon, with an estimated release date of December 1. The book is available for pre-order on Amazon and a host of other online bookstores. You can also pre-order it through Inner Traditions. For those of you who like to “try before you buy,” here’s an excerpt PDF.

Also, I’ll be appearing on a series of podcast programs over the next few months to discuss the book, including Radio 3Fourteen with Lana Lokteff, Dreamland with Whitley Strieber, and The Paranormal Podcast with Jim Harold.

Four wonderful authors—Mike Bara, Brad Steiger, John Shirley, and Joseph P. Farrell—generously contributed endorsements for the book. Check out what they had to say:

Louis Proud’s The Secret Influence of the Moon is a fascinating and original book that will forever change the way you view Earth’s nearest celestial neighbor.” – Mike Bara, author of Ancient Aliens on the Moon and co-author of Dark Mission: The Secret History of Nasa

“This is a book that I have been waiting to read. For untold centuries the great orb in the sky has been causing large numbers of our species to become transformed into lovers, looters, or lunatics. In addition to providing interesting scientific data about the Moon, Proud also explores the many occult and esoteric traditions that have grown up around Moon lore and traces our satellite’s influences on psychic seers, sensitive, oracles, and prophets.” – Brad Steiger, author of Real Encounters, Different Dimensions, and Otherworldly Beings

“Louis Proud’s The Secret Influence of the Moon is intriguing and most enjoyable. It is the kind of thing that sparks the imagination and the sense of wonder.” – John Shirley, author of Gurdjieff: An Introduction to His Life and Ideas

“Louis Proud takes us on a fascinating journey of the moon’s mysteries in ancient lore, and what we may actually have found there.  As one who has long suspected that not only did we go, but that we may have found something that caused a tight lid of security to be clamped down, this book is a valuable addition to the library of anyone interested in space anomalies.” – Joseph P. Farrell Ph.D. author of Financial Vipers of Venice and Covert Wars and Breakaway Civilizations

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Streetlamp Interference: A Modern-day Paranormal Mystery

My article “Streetlamp Interference: A Modern-day Paranormal Mystery” has recently been posted on the Mysterious Universe website. It appears in New Dawn Special Issue Vol. 7 No. 2, which can be purchased here. I included my email address at the bottom of the article to encourage readers to contact me regarding their SLI experiences. So far I’ve received heaps of responses – so many, in fact, that I haven’t been able to respond to everyone personally. It’s impossible to deny that SLI is common, though exactly how common is difficult to say. I wonder how many people experience SLI yet refuse to talk about it for fear of being perceived as weird ? Your next door neighbour could be a SLIder, even your mother! I was fascinated to learn recently that a good friend of mine has had a number of SLI experiences. Anyway, here’s the article.  

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Here is the link to an article I wrote recently for a website called Mysterious Universe, titled “Death of a Ladies’ Man or Death of a Lady.” Briefly, it discusses Leonard Cohen’s controversial 1977 album Death of a Ladies Man, the lyrics of which seem to predict the 2003 Lana Clarkson murder.

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New Dawn Special Issue Vol. 7 No. 2

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I’m excited to announce the recent release of New Dawn Special Issue Vol. 7 No. 2, which deals with the theme of “paranormal realities and the unexplained.” In addition to helping edit the Special Issue, I also contributed an article, titled “Street Lamp Interference: A Modern-day Paranormal Mystery.” David Jones, the editor of New Dawn, kindly invited me to write the editorial. In the hope that all of you reading this will purchase a copy of the Special Issue, and help support a brilliant magazine, here’s my editorial:  

It makes no sense to me that someone could be familiar with the vast body of evidence in support of the paranormal – ESP, hauntings, mediumship, etc. – and yet consider it all a load of rubbish. Sure, there is an elusive quality to the paranormal, in the sense that ghosts and telepathy don’t lend themselves to scientific study as easily as igneous rocks and mud crabs. But then neither do photons, those minute energy packets of electromagnetic radiation which, to the total bafflement of physicists, display characteristics of both waves and particles, manifesting as either one or the other depending on whether or not they’re being observed.

I’ve always respected scientists and the scientific method, and I’m grateful for the knowledge that science has given us. What worries me, however, is the fact that for many people science has taken on the form of a religion. Followers of “scientism,” as it is called, have “an uncritical belief in science as an absolute authority or as a panacea for all human ills.” These days it’s common for people to say “I believe only in science,” seemingly ignorant of the fact that science, in its purest form, has nothing to do with belief, but is wholly concerned with unbiased observation and experimentation.

Scientism and narrow-mindedness go hand in hand; thus, often the most devoted adherents to scientism are sceptical of the paranormal to the point of derision and outright hostility. To them, anything that challenges scientific orthodoxy is without question bogus and must be whacked immediately with the trusty debunking hammer. Some followers of scientism dedicate their lives to debunking the paranormal, their commitment to the cause reminiscent of a Bible-bashing missionary travelling from village to village in remotest Africa.

Richard Wiseman, a professor of psychology at the University of Hertfordshire, England, and a member of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI), does a fine job of upholding the dogma of scientism. Recently, at a local bookshop, I came across by chance a copy of his book Paranormality: Why We See What Isn’t There. My attention was immediately drawn to a Richard Dawkins’s endorsement on the back cover, the venomous nature of which almost knocked me off my feet: “Wiseman shows us a higher joy as he deftly skewers the paranormal charlatans, blows away the psychic fog and lets in the clear light of reason.”

Of course, Wiseman and Dawkins are entitled to their opinion. That they feel the need to skewer “paranormal charlatans” and blow away “psychic fog” is fine by me. I hope they have a blast while doing so. At times, though, I feel a great deal of pity for them and their kind, because they clearly haven’t found the rabbit hole, let alone entered it. Rather than seeing “what isn’t there,” they fail to see what is. Like horses fitted with blinkers, their reality consists only of the dusty road in front of them.

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