Captured by Aliens?

A History and Analysis of American Abduction Claims


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About the Book

New Hampshire couple Betty and Barney Hill provided Americans with what is essentially the original alien abduction story. Since their story became public in the early 1960s, many thousands of Americans have likewise come forward with similar stories of traumatic experiences. Sometimes the abductee has little conscious recollection of these events, but through nightmares, dreams, flashbacks and hypnosis they eventually learn more. Sometimes the participants are bewildered. To get a better understanding of the opposing viewpoints of skeptic and believer, the Betty and Barney Hill case is used to examine the wider context of such encounters, their historical origins, media influences and the latest extraterrestrial, psychological, paranormal, conspiracy and sociological theories that surround them.

About the Author(s)

Nigel Watson has researched and investigated historical and contemporary reports of UFO sightings since the 1970s. He has written for numerous books, publications and websites, including Fortean Times, Magonia, Paranormal Magazine, Wired, Fate, History Today, Alien Worlds and UFO Magazine.

Bibliographic Details

Nigel Watson
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 215
Bibliographic Info: 20 photos, glossary, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2020
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8141-2
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4036-5
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi
Foreword by Peter Rogerson 1
Preface 3
Introduction 5
1. Are We the First? 7
2. Mind Games 17
3. A History of Abductions 38
4. Contactees and Space People 54
5. Alien Intercourse 70
6. Ufological Origins 78
7. Alien Appearances and Evidence 102
8. Alien Movies and TV 133
9. Psychology of Abductions 155
10. Reviewing the Hill Case 173
11. Questions and Conundrums 177
Glossary 183
Further Reading and Notes 187
Bibliography 201
Index 203

Book Reviews & Awards

Captured by Aliens? represents hundreds of hours of research and decades of knowledge acquired by Nigel Watson. The citations are clear and abundant. It is a useful research too as well as a significant work on mapping social aspects of the alien abduction phenomenon”—The UFO Trail

• “This is an important book and one which I recommend.”—Magonia Review of Books