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Title: Gothika #5: Contact
Author: F.E. Feeley, Jr., Kim Fielding, Jamie Fessenden, B.G. Thomas
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: AngstyG
Genre: Science Fiction
Release Date: 10/24/2016
Since ancient times, humankind has looked into the night sky and wondered: Are we alone? Are there other civilizations beyond the stars? Will we ever encounter these beings? Who are they, what are they like, and what might they want with us?
These questions are about to be answered, but those who discover the truth might wish they had never asked. On the other hand, some might find salvation in visitors from other planets. For while some aliens are hostile, others are benevolent. Some have little in common with humans, but for others, the need for love and acceptance is universal. Lives will intersect and otherworldly passions will ignite as four acclaimed authors of gay romance explore first contact—and where it can lead.
Alien Encounters in New Hampshire
Hi! I’m Jamie Fessenden, the author of “Abducted,” a novella in the anthology Gothika: Contact. This is the fifth Gothika, and this volume contains stories by me, F.E. Feeley, Jr., Kim Fielding, and B.G. Thomas.
Gothika: Contact explores the themes of contact with extraterrestrials and alien abduction, so of course we all did research into the subject. Having said that, I’d like to tell you about a mistake I made, when writing my story.
In “Abducted,” Marc sees a book lying on the floor in his friend Cody’s bedroom:
“I picked up a paperback lying on the floor near where I was standing. Incident at Exeter: Unidentified Flying Objects Over America Now by John G. Fuller. It appeared to be about Betty and Barney Hill, who’d claimed to be abducted for a few hours while driving through a remote part of New Hampshire in 1961. I’d heard of the case, since I lived near Exeter. There was a yearly UFO festival in the town.”
What I did here was to conflate two separate incidents, both of which are fascinating:
- In 1961, Betty and Barney Hill (who were an interracial couple—not that it matters, but it’s cool) were driving through the White Mountains in New Hampshire, when a large pancake-shaped craft menaced them. As they attempted to escape, they felt an odd vibration and everything went fuzzy. When they became fully conscious again, they’d traveled about thirty miles with no memory of it. Later, Betty had a series of vivid dreams about the two of them being taken aboard the craft and examined by short men with grayish skin.
- In 1965, a young man named Norman Muscarello was hitchhiking near Exeter, NH, when he saw five flashing red lights in the woods. The lights moved toward him and he hid in a ditch until they moved away. Then he flagged down a car and hitched a ride to the Exeter police station. After giving a report, he was sent with Officer Eugene Bertrand, Jr. to return to the location. There, both of them witnessed a huge, dark object the size of a barn with flashing red lights rise up out of the woods and hover over a nearby farm. The red lights flashed in sequence from left to right several times, and the horses in the pasture were acting agitated. Bertrand called for backup and they were soon joined by Officer David Hunt, who observed the same object. Eventually, the object flew off over the forest, and a moment later, it was pursued by what the officers recognized as a B-47 Bomber.
In case it isn’t clear, John G. Fuller’s book is about the second incident, now commonly referred to as the “incident at Exeter.” I may or may not have caught this in time to have it corrected before publication next week.
Generally, I pride myself on careful research, but in this instance, what I thought I knew overrode what I actually knew. I did not in fact read Mr. Fuller’s book, but it was mentioned in several other books on the subject of UFOs, and for years I’ve mistakenly thought the Exeter UFO Festival, which takes place less than twenty miles from my house, originated from the Betty and Barney Hill incident. (It doesn’t help that their website mentions both incidents: http://www.exeterufofestival.org/ )
In any event, I encourage readers to look into both of these incidents, as they’re both very interesting.
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About the Author
Jamie Fessenden is an author of gay fiction in many genres. Most involve romance, because he believes everyone deserves to find love, but after that anything goes: contemporary, science fiction, historical, paranormal, mystery, or whatever else strikes his fantasy. Jamie Fessenden set out to be a writer in junior high school. He published a couple short pieces in his high school’s literary magazine and had another story place in the top 100 in a national contest, but it wasn’t until he met his partner, Erich, almost twenty years later, that he began writing again in earnest.
With Erich alternately inspiring and goading him, Jamie wrote several screenplays and directed a few of them as micro-budget independent films. He then began writing novels and published his first novella in 2010. After nine years together, Jamie and Erich have married and purchased a house together in the wilds of Raymond, New Hampshire, where there are no street lights, turkeys and deer wander through their yard, and coyotes serenade them on a nightly basis. Jamie recently left his “day job” as a tech support analyst to be a full-time writer.
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