As an esoteric scientist, the theory of earth as a spaceship as a hollow sphere traveling in space has always fascinated me when I was young child. The Shaver Mysteries series also included paranormal "events." As editor/publisher for MUFON (Mutual UFO Network). I had found an old database left over from the last editor/publisher. The database was my starting point to look at a wide variety of possibly weird events and conspiracy theories that inter-related with UFOs.
The Hollow Earth hypothesis proposes that the planet Earth is either hollow or otherwise contains a substantial interior space. The hypothesis has been shown to be wrong by observational evidence, as well as by the modern understanding of planet formation; the scientific community has dismissed the notion since at least the late 18th century.
However, the concept of a hollow Earth still recurs in folklore and as the premise for "subterranean" fiction -- a sub-genre of adventure fiction. It is also featured in some present-day scientific, pseudoscientific and conspiracy theories. Of interest was the time frame when "The Shaver Mystery" was published in the science fiction magazine, "Amazing Stories" back in the 1940s. The premise about a sinister, ancient civilization that lived in caverns under the earth was written solely as fiction. However, the editor of Amazing Stories, Ray Palmer, stated "these stories were real events, wrapped in the guise of fiction."
Nonetheless, in 1943, (the year of the Philadelphia Experiment); Richard Sharpe Shaver began writing letters to Amazing magazine, claiming he had discovered an ancient language called "Mantong". Apparently, Mantong was the source of all Earthly language. Palmer analyzed this language and wrote Shaver back asking how he learned of Mantong.
Shaver responded to Palmer's inquiry with a 10,000 word manifesto titled "A Warning to Future Man." A Warning to Future Man told the story of an ancient civilization that had been forced underground by the damaging rays of the Sun, where they built vast underground cities. Finally, the damaging radiation from the Sun became too great, and they fled the Earth for another planet. Some of the members of this ancient civilization had stayed on the earth though and were called "Teros"...the good guys.
While others that stayed had degenerated and become "Deros", which Shaver called "detrimental robots", not because they were actually mechanical, but because they had developed a robot-like savage behavior. The Deros lived in the abandoned cave cities, and would occasionally venture out to abduct humans for food, or just to torture them. The Deros had access to the ancient's devices, one of which was a ray that could project evil thoughts or even voices into the minds of the humans that had evolved on the Earth. When they weren't just messing with the human race, the Deros would amuse themselves by causing illnesses, airplane crashes, catastrophic natural disasters and just mayhem in general. And when that got boring, they would travel to other planets via spaceships and hook up with some equally evil extraterrestrials.
How did Shaver know all this? He claimed he had been captured by the Deros and had been their prisoner for several years in their subterranean cities. I will stop and note here that Shaver was hospitalized for psychiatric problems in 1934. But interestingly, there never seemed to be a clear diagnosis of his problems. He claimed that one of the welding guns on his job site, (because of the coil's field attunements) allowed him to hear the thoughts of people around him. And he also claimed that he was in telepathic contact with the Deros, and could hear the torture sessions carried on deep within the earth. Add to this that Shaver's whereabouts and actions could not be reliably traced until the early 1940s, leaving about eight years unaccounted for.
Palmer took the 10,000 word manuscript and expanded it to 30,000 words in the March 1945 issue of Amazing Stories. By changing the title from "A Warning to Future Man." to "I Remember Lemuria!" between the years of 1945 and 1949, Palmer claimed the magazine received "tens of thousands of letters" telling of incidents similar to The Shaver Mystery, where people encountered underground cities or heard strange voices. Interestingly, a letter from Fred Crisman of the Maury Island incident in 1947 Hub claimed that he ran into the Deros while fighting as a commando in Burma during World War II.
His letter stated...
"My companion and I fought our way out of a cave with submachine guns. I have two 9" scars on my left arm that came from wounds given me in the cave when I was 50 feet from a moving object of any kind and in perfect silence. The muscles were nearly ripped out. How? I don't know. My friend has a hole the size of a dime in his right bicep. It was seared inside." Crisman claimed in a follow up letter that he and a companion later found another Deros city underground in Alaska.
Crisman was a writer, educator, political provocateur, broadcaster and disruption agent. One "sources" related that he worked for the OSS during the Second World War -- a veteran of Operation Paperclip. Others indicated that he was a gunrunner with strong links to organized crime, and/or a Captain in the Army Air Corps. According to Jim Garrison, he was a person of interest in the JFK assassination.
From the years of 1945 to 1948, Palmer indicated that the Shaver Mysteries were written as a "hoax." Critics argued that Shaver (and a lot of his fans) seemed to be suffering from paranoid schizophrenia. In 1948, Amazing Stories stopped all publication of Shaver's stories and Palmer claimed the magazine was pressured by sinister outside forces to stop the stories. Palmer had revealed that the eight missing years of Shaver's life, was spent as a catatonic in a psychiatric hospital. Up until Shaver's death, he searched for "rock books", that he believed had been created by the great ancients. He even ran a "rock book" lending library through the mails, where he sent out rocks he thought had been inscribed with ancient text by Atlanteans using laser like devices. Although it may seem easy to dismiss these wild stories of the Deros today; four years before Kenneth Arnold saw his UFOs and eighteen years before the Betty and Barney Hill abduction, Shaver wrote stories about flying saucers and abductions...true or not.
Perhaps, Shaver and Palmer blended The Hollow Earth Theory, Mu, Atlantis, a little Zecharia Sitchin, and the aforementioned UFOs and alien abductions into a series that rivaled the works of science fiction and fantasy writers like Edgar Rice Burroughs and captured the imaginations of readers for over 60 years. However, can we dismiss the source of his writings and are there other events in humankind's history that can be accounted for? In another blog I will identify Agartha and Vril and the ancient Vril device.