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Book 'Real Cowboys Meet Real Aliens'

From: Philip Mantle <philip.mantle.nul>
Date: Sun, 03 Jun 2012 12:48:39 +0100
Archived: Mon, 04 Jun 2012 08:42:07 -0400
Subject: Book 'Real Cowboys Meet Real Aliens'


Real Cowboys Meet Real Aliens
in new book by UFO Researchers

Yes, there were UFO sightings by cowboys, ranchers, and others
in the Old West. Perhaps not as dramatic as Hollywood's version,
these true-life UFO cases of the 1800s are nonetheless every bit
as interesting, according to a newly-released book.


PRLog (Press Release) - Jun 02, 2012 -

Imagine John Wayne riding his trusty steed over a rocky ridge
and finding , littered across the desert in front of him, a
crashed extraterrestrial spacecraft and the bodies of its non-
human occupants. This scenario of the Wild West meeting the far
future may not be as far-fetched as some people think, according
to Noe Torres and John LeMay, authors of the newly-released The
Real Cowboys & Aliens: UFO Encounters Of The Old West, 2nd
Edition. The book features over 30 illustrations by award-
winning artists Neil Riebe, Shane Olive, and Jared Olive, and is
now available at RoswellBooks.com and all major online book

"After the Steven Spielberg movie Cowboys & Aliens was announced
in 2010, we thought it would be interesting to look at actual
UFO cases from the 1800s", Torres said. "While the movie is an
enjoyable work of fiction, clearly it has little or no basis in
reality, and we wanted our book to present actual, documented
cases of UFOs in the Old West."

Writing with middle school and high school students in mind, the
authors emphasized that people in the Old West really did see
strange flying ships streaking across the sky. Hundreds of UFO
sightings were reported throughout North America in the 19th
century, as documented in numerous newspaper articles and books
of that time period. Farmers, cowboys, ranchers, and others
reported seeing strange signs and wonders in the sky, and
occasionally, they also claimed to meet beings that were clearly
not human.

The first edition of their book was praised by critics and was
wildly successful among both school-age children and adults. A
review in New Mexico's major daily newspaper, the Albuquerque
Journal, proclaimed:

"Hey, Hollywood. If you're going to make a big-budget movie
about extraterrestrial contact with Wild West cowpunchers, can't
you at least try to get it right? Of course spacemen explored
our planet in the days of saddle-sore lawmen and swinging saloon
doors. But it wasn't the cartoonish picture of evil planetary
invaders, complete with hideous teeth and slimy hands emanating
from their reptilian bellies that is portrayed in this Hollywood
blockbuster... The Real Cowboys & Aliens: UFO Encounters Of The
Old West, sets the record straight, using information gathered
from yellowed newspaper clippings from the 1800s to tell of
numerous close encounters between farmers and cowboys on the
range and mysterious visitors in flight." (Albuquerque Journal,
Aug. 18, 2011, Page A1).

"We were, of course, extremely gratified at the praise we
received for our first edition," Torres said, "So a year later,
we decided to go back in and improve a few things about the
first edition and essentially create a 'director's cut' of the
book with some additional content and illustrations. We also got
one of the most talented artists we've ever worked with, Joe
Calkins, to create a new artistic concept for our front cover.
The result is dramatic, depicting a Wild West showdown between
an Old West gunslinger and an extraterrestrial. Looking at the
cover, you get the overwhelming feeling that something is about
to happen and that it won't be pleasant for the humans."

Calkins also did the cover art for several of Torres' previous
books, including Ultimate Guide to the Roswell UFO Crash, Aliens
In The Forest, and Russia's Roswell Incident. Calkins, who
resides in Woodburn, Oregon, displays samples of his art on his
Web site


"After the Spielberg movie was announced, we thought it
important for people to know that these types of UFO encounters
really did happen in the 1800s", co-author LeMay said. "In
reality, there exist many newspaper and magazine accounts from
the 1800s telling of strange sightings from America's cowboy
era."  A native of Roswell, New Mexico, LeMay has authored
several books about the history of New Mexico and is vice-
president of the board of directors for the Historical Society
for Southeast New Mexico (HSSNM).

"It seems likely that UFOs were quite common in the 1800s."
Torres added, "We have found hundreds of newspaper and magazine
accounts about people seeing strange objects and lights in the
sky. We have also found articles that mention face-to-face
encounters with creatures that seemed human but were clearly

Torres, a state section director in Texas for the Mutual UFO
network (MUFON), said, "What is especially interesting about
these historic UFO sightings is that they took place before
airplanes were invented and before flight of any kind was
common. Although hot air balloons had been around since the
1700s, it was closer to 1900 before balloon airships became
widely known." Torres has written several books about historic
UFO cases.

Torres and LeMay said that after researching many UFO sightings
from 1800s, they picked the most interesting cases to include in
the book. Torres said, "We've included many bizarre stories,
such as the one about a being from outer space whose spaceship
crashed in North Texas and whose body was buried in a lonely
Texas cemetery where it may still remain today. You will also
read about a flying monster shot by two cowboys outside of
Tombstone, Arizona. There is also a tale about an underwater UFO
that came up to the surface and nearly electrocuted two men.
Another story tells of a mysterious 'airship' that lassoed a
calf and then flew off into the sky with it. You will also hear
the tale of a strange flying beast that terrorized a small
Midwest town. Did these strange encounters really happen as
recorded, or were they the products of overworked imaginations?
We'll the readers decide for themselves."

The second edition is not a radical departure from the first,
according to Torres. "We didn't stray far from the original. We
added some new content, tweaked some of the narrative to make it
flow more smoothly, and added some new illustrations by our very
talented artists. And, we definitely improved the front cover.
But, we wanted to keep the overall presentation very similar to
the first edition."

Torres and LeMay have spoken at many schools about their book
since the first edition was released early in 2011. "Originally
we targeted this book at middle school and high school
students.", LeMay said. "We had no idea it would be so popular
among adults. We've received some really good reviews, although
people sometimes comment about the reading level of the book,
not realizing that it was primarily intended for a younger
audience. We wanted kids who saw the Spielberg movie to know
that there really were UFO sightings back in the Old West."

The artist whose illustrations appear at the start of each
chapter, Neil Riebe, is an author and illustrator living in
Madison, Wisconsin. Shane Olive is a retired firefighter living
in Roswell, New Mexico. He has worked in illustrating for over
30 years. He had done artwork for book covers, VHS box art, and
for various magazines, including TV Guide. His son, Jared, who
also contributed several illustrations for this book, is a
firefighter in Roswell. He has previously designed t-shirts and
logos for products sold in Roswell gift shops.

The 126-page paperback book is now available for $12.95 at:


and at all major online book sellers.

Review and media request via Noe Torres at:



Philip Mantle

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