Blue Book, Vol. 1: 1961

Dark Horse. Aug. 2023. 136p. ISBN 9781506736693. pap. $24.99. NF
On September 19, 1961, Betty and Barney Hill were driving overnight from Montreal to their home in Portsmouth, NH, when they noticed an oddly shaped, eerily glowing object in the sky that appeared to be following them. Hours later, they arrived home with no memory of the final few hours of their drive or any idea what to make of the strange markings on their car and on Barney’s body. After unsuccessfully entreating the U.S. Air Force and the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena for help understanding their experience, the Hills turn to hypnosis. The detailed account that ultimately emerged, of their experience of being abducted and experimented upon by extraterrestrial beings, is attributed to sparking widespread interest in UFO encounters and continues to influence UFO-abduction narratives and research in the field of UFOlogy to this day.
VERDICT Tynion’s (The Nice House on the Lake) debut volume of a promised ongoing series of nonfiction “True Weird” stories provides a thrilling account of the Hills’ experience and a heartbreaking evocation of the price they paid for sharing their story over the rest of their lives. This edition collects material previously released online.
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