Over at Mysterious Universe I'm reading Rob Morphy's Hunted By Aliens: The Higdon Ordeal.
So many details about the events which occurred to 41 year old oil well worker Carl Higdon on 25 October 1974 make my hair stand on end I don't know where to begin so I'll just concentrate on a few details.
At a certain point Higdon gets to hang out with two weird pill pushing hunter humanoids in an even weirder 'space' craft but how this comes about's very striking.
He decides to go hunting and heads out for McCarthy Canyon but along the way he encounters two stranded motorists working on their apparently stricken van who reveal not only they're hunters too but tell him he must go to a remote section of the Medicine Bow National Forest where the hunting's much better.
Now for many this'll be the point where the story dies because for them obviously these guys slipped him some LSD and he started hallucinating he was in the company of a spaceman called Ausso One.
And they may be right.
In fact I too suggest these guys were indeed the 'spacemen' he'd encounter later - but in the same sense Homer depicts the Ancient Greek gods masquerading as humans to expedite subsequent events.
In fact I wouldn't be surprised if when Higdon finally arrives at the back of beyond of Medicine Bow National Forest and is surprised to find his ol' buddy Gary Eaton there 'Gary Eaton' too's one of the 'spacemen'. It's that seemingly jokingly delivered line 'Eaton' uses about going 'higher up' to scare 'down' some elk for Higdon only for when Higdon finally spots some elk - including one "really outstanding animal" - he fires his rifle and experiences the total absence of sound accompanied by time slowing down to the point where the bullet moves through the air as if it's crawling through jello.
There seems to be some sort of law operating where these things're concerned requiring whatever it is that's 'playing' with you to warn you in advance of what's about to happen even if that warning's heavily disguised.
One day when I was attending infant school in the Sixties a mysterious lad looking much older and taller than all the other five and six year olds with a foreign accent that may've been Australian and dressed in archetypal American clothing suddenly appeared out of nowhere and told me as I hummed and hawed about using the flooded out schoolyard toilet "Hey lad if you go in there something's go'n'o get y'u!"
Paradoxically I'd been try'n'o hold out upto that point until dinnertime was over so I could use the indoor toilet but because this incredibly cool kid I'd never seen before - and indeed never saw again - had effectively challenged my bravery I decided to equally impress him by boldly marching in and taking a leak only to have what looked like this sort of Round Head era equivalent of a biology researcher dressed in a protective leather outfit step out the wall from behind me and painfully stab me in the arse with what looked like a 17th Century pewter equivalent of a gigantic cattle hypodermic.
I'm willing to bet when Higdon ran into the two hunters tinkering with their van and they told him he just had to visit Medicine Bow National Forest they said something like "If you go though dude you're go'n'o be surprised by what you find there so don't say we didn't warn you!"