Dr. Karla (also known as `Kandy') Turner was a professional academic (an English PhD) and educator who lived in Arizona and died of cancer on 10 January 1996 at the tragically young age of 48. For several years before her death, she worked to publicise the reality of the alien abduction phenomenon to academia and to a wider public audience. She was a popular and respected public speaker on the subject - you can find videos of her lectures on the web - and between 1992 and 1996 published three books about how this intrusive phenomenon had affected her family.
`Into the Fringe', published in 1992, was her first book and chronicles the process whereby she and her family became aware that abduction by alien entities was the likely origin of all the strange events which had been happening to them. These included multiple close-proximity sightings of UFOs, episodes of missing time (some of several hours' duration), night-time visitations, odd and often dramatic patterns of body scarring and various poltergeist-type activity experienced by different members of the family, especially by her husband Casey and son David. It's essentially a narrative written in the first person about the journey from puzzlement and ignorance to some understanding of what might be happening and their eventual reluctant acknowledgement that the abduction phenomenon, reported in such consistent detail by so many other people, was the only explanation to fit the data and that in their case the fit was an exact one.
ITF details how Turner sought help from Barbara Bartholic, Oklahoma-based long-time UFO investigator and colleague of Jacques Vallee, to help understand the phenomenon in more depth. Bartholic used some hypnosis to aid memory recovery and both Karla and Casey had several such sessions with her.
One of the author's most controversial claims was that the US Government, or elements within the Government, were actively interested in the phenomenon and occasionally abducted known alien-abductees in order to glean information from them, using drugs to control them and wipe their memories. She provides some detail, in the final chapters, of how they became convinced that these so-called `MIL-ABS' are, or rather were in the 1990s, a reality. The book also describes interactions with some human-looking entities (`hybrids?) and how abductees have recognised each other in the `everyday' world. The author did not believe these alien intrusions to be in any way benign, and was definitely not any kind of `New-Ager.'
The 2014 edition:
Since the turn of the millennium, all three of Karla Turner's books have been in great demand on the second-hand book market and almost impossible to find except with high price tags. Finding even a `fair' paperback copy of ITF or `Taken' for less than US$50 has been almost impossible, with `fine' or `like new' copies demanding upwards of US$200.
Following last year's welcome re-issue of `Taken', this new 2014 edition of ITF from Wordmean Publishing is welcome not only in making this great work once again affordable for the average reader but in correcting the typos and grammatical errors in the original text, restoring this classic to its rightful place among the great works of the genre. Cask J. Thomson deserves the credit of initiating this project, with the active participation of Karla's widower Elton editing the text.
This 2014 edition of ITF has 13 untitled chapters running to 222 pages (a slightly lower page count than the 1992 original) including a short epilogue. There is no bibliography and no index.
As in the 2013 edition of `Taken' Elton introduces the book with this paragraph:
"For the sake of clarification Karla Turner passed away after a long struggle with breast cancer and underwent breast removal surgery and chemotherapy. Despite the common misconceptions it is unlikely that she was targeted by an individual, group or organization attempting to silence her."
It's a pity that Elton and the publishers felt the need to include this caution at the beginning of the 2014 edition, but evidently the antics of conspiracy theorists over the past 18 years have made it necessary.
The new edition is in paperback only; it looks like we'll never see a hardcover edition of this classic.
Question for the publishers: are we going to see a re-issue of `Masquerade of Angels'? During my correspondence with Ted Rice earlier this year, he informed me he has twice the amount of material still unpublished as featured in Turner's original book. How about an edition containing more details of Ted's story?
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- 出版社: BookRefine Publishing (2014/3/9)
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