Archive for the ‘The Great Lake Monster’ Category

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Got a call from an artist called Anders Ek (born in 1952) yesterday who wanted me to see his painting of Storsie, so I payed him a visit. He is a painter and last year he created this work, based on what he saw down by the lake in Torvalla as a boy in the mid 60´s. He is no longer sure about the exact year, but the 1964-1967 period should be correct. He lived with his family in a house not far from the lake at the time and used to play down by the shore all the time. One day, he suddenly saw the back of something rather big about 20-25 meters from the shore, swimming from left to right (towards the town of Östersund). It rose two to four dm above the waters surface and the part that he could see was two to three meters long. The skin looked dry, as if it (or the back) had been above the surface for some time. The animal was in no hurry but moved fast enough to create waves that hit the shore where he stood. After the sighting he excitedly told his family about what had happened but they did not believe him. However, a local newspaper did report (the next day) that two witnesses had seen this animal from a location a few km away at a workplace by the shore in the village of Optand, probably some time before the animal reached his location. This report should still exist in archives which will put a date to this.

Anders has had this painting on display and intends to sell it. He wants it documented before he parts with it as it might well end up in private hands. He would prefer it to end up so that the general public can see it though. This painting is not the only one that exists, a handful of artists has seen Storsie over the years and painted what they have seen in the lake.

This will be in print in RETROFUTURE 8 next year.

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First trips distributing (the 2.000) RETROFUTURE flyers around Lake Storsjön (The Great Lake) took place yesterday and today, and the first 450 is now out. Since this has to do with the Great Lake Monster project – and getting witnesses to talk – most of the flyers are going out to homes that is very near to the lake. This project started in 2010 and it has been successful. Friends of this blog will know the details. 1.550 flyers to go… And some magazines. July will be a busy month but it is an interesting project. Today I had good company and we ended the trip with a beer once back in the city (Östersund). The first trips are made on bicycles, later on a car is going to be necessary. Lovely views, as you can see.

Top Gear awaits…

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Holiday fun with RETROFUTURE – 2.000 flyers to be distributed around Storsjön (The Great Lake) in the next few weeks (possibly beginning this Sunday, depending on the weather), and a box of RETROFUTURE 7 magazines that was posted earlier today to Trace Keane over in Sioux City (for the Tommy Bolin festivities over there on August 2).

Things are coming to an end so I might as well go out in style. This will be over a couple of years from now.

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Cold midsummer this year in Jämtland (County), but I braved bad weather (would you believe an actual hailstorm?) in good company to snap some pictures down by the lake (Storsjön – The Great Lake). Tested a new camera, which was good fun. A Stylus Olympus SZ-15. Nearly no people at all in sight, I guess everybody was either looking at football on the television, or they had all buggered off to the countryside. One single boat on the lake, tested the zooming on that for the hell of it.

Clearly, a midsummer fit only for vikings.

RF7_campaign 

International interest in Storsie is growing and I would like to mention the work I am involved in here in Jämtland (County) in getting witnesses to talk on record. It started with me publishing RETROFUTURE 2 back in 2010, handing out nearly 2.000 copies for free around the lake. This issue sported about 50 classic cases from the old days (1895-1910 period) and I thought that a campaign to highlight my new magazine was in order.

What I did not expect was that people would start to call me up, or contact me in various ways because they wanted to discuss the subject (or personal experiences). I realised that something rather interesting was taking place so I decided to continue, only in a more focused way. I knew that my hobby (creating magazines) was coming to an end and that a few final publications with the RETROFUTURE name would be The Last Hurrah. So why not go out with a bang? Why not include a project that would really matter in my neck of the woods?

So I started to print 1.000 copies of my magazines, rather than the 400 that had been the norm for the last couple of decades, and of these I handed out about 900 of each around the lake. Every issue of RETROFUTURE now sported interesting material, much of it previously unknown, but also forgotten tales from the archives. Some pretty amazing cases emerged as I dived into it, and I could tell by the response that people payed attention. At this point, five years into the project, I have handed out nearly 13.000 magazines and an additional 3.000 flyers for free. And the response is growing with each season.

Many people just want to talk, they just want me to hear them out (knowing that I will not laugh at them). They may not be ready to go public, but they obviously have a need to talk to somebody. In fact, most people I talk to are not ready to go public, but I keep hearing all these personal accounts. It really is an amazing project to be involved in.

Right now phase 9 in is full gear and I am busy handing out copies of the last two issues (6 & 7) around the lake as we speak (part of the fun on this holiday). An additional 2.000 flyers will come in from the printers in a week or two, and they will be the last ones that will be going out as part of this project (last flyers that is). The flyer presents a page about Storsie taken from RETROFUTURE 7 on one side and information about the project on the other (see top image).

In the summer of 2016 the project will reach the end of the road, as will the magazine and this hobby of mine. But I dare say the word will be out by then that somebody is paying attention. I hope to write a book some day, that would be the logical way to wrap things up.

It was a door that accidentally opened but some doors are more interesting than others. In any case, I couldn´t think of a more interesting way to bow out. I never would have believed it, and here I am living it.

Destination_monstre 

Èvasion has aired the Storsie episode of Destination Monstre in Canada (and possibly France, I heard somebody mention that the other day), and they have put up a teaser (4.16 long) on their site. Looks like the beginning of the show and I pop up a couple of times (and I also spotted a close up of part of the cover of my 2012 publication “Storsjöodjuret”, as shown here). It will be interesting to see the complete episode some day (fingers crossed). Good for the local tourist trade, but I did this for other reasons. Love Jämtland (County) though.

Check out the teaser here (for however long they still have it going).

RF7_storsie 

The Great Lake Monster documentary shot in Jämtland County in October by Canadian production company CMJ Productions will air on a French channel in Canada on June 10. The show is called Boogeymen but this channel (Èvasion) has named it Destination Monstre. The episode is called “Storsie”.

Friends of RETROFUTURE (and this blog) will know that I helped them out and that they shot an interview with me for this show on October 19 last year. I have no idea when or indeed if I will ever be able to see this myself, perhaps it will end up on YouTube or maybe it will be aired by a channel that we have here in Sweden. Time will tell.

(Seen above, page from RETROFUTURE 7)

Storsie_DN 

Journalist Clas Svahn visited Östersund on May 17 and asked me to talk about my sighting of Storsie (The Great Lake Monster) back in 1977. I know he has a genuine interest in such things so I helped him out. He has created a short film about unknown animals at sea and in lakes and I appear for a minute or so in it. Not much of my tale is in there, but Clas has picked a few decent quotes, so fair enough. His newspaper, DN, is one of the largest in Sweden. The film was added yesterday and is part of a series of short episodes about mysteries.

A scene shows me throwing a stone into the lake, that is how close I was when I followed it by the shore. The spring water is still pouring into the lake, so the water level will be much higher within a few weeks. My sighting happened in August 1977. The story can be read on this blog.

The film can be seen here (not sure for how long…).

UFO_Expoday_1 

UFO Sverige´s UFO Expo in Östersund (Jämtland county) on saturday was a success in some ways, and half a failure in others. They did everything right, great lectures, plenty of material to see, hundreds of books and magazines available for the visitors to buy. But 60 people showed up, which is pretty sad. I guess many that would have enjoyed this event simply did not know about it. But the students at the university knew, and still did not attend as far as I could tell. 120 people would have been more like it. Still, as I said, UFO Sverige did everything they could and they travelled quite far to pay this town a visit. You can not ask for more than that. They seemed to be pleased enough with the crowd that did show up, and it would seem that this is the way it is these days. All the more impressive that they carry on visiting new towns then, it has to be said. On the bright side, they did get some media out of the visit, so perhaps it was a success after all.

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UFO Sverige owns the biggest UFO related archive in the world – 24,000 books, 45,000 magazines, 550,000 cuttings, 42,000 reports, 4,100 recorded tapes, 2,700 VHS tapes-CD´s-DVD´s, 120 microfilms, 20,000 images. When people call the authorities, they often get told to contact UFO Sverige. That indicates respect, and this lot has earned it, no doubt. I gave them 75 copies of RETROFUTURE 7, I hope that they all reach people with a respect for the subject of Storsie in due time. One of the four lectures was about this particular subject (lakes with unknown ongoing mysteries), a nod to Jämtland surely.

I met many good people on this day. Clas Swahn interviewed me about my sighting of Storsie in 1977 on camera. Not sure if or when this will show up for the public, we will have to wait and see. I do have reservations as to whom I talk about this in the media, but I do respect Clas so no worries there.

Great day.

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Got the new issue of UFO Aktuellt (1 2014) in the mail today, and I found the ad for the upcoming UFO-Expo in Östersund (Jämtland county) that I took some shots for a while back (see this blog). They used a small picture down to the left in the ad. The event will take place at Campus University on May 17 (Building F).

Members of UFO Sverige will have a closed meeting in the morning and the public will be able to see lectures from 13.00 right through the afternoon. Richard Svensson will start the day with a lecture on Storsjöodjuret (The Great Lake Monster) and its cousins around the world. Richard just happens to be the artist that has created the Montana Blue comic book version of my novel, I actually spotted his talents in UFO Aktuellt years ago. This is good timing, since the first part of this will be published in RETROFUTURE 7 within a week or two. With any luck, free copies could be picked up by interested parties at this event.

Other lecturers include Tobias Lindgren, Anders Berglund and the legendary Clas Svahn (author of many books). The first 50 to arrive will recieve a free book (nice touch).

Price of admission is 60 kronor.