A Different Type Of UFO – A Guest Post By Mae Clair @MaeClair1

Hugh, thank you so much for inviting me to your blog today! I’m delighted to be here, and happy to share an encounter I had when I was a child. It might sound a little off the wall, but…

When I was six, my family lived in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. My father and I had a habit of sitting on the porch after dinner. We’d take in the sights of people passing on the sidewalk, cars on the street, the occasional thunderstorm. That evening, my dad fell asleep as twilight settled.

Was there traffic? Maybe.

People on the sidewalk? Not then.

What I can tell you—what I still see clearly in my mind—is the object in the sky. I can’t recall if it suddenly appeared, popping into view, or slid from somewhere overhead.

Before I continue, however, I’d like to share some facts you may not be familiar with. As an example, did you know most UFO sightings are not of the saucer-shaped variety, but light sources?

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Have you ever heard of a “UFO Flap?” This occurs when an exceptional number of sightings are confined are to a specific area during a limited time frame. Point Pleasant, West Virginia experienced a well-publicized flap during 1966-1967.

Several years ago, while reading a book on UFOs, the author mentioned the skies above Harrisburg, Pennsylvania being filled with light sources. Guess what year? Yep—I was six years old. Harrisburg didn’t experience a flap, but there was a buzz of activity.

Next up: I bet you’ve heard of Men-in-Black. But did you know the late author, John Keel, coined the phrase to identify mysterious strangers who descended on Point Pleasant, West Virginia in 1966? MIBs, as they’re called, had one purpose—find anyone who’d reported seeing a UFO and warn them not to talk about it.

The government denied the existence of MIBs, as did the Air Force, but there were plenty of eyewitnesses. When you descend on a rural area in shiny black Cadillacs, wearing black suits and broad-brimmed black hats, you’re bound to stand out.

Speaking of rural sightings, did you know pastures and fields are often covered with blobs of a mucous-like substance after a UFO appears? Many locals refer to these globs as “starsh*t.”

I could go on, but let’s get back to Harrisburg, and that warm summer night with my dad.

Sometime after he nodded off, the cloud appeared. Not a normal cloud, but something massive and green, moving rapidly across the sky. I remember looking from the cloud to the ground because it emitted a broad beam of light, the same eerie green as the cloud.

The light scrolled across the sidewalk, onto our front lawn, then crept onto the porch, enveloping me, edging near my father. I don’t remember if it touched him, but I looked up into the light.

The next thing I remember is being on the sidewalk, several houses down, with my dad. People were everywhere, chatting with excitement. A woman with two children stopped to talk to us. I distinctly remember her telling my father “the sky looked like it had a tail.”

This incident has stayed with me, vivid in my memory, but there’s something that niggles in the back of my mind. Why didn’t I tell my dad what I’d seen, especially given the excitement on the street? Why is everything blank from the time I looked up into the light until talking to the woman on the sidewalk?

A Cold Tomorrow, the second book of my Point Pleasant trilogy, deals with UFO sightings and MIBs. I dumped a ton of research into the entire series, including making two trips to the actual locations that factor into the story. Something I found highly interesting while doing research: many UFO witnesses don’t recall the incident until years later—especially if they’ve seen a light source.

Some experience “Flicker Phenomena” an occurrence that mesmerizes the individual and blocks the incident from their mind. I wish I could recall when the memory of that warm night in Harrisburg resurfaced. I know it was there by the time I reached high school, because I was enthralled by the idea of spotting a UFO. I desperately wanted to see one again.

I never did.

Many people are able to talk of their encounter immediately after witnessing the sight. Some experience conjunctivitis, an inflammation of the eyes.

When I wrote A Cold Tomorrow, I wanted the cover to reflect the image in my head. My green cloud scrolled across an urban street­ whereas Point Pleasant is a rural river town. Even so, my cloud factored into my fictional “flap.”

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Excerpt from A Cold Tomorrow:

Doreen Sue Lynch stubbed her cigarette into an ashtray and craned her neck to glance out the kitchen window. Her grandson, Sam, had promised not to stray. He’d helped her with the dishes after dinner, then begged to go outside with Rex, a friendly mongrel mix of Australian shepherd and retriever. She’d agreed to take her boyfriend’s dog while Martin’s house was being fumigated for spiders, and Sam would stay overnight because Katie was off visiting a friend.

Not that she minded. She loved having Sam, and Rex was hardly any trouble. Boys and dogs were good together, both bursting with bundles of energy. Even so, she’d have to call them in soon. It was getting late in the evening for an eight-year-old, and she wanted to set a good example as his grammie.

Spying him through the window, she drew in a sharp breath. An eerie green light spilled from somewhere above, haloing him in a cone of brackish illumination. Stock-still, Sam stood as if transfixed, his head tilted back as he gazed up into the weird light. Somewhere out of her line of vision, Rex barked furiously. The sound made the hair on the back on her neck rise, but by the time she reached the door and wrenched it open, the dog had stopped yapping.

“Sam.” Doreen Sue walked onto the rear stoop just as the green light winked out. Like someone throwing a switch. The jarring abruptness left her off-kilter and lightheaded.

It isn’t happening. Not again. Please God, not to Sam.

Shaking off her vertigo, she sprinted from the stoop and was across the yard in record time. “Sam.” Gripping her grandson by the shoulder, she gave him a gentle shake, drawing his attention from the sky. There was nothing. Nothing she could see. “What are you looking at?”

“Huh?” He blinked as if waking from a fog. “N-nothing. Just a cloud.”

Doreen Sue bit her lip. Sam sounded befuddled and, although he wore a jacket against the crisp October air, he shivered. “Look at you. You’re cold to the bone. Let’s get inside.”

Wrapping an arm around his shoulders, she cast a worried glance at the sky. Nothing is there. Nothing was ever there. “Did do you see where Rex got to?”

Sam shook his head as she led him toward the house.

“All right, you go inside and get warm. I’ll look for him.” The dog’s barking had sounded frighteningly out of control. Nothing like the gentle animal she knew. “I won’t be long.”

Sam hesitated when she held open the back door.

“Grammie?” His expression hadn’t changed, still composed of that same odd blankness as if he moved in a haze.

“What is it, baby?”

“Do you have any paper?”

Puzzled by the question, she cocked her head to the side. “What kind of paper?”

“For drawing. I want to draw the cloud.”

Although I changed the events of the encounter in my book, it remains lodged in my head with a sense of wonder and curiosity I hope never to lose. I want to thank Hugh for allowing me to visit and share the story.

If you’d like to read more about UFOs, may I recommend my novel, A Cold Tomorrow? Within its pages, you’ll find green clouds, animal disappearances, MIBs, bright lights in the sky, power outages, and plenty of other oddities. It’s based on historical facts, legends, and folklore surrounding the town of Point Pleasant, West Virginia.

A Cold Tomorrow Blurb:
Stopping to help a motorist in trouble, Katie Lynch stumbles upon a mystery as elusive as the Mothman legend that haunts her hometown of Point Pleasant, West Virginia. Could the coded message she finds herald an extraterrestrial visitor? According to locals, it wouldn’t be the first time. And what sense should she make of her young son’s sudden spate of bizarre drawings—and his claim of a late-night visitation? Determined to uncover the truth, Katie only breaks the surface when a new threat erupts. Suddenly her long-gone ex-boyfriend is back and it’s as if he’s under someone else’s control. Not only is he half-crazed, he’s intent on murder….

As a sergeant in the sheriff’s office of the famously uncanny Point Pleasant, Officer Ryan Flynn has learned to tolerate reports of puzzling paranormal events.   But single mom Katie Lynch appears to be in very real danger—and somehow Ryan’s own brother, Caden, is caught up in the madness, too. What the skeptical lawman discovers astounds him—and sends him into action. For stopping whatever evil forces are at play may just keep Katie and Caden alive…

Click here to buy A Cold Tomorrow.

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  1. Fascinating, Mae. I loved the post. It was around 1971-2 that I had an experience with a UFO. I was attending Purdue and living on the outskirts of Lafayette, Indiana. The craft was close enough that I could clearly see its shape. I talked with local farmers, all of whom stated that they had seen the craft (and others) over the years. One farmer showed me where it had landed on his field. When Close Encounters of the Third Kind came out several years later, I was shocked. The craft looked identical to what I saw! I rarely if ever talk about this topic, but since my experience, I’ve never doubted their existence. I really enjoyed A Cold Tomorrow! ♥

    1. Wow, Gwen, that is absolutely amazing! What a fabulous experience. I can see where that would definitely stick in your memory and make you a firm believer. Thanks so much for sharing. I positively love stories like yours!
      And thanks for letting me know you enjoyed A Cold Tomorrow. That book is one of my personal favorites 🙂

  2. Ooo I loved the excerpt! Another one to add to my TBR pile! As for seeing UFOs, I haven’t, but I believe far too much in the weird and wonderful in this world to discount anything. I’d love to have an experience one day though! 🙂

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed the excerpt, Jess. This series (and especially this book) have a special place in my heart. I agree that there are many “what if” weird and wonderful possibilities in the world. My father always taught me to see those, which makes it odd that when I DID, he was snoozing beside me, LOL.
      If you do have an experience, I would love to hear about it!

  3. I’m glad you went into more detail with this story, Mae – fascinating! I think I saw a UFO years ago. I was driving on the interstate in the AM hours of the morning when I saw a bright orangish light in the sky that seemed to have sparks around it. Judging by the brake lights of the cars in front of me, they also saw it. It wasn’t an explosion of any kind, and there was no noise, but I’ve never seen anything like it. Who knows?

    1. Teri, I like to think of it as a UFO. I always say if it’s unidentified, flying, and an object, it qualifies 🙂
      That is a cool story, and I bet you have a vivid memory of it. It’s interesting there was no noise. That seems to be popping up in a few shares, and I don’t recall any noise in my experience either. Fascinating!
      Thanks for reading and sharing your own experience. I love this stuff, but I guess it shows, LOL.

  4. Fascinating, Mae! Like Robbie, I know I have one of your books on my list, but not sure it’s this one. I’ll check. A great post and it sounds like a fabulous book.

    1. Hi! Thanks so much for visiting and checking out the post. I love sharing this story, especially because it is still so vivid in my memory. I’m thrilled to hear you have one of my books on your list. I have quite a few out there. Which ever story it is, I wish you happy reading! 🙂

  5. I remember a short blog post you did about this memory. It’s interesting that you blacked out and don’t remember a chunk of it. I read all three books in the Point Pleasant series and enjoyed all of them. After the cow scene, I’m not sure I ever want to meet an alien. The green goo was a turn-off, too:) By the end of the series, though, I felt sorry for the Mothman. Thanks for hosting, Hugh!

    1. Hi, Judi! Yes, I did a shorter version of the memory on my blog in the past. It never dawned on me that there was a chunk of memory missing until I sat down to write this post and started really dissecting what happened that evening.

      I’m glad you enjoy my Point Pleasant series—despite the cow scene and green goo, LOL.

      Thanks for visiting!

    1. Thank you, Joan. I am very partial to this book (and cover). I was so excited when Hugh asked me to share my experience because I love discussing it! 🙂

      Thanks for visiting!

  6. I’d be enthralled to see a UFO – now that there’s no doubt they exist. Guaranteed by our Air Force. Checking out your book – have been on a hiatus because of editing, but you know how that is. Thanks, John for having MC over for a post!

    1. Hi, Noelle. You have been missed online, but I fully understand how it goes with editing. Thanks for breaking your hiatus to check out the post.

      Ever since that experience as a kid, I have wanted to see another UFO, but it’s never happened. Probably never will, but the hope and enchantment is still there. I’m always looking for strange light sources in the sky, LOL.

      Thanks for checking out the book. If it lands on your TBR, I hope you enjoy the story. Thanks again for visiting!

    1. Hi, Teagan! Thanks for popping in to visit. This is one story I always enjoy sharing. It brings back such vivid memories and always inspires “what-if” thoughts about UFOs. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  7. Hugh, thank you again for allowing me to be your guest today. It’s wonderful to visit and share on your fabulous blog. And when it comes to odd things like UFOs and strange light sources, I never tire of talking about them! 🙂

    1. You’re welcome, Mae. Your post is a fascinating read. Just from the number of comments, I can see how interested readers are about your encounter with a UFO. And why not? It’s one of the great mysteries of our world.

      I’m glad you like the header image I created. It’s the one I use for all guest posts, but I couldn’t resist adding in the UFO.

    1. Thank you, Darlene! I don’t often get to use my personal experiences in books, but—even though I modified what happened–the cloud was an ideal fit. I loved writing this one.

      Thank you for popping in today to check out the post!

  8. Were you frightened? I read many responses to UFO sightings; some are entranced even! This is interesting, Mae. I can see where it influenced your writing genre 🙂
    Loved A Cold Tomorrow!

    1. It’s interesting. When I reflect back on this incident, I often ask myself that same question–was I frightened? But I have absolutely no memory of fear. What I do remember is a sense of awe, and wonder. It could have been because I was six years old and didn’t know any better, LOL. Or it could have been that the cloud was so different, vibrant, and beautiful, there wasn’t any room to be afraid. I always think of this moment as a good encounter. And yeah, it does fit with my genre, doesn’t it, LOL.

      Thanks for visiting, Jacquie. And I’m so glad you enjoyed A Cold Tomorrow!

  9. This sounds like a great series, Mae. I know I have one of these books on my kindle but it is the second in the series so I need to get the first. I must read Eventide first though. A fabulously interesting post.

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed the post, Robbie. I never tire of telling this tale 🙂

      The Point Pleasant series is:
      A Thousand Yesteryears (Book 1)
      A Cold Tomorrow (Book 2)
      A Desolate Hour (Book 3)

      They can be read as standalones, but they read best in sequence. And I’m super excited Eventide is on your TBR.

      Thanks for visiting with me today and happy reading!

  10. What a fascinating experience, Mae! And to be able to remember it from such a young age is miraculous! YES! I have seen a phenomenon in the sky that could not be explained. It was when my daughters were in high school and they played in the high school marching band. They couldn’t drive yet, so we dropped them off at the football stadium and picked them up afterward. On this one night, we had picked them up and Rick was driving down the street back to our house. In front of us we saw a very bright light and it was not small. There were other smaller lights coming in and leaving this bigger light. Rick stopped the car and we watched. I can’t remember a particular feeling, only being in awe of what we were seeing. There was no noise. And then as quickly as it all appeared, it was gone. Others saw it and wrote it off as a weather balloon. I know different. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your experience, Mae, and for hosting, Hugh!

    1. Jan, that is an utterly fascinating story! And it fits with many of the UFO sightings I have read about—-a bright light with smaller lights. Also the fact that it was gone so quickly. I don’t recall any noise with the cloud either. When I think back to that moment, it seems like there may have been a lapse of background noise. Or maybe that was just me being in enthralled. Like you, I was in awe.

      Thanks so much for visiting and for sharing your experience. I love reading stuff like this!

  11. Fascinating to experience this, Mae. I can only imagine how surreal it must have felt. I absolutely love this series! Cheers to you. 🙂
    Many thanks for hosting, Hugh, as always.

    1. I’m glad you enjoyed the books, Natalie. That experience I had as a six-year-old was a perfect fit in A Cold Tomorrow, even if I did change it up. I can still see that green cloud so vividly. I guess I’ll never know what it actually was, but since it was Unidentified, Flying and an Object, I consider it a UFO 🙂

      Thanks for visiting with me today!

    1. Thank you! I am so glad you stopped by to read. And honestly, I’m not 100% sure were I stand on the subject either. But I do find the sightings utterly fascinating!

  12. I believe that there has to be life outside our planet. With the vastness of space and the number of planets out there – how could I not. But I never have had a UFO sighting. One of my brothers swears he has but 🤷🏻‍♀️ Your experience definitely gives goosebumps❤️

      1. Hello! I’m delighted you found the post thought-provoking. I have a passion for folklore, legends, and anything odd, which includes UFOs. Er…the fact that I actually saw one feeds into that too, LOL.

        Thank you so much for visiting and reading today!

    1. When you consider the vastness of the universe it does seem highly feasible. I’ve read so many differing theories and find them all interesting. That’s very cool about your brother. I’m sure it’s something he will never forget. I know I still see that green cloud in my head vividly, even the porch and front lawn. Despite the fact it happened so long ago!

      Thanks for the visit today, Tessa!

  13. I’ve heard of lost time before during these events, but never pink from witnessing them. What an experince for you as a child. I love how you incorporated this into the Pleasant Point books. In a way, I like we don’t know what we are seeing.p

    1. When Kensington came up with a green cloud on the book cover, I was ecstatic. Even today, A Cold Tomorrow is one of my two favorite book covers. I connect so strongly to that time in my past. Thankfully, I didn’t have pink eye, but I do wonder about that brief lapse in my memory and why I never told my father what I saw. I like wondering what it could have been, too!

      Thanks for visiting today, Denise!

      1. That’s amazing that cover found you, Mae. So many things we can’t explain, but sometimes that makes for the best stories:)

  14. Wonderful post today. I recall you mentioning this experience, but this seems more vivid somehow. I’ve read the Point Pleasant series, and if any of you are on the fence you should jump off. It’s a fabulous series.

    1. Thanks for the testimonial about my Point Pleasant Series, Craig. Woohoo! Much appreciated! 🙂

      I’ve shared this experience on my blog, but I went into a lot more detail today, including the tidbits from research. You know how I love falling down the research hole. 🙂

      UFOs, MIBs, and everything associated with them was definitely one of my favorite subjects of all those I’ve explored as background for my books.

    1. Hi, Sam! Thanks for visiting, checking out the post, and my book. It’s not often I get to use an experience from my life in one of my novels, but I couldn’t resist introducing that green cloud in A Cold Tomorrow. And, considering the vastness of the universe, it seems likely that “something” is out there! 🙂

    1. Hi, John! I loved that I was able to use something from so long ago and layer into one of my novels. UFOs do factor into A Cold Tomorrow. It was a fun book to write. I even had one of my characters use the line I remember: “The sky looked like it had a tail” 🙂

      Thanks for visiting today!

  15. Great post, Mae. I love the stuff about UFOs. I’ve never seen one, but I don’t believe we’re alone in the vastness of the universe. 😊

    Hughesviews, it’s great to see Mae showcased here 😊

    1. Hi, Harmony! I’m glad you enjoyed the post. It was fun going back to that night when I was a child and remembering how everything looked–especially that cloud! The universe is so huge, it does make you wonder what else is out there in the vastness of space.

      Thanks for visiting today!

    1. Hi, Ritu! I’m glad you enjoyed my post. That memory is one of the most vivid I have from my childhood. That cloud was unidentified, flying and an object, so I definitely consider it a UFO. Especially, when I later found out (while doing research for A Cold Tomorrow) that most UFO sightings are light sources.

      If you do look into the book, I hope you enjoy it. The research behind it was fascinating, especially given it’s based in history and folklore.

      Thanks for visiting today!

    1. LOL!
      I’m glad you enjoyed the post, Priscilla. When I was doing research for the novel, I loved the term “starsh*t”—which makes it into the first chapter of A Cold Tomorrow. There’s also a term “space grass” for silvery, tinfoil like shreddings left behind in fields, but I found starsh*t more interesting. Plus it just sounded better when my character said it! 🙂

      Thanks for visiting today!

  16. Love this story, Mae! Very cool, and love the fact that it led to your writing A Cold Tomorrow in your Point Pleasant series.

    To paraphrase a favorite of mine, Ogden Nash, “I never saw a UFO, and never hope to see one.” Nope. I’m a chicken at heart about things like that, I’m afraid. But I sure do love reading spooky stories that feature them, and A Cold Tomorrow” is no exception! A great adventure. While I knew about MIB, I don’t recall the term “UFO Flap” so another neat thing I learned today.

    Great post, Mae and Hugh! Shared! 🙂

    1. Marcia, I’m a chicken at heart when it comes to things like ghosts and haunted houses. Cryptids and UFOs I tend to be more intrigued then jittery about. Weird, yes, LOL.

      I’m glad you enjoyed A Cold Tomorrow, and I’m glad you left with a new term–UFO Flap. There was even one in the 1800s attributed to dirigibles. Naturally, I can’t get enough of this stuff, LOL!

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