Saturday, July 1, 2017

Ep 28 - Richard Shaver

Chad and Justin return after a few month hiatus to talk about Richard Shaver, Twin Peaks, Ray Palmer, Gobekli Tepe, funny stories, and people that claim they have no visual component of their brains. 

This was a pretty fun podcast, and one of our best episodes to date!


music on this episode provided by Curb Cobain and deluxepaint 418

Richard Sharpe Shaver (October 8, 1907 Berwick, Pennsylvania – November 5, 1975 Summit, Arkansas) was an American writer and artist.

Shaver's stories continued to appear in Amazing after Howard Browne replaced Ray Palmer as editor.

Even after his work fell out of favor with Amazing readers, Ray Palmer continued to publish Shaver in other genre magazines.

A special issue of Fantastic devoted to the "Shaver Mystery" was published in 1958
He achieved notoriety in the years following World War II as the author of controversial stories that were printed in science fiction magazines (primarily Amazing Stories), in which he claimed that he had had personal experience of a sinister, ancient civilization that harbored fantastic technology in caverns under the earth. The controversy stemmed from the claim by Shaver, and his editor and publisher Ray Palmer, that Shaver's writings, while presented in the guise of fiction, were fundamentally true. Shaver's stories were promoted by Ray Palmer as "The Shaver Mystery".

During the last decades of his life, Shaver devoted himself to "rock books"—stones that he believed had been created by the advanced ancient races and embedded with legible pictures and texts. He produced paintings based on the rock images and photographed the rock books extensively, as well as writing about them. Posthumously, Shaver has gained a reputation as an artist and his paintings and photos have been exhibited in Los Angeles, New York and elsewhere.

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