John Stuart’s Sordid Saucer Odyssey

John Stuart’s strange story appeared in UFO Warning (1963) published by Gray Barker’s (sometimes saucy) Saucerian Press. The back cover blurb for this classic tome states: “FORCED INTO SEX ABOARD A FLYING SAUCER!” In his introduction to UFO Warning, Gray Barker mused: ”I cannot completely understand this volume, and I don’t think that many others can either…In its rawest and most primary sense it will serve as a warning to many UFO students!”


Gene Duplantier’s cover for ‘UFO Warning’ that, as far as I can tell, had absolutely nothing to do with the actual story that appeared in the book.

John Stuart’s saucer odyssey began in 1950 when he started collecting UFO clippings from around the world and reading any and all books on the subject. One evening in 1952, Stuart received a knock at his door and, lo and behold, when he went to check on it, there was no one there! Stuart suspected that this incident was far more than a mere prank played on him by some mischievous kids and that it was somehow related to his flying saucer investigations. Not long after the mysterious-ringing-of-the-doorbell-affair-with-no-one-there, Stuart was in bed reading late one night when his telephone rang, and on the other end was an anonymous caller (from another planet, presumably) who warned him to “Stop interfering in affairs that don’t concern you! You have been warned!”

Apparently this wasn’t enough to spook Stuart and in 1953 he joined a UFO research group based out of Hamilton, New Zealand, called the Flying Saucer Investigation Society. After a few months with the group, Stuart had some sort of falling out with fellow members and left to form his own “organization” called Flying Saucer Investigators (FSI). Joining Stuart in this endeavor was a fetching young gal named Doreen Wilkinson (referred to in UFO Warning as Barbara Turner.) In fact, the only two members of Stuart’s group were he and Wilkinson.

Although Stuart was married at this time, his UFO research activities with Wilkinson formed an intense collaboration, and he seemed to go out of his way in UFO Warning to dispel the notion that their relationship had been anything more than platonic. However, things start getting hinky in UFO Report when Stuart reveals that—at one point in their relationship—Wilkinson began to make sexual overtures and because of this Stuart suspected she had fallen sudden victim to supernatural possession. This “supernatural possession” occurred around the same time that a “space man” appeared before Stuart and Wilkinson and telepathically instructed the pair to cease and desist with UFO investigations or their lives would be in danger.

During one of their weekly UFO research get togethers, Wilkinson was overcome by a sudden cigarette craving and so they took a pause as she went out to a nearby market to pick up a pack of smokes. Upon Wilkinson’s return,

“…the front door flew open, and a figure rushed into my arms. [Doreen] said in a voice filled with fear: ‘There’s something out there!’

“Quickly reassuring her, I hurried outside, stopping on the top step as a terrible stench struck me. I almost fainted in terror. It was burnt like plastic and sulfur. I stood there for a moment, and then walked down to the front gate, neither hearing or seeing anything. I searched the rear of the grounds, finding nothing, and had just started to return to the door when I heard distinct sounds behind me. I stopped and shone my torch. There was nothing there. I walked on. The sounds followed. I stopped and the sound stopped. I moved. It moved. Again I stopped, was amazed and startled when “it” kept on! The peculiar shuffling, scraping sound went past me, and I felt something solid brush against my shoulder! This was the first indication I had that ‘they’ were as solid as I!”

When the creature at last manifested, it was freaky as all get out:

“The monster’s head was large and bulbous. No neck. A huge ungainly body supported on ridiculously short legs. It had webbed feet. The arms were thin and not unlike stalks of bamboo. It had no hands, the long fingers jutting from the arms like stalks. Its eyes were about four inches across, red in color. There was no nose, just two holes, and the mouth was simply a straight slash across its appallingly lecherous face. The whole was lime green in color and it was possible to see red veins running through its ungainly form. The monster was definitely male.”

At the sight of this eight foot tall “loathsome, hideous, evil, disgusting, horrifying” beast, Stuart and Wilkinson were suddenly paralyzed as if some psychic force had frozen them in their tracks. The creature moved towards them with its “filthy eyes fixed on [Doreen’s] slim body” and started to reach out for her, then suddenly pulled back and disappeared.


Gene Duplantier’s illustration of the “loathsome, hideous, evil, disgusting, horrifying”  beast that was responsible for the dirty deeds recounted in ‘UFO Warning’

Not long after—as Stuart was walking Wilkinson back to her hotel one evening—Doreen spoke “impishly” about the possibility of a space man waiting in her room, and that if he was handsome enough, “I’ll take him to bed with me.” These words, it appears, proved portentous, as that very night Wilkinson was attacked in her room by an invisible entity that ravaged and raped the poor lass over a two hour period.  In December 1954, Stuart and Wilkinson “were forced to close down [FSI] after these very frightening attacks…In that month Barbara fled in terror.”

Gray Barker later remembered “reading over the [UFO Warning manuscript] with Jim Moseley…and how we broke up at each Frightening Experience, which seemed to end each chapter, and punctuated by the principals in the story lighting another cigarette! It’s too bad that at that time I was not fearless enough to print the uncensored original manuscript!”

For more crazy shit like this be sure to pick up your very own copy of A is for Adamski: The Golden Age of the UFO Contactees.

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