Nigel Watson recently released his fourth book, ‘UFO Investigations Manual: UFO Investigations from 1892 to the Present Day’ from Haynes Publishing. It contains an in-depth look at the history of the UFO phenomenon, tips for investigating UFOs and similar resources. “For the seasoned ufologist it will be a handy guide,” Watson told ‘Orlando Paranormal Examiner’ by email Friday, “and for beginners it provides a clear overview of the subject that can’t be gained by trawling the Internet.”
The British writer’s articles on paranormal, science and technological topics have been carried in numerous publications including ‘Flying Saucer Review’ and ‘UFO Magazine’. Watson first caught the UFO bug during the Apollo moon-landing missions of the 1960’s. His research and writing interests subsequently inspired him to seek further education in film and literature, as well as psychology.
“Studying psychology revealed the complexities and inadequacies of human perception, especially in exceptional circumstances,” Watson explained Friday. “Every ufologist should gain some understanding of the basics of human psychology.”
His most recent book examines the UFO phenomenon from the late 19th century to present. Various perspectives and potential explanations are considered. Detailed appendices include essentials for an investigation kit, how to produce an investigation report, tips on sky-watching and more.
When asked what readers should expect to gain from reading ‘UFO Investigations Manual’, Watson replied, “They will gain an understanding of the history of the subject, from the airship and aircraft scares of the 19th and 20th centuries right through to the official investigations conducted after the Arnold sighting in June 1947. The book also looks at how UFO reports have been classified and the many explanations that have been put forward to account for these reports.”
What does Watson think is one of the more interesting UFO cases, and why?
“The Betty and Barney Hill case is fascinating as it set the standard for future abduction reports. In the 1960’s, it was such an exceptional case that ufologists were not sure how to react to it. It took a journalist [John G. Fuller] to bring the case to worldwide attention in his book, ‘The Interrupted Journey’.
“What happened to them during their missing two hours is still hotly contested, and I doubt there will ever be an adequate answer that will satisfy skeptics and believers.”
What does Watson think would be most important for writer/researchers to understand when delving into reports of UFOs, alien abduction and related subject matter?
“That there is no all embracing answer to why people keep reporting UFO sightings and alien abductions. The reasons vary according to the witness and their sociological and cultural background.”
‘UFO Investigations Manual: UFO Investigations from 1892 to the Present Day’ by Nigel Watson is available in book stores and online at Amazon.