Subterranean Bases


Richard Sharpe Shaver’


The following account appeared on page 52 of the Nov. 1954 issue of FATE magazine. “In March, 1954, a French Jesuit priest in Sorata, Bolivia, told a strange story of an exploring trip he had made in the cavern of San Pedro on 20,000 foot Mount Illampu of the Andes chain. “The cavern must be entered on all fours through a narrow passage which widens after a few yards and leads into an immense cavern filled with stalagmites and stalactites. At one end of the cavern is a subterranean lake. “The French priest claimed to be the first person to cross to the far end of the lake. After several hours of rowing a… Read More


Pages 78-80 of Tim Beckley’s book, “THE SHAVER MYSTERY AND THE INNER EARTH”, also contains the following unusual story of an underground land beneath Oklahoma: “One of these ‘hills’ or ‘mounds’ have – according to yellowed newspaper clippings – been located near Binger, Oklahoma, by a newspaper reporter whose story was recently uncovered by Mrs. Cosette Willoughby of San Jose, California. She has spent a great deal of time investigating odd phenomena dealing with the Shaver Mystery. Unfortunately she cannot recall the exact source for the story although she remembers quite vividly that it was written 24 or 25 years ago (she did however record the… Read More

1963: PRYING INTO THE UNKNOWN: Bishop, California

An article titled “PRYING INTO THE UNKNOWN”, which appeared in the April, 1963 issue of SEARCH magazine, contains an interesting account of a couple from California. The article was a monthly one written by Will Carson and Jeannie Joy. The following appears on page 22 of that issue:    “It has always been a mystery to us in the first place how Mr. and Mrs. P.E. can find and afford the time to do the sort of things most of us only dream of doing. After knowing them for more than fifteen years, it is inconceivable to suspect their integrity or sanity – and yet they… Read More


By Stoney Brakefield “Humanoid subterranean creatures ate 15 miners alive and almost killed two rescuers, claims a mining inspector’s report SUPPRESSED for more than 3O years. “Inspector Glenn E. Barger filed his startling find with superiors in 1944, but details haven’t been released until now. “Immediately after returning from the disaster near Dixonville, Pa., (50 miles northeast of Pittsburgh) Barger announced his retirement, refusing to set foot again underground, fearing he would face the mysterious creature again.  “He died in 1958, and his report remained hidden until released by his son, Frank, earlier this year. “Although the public was kept from the truth about the cave-in,… Read More

1947: AMAZING STORIES: Big Bend Area Underground

This next letter appeared on pages 171-172 of the October, 1947 issue of AMAZING STORIES:    “Sirs:  Norman Finley, a neighbor of a good friend of mine, told me about an experience he had which was rather unusual. He and a couple of other fellows were hunting down in the Big Bend country. I don’t know whether you are familiar with the Big Bend or not, but there is no more wild or desolate area in the country. Rugged, mountainous, cut by canyons, there are innumerable parts of it which have never known the foot of man.    “It was in one of the most desolate… Read More

1948: AMAZING STORIES: Burley, Idaho Underground Revisited

The next letter appeared later on pages 164-165 of the January, 1948 issue of AMAZING STORIES:    Sirs: If you file your correspondence, you will find a letter there from this writer which was written in the early part of this year, advising you of reading my first AMAZING STORIES magazine and of my interest in the mystery of the caves, especially the articles by Mr. Shaver. I haven’t missed a copy of A. S. since then and interest in the mystery of the caves has grown until you may class me as an unofficial member of the CHMBS (“Cave Hunters Mutual Benefit Society” – Branton).… Read More

1947: AMAZING STORIES: Burley, Idaho Underground

The following letter appeared on pages 174-175 of the October, 1947 issue of AMAZING STORIES:    “Sirs:  Perhaps I have delayed over-long to send you my slight contribution to the master code. Why? I was still afraid there might be some slip that would put me in a bad spot. I am a druggist in this town and any trace of nut’s talk would ruin my job. I have been waiting for the issue which just hit the newsstand and agree with you completely.    “There is in this area an artifact which seems to prove all you have printed about the cavern dwellers. First I… Read More

A Guide to the Inner Earth: V to Z

**** V ****   Vassos. John – KUBLA KHAN., E.P. Dutton & Co., NY., 1933: Records Samuel Coleridge‘s poem, KUBLA KHAN., which includes the phrase: “…In Xanadu did Kubla Khan a stately pleasure dome decree, where Alph the sacred river ran through caverns measureless to man, down to a sunless sea…”   Van  Hoof, Kenneth., Ed. – DIAMOND STAR., periodical: Certain issued carried information on the Inner Earth mystery.   Vaughn, Ralph E. – THE SEARCH FOR THE HOLLOW EARTH., Article in BEYOND REALITY magazine., Nov.-Dec. 1975., pp.12-15.   Verrill, A. Hyatt – SECRET TREASURES., D. Appleton & Co., NY., 1931: Chapt. 11 – TREASURE CAVES OF… Read More

A Guide to the Inner Earth: P to R

**** P ****   Paget, Walburga L. – COLLOQUIES WITH AN UNSEEN FRIEND., William Rider & Son., London., 1909., p. 36: Buried Cities beneath the ‘Great Desert’ where descendants of Atlantis allegedly live to this day, along with prehistoric flora & fauna, a land which will be discovered by surface dwellers in the 21st century according to prophecy, when the “air ships and Rontgen rays are made practically useful for exploration purposes.”   Painter, Roger – THE BROWN MOUNTAIN LIGHTS., Article in SEARCH magazine., July 1968., pp. 50-58: Describes incidents of mysterious lights emerging from Brown Mountain, 12 miles east of Highway 181 near Jones Ridge,… Read More

A Guide to the Inner Earth: M to O

**** M ****   Macculloch, John A. – CELTIC MYTHOLOGY., pp. 125-126: The cave of “Cruachan” – also known as “Ireland’s gate to Hell”; a legendary and ancient cave from which – according to legend – strange creatures would emerge in ancient times, causing havoc on the surface.   Macklin, John – STRANGE DESTINIES., Ace Books., NY.: The story of the “green-skinned children” who emerged from a cavern, speaking an unknown language. (Also see: Drake, W.B.)   McClellan, Alec – THE LOST WORLD OF AGHARTI., Souvenir Press., 1982: The link between the Nazi-backed ‘Thule Society’ and subterranean legends, and the ‘Hollow Earth’ theory. The author’s own… Read More