The March/April 85th anniversary issue of Weird Tales features our big list of “The 85 Weirdest Storytellers of the Past 85 Years.” We’re breaking it down online, too: one honoree per day, in no particular order, for 85 days!
When ART BELL (1945– ) first broadcast paranormal talk on his syndicated radio show Coast to Coast, topics like UFO abductions and Bigfoot were thought the province largely of kooks who can’t sleep at night. Bell proved the number of sleepless kooks in the United States reaches around 10 million on any given evening. Arguably, no one has done more to establish modern America’s most prevalent myths, fantasies, and mysteries. From unexplained lights in the sky to shadow people lurking in our bedrooms, Bell has presided, shaman-like, over a national campfire of the strange.