Gonzo Fortean Writer Skylaire Alfvegren Dies Suddenly



After John A. Keel died on July 3, 2009, I wrote early in 2010: “In the age we are entering, post-Keelian, there appears to be one new voice that is speaking for matters Fortean, crypto, and weird.  I recommend you trying out Skylaire Alfvegren. Ms. Alfvegren knew John Keel when he was young and innocent, and so was she.  Maybe she still is but we don’t think so; she’s seen so much now.  The world has changed.”

Keel at Phyllis wedding

Now Skylaire is gone too.

Skylaire Alfvegren called herself a “gonzo journalist and a Fortean explorer.” Lots of folks knew her as a smiling person hiding terrible pain, joyful happiness, and deep questions, who was always willing, it seems, to get her photo taken with fellow Forteans. Skylaire Alfvegren has died tragically, at the age of 44, and many of us are in shock.

Skylaire Alfvegren

Caption by Alfvegren: “The actual Gray Barker archives at the actual public library in Clarksburg, West Virginia. A happy place for me.”

Skylaire Alfvegren, who most recently on July 16, 2021, posted an old photo of herself digging in the Mothman archives in West Virginia, is no longer in that “happy place.”

Still youthful, Alfvegren, who lived in the mysterious Tujunga Valley near Los Angeles, celebrated her birthday on April 9, 1977.

Musician/writer Ed Dawson, her roommate, wrote this on the evening of Friday, August 27. 2021, on her Facebook page:

“Skylaire is dead. She was taking a bath. I heard a loud thump from the bathroom. I went to the door and asked if she was okay. She didn’t answer. I asked again and again, respecting her privacy. No answer. She was in the tub gurgling. I tried to wake her. She was taking a few breaths, like 30 seconds apart, then stopped. I called 911. They came and could not revive her.

“My heart is broken. I love her deeply. I shall miss her forever.”
skylaire ed

Skylaire Alfvegren began her professional writing career as a teenager with a column of Fortean exploration for a nationally distributed magazine. File O’ the Damned investigated cryptozoology, voodoo, UFO, paranormal and other, lesser known phenomena. From there, she acted as assistant editor for Ben is Dead Magazine and began writing for LA Weekly. Not yet of legal drinking age, she was hired as a consultant on Strange Universe, the Fox Network’s nationally syndicated “paranormal news program.” She was staff film critic for the multimillion dollar, ahead-of-its-time Gen Y web magazine, iFuse.com, and later, E! Online before being sought out as a researcher for SyFy Channel as well as a consultant and producer for various production companies specializing in ufological and unexplained programs. In the intervening years, her work appeared in publications as diverse as The BelieverFortean Times, and Hustler (where she was known as “UFO Girl”), as well as many other publications, books, and websites, and was translated into 23 languages. 

As a frequent radio guest, she was viewed as an adventurous, seasoned interviewer with on camera and improv experience, and appeared on the likes of Weird TV and The Conspiracy Zone.

Alfvegren co-piloted race cars in Mexico and roped cattle on the border of Area 51. She angered the spirits of a Mayan ball court in Belize and was blamed for giving arch-skeptic James Randi a heart attack. Her notions of reality were altered forever when, as a child, she witnessed her first UFO alongside off duty airmen at the landing of the Space Shuttle Discovery at Edwards AFB in 1988. Her “unerring sense for the oddball” and “extremely compelling and entertaining” way of processing data led her to work as a journalist, host, blogger, consultant/researcher, and lecturer. (Her lectures included “Conspiracy Theory 2012: More Fact, Less Fiction,” “Charles Fort: Dogma Be Damned,” and “The Secret Life of Southern California.”)

She worked for years as the associate editor of Paranoia: A Conspiracy Reader and as a columnist for UFO Magazine, while applying her vast knowledge of California—the esoteric, the dark and the weird—to the small screen. 

As a Los Angeles native, Skylaire sought work in documentary film or related fields. She billed herself as a “massively experienced writer and researcher: print, digital, television. Experience as producer and production assistant, as well as on-camera, in art department, and with fundraising. Expert level social media skills. A veritable workhorse, I possess the ability to elucidate copious and/or complicated data in a flash. My almost demonic eye for detail and cracked sense of humor make me an asset to any production, writer’s room or office.”
Skylaire worked as a features writer, film critic, music journalist, researcher for television (and occasional television personality), auto mechanic, llama wrangler, radio guest, lecturer and chronicler of the curious. As a successful writer and meticulous researcher, she labored in print, online and in television.
Alfvegren penned “I possess nearly supernatural interview skills, a massive breadth of knowledge, and the ability to crack wise, or not, depending on the temperature of the room. I can flit seamlessly between projects of divergent subjects while conveying my hyper-informed and – truly – unique voice. I have worked in television production and have a longstanding interest in documentary film. I am an extremely hard worker and I pick up new skills quickly. Additional skills include transcriber (with or without timecode), videographer.”

Alfvegren co-founded (in 2007) the League of Western Fortean Intermediatists, an investigative organization and website dedicated to “exploring the mysteries and peculiarities of the American West,” which featured bloggers state-by-state from Washington to Texas, original guest editorials, readers’ reports, and a sense of community among Forteans hither and yon. 

IMDb (Skylaire Alfvegren’s credits)
2002 The Conspiracy Zone (TV Series) Panelist
 1996 Blood Slaves of the Vampire Wolf …Cute girl in video store

 1995 Weird TV (TV Series)…Self

Reel Fall Out (1995) … Self
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Skylaire Alfvegren avoided fighting against the mainstream tidal wave of “political correctness,” so she could swim in her own oceans. She was, indeed, characterized by some as an early Fortean “groupie.” One of her favorite photo ops was with John A. Keel. And she leapfrogged from there. Her autobiography would have been fantastic.
We all miss her. Her home full of files, computers, and mostly her beloved cats, shall dearly miss her too.
A sad goodbye to the many Skylaires….
Keel at Phyllis wedding
John A. Keel and Skylaire
Skye and Keel
2019: James Moseley and Skylaire Alfvegren
She became a Fortean celeb on her own, before she knew it.
4th UFO Crash Retrieval Conference, Las Vegas November 2006
Skylaire Alfvegren in front of the “Tex Watson Truck” at Ballarat, CA in Death Valley.
And she was “captured” by many, everywhere.
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Kenn Thomas and Skylaire
Skylaire A
With Kenn Thomas
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With John Judge
Skylaire A
With Kenn Thomas
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Skylaire A
With Kenn Thomas
With Richard Dolan
frog wizard
great race 2015
hail eris
With Adam Gorightly 
heaven or hell
hybrid brat
Bruce Lee
CIA w OJ guy
Nick Pope
With Nick Pope
Nixon Museum
me n leir
mick goodbye party
Skye and Copperfield
Skye and Halford
Skye with 60s glasses headshot
Skylaire UFO
stupid wolf hat
Skylaire Alfvegren wrote on August 1, 2021:
“I am so bored and lonely and sick of being stuck in the God damn house! Maybe tonight is the night I freak out the security guard at my local grocery store with my cheesy and too-hot-to-wear plague doctor mask…”
Two of her favorite quotes:
“It is sometimes an appropriate response to reality to go insane.” ― Philip K. Dick
“Witchcraft always has a hard time, until it becomes established and changes its name.” –Charles Fort
A mystery?
Where was Skylaire Alfvegren during the day, on Friday, August 27, 2021?
She had written almost a month ago on Facebook about her desire/plan/hope to attend Sirhan Sirhan’s Parole Board hearing.
In a groundbreaking move, the Board granted Sirhan parole. Was she there?

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