Keith Thompson is a scholar with particular interest in cultural imagination, new religious movements, social history and politics. He is also an author and writer of articles for various publications. "Sometimes I call myself a storyteller, non-fiction division," he says.
Keith's book, Angels and Aliens: UFOs and the Mythic Imagination (Addison-Wesley, 1991) was hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle as "Magnificent…no matter what your beliefs, the most fascinating book written on the subject," and by Venture World as "probably the most profound book on the UFO controversy yet to appear."
Harvard psychiatrist John Mack credited Keith's writing with launching Mack's interest in reports of individuals taken against their will by apparent alien beings.
Keith's 1982 interview with Robert Bly has been credited with initiating the "men's movement" exploring contemporary masculinity and manhood, and his 1994 published conversation with best-selling author Carlos Castaneda ("Portrait of a Sorcerer") marked the legendary recluse's first public remarks in over two decades.
Keith's articles have appeared in the New York Times, Esquire and the San Francisco Chronicle. He has been interviewed by TV and radio hosts including Larry King, George Noory, Michael Reagan and Bill O'Reilly, with an unexpected and rare interview by Rush Limbaugh. As a periodic talk radio host, Keith has interviewed novelist Anne Rice and political activist David Horowitz.
Currently an independent scholar at Esalen Institute's Center for Theory and Research, Keith lives in Boise, Idaho.