About Adam Gorightly


Adam Gorightly has been chronicling fringe and conspiracy culture  in an illuminating manner for over two decades. An active contributor to the ‘zine revolution of the late ’80s and early ’90s, Adam’s byline was a familiar sight in many cutting-edge mags of the period where he sharpened his literary teeth. His articles have appeared in numerous publications such as The Excluded Middle, UFO Magazine, Paranoia, SteamShovel Press, and FourTwoFour, the largest soccer magazine in Great Britain.

Adam’s explorations into these arcane waters eventually led to his first book, published in October 2001,The Shadow Over Santa Susana: Black Magic, Mind Control and the Manson Family Mythos, which has been described as the mother of all Manson family tomes. This was followed in November 2003 by The Prankster and the Conspiracy: The Story of Kerry Thornley and How He Met Oswald and Inspired the Counterculture, the first bio of the legendary counterculture figure, chronicling Thornley’s amazing and tragic life. 2005’s The Beast of Adam Gorightly: Collected Rantings 1992–2004, features many articles from Adam’s formative years in the ‘zine scene. His latest offering, James Shelby Downard’s Mystical War chronicles the famed conspiracy researcher’s life long battles against Masonic Sorcery.

Adam has been a guest on radio talk shows across the U.S., Canada and Ireland including Coast To Coast AM, Erskine Overnight, The Richard Syrett Show, The R.U. Sirius Show, The X-Zone with Rob McConnell, From The Grassy Knoll with Vyzygoth, Out The Rabbit Hole with Robert Larson, The Blue Rose Report with Miles Lewis, A Closer Look with Michael Corbin, Binnall of America, Stormy Weather with Aeolus Kephas and Radio Misterioso with Greg Bishop.

From November 2006 – May 2008, Adam hosted  the weirdly popular Untamed Dimensions web radio show, which is now archived at: http://www.untameddimensions.com/pod/gp.html

Adam has lectured across the US. His most recent rant, “Were the UFO Contactees Ritual Magicians?” was presented at The Retro UFO Space Convention in April 2006; The Roswell 60th Anniversary Festival in July 2007 and and The League Of Western Fortean Intermediatists Mini-Con in October 2008 in Los Angeles.

Says Erskine Payton of “Erskine Overnight:“ Adam offers a unique take on virtually every conspiracy of our time. There are few answers to Adam’s rants, but they pose questions only the brave or seriously warped would dare ponder.”

Contact Adam at your own risk at adamgorightly@yahoo.com


16 Responses to “About Adam Gorightly”

  1. dear sir, am currently reading “the shadow…” and it is a very interesting read. after 16 or so books about the family i now feel that i am reading the mother of all family-books. thanks for the effort to puzzle the pieces together!

  2. Hi Mark and thanks for the kind words…I’m presently working on a revised edition for the 40th anniversary of the murders.

  3. Could I possibly get an advanced copy of the 40th anniversary edition? I would really like to read this book and now here you are saying there might be a new edition this year. What do you recomment? I am currenty reading Sex And Rockets, The Occult World Of Jack Parson. I am wondering about the connections between Parsons and Manson and I believe reading these 2 books will lead me to them.

  4. Jason: The 40th Anniversary edition won’t be available until August. In the meantime, you might want to check out my Downard book, which gets into a bit of the Jack Parsons mythology.

  5. Happy 50th birthday Adam! I was listening to your Binnall of America interview today where you gave your date of birth. How’s that for synchronicity. (OK, so i’m a few days late, but pretty close eh?)

  6. Thanks, Martin.

  7. I believe I am in possession of an original handwritten notebook of Kerry Wendall Thornley. My mother died in 2004, and it was in some of her possessions. I had no idea what it was, and quite frankly thought it was the ramblings of a person with severe mental health issues. Never the less, it facinated me and I kept it and every now and then get it out to try and figure out who wrote it and what is means. It is just a plain small notebook with something written on each page. I am wondering if you could help me find out if this is actually him. The writing is hard to read at times – mostly printed (as opposed to cursive) and mostly written at a sideways slant on the page. Talks a lot about the JFK assination, the Illuminatti and says some about being in the marines…it just rambles.

    Please contact me and let me know what you think. Thanks!

  8. Hi Llona,

    If you are able to send me a scan of a page from the notebook I would be able to tell you if it is Thornley. I am very familiar with his handwriting.


  9. It is so refreshing to encounter someone as intellectually warped as I am. Thank the gods of dark matter; I’ve finally found someone that surpasses Hunter S. Thompson and perhaps equals Peter Levenda. I feel secure again. Now, when can I read something new by my latest hero of high weirdness?

    • Finished Happy Trails to High Weirdness last night and I truly enjoyed the read, except that the ride was over too soon and some of the chapters were re-runs for me. That is to be expected, as I am one of your “mindless sychophants” and devoted fan girls. I only found about 4 or 5 typos in my tree-killer edition, and I really enjoyed being able to turn pages in bed.

  10. Adam, I found your book difficult to read, I don’t know why really. I’m a beginner in Manson and Family case having just read three books. Maybe I’ll give your book another chance someday.

  11. Tommy Cooper fan AG ?

  12. Any relation to Alice?

  13. Ha – not afaik !

    …the fellow on your CD cover is British comedian Tommy Cooper…I would guess enunciating his famous catch-phrase “Jus’ Like That !”

    I can see the jpeg says Shriner though …

    “…what you’ve got there is a Stradivarius & a Rembrandt………

    unfortunately Stradivarius couldn’t paint……& Rembrandt made rotten violins…”

  14. Actually whilst I’ve got you pinned in the corner I may aswell take the liberty of appraising you of the speculative research effort I undertook in which I attempted – not without some success I feel – in evidencing the seminal role of the druidic cult of the severed head as an actor in the development of the conspiratorial oligarchy & their arcane milieu where Lodge members & fascist Templars kneel side-by-side to perform acts of obscene fealty between the spread-buttocks of their goat-footed overlords– it ties into Downard, Manson & the Process obviously….


  15. […] Adam Gorightly, esoteric researcher, interrupts your regular programming to take penetrating look at bizarro world of anti-mason fighter James Shelby Downard in 2008 book, “James Shelby Downard’s Mystical War.” In under a hundred pages, Gorightly mesmerizes with Downardian insights that date to early 20th Century. It’s amazing to read, Downard subjected to mind control humiliation on Jekyll Island, SC in front of the likes of Alexander Graham Bell. A reader puts down book, wondering if Downard was real or fiction, as Gorightly characterizes a “Little Rascal” protagonist from an early age outwitting dull Masonic goons? In fact, rumors lurk Downard was the literary creation of Michael Hoffman, William Grimstad, and Adam Parfrey. The author seems satisfied Downard wasn’t a complete fiction, although admittedly, will never be completely satisfied. The present writer falls into category that Downard kept copious notes of brilliant penetrating insights, but as a purported mind control victim himself, lacked the steady coherence to organize insights into readable articles and books? In any event Downard proves curious enough, Idaho history professor Dr. Richard B Spence, reveals what he could verify about Downard’s life in “Searching for James Shelby Downard.“ The vital statistics scrutinized gleaned from Downard’s “The Carnivals of Life and Death: My Profane Youth: 1913-1935.” Gorightly takes reader through tour of Downard’s writing with chapter-by-chapter treatments of “The Carnivals of Life and Death,” “Skullduggery,” “Call to Chaos” and mother-of-all Illuminati conspiracy theories, President Kennedy’s assassination as masonic sorcery, “King Kill 33.” […]

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