Brad Steiger said, “We are all spiritual beings. The paranormal is just part of the world we all share but do not fully comprehend.” He departed this earthly realm Sunday, May 6, 2018, and has left behind all who believe, and will continue searching for that which has yet to be fully comprehended.
Steiger came into his “Strange World” (a syndicated newspaper column he wrote in the early 1970s) in Fort Dodge, Iowa, on February 19, 1936. He was given the name Eugene E. Olson, and was raised in Bode, Iowa, on his parents’ farm.
In 1947, at the age of 11, Steiger suffered an extreme equipment accident, and subsequent near death experience. That event changed all he had been taught and believed up until then. Steiger had been raised in church, as a Lutheran, and found his religious beliefs altered and redirected after the accident.
Because his parents encouraged him to teach, Steiger attended Luther College in Iowa, graduating in 1957, and in 1963, completed his formal education, graduating from the University of Iowa. After college, he left the farm in Bode, and took a job teaching high school English, later moving on to teach Literature and Creative Writing at his alma mater, Luther College.
The many books and articles Steiger wrote during his lifetime will remain forever on many people’s lists of favorites. He began writing at an early age, stating he wrote his first book at age seven; Ghosts, Ghouls, and Other Peculiar People being published in 1965. He authored/co-authored 175 books, both fiction and non-fiction, which have sold over 17 million copies, and over 2,000 articles on paranormal subjects.
Besides his prolific writing, Steiger believed in, and promoted several alternative theories: Atlantis was a real place, home to a civilization of powerful, technologically sophisticated people; an ancient race of giant humans left their tracks at Paluxy River in Texas; and humans are star people, descended from ancient astronauts.
The worlds of unusual and unexplained phenomena will miss Brad Steiger. But, he has left us his thoughts and beliefs in articles and books, that we may continue the search he lived and shared, so generously.