Montauk Project

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Coordinates: 41°N 3°E / 41°N 03°E / 41; 03 The Montauk Project is a conspiracy theory that alleges there were a series of secret United States government projects conducted at Camp Hero or Montauk Air Force Station on Montauk, Long Island, for the purpose of developing psychological warfare techniques and exotic research including time travel. The story of the Montauk Project originated in the Montauk Project series of books by Preston Nichols which intermixes those stories with stories about the Philadelphia Experiment.[1][2]


Stories about the Montauk Project have circulated since the early 1980s. According to UFO researcher Jacques Vallée, the Montauk Experiment stories seem to have originated with the account of Preston Nichols, who claimed to have recovered repressed memories of his own involvement and claims that he is periodically abducted to continue his participation against his will.[3][1] Nichols, born May 24, 1946 on Long Island, New York, claims to have degrees in parapsychology, psychology, and electrical engineering,[4] and he has authored a series of books, known as the Montauk Project series, along with Peter Moon, the primary topic of which is alleged activities at Montauk. These center on topics including United States government/military experiments in fields such as time travel, teleportation, mind control, contact with alien life and staging faked Apollo Moon landings, framed as developments which followed a successful 1943 Philadelphia Experiment. These culminate in "a hole ripped in space-time" in 1983.

The authors have encouraged speculation about the contents; for example, they wrote, "Whether you read this as science fiction or non-fiction you are in for an amazing story" in their first chapter,[citation needed] describing much of the content as "soft facts" in a Guide For Readers and publishing a newsletter with updates to the story.

The work has been characterized as fiction.[5]

In media [edit]

In 2004's Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind[6], the protagonist (Jim Carrey) begins the movie at Montauk, the place he had originally met his love interest (Kate Winslet), presumably because the premise of the story involves erasing/manipulating memories.

The Montauk story features prominently in Thomas Pynchon's 2013 novel Bleeding Edge.

In 2015 Montauk Chronicles, a film adaptation of the conspiracy featuring Preston Nichols, Al Bielik, and Stewart Swerdlow, was released online and on DVD and Blu-ray. The film won the best documentary award at the Philip K. Dick Film Festival in New York City[7] and has been featured on Coast to Coast AM[8] and The Huffington Post.[9]

The Netflix TV series Stranger Things (2016) was allegedly inspired by the Montauk Project, and at one time Montauk was used as its working title.[10][11][12][13]

In 2019, Incident at Montauk, a found footage film inspired by the conspiracy, was released online. It was written and directed by Owen Mulligan. The film has been featured on Found Footage Critic.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Vallée, Jacques F. (1994). "Anatomy of a hoax: The Philadelphia Experiment fifty years later" (PDF). Journal of Scientific Exploration. 8 (1): 47–71. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 22, 2009. Retrieved January 13, 2010.
  2. ^ Frissell, Bob (April 25, 2003). Something in This Book Is True, Second Edition: The Official Companion to Nothing in this Book Is True, But It's Exactly How Things Are. Frog Books. p. 76. ISBN 978-1-58394-077-8. Retrieved May 27, 2011.
  3. ^ "Preston Nichols".
  4. ^ The Montauk Project: Experiments in Time, Chapter 1
  5. ^ Nichols, Preston B. "Montauk Revisited: Adventures in Synchronicity". FictionDB. Categorises Nichols's work as "speculative fiction" and "science fiction".
  6. ^ "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind", Wikipedia, 2019-05-16, retrieved 2019-05-18
  7. ^ Clingman, Marlo (January 20, 2015). "The 2015 Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival Winners!". Retrieved July 19, 2017.
  8. ^ Connie Willis (host), Preston Nichols, Christopher Garetano (guests) (February 14, 2015). Montauk Chronicles (Radio). Coast to Coast AM. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved July 19, 2017.
  9. ^ Speigel, Lee (May 24, 2012). "'Montauk Chronicles' Claims Time Travel, Mind Control, Aliens At Camp Hero". The Huffington Post. Retrieved July 19, 2017.
  10. ^ Guerrasio, Jason (September 20, 2016). "This Is The Crazy Government Conspiracy Theory That Inspired 'Stranger Things'". Retrieved July 19, 2017.
  11. ^ Schladebeck, Jessica (September 1, 2016). "A look at 'Stranger Things' and the secret government experiments that inspired it". New York Daily News. Retrieved July 19, 2017.
  12. ^ Anderton, Ethan (September 6, 2016). "'Stranger Things' Was Inspired By a Creepy, Supposedly Real Experiment Called The Montauk Project". /Film. Retrieved September 7, 2016.
  13. ^ WIRED (2017-11-21), Stranger Things Cast Answer the Web's Most Searched Questions | WIRED, retrieved 2017-11-25

Further reading[edit]

  • Moon, Peter (1997). The Black Sun: Montauk's Nazi-Tibetan Connection. New York: Sky Books. ISBN 0963188941.
  • Nichols, Preston B.; Moon, Peter (1992). The Montauk Project: Experiments in Time. New York: Sky Books. ISBN 0963188909.
  • Nichols, Preston B.; Moon, Peter (1993). Montauk Revisited: Adventures in Synchronicity. New York: Sky Books. ISBN 0963188917.
  • Nichols, Preston B.; Moon, Peter (1995). Pyramids of Montauk: Explorations in Consciousness. New York: Sky Books. ISBN 0963188925.
  • Nichols, Preston B.; Moon, Peter (1996). Encounter in the Pleiades: An Inside Look at UFOs. New York: Sky Books. p. 247. ISBN 0-9631889-3-3.
  • Nichols, Preston B.; Moon, Peter (2000). The Music of Time. New York: Sky Books. p. 234. ISBN 0-9678162-0-3.
  • Steiger, Brad; Bielek, Alfred; Steiger, Sherry Hanson (1990). The Philadelphia Experiment and Other UFO Conspiracies. Inner Light Publications & Global Communications. ISBN 0938294970.
  • Swerdlow, Stewart (1998). Moon, Peter (ed.). Montauk: The Alien Connection. New York: Sky Books. ISBN 0963188984.
  • Wells, K. B. (1998). The Montauk Files: Unearthing the Phoenix Conspiracy. New Falcon Publications. ISBN 156184134X.

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