Bare-Faced Messiah by Russell Miller re-published by Silvertail Books

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  1. The Wrong Guy Member

    Russell Miller's Bare-Faced Messiah, Back In Print In February!

    By Tony Ortega, The Underground Bunker

    We have a stunning announcement to make. Silvertail Books is bringing back into print the book which revealed for the first time the true life story of L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology.

    Bare-faced Messiah: The True Story of L. Ron Hubbard by Russell Miller was first published in 1987, after a long legal battle between its original publisher, Michael Joseph, and the Church of Scientology. The book’s original US publisher, Henry Holt, became mired in legal problems after a series of lawsuits in the American courts, and the book was never properly published here.

    Silvertail publisher Humfrey Hunter bought world English rights through Michael Sissons and Fiona Petheram at PFD. Hunter tells us, “Bare-Faced Messiah was a sensation when it first came out and is every bit as relevant today as it was then. By telling the full, true story of L. Ron Hubbard’s extraordinary life, and calling out the untruths told about it, Russell tells an incredibly colorful story and reveals the origins of Scientology in riveting detail. It’s an astonishing read — your jaw drops on virtually every page.”

    Miller says, “I am delighted that Bare-Faced Messiah is being re-published, particularly as the Church of Scientology continues to make ludicrous claims about the life and times of its founder.”

    The new edition will contain a foreword by Miller in which he describes how the church tried to thwart his research for the book, tactics which included him being repeatedly followed, accused of various crimes including murder, alleged to be an intelligence agent and threatened with a pistol.

    In January this year Silvertail published another book about Scientology, The Church of Fear by John Sweeney, which has since sold 14,000 copies across all editions. It will publish Bare-faced Messiah in hardback and ebook in February 2014.

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  2. RightOn Member

    Piece of Blue Sky next?
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  3. Good news. A great read.

    Always respect the critics who couldn't hide behind a computer screen and six proxies. They were tough times.
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  4. The Wrong Guy Member

    Silvertail to republish controversial Scientology title | The Bookseller

    By Lisa Campbell

    A controversial book about the life of Scientology founder L Ron Hubbard—Bare-faced Messiah—is to be brought back into print by British independent publisher Silvertail Books.

    The biography, written by the then-Times journalist Russell Miller, was first published in the UK in 1987 by Michael Joseph. It tells the story of the life of the Scientology Church's founder, L Ron Hubbard, who died in 1986, and includes material such as Hubbard's teenage diaries, personal correspondence to colleagues, employers and the FBI, as well as government documents such as Hubbard's military service record and FBI file.

    The church opposed publication, resulting in court cases in both the UK and US. The book was never published in the US.

    However, Silvertail Books will publish Bare-faced Messiah jointly in the UK and the US in February 2014 after securing world English rights from Michael Sissons and Fiona Petheram at PFD. Petheram said rights to the title reverted from Michael Joseph/Sphere in 1993.

    Silvertail publisher Humfrey Hunter said: "Bare-faced Messiah was a sensation when it first came out and is every bit as relevant today as it was then. By telling the full, true story of L Ron Hubbard’s extraordinary life, and calling out the untruths told about it, Russell tells an incredibly colourful story and reveals the origins of Scientology in riveting detail. It’s an astonishing read – your jaw drops on virtually every page."

    He told The Bookseller the book was still relevant today because of the “huge global interest” in the institution. “The facts of Hubbard’s life haven’t changed since 1987 and this is the definitive book about one of the most fascinating and notorious men of modern times,” he said. On the possible legal ramifications, Hunter added: "I have taken legal advice and plan to go ahead with publication in the US at the same time as the UK in February."

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  6. Jeff Jacobsen Member

    My review; kind of dry, but extremely informative.
  7. The Wrong Guy Member

    ‘Bare-faced Messiah’ back in print: Our interview with author Russell Miller

    By Tony Ortega, The Underground Bunker

    Today is Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard’s 103rd birthday, and do we have a gift for him!

    A year after Hubbard died in 1986, the best book ever written about him was published by a British journalist named Russell Miller. Bare-Faced Messiah: The True Story of L. Ron Hubbard was immediately sued by the Church of Scientology all over the English-speaking part of the world, but only in the United States was the church successful at shutting it down, and only a small number of copies have been available here. But now, Miller’s book is getting new life as Humfrey Hunter’s Silverlight Books (the same UK publisher who put out John Sweeney’s book Church of Fear) is releasing Bare-Faced Messiah in hardback and as an e-book. Copies started arriving this week, and so we had a conversation with Miller about his book’s struggles, the harassment he went through personally, and what he thought of The Master.

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  8. RightOn Member

    Happy Birthday Asshole!
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  10. Quentinanon Member

    The osascum (TM) made the same accusation about David Love.
    And we all know that intelligence agents are telepathically controlled by the Marcabian Fleet.
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  11. Rest of Gerry's blog entry here: Russell Miller and me.
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  13. DeathHamster Member

    Tony Ortega in the New York Post? Herm.
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  15. wolfbane Member

    None. They'll just flat out ignore him due to the craptastic hack job User:Laval insists on doing to Ortega's BLP whenever anybody adds something worthy.
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  16. The Wrong Guy Member

    Twenty-Seven Years Later, L. Ron Hubbard Biography Finally Gets a U.S. Release | FishbowlNY

    By Richard Horgan

    It’s great to see the byline of Tony Ortega in the New York Post. The founder of The Underground Bunker and executive editor of The Raw Story lays out the rich details framing the very belated arrival in the U.S. of Bare-Faced Messiah, a 1987 biography by British journalist Russell Miller of Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.

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    Scientology Founder L Ron Hubbard's 'Bizarre Sex Rituals' | International Business Times

    L Ron Hubbard, the inventor of "Dianetics" and founder of Scientology, engaged in bizarre sex rituals, made racist remarks and lied about his heroic war-time exploits, claims the updated version of a book by British journalist Russell Miller.

    Despite being published around the world the year after Hubbard's death in 1986, the book, Bare-Faced Messiah: The True Story of L. Ron Hubbard, was never published in the United States due to pressure from the Scientology movement.

    Now, the book has been updated and published by American publisher Silvertail Books and makes a huge number of embarrassing claims about a man revered by Scientology's membership – claimed to be 10 million by the organisation but believed to be just 10,000-15,000 by its critics, many of whom claim it is nothing more than a money-making cult.

    In fact, the book claims, Hubbard's childhood was far more humble; he only went to China briefly and in the war his worst privations were arthritis, conjunctivitis and a stomach ulcer. In China, he apparently advised locals to turn the Great Wall into a huge roller coaster to make money and wrote in his journal: "The trouble with China is, there are too many chinks here."

    Perhaps most embarrassing for his followers are fresh revelations about Hubbard's admiration of British occultist Aleister Crowley. After the war Hubbard moved into the Pasadena home of rocket scientist Jack Parsons, and the two men decided to try and create a "moonchild... mightier than all the kinds of the earth," as prophesied by Crowley (who apparently complained of the two men's "idiocy"). The book details how Hubbard and Parsons found the right "vessel" into whom Parsons inserted his menstrual-blood-smeared "wand" as Hubbard took notes.

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  22. DeathHamster Member

    ^^ Tony's condensed version of the book further boiled down.
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    Russell Miller is coming to America

    By Tony Ortega

    We were happy to see our New York Post story about Russell Miller’s Bare-Faced Messiah coming back in print metastasize all over the place. The Daily Mail rewrote it, and then the Telegraph did too (but called Russell ‘Robert’), and then those stories appeared in a number of far-flung imitators. We’re glad the book got that kind of notice. And we remind you, if you haven’t seen our interview with Russell, give it a look. He’s a great raconteur.

    And now, Russell tells us that he is, indeed, coming to take part in Flag Down, a five-day event in Clearwater, Florida that will feature some dynamite speakers, including BBC journalist John Sweeney and ex-Scientologist Nancy Many. (The organizers were good enough to invite us, but we can’t make it.)

    Flag Down will take place from May 5 to 10, and you can help make it happen by checking out its Indiegogo page.
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  25. amaX Member

    I purchased my copy earlier this week. :D
  26. Mr. Magoo Member

    From Jonathan Turley's law blog:

    More at link. Comments are open.
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  27. deirdre Member

    Fascinating. Are sales numbers known for other recent Scn books? Most are self-published, so I'd expect numbers to be more secret.
  28. Jonathan Turley has a good post on this. Read it all at his blog.

    Scientology Book Published In United States After 27 Years

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  29. amaX Member

    The hell with your former book ban in America, scientology.

    Welcome to Clearwater, Bare-Faced Messiah by Russell Miller.

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  30. The Wrong Guy Member

    L. Ron Hubbard explains to a friend the real reason he wrote ‘Dianetics’ | The Underground Bunker

    In Russell Miller’s 1987 book Bare-Faced Messiah — the best book ever written about Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard — there’s a letter that Hubbard wrote to his friend Forrest Ackerman that Miller mentions briefly.

    It was only recently, however, that we looked at the entire letter and realized how much Miller had left out of his book about it. In some ways, the 1949 letter is one of the most remarkable windows into what kind of a man Hubbard was, and we’re surprised it isn’t quoted more often.

    In early 1949, Hubbard was working on what would become in May of 1950 his book Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health. He would eventually get a lot of support on that project from his friends in science fiction, including John W. Campbell, editor of Astounding Science Fiction, who published a version of the material, “Dianetics: The Evolution of a Science” in Astounding‘s May 1950 edition.

    In this letter, Hubbard fills in Ackerman on how things are going on the project. “Forry” was a science fiction fan who had become close friends with many authors, including Hubbard. Abbreviating Ackerman’s name as “4E,” Hubbard is here talking to a good friend, and perhaps lets his guard down in a way he didn’t to the people who would become his followers.

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  33. RightOn Member

    how can Hubbard's friends think anything else about him?
    He was an insane, snake oil salesman, asshole and they all saw it.
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  34. The Wrong Guy Member

    Bare-Faced Messiah now in paperback

    By Tony Ortega, The Underground Bunker, December 12, 2015

    Humfrey Hunter of Silvertail Books put Bare-Faced Messiah back in print in 2014, 27 years after its first publication. Russell Miller’s epic biography of L. Ron Hubbard is, for our money, the finest book in the Scientology field, and we can’t recommend it highly enough.

    Now, Humfrey has let us know that he’s put Bare-Faced Messiah in paperback, and it’s now available at Amazon. Pick up your copy in time for Christmas!




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    Finally, L. Ron Hubbard’s first ‘Clear’ — Sonya Bianchi — found again after 68 years

    By Tony Ortega, The Underground Bunker, December 14, 2018


    We’re sad to report that on December 5, Frank T. Hulswit died before we had a chance to talk with him. He was 94.

    His wife Sonya is 92, and her son Chris says she is doing poorly. We don’t know if we’ll get a chance to meet her, something we’ve been trying to work out with Chris. But now that her husband Frank has died, we decided that even if we haven’t been able to meet her, we couldn’t wait any longer to tell you that we had finally found L. Ron Hubbard’s first ‘Clear,’ 68 years after she made a memorable appearance at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

    For serious Scientology watchers, this has been one of the field’s holy grails, to locate the young woman who stood on stage at the Shrine and couldn’t remember the color of L. Ron Hubbard’s tie. For us, this one is right up there with finding Snow White spy Michael Meisner, locating notorious Snow White figure ‘Jerry Levin/Don Alverzo,’ and tracking down the FBI agent who stopped the Snow White Program in its tracks (Christine Hansen, interviewed for our book, The Unbreakable Miss Lovely).

    For our readers less up on their early Scientology history, let us set the scene. Hubbard’s bestselling book, Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health, had been published on May 9, 1950, and by the summer was spreading like crazy. Here’s how one newspaper described it at the time:

    Hollywood’s gone daffy over Dianetics, the hottest fad since the double feature, kidney-shaped swimming pools and Wampas baby stars…

    Dianetics is the brainchild of a science fiction magazine writer and former screenwriter, L. Ron Hubbard. His book on Dianetics is a best-seller around the country, but in this home of pyramid clubs and evangelists it’s a landslide.

    Three film studios have consulted Hubbard, he says, on how Dianetics can make movies better than ever.

    Yes, Hubbard could be great with the press, and by the middle of the summer 1950 he was drawing huge numbers of people who were all pursuing the goal laid out in Dianetics — that with 20 to 200 hours of Hubbard’s style of counseling, they could go ‘Clear’ and attain higher IQ, perfect eyesight, and other super attributes.

    So, as the weeks went on, the pressure on Hubbard to prove that he could actually produce a ‘Clear’ began to build. On Thursday night August 10 in Los Angeles, Hubbard decided it was time to prove that he had created a Clear.

    Russell Miller, in Bare Faced Messiah, his amazing history of Hubbard and Scientology, has a vivid account of that night, which he got from Arthur Jean Cox, who was in the audience. We’re going to quote Russell’s account, and then on page two of this story you’ll get to meet the world’s first Clear for yourself.

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