Richard Sharp Shaver wrote some interesting and fun science fiction for Amazing Stories during and post World War II. In these stories, he describes ancient people (the Deros and Teros) who lived deep underground and control events on earth through powerful telepathic machines. However, as he published these stories he claimed that they were, in fact, true occurrences and that only science fiction magazines were willing to publish them. These stories were presented by Ray Palmer as “The Shaver Mystery.”
It seems, according to Palmer, that many people believed the story and wrote letters corroborating the events Shaver describes. One of these believers was Charles Marcoux, and it is here that the connection to the Blowing Cave in Cushman, Arkansas begins. Mr. Marcoux appears to have been told either by the mysterious David L or Mr. Wight that the Blowing Cave was an entrance to the underground world described by Shaver. This is, of course, interesting to me because at least three generations of my family come from Cushman, and I have myself been in that cave several times.
The cave has a large opening which goes back about 100 yards, then one must begin to crawl through openings in rubble. Once inside, there are areas where one can stand again, pools of water, and small waterfalls. According to stories told by my grandfather, it was once possible to walk much farther back into the cave before it was required to enter crawlspaces. He told stories of dances being held in the cave being lit by the headlights of model T Fords with the floor cracking and the Fords being lost as the floor gave in (hard to tell how much of Grandpa’s stories were fact, fiction, or an exaggerated combination of both). Although the end of accessible portions of the cave seem to be about a mile, to 1.25 miles deep now, Grandpa said that teams had spent days in the cave in the past without finding the end. This latter statement is believable as the cave, in my experience, is constantly changing. Perhaps when Marcoux exposed the entrance to their underground kingdom, the dwellers closed it in.
Once my wife learned of the stories in the links I am sharing below, and knowing my connections to that area she proclaimed, “Well- that explains a lot.” (chuckle)
If someone in interested in the story, a good place to start is here.
For information regarding Marcoux’s claims and experiences, the N Chronicles is a fun read, as is this excerpt from “The Underground Empire” “Bury me in Blowing Cavern” provides some synopsis as well. And this proves to be interesting. It seems that there is quite an internet culture surrounding the Shaver Mystery and Marcoux. These beings are supposed to have an influence on almost everything we on the surface do, to protect themselves from discovery, including the Kennedy Assassination.
This page contains a great deal of information, as well as related stories.
And This page deals with it from another angle.
Be sure to check out the website by Marcoux’s nephew that documents his quest to learn more. http://charlesamarcoux.blogspot.com/
Have fun, and if you are familiar with any of this stuff, or Blowing Cave stories in general I would like to hear about them.