Rhemalda Publishing, Moses Lake, WA (MMD Newswire) June 20, 2012 -- Declassified government documents show the extent of CIA attempts at mind control, in particular, a project named MK-ULTRA. The program, begun in the early 1950's, was an attempt by members of the American intelligence community to use hypnosis, hallucinogens, and telepathy for espionage. One offshoot of this project, known is some circles as 'The Valley', features prominently in Brian Blocker's novel Subliminal.
We asked Brian how he came to hear about this mysterious installation. "Since I was little I've been fascinated about secret government projects. I have always been interested, not so much in the successes, but in the failures. Some of the most important leaps in the scientific community have come from experiments that were apart from the normal. There are thousands of stories about strange experiments out there. When I began writing SUBLIMINAL, I already had a very basic understanding about some of the attempts our government had at mind control. When I started reading further, I was amazed at how close some came to achieving the results that I wrote about as fiction. Some of the more fascinating stories centered around 'The Valley'."
It was called 'The Valley' because it was supposedly located in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. In SUBLIMINAL, Blocker places it in West Virginia's Canaan Valley.
"That's the great thing about using top secret places as locations in writing. No one can tell you you're wrong." Blocker said.
I asked him if he believed the United States government used operatives that could read minds, and he responded, "Anything is possible. I don't think we have fully realized the potential of the human mind, and if breakthroughs have been made in this area, it will probably be a very long time before that information sees the light of day."
SUBLIMINAL, by Brian Blocker, follows one man who has such a breakthrough that leads him into the clandestine world of government mind readers.