Skylaire Alfvegren began her professional writing career as a teenager with a column of Fortean exploration for a nationally distributed magazine. “File O’ the Damned” investigated cryptozoology, voodoo, UFO, paranormal and other, lesser known phenomena. From there, she acted as assistant editor for Ben is Dead Magazine and began writing for LA Weekly. Not yet of legal drinking age, she was hired as a consultant on Strange Universe, the Fox Network's nationally syndicated “paranormal news program.” She was staff film critic for the multimillion dollar, ahead-of-its-time Gen Y web magazine, iFuse.com, and later, E! Online before being sought out as a researcher for SyFy Channel as well as a consultant and producer for various production companies specializing in ufological and paranormal programs.
In the intervening years, her work has appeared in publications as diverse as The Believer, Fortean Times, and Hustler, as well as many other publications, books and websites, and has been translated into 23 languages.
Ms. Alfvegren has co-piloted race cars in Mexico and roped cattle on the border of Area 51. She has angered the spirits of a Mayan ball court in Belize and been blamed for giving arch-skeptic James Randi a heart attack. Her notions of reality were altered forever when, as a child, she witnessed her first UFO alongside off duty airmen at the landing of the Space Shuttle Discovery at Edwards AFB in 1988. Her “unerring sense for the oddball” and “extremely compelling and entertaining” way of processing data has led her to work as a journalist, host, blogger, consultant/researcher and lecturer. (Upcoming lectures include “Conspiracy Theory 2012: More Fact, Less Fiction,” “Charles Fort: Dogma Be Damned” and “The Secret Life of Southern California.”)
Ms. Alfvegren founded the League of Western Fortean Intermediatists, an investigative organization and website dedicated to “exploring the mysteries and peculiarities of the American West,” which features bloggers state-by-state from Washington to Texas as well as original guest editorials. She enjoys the paradoxes of her hometown, Los Angeles—for instance, in 1944, the city municipal code was amended to outlaw the ‘danger’ of fortune telling and the ‘oriental arts.’ Two decades later, it became the first city to appoint an official witch (Louise Huebner) under Mayor Sam Yorty.
Currently working as the associate editor of Paranoia: A Conspiracy Reader and as a columnist for UFO Magazine, Ms. Alfvegren is applying her vast knowledge of California—the esoteric, the dark and the weird—to the small screen. She is available for media assignments and can be reached via elfhellion at gmail dot com and the contact page.