Something strange has arrived on Cape Cod, and it’s not just the UFOs.

Ken Wakeman, a skeptical UFOlogist who seeks the truth about paranormal phenomenon, struggles to discredit the myriad of crackpot theories out there. Melissa "Mel" Howard, a reporter for a small Cape Cod newspaper, copes with the seasonal tourist invasion and its accompanying anxieties. When the Cape becomes the national focus over a rash of UFO sights, they join forces to get to the bottom it.

Despite denials from town officials and the military that UFOs have landed, mass hysteria overcomes the seaside community. In addition to the frantic humans, Astro, Ken’s Golden Retriever has also been acting strangely.

Joining the invasion is Klick, the promiscuous leader of a spandex-clad UFO cult whose members want to “amalgamate” with the Fornacisians when their spaceship lands. Mel learns that when dealing with wing nuts, the truth isn’t necessarily “out there”. Tom Frasier, an infamous proponent of crashed saucers and frozen alien bodies, claims the local military base houses some intriguing secrets. After a visit from the FBI gives legitimacy to Tom’s story, Ken will ultimately decide how far he’s willing to go to witness humanity’s greatest close encounter.

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The Movie Script Version (for people with ADHD)

Too fidgety to read a 281 page novel? Then how about the quicky 110 page script? I actually conceived of High Strangness AS a movie script, but figured I'd never get it produced on my own, so I did the novel first.

It's amazing how hard it was to boil down a 79,000 word novel into a 20,000 word film script - and I was thinking it would be a script all along! Guess what? The novel IS better than the script - and I wrote both of the suckers! Oh yea, and it passes the bechdel test with flying colors.

July, 2019 - OK, if there isn't anything below this entry, then you know how all this played out. (in failure) The Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting just contacted me that High Strangeness is one of 365 quarter finalists in their selection of their 7,302 entries. These guys are a major deal, if you are one of the (5) finalists, they give you $35,000 to write another script and shepard you to Hollywood. This all happened after spending $800 on film script festival entries and getting a string of rejection notices.

Oh yea, High Strangeness was also nominated at the Massachusetts Independent Film Festival. Those guys won't even return my email to tell me how many others I beat out to get nominated. (I suspect very few.)

Inspired By:
The Writing Team:

Eric Bickernicks, a native New Englander, now resides on the other side of the bridge in Buzzards Bay. Upon arrival, he was disappointed to learn that there are no buzzards in Buzzards Bay, merely Crows and Ospreys. Website - email

Jan Brady, who spent most of her life on the Cape, thought she had escaped until Eric dragged her back.

Widget, a Brussels Griffon, aka “stumpy butt/monkey-face” has been known to cosplay as an Ewok. Instagram Page

Alan Lebov - ★★★★★ Kurt Vonnegut meets Douglas Adams in this hilarious romp!
Rod Faulkner - ★★★★★ High Strangeness is a gift of a novel.
Morgan Stone - ★★★★★ This fast paced, hilarious, adventure romp had me howling with laughter.
David Wilkerson - ★★★★ Crazy characters, petulant plot, swaying storyline, hilarious hounds, and unidentified flying humor!
Mason Smith - ★★★★★ They are spot-on with their pop-culture references. The novel moves along quickly to a satisfying conclusion. Lots of fun.
Amazon Fan - ★★★★ A good sci-fi read. I liked the story development.
P.S. Winn - ★★★★ Takes readers into a story that is intriguing and will also have the reader smiling at the antics along the way.
Linda I Hammond - ★★★★★ Interesting story, well written and never could figure out the plot.
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Hysteria 51 - weekly “odd-cast” that takes an every-man approach to conspiracy theories, aliens, mysteries, paranormal.  Ep. 149
Amateur Skeptics - Interview With Eric Bickernicks about his book High Strangeness. Ep. 219
Brainstorm Podcast - Cory talks to Eric about his novel about an alien encounter in Cape Cod. It was a fun chat that covered writing, aliens, and skepticism. Ep. 74
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The XD Experience - This is Mike and Gidgets journey through the strange and weird world they live in. itunes: Ep. 186
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