Shaver, Richard S(harpe) (1907–1975)
Pennsylvania welder and author born on October 8, 1907,
responsible for the series of revelations known as the ‘‘Shaver
Mystery,’’ originally published by Raymond A. Palmer in
Amazing Stories from 1945 to 1949. Drawing upon ‘‘racial memories,’’
Shaver described a race of ‘‘deros’’ or vicious dwarfs living
in underground caverns, indulging in sexual orgies and harassing
human beings by means of secret rays and telepathy.
Shaver’s somewhat crude original manuscript, titled A
Warning to Future Man, was extensively worked over by Palmer
and emerged in the March 1945 issue of Amazing Stories as ‘‘I
Remember Lemuria.’’ At first the series boosted the magazine’s
circulation to a record 185,000. Many earnest readers described
their own knowledge of secret influences from deros
who were also apparently responsible for the disaster of Pearl
Harbor. More traditional science fiction readers were indignant
at such stories being presented as factual, and after thousands
of protests, Howard Browne, who took over from Palmer,
ended the series. Browne described the Shaver material as ‘‘the
sickest crap I’d run into.’’
However, Palmer kept the the Shaver legend alive and revived
it from time to time in Search and Flying Saucers magazines
and The Hidden World, a series of periodicals in trade paperback
format. For a while there was also a fanzine, the Shaver
Mystery Magazine, and I Remember Lemuria and The Return of Sathanas
were reissued in book format in 1948.
Shaver died on November 5, 1975.
Sources
Clark, Jerome. Encyclopedia of Strange and Unexplained Phenomena.
Detroit Gale Research, 1993.

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