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#9715 - 06/21/08 12:17 AM WARNING - Boycott of New Falcon
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Those of you who have gotten to know me over the years will know that I’m typically one of those people who doesn’t say anything unless I truly believe it’s worth being said, and I keep my commentary to that which is valid and directly pertaining to the subject at hand. So I don’t tend to bother with pointless gossip or mere speculation, and it should be noted that the information I am providing here is based on a significant amount of personal experience and interaction with those in question. I will make my basic point and go into the details if anyone wants to or cares to hear them:

DO NOT BUY ANYTHING FROM THE COMPANY CURRENTLY KNOWN AS “NEW FALCON PUBLICATIONS” (aka the website newfalcon.com)

There is nothing wrong with the books or products this website sells. The issue is that the persons currently representing themselves as the owners of this company have obtained this position by deceitful means, and have since been using that position for fraudulent purposes, scamming an unknown number of people and small businesses out of money. I happen to be one of the people that was scammed by this new ownership, initially being told that any problems I was experiencing was due to restructuring of the company due to the death of its founder, Alan R. Miller (whose pen name was Christopher S. Hyatt).

The legitimate website to purchase the books and deal with the people who have the rightful claim to this estate is now located at www.originalfalcon.com with the name The Original Falcon Press. These are the people who have proven their honesty and integrity, who I will continue to have a business relationship with, and who have been nothing short of kind and helpful in dealing with clients who have been scammed by those now maintaining control of what once was a decent company. I only wanted to post this as a warning to consumers out there. For anyone that cares for additional details, I will post that information in a separate post below.

I do carry many of the books originally published by New Falcon, now being carried by The Original Falcon Press in my online store (Funeral Garden).

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#9717 - 06/21/08 12:34 AM Additional Information on The New Falcon Press [Re: Succubus666]
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WHAT HAPPENED TO “NEW FALCON PUBLICATIONS”?

First, who’s “In Charge”? His name is Michael Robert Miller. He is the biological son of Alan and his first wife, and works at Los Angeles City College as Athletic Director and Head Basketball Coach. He is a successful community college basketball coach, but has no experience, background, training or interest in book publishing, metaphysics, psychology or philosophy. According to him, he has never read any of the books published by New Falcon Publications, including Dr. Hyatt’s.


WHO IS “THE ORIGINAL FALCON PRESS”?

Because of recent events, some of which are described below, we have felt compelled to create “The Original Falcon Press”. Linda Miller, the widow of Alan R. Miller, Ph.D. (aka Christopher S. Hyatt), and Nick Tharcher are well-qualified to do so. They created “Falcon Press” with Alan and a small team around 1980. Linda was his wife for 30 years and is a highly respected and experienced registered nurse; Nick was his friend for over 35 years and managed the day-to-day operations at Falcon for the last 20 years.

“The Original Falcon Press” begins operations with the release of Dr. Hyatt’s audio and video works. In the months to come, we will add many of his books as well as previously unreleased material and titles from other well-known authors such as Antero Alli. We’re delighted to be back and invite you to visit our website at www.originalfalcon.com


SO, HOW DID MICHAEL MILLER COME TO CONTROL “NEW FALCON PUBLICATIONS”?

The story is very sad and quite sordid. “New Falcon Publications” is a division of a California religious corporation called “The United States Ecclesiastical Society and Seminary” (“USESS”). Alan was the sole director of USESS. As it turns out, his being sole director was a critical weakness in the organization.

In July 2007, Alan was diagnosed with inoperable, metastatic esophageal cancer. As the year progressed, his condition worsened despite an aggressive course of chemotherapy. His wife, Linda, took a leave of absence from her work to care for him full time. Nick continued to run the business. And despite Alan’s increasing weakness, he and Nick tried to create as much new material as possible...while there was still time. No thought was given to the directorship of USESS: Alan had legally appointed Nick as his successor many years earlier and it was planned that Nick would carry on New Falcon and its publishing traditions after Alan’s death.

By December, Alan was largely bedridden. He suffered from numerous issues related to the cancer, including blood clots. Despite medication he began suffering small strokes. By January 2008, he had become increasingly non-communicative and was unable to care for himself. In mid-January he was taken to the hospital for treatment of dehydration. Just one day after he was released, he fell out of bed and was again taken to the hospital. Neurological tests, including an MRI and CT scan, confirmed that he had suffered at least 7 distinct strokes. A physician explained that it was as if someone had fired a shotgun into his brain. The tests showed that he was both neurologically and cognitively impaired. He was released from the hospital on home-hospice care. Around this time Michael came to stay at Alan and Linda’s home.

From January 22nd through the 25th (just 2 weeks before Alan’s death on February 9th, and without the knowledge or approval of Alan, Linda or Nick), Michael called Alan’s lawyer of many years. The attorney, Paul Basile, had handled many matters for Alan over the years, including drawing up and filing the corporate documents for USESS as well as handling all of Alan’s personal, trust, estate and succession planning.

Michael informed Basile that his father was gravely ill, and instructed Basile to prepare a document appointing himself as the sole director of USESS/Falcon. He had not been authorized to do so, nor was Basile authorized to so much as talk with Michael about USESS business. Nonetheless, Basile did not attempt to contact Alan, Linda or Nick to verify what Michael had told him. Instead, he prepared the document and sent it to Michael. On January 26th Michael had a notary and a witness come to Alan and Linda’s home where he had his nearly-comatose and heavily-medicated father “sign” the document. Based entirely on this, and with the support of Paul Basile, Michael acquired control of USESS and Falcon. To add to the unsavory quality of the situation, Nick and Linda were informed of this by Basile in a face-to-face meeting on February 13th, the day after Alan was buried. Michael was not present.

Within a few days Michael began to cut Nick off from Falcon’s bank accounts, warehouse, mail and website. Consequently, on March 31, 2008, Nick resigned from USESS/Falcon. You may ask why we don’t simply go to a judge and have the document declared invalid. That was our initial thought, too, but we soon learned that such an action would be very expensive and could take years... by which time we expected nothing would be left. Such is the U.S. legal system.

For those who have speculated that Alan intended this to happen, or that he left Falcon to Michael “in his will,” etc., nothing could be further from the truth. Other than the "document" that Michael Miller put under his dying father’s hand on January 26, there is not the slightest shred of credible evidence to suggest that Alan ever intended Michael to be involved with Falcon in any way. To the contrary, there is abundant evidence that he did not.

Nonetheless, as of today, Michael is “in charge,” and in just a few short months “New Falcon Publications” has gone from a respected publisher to a travesty. He is selling “magickal artifacts” which he claims were Alan’s...but which neither Linda nor Nick recognize. He claims to be selling books from the “Regardie Library”... though we know of no way he could legitimately have acquired them... if, in fact, they are books Regardie ever owned. And his treatment of customers and authors has been nothing short of outrageous.

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