David Hatcher Childress was born June 1, 1957, in France to his American parents. He was raised in Colorado and Montana and went to the University of Montana–Missoula to study archaeology. He left college in 1976 to pursue his archaeological interests.
After several years in Asia and then Africa, Childress moved in 1983 to Stelle, Illinois, a community founded by New Age writer Richard Kieninger. Childress had been given one of Kieninger’s books while traveling Africa. In Childress’s series of books “Lost Cities and Ancient Mysteries,” he chronicles his explorations in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s.
His first book, “A Hitchhikers Guide to Africa and Arabia” was published in 1983. The next year he moved to Kempton, Illinois, and established a publishing company named Adventures Unlimited Press. His company published his own works and then those of other authors, presenting fringe-scientific theories regarding ancient civilizations, cryptozoology, and little-known technologies.
In 1992, Childress founded the World Explorers Club, which occasionally runs tours to places he writes about, and publishes a magazine called World Explorer. He is known as the real-life Indiana Jones to the many fans of his books. His studies of the ancient civilizations of Africa, the Middle East, and China, sometimes journeying into dangerous territory along the way (like Uganda during the overthrow of Idi Amin), make some great writing.
David is known for visiting remote islands of the Pacific and Indian Oceans, organizing expeditions to remote areas of Peru and Bolivia, and trekking through remote areas of the Himalayas and other parts of Asia. His interests are mainly historical, archeological, or cryptozoological. He is a good swimmer and a certified scuba diver and has a special interest in underwater archeological discoveries. David is a recognized expert not only on ancient civilizations and technology but also on free energy, anti-gravity, and UFOs. I first saw him on the television show, “Ancient Aliens” where he appeared in 205 episodes and was consulting producer on 105 (at the time of this post).
He also appeared in “The Mysterious Origins of Man” (1996), “Sightings” (1993-1997 4 ep.), “Atlantis: In Search of a Lost Continent” (1997), “Clash of the Geniuses: Inventing the Impossible” (1998), “History’s Mysteries” (1998-1999 2 ep.), “Giants: The Mystery and the Myth” (2001), “The Conspiracy Zone” (2002), “In Search of” (2002), “The Bermuda Triangle: Startling New Secrets” (2005), “Atlantis: Secret Star Mappers of a Lost World” (2007),
“Mystery of the Crystal Skulls” (2008), “The Search for the Crystal Skulls (2008), “Weird or What?” (2011 2 ep.), “America’s Book of Secrets” (2013 2 ep.), “In Search of Aliens” (2014 2 ep.), “ETs Among Us: UFO Witnesses and Whistleblowers” (2016),
“Ancient Aliens Declassified” (2017), “Deep Space” (2017 3 ep.), “Ancient Advanced Technology in Central America” (2017), “Beyond Oak Island” (2021), and “Secrets of the Lost Ark” (2021 2 ep.).
David married, Jennifer M. Bolm on August 18, 2001.
David Childress Books
- A Hitchhikers Guide to Africa and Arabia, 1984, ISBN 0-914091-42-5
- Lost Cities and Ancient Mysteries of Africa and Arabia, 1984, ISBN 0-932813-06-2
- Lost Cities of China, Central Asia and India, 1984, ISBN 0-932813-07-0
- Lost Cities and Ancient Mysteries of South America, ISBN 0-932813-02-X
- Lost Cities of Ancient Lemuria and the Pacific, ISBN 0-932813-04-6
- Lost Cities of North and Central America, ISBN 0-932813-09-7
- Lost Cities of Atlantis, Ancient Europe and the Mediterranean, ISBN 0-932813-25-9
- Extraterrestrial Archeology ISBN 0-932813-77-1
- Vimana Aircraft of Ancient India and Atlantis, ISBN 0-932813-12-7
- Man-Made UFOs 1944-1994 (with Renato Vesco) ISBN 0-932813-23-2
- The Time Travel Handbook ISBN 0-932813-68-2
- Pirates and the Lost Templar Fleet ISBN 1-931882-18-5
- Technology of the Gods, The Incredible Science of the Ancients, ISBN 0-932813-73-9
- Lost Continents and the Hollow Earth ISBN 0-932813-63-1
- A Hitchhikers Guide to Armageddon ISBN 0-932813-84-4
- Mystery of the Olmecs ISBN 978-1-931882-71-2
- Inside the Gemstone File (with Kenn Thomas) ISBN 0-932813-66-6
- Lost Cities and Ancient Mysteries of the American Southwest ISBN 1-931882-94-0
- Yetis, Sasquatch and Hairy Giants ISBN 1-931882-98-3
- Ancient Micronesia and the Lost City of Nan Modal ISBN 0-932813-49-6 (1998)
- The Enigma of Cranial Deformation: Elongated Skulls of the Ancients (with Brien Foerster) (2012)
- Vimana : Flying Machines of the Ancients ISBN 1-939149-03-7 (2013)
- The Lost World of Cham: The TransPacific Voyages of the Champa” ISBN 9781939149725(2017)
- Haunebu- the Secret Files: The Greatest Ufo Secret of All Time ISBN 978-1948803311 (2021)
- Richard George Kieninger (August 15, 1927 – March 26, 2002), also known by his pen-name Eklal Kueshana, was an American community organizer, and founder of the townships of Stelle, Illinois and Adelphi, Texas, both based on apocalyptic prophecies he expounded in his autobiographical book The Ultimate Frontier (1963), and, later in his life, was prosecuted for his involvement in a bank fraud scheme with the Republic of Texas secessionist group. [Back]