Mathematician and author
Dr. DONALD R. BURLESON
LEFT: December 2006 in his office
at Eastern New Mexico University at Roswell,
just after discovering and
proving a new theorem in matrix theory. (Photo by Mollie Burleson.)
RIGHT: Summer 2017, at Bottomless Lakes State Park, New Mexico.
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TOP LEFT: Author Donald R.
Burleson, Ph.D., at home in Roswell with feline chum Schroedie,
"the Schrode," named after "Schrödinger's Cat" of quantum-theory fame;
TOP RIGHT: Relaxing at the "haunted arroyo" that inspired the
of his UFO-related New Mexico novel ARROYO;
Playing drums at an event in Roswell, New Mexico; and
RIGHT: Speaking at a meeting in Albuquerque of the Mutual UFO
LEFT: Author's wife,
best friend, and fellow UFO investigator and writer Mollie L. Burleson,
prairie-handy Jeep Cherokee, otherwise known as the UFO-mobile,
shown here at
a UFO investigation site in Lincoln County, New Mexico.
Don and Mollie Burleson at the now famous Hangar 84
on the former Walker Air
Force Base in Roswell.
According to witness accounts, alien bodies and flying
were crated and shipped from this location in July
LEFT:The author at
the Coronado historical marker near the Pecos River.
author's wife Mollie Burleson at the exact spot on the Pecos River
Coronado and his men crossed the river in 1541 on their way
Mexico. This spot figures into Don Burleson's novel Arroyo.
Don and Mollie Burleson at a book signing on 31 January 2009
at Hastings Bookstore in Roswell, New Mexico.
Mollie, a fiction writer and poet, is also the cover artist who did
the sketches of Marilyn Monroe and Robert Oppenheimer
on the covers of the Black Mesa Press books.
Donald R. Burleson's writing spans both
fiction and nonfiction.
His short stories (to read one, click here)
have appeared in many
Twilight Zone, 2AM, The Magazine of Fantasy and
Deathrealm, Terminal Fright, Lore, Wicked
Innisfree, Potpourri, and The Roswell Literary
His work has also appeared in numerous major anthologies,
Best New Horror, Post Mortem, MetaHorror, 100 Ghastly Little
100 Creepy Little Creature Stories, 100 Vicious Little Vampire
100 Wicked Little Witch Stories, 100 Tiny Tales of Terror, Made in
The Azathoth Cycle, The Cthulhu Cycle, The New Lovecraft
Gathering the Bones, Disciples of Cthulhu II,
Selected Tales From the Land Where Horror Dwells,
and others, including
anthologies from Triad Entertainments:
Return to Lovecraft Country and Weird
His novella Papa Loaty is included in the anthology
and was recommended in 2006 for a British Fantasy
He is also the author of the short story collections
and Other Horrors (Hobgoblin Press), Four Shadowings (Necronomicon
Beyond the Lamplight (Jack-O'Lantern Press), and most recently
Wait for the Thunder: Stories for a Stormy Night,
from Hippocampus Press (2010).
Scott David Aniolowski, for Deathrealm Magazine, has called Burleson
finest living author of the short horror story in America."
novel Flute Song (from Black Mesa Press, reissued as The Roswell
was nominated for the Horror Writers Association's Bram Stoker
Award in 1996.
His other novels with Black Mesa Press include Arroyo,
A Roswell Christmas Carol,
and A Capitalist Christmas Carol.
His nonfiction works in the
field of literary criticism include
H. P. Lovecraft: A Critical Study
and Lovecraft: Disturbing the Universe
(University Press of Kentucky),
as well as numerous articles in the
He wrote the article on the "alien icon" in the reference set
Icons of Horror and the Supernatural (Greenwood Press) and
the article on Oxford biologist and outspoken atheist Richard Dawkins
in Icons of Unbelief (Greenwood Press).
Dr. Burleson's works have been translated
French, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Czech, and Japanese.
In the field
of UFO studies, his nonfiction works include
The Golden Age of UFOs,
UFOs and the Murder of Marilyn Monroe, and
UFO Secrecy and the Fall of J. Robert Oppenheimer,
all from Black
as well as many articles in the journals MUFON UFO Journal
the journal of CUFOS, the
J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies in Chicago.
To see a list of all Donald R. Burleson's books, click here.
studied at Yale University (with the Institute of Far Eastern Languages),
pursued graduate studies at Midwestern State University (Texas),
University of Massachusetts (Amherst), Rivier College (New Hampshire),
Columbia Pacific University (San Rafael, California).
He holds Master's
degrees both in mathematics and in English,
and a Ph.D. in English
literature, with a dissertation on H. P. Lovecraft.
He has taught at many
colleges and universities,
most recently at Eastern New Mexico University in
He once held a Top Secret security clearance in U.S. Air Force
as a Chinese language specialist. He is also fluent in
and has a reading knowledge of French and smatterings of several
Dr. Burleson has two sons Bruce and Brian
and a stepson and daughter-in-law Brian and Vera
Since 1996 Burleson and his wife Mollie, herself a widely
published fiction writer and poet,
have lived in Roswell, New Mexico, the UFO
capital of the world,
where Burleson for eight years was the director (and
network administrator) of one of the computer labs
at Eastern New Mexico University, until
resigning from that position in August 2005
to accept a faculty position in
the Mathematics Department at the same university.
He retired with Emeritus Faculty status in August 2007, continuing to
teach some mathematics courses on a parttime basis and continuing to
conduct research in the theory of matrices and linear transformations.
(To see some of Dr.
Burleson's mathematical work,
in the area of applied eigenvector theory,
in particular to see his new theorem about semi-inversion operators
subclass of the full linear group
including the Pauli "particle-spin"
matrices, click here.
to see a more general theorem from Dr. Burleson's research, click here. )
He is a certified UFO
field investigator, research consultant,
and New Mexico State Director for MUFON, the Mutual UFO Network.
Burleson is an admirer of the writings (both fiction and nonfiction) and the
philosophy of Ayn Rand. For an essay reviewing her novel Atlas Shrugged,
click here. For another essay commenting on certain aspects of
Ayn Rand's philosophy of objectivism, click here.
from his professional interests in mathematics, literature and literary
and the field of UFO studies in which he is increasingly
immersed, his hobbies
include chess, languages, Sudoku, diagramless crosswords, jazz
cooking, collecting Haldeman Julius Little Blue Books,
and cryptography; he is a longtime member of the American Cryptogram Association
done research in statistical cryptanalysis.
To see a vowel-finding method
resulting from this research, click here.
Of his wife Mollie he
says, "Mollie is my very best friend in the whole world.
That's the way it
should always be. As I see it, if you're married,
and you're not married to
your best friend, you're in a lot of trouble."
Mollie and Don Burleson, Valentine's Day 2015, ready to go for pizza!
August 2015, a memorable time for Mollie and Don Burleson,
as each had a book published in the same month!
Click to read an essay
about the author's views on religion.
(Or have a look at a more whimsical piece on religion by clicking here.)
Dr. Burleson is an atheist, making him a member of what he calls
"the most hated and distrusted group of people in America";
he likes to characterize himself as a person whose sense of right and wrong
correlates with the very fact, contrary to popular ways of thinking,
that he does not have any religious beliefs of any kind whatever,
religion being the source of most of the world's evil, turmoil, and misery.
Burleson says his favorite movie line comes from a 1971 horror film called
The Devil's Nightmare , also known as The Devil Walks at Midnight,
in which one of the characters tells a priest seated near him at the dinner table:
"I'm an atheist, thank God for that!"
get an idea how truly bizarre Dr. Burleson's sense of humor can be, click here.
But only if you have a
strong stomach, and a perverse sense of humor yourself.
Don Burleson speaking on national television
about the Roswell UFO
LEFT: Don Burleson getting ready to go for a swim at a La Quinta motel
in Albuquerque, the Burlesons' favorite getaway spot.
RIGHT: Mollie Burleson at home in Roswell, New Mexico, observing
Halloween, the Burlesons' favorite time of year.
The Burlesons at home in New Mexico, riding the tractor, cutting the weeds.
Left: Dr. Burleson lecturing on the StarChild DNA recovery project
during the 2013 UFO Festival in Roswell
Right: (Mid-July 2017) Don Burleson relaxing at home soon after full retirement.
As Halloween 2013 approaches, Mollie Burleson becomes a flesh-eating,
bone-gnawing zombie-- just one more thing that forever endears her to her husband Don.
Meanwhile Don, chainsaw in hand and a gleam in his eye,
gets ready to give a calculus exam.
(Late May 2019) Don Burleson putting comfort before formality at home.
The Burlesons at home, Thanksgiving 2015, Mollie with her splendid table, Don with his traditional sausage stuffing.
(August 2017) "Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio."
The Burlesons on Xmas Eve 2015, Don with a new t-shirt, Mollie with a new cookbook.
(Sept. 10, 2018) Mollie and Don on a rare dress-up occasion, getting ready to attend
Eastern New Mexico Univerity/Roswell's first annual Faculty Recognition Banquet,
where Don B. received a medal for having retired with emeritus faculty status.
(Spring 2016) Don Burleson stumping for fellow evolutionists everywhere.
LEFT: Mollie Burleson with her book HOME FOR CHRISTMAS AND OTHER HORRORS.
RIGHT: Don and Mollie Burleson each contributed a short story to the anthology BLACK WINGS V.
LEFT: Don and Mollie Burleson enjoy a 35th anniversary lunch at Red Lobster, April 10, 2017.
RIGHT: Don and Mollie each contributed a story to the 2017 anthology GOTHIC LOVECRAFT.
LEFT: (Late April 2017) Between daily exercising, trying to eat fairly sensibly, doing advanced mathematics
for recreation, solving cryptograms and Sudoku, and writing books like THE ROSWELL GENES,
Don Burleson strives to maintain health of mind and body.
RIGHT: (4 May 2017) Delivering his final lecture to his Calculus III class, Dr. Don Burleson
wraps up not only the spring semester at Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell
but a 50-year college mathematics teaching career as well. "One can retire from teaching,"
he says, "but a mathematician doesn't retire from being a mathematician."
(June 2017) Some of Dr. Burleson's favorite contentious t-shirts....
(Mid-July 2020) Don Burleson having some fun with the otherwise irksome pandemic mask trend.
LEFT: Mollie Burleson at Bottomless Lakes State Park, start of summer 2017.
RIGHT: Don Burleson at the state park, catching some sun.
Left: (Late June 2017) Dr. Burleson with some of his research results in matrix theory.
Right: (Early July 2017) Mollie and Don with robot Gort at the 2017 Roswell UFO Festival.
Left: Fourth of July 2017 on the Burleson patio.
Right: (November 10, 2016) Mollie's birthday at Red Lobster.
Mollie and Don Burleson with certificates of achievement from the American Cryptogram Association
for correct solutions submitted to thousands of published cryptographic problems.
Left: (Halloween 2018) Mollie and Don Burleson with some of Mollie's Halloween decorations.
Right: (Mid-December 2018) Don Burleson clowning around for the camera.
LEFT: (Mid-April 2020) Don Burleson at 78, which he calls "approaching middle age."
Family cat Marley in the foreground.
RIGHT: (27 May 2019)Mollie and Don Burleson sporting flags for Memorial Day.
Mollie and Don Burleson at their vendor table at the Roswell UFO Festival, 5 July 2019, selling their books.
LEFT: (Mid-September 2019) Late summer comfort on the patio.
RIGHT: (Late April 2020) Don Burleson during the coronavirus stay-at-home.
(April 2020) Mollie Burleson receives her second Certificate of Achivement from the American Cryptogram Association
in recognition of having submitted 2,000 correct solutions.
LEFT: Don Burleson soon after being appointed Archbishop of Canterbury. Yeah, right....
RIGHT: (Mid-February 2021) More comfortable in formal black attire.
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