Written in 1978, slipping out in hardcover in 1980, and then getting a paperback reprint in the mid-1980s through Granada, The Dark Gods by Anthony Roberts and Geoff Gilbertson presents one of the most bizarre Grand Unified Conspiracy Theories Of Everything ever, predating the omniparanoid worldviews of William Bramley, Bill Cooper, or David Icke by quite some way. Rather than being a full collaboration, the book is largely divided into different sections handled by the different authors, with the two only collaborating on a one-page epilogue.
In The Cosmic Connection, Anthony Roberts lays out the basic premise: that malign spiritual entities, the so-called Dark Gods of the book’s title, have exerted a hideous influence over the world since time immemorial, and that they are connected to the UFO phenomenon. In the spirit of the omnidirectional credulity embraced by Roberts and Gilbertson, Roberts here seems to argues strongly in favour of John Keel’s “ultraterrestrial” hypothesis – which states that much of the UFO phenomenon can be attributed to the actions of otherdimensional entities opting to fuck with us, but he also tries to argue that a chunk of UFOs really are nuts and bolts spacecraft from other worlds.
Furthermore, Roberts seems to have very developed ideas on the way the spiritual world works, but seems reluctant at this stage to outline where his particular spiritual agenda comes from; he is quick to condemn others for committing what he regards as spiritual heresy – either being too atheistic or endorsing the wrong sort of spirituality – and he clearly believes that there is a set order of things in the cosmos and talks a lot about the Godhead, but doesn’t specifically what he considers to be the true path to be here.