About Alan Alford


Alan Alford is an independent researcher and author, who is increasingly being recognized as the world’s leading authority on ancient mythology and the esoteric meaning of ancient and modern religions.


Born in 1961, Alan Alford gained a degree in Commerce from the University of Birmingham in 1982, became a qualified chartered accountant in 1985, and was awarded an MBA in 1993.

Since the mid-1980s, Alan Alford has been on a quest for the truth of human existence, seeking answers to the eternal questions of who we are and where we come from. Inspired, in the first instance, by the controversial theories of Erich von Daniken and Zecharia Sitchin, Alford has focused his research on the enigmatic ‘gods’ of ancient mythology, pursuing his quest with one single-minded objective – to decode the secrets of the gods and thereby understand who or what these gods actually were.

One of the most notable features of Alan Alford’s quest has been his willingness to challenge his own preconceptions, as well as those of others. In 1998, he stunned readers of his first book ‘Gods of the New Millennium’ by issuing a retraction of his ‘flesh and blood gods’ theory in his sequel ‘The Phoenix Solution’, in which he argued that the Egyptian gods personified the cataclysmic powers of creation.


Alford’s arguments were indeed so powerful that Zecharia Sitchin, the world’s leading ancient astronaut theorist, threatened him with a 50 million dollar lawsuit on the grounds that his comments discredited his (Sitchin’s) theories and destroyed his reputation.

In fact, Alford’s primary aim has been to promote his own theories rather than attacking competitor theories, and this he has done in four further books:

  • ‘When The Gods Came Down’, subtitled ‘The Catastrophic Roots of Religion Revealed’ (published by Hodder and Stoughton in April 2000)

  • ‘The Atlantis Secret’, subtitled ‘A Complete Decoding of Plato’s Lost Continent’ (published by Eridu Books in October 2001)

  • ‘Pyramid of Secrets’, subtitled ‘The Architecture of the Great Pyramid Reconsidered in the Light of Creational Mythology’ (published by Eridu Books in May 2003)

  • ’The Midnight Sun’, subtitled ’The Death and Rebirth of God in Ancient Egypt’ (published by Eridu Books in October 2004)

In these books, Alford argues that ancient religions were ‘cults of creation’ – i.e. cults whose primary aim was to celebrate and re-enact perpetually the myth of the creation of the Universe – and that the gods personified the cataclysmic powers of creation. And he demonstrates, beyond any doubt, that these ancient religions transmitted a profound legacy of creational and cataclysmic thought to modern-day Judaism and Christianity.

But Alford is no Velikovskian catastrophist. Rather, he suggests that the cataclysm of creation was a mythical event which dated to the beginning of time – little different in principle from the modern myth of the Big Bang. As far as human history is concerned, he calls only for the recognition of cometary and meteoritic phenomena as contributory factors to the development of man’s theories on the origins of the Universe.


Thus has Alford carved out his own distinctive niche as a pioneering interpreter of ancient myth, religion and philosophy.



Further Information

  • Website: http://www.eridu.co.uk/

  • Email:    alford@eridu.co.uk

  • Address: c/o Eridu Books
                  P.O. Box 107
                  WS9 9YR

  • Tel/Fax:

    • within UK 01543 370453;

    • from overseas +44 1543 370453 or +44 1543 820639.