Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Book of the Month: Mothman and Other Curious Encounters

"The world is mighty weird, and together we will experience some of its wonders."

With the cool breezes and early nights of October beginning--and the spooky promise of Halloween looming in the distant future--it's only natural to select a book about the unknown for our October Book of the Month. What could go better with Halloween than Loren Coleman's Mothman and Other Curious Encounters, a fascinating introduction to strange creatures and firsthand accounts of encounters with the unknown?

Coleman is a world-renowned cryptozoologist, a scientist and scholar investigating hidden animals. In Mothman and Other Curious Encounters Coleman provides detailed accounts of encounters with an array of unusual beings, from lizardmen and thunderbirds to the eponymous Mothman, a strange anthropomorphic creature with reddish eyes and a massive wingspan. In this fascinating collection, Coleman details a series of reported Mothman sightings, illustrating how and why people became fascinated by this frightening creature during the original sightings in the 1960s (and decades later, when the 2002 Mark Pellington film The Mothman Prophecies hit theaters).

Readers interested in beginning their own cryptozoological investigations will benefit from Coleman's exhaustive research on the topic, as the book's Appendices provide a wealth of information. This includes a detailed list of places on the North American continent that suffer from what he terms "High Strangeness"--an affinity with supernatural phenomena and unusual occurrences, and an extensive bibliography for those itching to know more about the Mothman.

Mothman and Other Curious Encounters is available in paperback and for Kindle using the link below, and is available in numerous e-reader formats at reKiosk. Be sure to check out Coleman's website for more on the history of cryptozoology and its strange wonders.

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