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Sunday, September 25, 2016

The Butler Bigfoot

In 1978, there were several Bigfoot sightings around the Ohio town of Butler. It all started on July 8, when Eugene Kline and his sister, Kathy, heard strange noises coming from the woods near their home, which was located on Elm Street in Butler. When they looked over, the two claim they saw, only five feet from them, a creature that they said was about seven or eight feet tall, with a head that was three feet in diameter, and red eyes.

The pair claimed that the creature looked at them while making growling noises. The children ran to their house and told their father, who called the police.

Police arrived and searched the area, but found nothing. After the police arrived, the children's father told them that the kids had seen the same thing two weeks earlier, but did not give any details on that sighting.

It was four days later, on July 12, that another one of the children in the Kline family, Teresa, saw to "large red eyes" looking at her from the woods after dark. Teresa ran into the house and into her bedroom. When her mother arrived, they both heard a "crying noise" that was coming from the area where the eyes had been spotted. A strange odor emanated from the same area.

This post is excerpted from my upcoming book The Ohio Monster Guidebook: A Look at the Buckeye State's Most Mysterious Creatures. Right now I'm in the proofing/editing process, and I hope to have it out by the end of the year. Check back later for more on the book.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Book Review: Nessie: Exploring the Supernatural Origins of the Loch Ness Monster by Nick Redfern

While at the Mothman Festival earlier this month, I picked up a copy of Nick Redfern's new book Nessie: Exploring the Supernatural Origins of the Loch Ness Monster. 

As you can probably tell from the title, this isn't your "typical" Loch Ness Monster book.

In Nessie, Redfern delves into the theory that the Loch Ness Monsters are not just mysterious, flesh-and-blood creatures, but they are actually something paranormal. So, if you are someone (who believes the creatures exist!) who thinks that the Nessies are definitely flesh-and-blood creatures, you might not like this book. But, if you are someone who thinks that strange creature sightings and paranormal phenomena could be connected, you'll enjoy it quite a lot.

Throughout the book, Redfern shows that the monsters are not the only strange things seen around Loch Ness. Over the years, there have been many strange things, like sightings of ghosts, mysterious cats, and there have been quite a few people who have been involved with magic, who believed they could summon up the paranormal monsters of the lake. He also mentions a U.S. remote viewing project where agents saw the Loch Ness Monsters and claimed they could appear and disappear, and thought they were ghost plesiosaurs!

Redfern also discusses the possible connection of the monsters and legends of kelpies. Kelpies were/are thought to be mysterious water creatures that can shape-shift, and are almost always said to be malevolent. How does this connect to the Loch Ness Monsters? Well,
 1). Because there are quite a few legends of kelpies throughout Scotland, and
2). Because the monsters of Loch Ness have been described many different ways, including looking like plesiosaurs, a giant frog, crocodile/alligator-like creatures, and even something totally different, that had elephant-like legs and looked somewhat like a camel, seen on land near Loch Ness.

Loch Ness researchers like Ted Holiday, and even Tim Dinsdale, have thought that there might be more to the monsters than a flesh-and-blood plesiosaur living in the lake. Maybe they were right.

I enjoyed this book, and recommend it to those interested in the Loch Ness Monsters and cryptozoology, if you dare to read something a little different than the typical Nessie book.

With Nick Redfern, author of Nessie
Next book review will be Ken Gerhard's A Menagerie of Mysterious Beasts: Encounters with Cryptid Creatures.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Upcoming Book Reviews...

I've gotten a number of new cryptozoology books over the past few weeks, which I will be reviewing on here in the future.

I already have a review up of Robert Robinson's Legend Tripping, which you can see here.

Other upcoming reviews are:

Nessie: Exploring the Supernatural Origins of the Loch Ness Monster by Nick Redfern
A Menagerie of Mysterious Beasts by Ken Gerhard
Werewolves: Encounters with the Black Dog by Joedy Cook
The Tantanoola Tiger and Loch Ness: Back into the Depths by Patrick Gallagher
The Monsters of Loch Ness by Malcolm Robinson

Also, a book from last year, Stan Gordon's Astonishing Encounters. And I'm going to be getting Karl Shuker's new book Here's Nessie!, so it will be reviewed on here in the future too.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Book Review: Legend Tripping by Robert C. Robinson

A few weeks ago I got Robert Robinson's book Legend Tripping: The Ultimate Adventure, which was published earlier this year by Adventures Unlimited Press.

Robinson defines legend tripping as "to go on, or participate in, a quest or adventure for something that is defined as a mystery or legend and is not verified or explained by science." So, basically, if you go out looking for Bigfoot, ghosts, or something else of that nature, you are legend tripping.

This is not just a book for someone interested in cryptozoology. Those interested in UFOs, ghosts and paranormal things, and other mysteries will love this book as well, because Robert covers all of those things in his book.

Some chapters cover the legends themselves, which include Bigfoot, lake and river monsters, UFOs, ghosts, hidden treasure, etc. Following these chapters are some about a legend trip in search of whatever mystery was discussed in the chapter before it. There are also chapters on what to take with you if you decide to go in search of one of these mysteries, and on some of the author's personal legend trips.

The book also features a forward by cryptozoologist Loren Coleman.

If you are someone interested in cryptozoology, UFOs, the paranormal, or unexplained things in general, you'll love Legend Tripping.

You can get the book here.

Robert Robinson & I at the 2016
Mothman Festival

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Another Loch Ness Photo - The Seal Monster?

Lots of photos of the Loch Ness Monster (supposedly, at least) have been appearing online this year, and it doesn't seem like they will stop coming in anytime soon.

This is evidenced by the photo below, which is supposed to show a multi-humped monster in Loch Ness.
Monster! Wait… nope, seals.

Fox News reports:

"A picture snapped by an amateur photographer in Scotland has created a huge splash because it appears to show the fabled Loch ness Monster.
"The photographer is 58-year-old Ian Bremner, a worker in a whiskey warehouse who was in the area looking for red deer, Britain's South West News Service (SWNS) reported. On Saturday, he snapped the photo of what some say is Nessie when it - or whatever is in the picture - was close to the coast between two villages on the southeast side of the long lake.
"While there's no definitive word on what's in the image, it certainly shows something: perhaps a single creature of some kind, or maybe three seals, as some have suggested. The Scotsman newspaper has even headlined an article about the picture: 'Most convincing picture of the Loch Ness monster ever taken?'
"'This is the first time I've ever seen Nessie in the loch,' Bremner said, according to SWNW. 'I would be amazing if I was the first one to find her.'
"His sighting is just one of over a total 1,000 reported sightings of the mythical creature - the idea of which has captivated people for years and years.
"Purported sightings of the Loch Ness Monster continue to be hotly debated, with some described as hoaxes or just caused by natural phenomena, like logs."

While I think the Loch Ness Monster and some other lake monsters could be pinnipeds related to seals, I'm guessing what is in this photo is just that - a couple of seals.

More on the Mothman Fest

The Mothman Festival was a few days ago, and now some more is up about it. Check it out…

Nick Redfern has a post up on his blog, which you can see here. I got his new Nessie book at the festival, and it will be reviewed on here in the future.

Colin Schneider also has a post up about the festival on his blog… check it out here.

LtoR: Me, Nick, & Colin

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Nessie is Here

Yet another new Nessie book… This one is Karl Shuker's Here's Nessie! A Monstrous Compendium From Loch Ness.

Here's some info about the book:

"Nessie the Loch Ness monster (LNM) is not only the premier mystery beast of the United Kingdom, it also vies with the bigfoot or sasquatch as the most famous one anywhere in the world. Little wonder, therefore, that during his many years as a world-renowned cryptozoological researcher and writer, Dr Karl Shuker should have documented it and all manner of aspects relating to it in a wide range of publications.
"Now, however, for the very first time and in direct response to popular demand, all of Dr Shuker's most significant but previously disparate Nessie-themed writings have finally been brought together, and in expanded, updated form whenever possible too, to yield the present LNM compendium, covering a fascinating, extremely broad spectrum of pertinent topics.
"These include: a comprehensive review of the history and controversies associated with this exceedingly contentious aquatic cryptid; a diverse selection of the most - and least - plausible taxonomic identities that have been proposed for it; the closely-linked traditional Scottish folklore of kelpies and other water-horses; various Nessie-related hoaxes; an extensive survey of other Scottish freshwater loch monsters; reviews of Nessie-related material; a hitherto-unpublished LNM sighting from leading Nessie researcher and eyewitness Tim Dinsdale; Nessie in philately; the historical LNM conference staged by the International Society of Cryptozoology at Edinburgh's Royal Museum of Scotland in 1987; the enigmatic Pictish beast; a tribute in verse to Nessie; an annotated, YouTube-linked listing of Nessie-themed songs and music videos; and much more too!
"Supplementing these varied subjects is an equally eclectic selection of illustrations - a dedicated Nessie gallery containing a dazzling array of spectacular full-colour LNM artwork, including a number of specially-commisioned, previously-unpublished examples, as well as a wide range of text images - plus a very comprehensive bibliography of non-fiction Nessie books, a listing of current LNM-themed websites, and a detailed index.
"So, without further ado, welcome to the sometimes decidedly weird yet always totally wonderful world of Nessie - the mystifying but ever-memorable monster of Loch Ness."

You can get Here's Nessie… here.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

15th Annual Mothman Festival

Took a trip down to the 15th annual Mothman Festival in Pt. Pleasant, West Virginia today. It was the first time I've gotten to go to this event, and I had a blast.
Silver Bridge Memorial

The AIMS team from Mountain Monsters was there, but since the line for them literally went down the whole street, we didn't go see them. I did, however, get a photo when they went by at the beginning of the festival.
Willie, Trapper, and Jeff.
The others were behind them

There were lots of vendors and speakers at the event, and I got to see plenty of people I'd met before at other events. I also met Colin Schneider, who runs the Paranormal101 blog (definitely check it out), Ken Gerhard, Robert Robinson, and Stan Gordon.
With Colin Schneider
With Nick Redfern & Colin
With Nick Redfern
With Robert Robinson
With Ken Gerhard
With Loren Coleman

Of course, I got a picture by the Mothman statue…

And, had an encounter with the Men in Black! (Not the real ones, though!)

And in front of the "Mothman Diner" (Harris Steakhouse).

We also went on a tour of the TNT Area, and drove down the road where Roger and Linda Scarberry and Steve and Mary Mallette were chased by the Mothman 50 years ago…
In front of one of the TNT igloos...

There were plenty of speakers, but the only one I watched was Joedy Cook, who gave a cool presentation on Dogman sightings. I was planning on watching more speakers, but it was hot as heck in the old theater where they were, so I decided to walk around the town more. It was hot outside too, but felt better than in the theater!

The Ghostbusters were there…

And, on the way home, we happened to see this at a rest stop.

This was one of the coolest cryptid events I've been to. If you are interested in this kind of stuff, definitely try to go to it sometime!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Mountain Monsters Season 5 Coming in 2017!

Mountain Monsters will return for a fifth season in the spring of 2017.

Here's some info:

"The Boys are back in Town! Destination America Renews Hit Series Mountain Monsters For A Fifth Season
"(Silver Spring, Md.) - Destination America announced today that MOUNTAIN MONSTERS has been green lit for season five slated to premiere in Spring 2017. Production begins this month on the monster hit that follows a band of hardcore hunters and trappers, known as the Appalachian Investigators of Mysterious Sightings (AIMS), as they try to prove that Bigfoot exists in hill country.
 "The fourth season finale of MOUNTAIN MONSTERS on April 16, 2016 ranks as Destination America's #1 telecast ever among HH, P2+, and M25-54 in L+3 delivery. It wrapped up the latest saga in AIMS' ongoing search for Bigfoot - but this time with their fearless leader, Trapper, coaching from the sideline. Fans rallied around Trapper during his recovery from illness and cheered on the rest of the team, Buck, Huckleberry, Wild Bill, Jeff, and Willy, as they continued their quest - and discovered a new foe in the foothills. AIMS was shadowed by a rogue rival team that closed in on their investigations but had not yet been identified, culminating in a cliffhanger finale with a mysterious attempt to make contact.
"'MOUNTAIN MONSTERS fans are about as loyal as they come, second only to the AIMS team and their unwavering dedication to finding Bigfoot,' said Jane Latman, general manager of Destination America. 'We hear from devoted viewers every single day wanting to know when they'll get to see more of their favorite monster hunters, and we're excited to announce that the wait is almost over.'
"Nowhere does the mystery of Bigfoot's existence run deeper than in Appalachia where, over the last 10 years alone, AIMS has uncovered evidence that more than a dozen different Bigfoot clans may call the mountain region home. In the new season, they'll investigate new reports of Bigfoot sightings to track and attempt to trap these mysterious creatures." 

I'm happy to see that Mountain Monsters is coming back. Their show is one of my favorites, even if its just for entertainment.

And, the whole AIMS team will be at the Mothman Festival in Point Pleasant, West Virginia this weekend, September 17 and 18.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

An "Interview" With "Wessie" the Snake

Wessie the Snake has come out of hiding for an interview!

Well, not really. But, Westbrook is using the snake to help tourism. In the video below, "Wessie" the Puppet talks to reporter Sharon Moss about what he up to.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Mothman Festival - This Weekend

This Saturday and Sunday, the 15th annual Mothman Festival is taking place in Pt. Pleasant, West Virginia. This year is also the 50th anniversary of the Mothman sightings, so its going to be a big event this year.

Speakers are:

  • Rosemary Ellen Guiley
  • Nick Redfern
  • Ken Gerhard
  • Loren Coleman
  • Stan Gordon
  • John Frick
  • Chad Lambert
  • Joedy Cook
  • Fred Saluga
  • Sherri Brake
  • Cameron Jones
  • Bill Brock
  • Robert Robinson
  • Susan Sheppard
  • George Dudding

The entire AIMS team from Mountain Monsters will be there, and there will also be lots of other vendors and attractions (I know Small Town Monsters will be there too). 

If you can, be sure to go to this event this weekend!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Loch Ness Dorsal Fin

On August 22, Kate Powell took a picture of a dorsal fin. Why is that strange? Because it was taken at Loch Ness.

"I thought I saw something in the loch as we were walking along. I joked to the children, 'I've seen the monster.'" Powell said. "A couple of minutes later we sat down on a rock to eat our lunch and I took a picture, just because it was sunny. It was only later, when we went to a tearoom and I enlarged the picture that I noticed the fin."

She continued:

"I was very surprised and a bit confused. I showed the lady in the tearoom and said 'You're not going to believe this, it looks like a dolphin.'"
A dolphin in Loch Ness?

I can't recall any sightings of monsters in Loch Ness where the creature was reported to have a dorsal fin. If this really is a dolphin, how did it get into the Loch?

Tony Drummond saw something in the loch only a few days after Powell took her photo.

As he was boating near Fort Augustus, he spotted the creature.

"It did not break the surface and it was hard to tell its size but it was about 3.5 feet by two feet. A sort of oval coffee table size," he said. "It was moving, but not fast. It appeared about 15 meters away to the right. It was under the water with a bit of white in it. I have never seen anything like it in my life. But I will eat my woolly hat if its a dolphin. It could be a large salmon - I've seen them around 100lb in here."

Steve Feltham, "Nessie Hunter," says that the new photo is "completely unique and most bizarre."

He said:

"I think that the most plausible explanation is that a fishing vessel came through the Moray Firth and caught a bottle-nosed dolphin in its nets and thought 'let's dump it in Loch Ness' for a joke. I have met the lady who took it and she was not 'at it' at all. It is a unique photo in that it is very clear and in focus and clearly shows it is Loch Ness. That is rare. She showed it to me on her smartphone. It's not a fake. I think this photo will generate more debate than any photograph taken of Loch Ness in the past 50 years."

I guess we'll have to wait and see if there are any more reports of a dolphin in Loch Ness...

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Snake Watch In Westbrook

Officials in Westbrook, Maine will keep an eye open for Wessie the snake today.

The Major League Triathlon race is being held today in the Presumpscot River in Westbrook. The Portland Press Herald says that "Organizers of Saturday's Major League Triathlon race aren't concerned about prior sightings of a giant snake dubbed Wessie, but monitors in Westbrook will keep an eye on the water just in case."

Since late June, sightings of the giant snake dubbed "Wessie" have been reported along the river in Maine. Since then Wessie has had t-shirts made, a beer named after it, and the news has spread across the country. In August a 12-foot snakeskin was found that turned out to be from an anaconda. It is unknown if it is really from Wessie or if it was planted as a hoax.
Anaconda skin found along the Presumpscot River
on August 20th

New T-shirts that say "I Survived Wessie" are being sold at the race today. The CEO of Major League Triathlon, Daniel Cassidy, and his wife Sarah are using Wessie to promote the race by awarding the winners with a 4-foot stuffed anaconda.
"I Survived Wessie" shirt
(Portland Press Herald)

Lifeguards will be on the riverbanks and have kayaks to keep an eye out for the mystery snake.

Some participants have expressed concerns about the snake, but not 68 year old Mike Lynch. He said: "I don't really have a problem with swimming in the river. I don't like snakes, no question about it, but I think a snake would flee if it saw a human. With 180 people in the water, Wessie will be going the other way."

"I can guarantee that these athletes will never forget that they swam with Wessie," organizer Daniel Cassidy said.

I wonder if there will be any sightings of the snake today?



Apparently there weren't any sightings of Wessie yesterday, the Portland Press Herald reports.

Thylacine Caught on Video?

80 years ago, the last confirmed living thylacine died. Since 1936, though, there have been reports of sightings of this strange marsupial. Recently a video was released that supposedly shows a thylacine running through someone's backyard.

The Thylacine Awareness Group of Australia claim that a thylacine can be seen running through a backyard in Adelaide, Australia. They say the video was shot in February and that five people witnessed the animal. They posted it online this week because Wednesday was National Threatened Species Day in Australia. Wednesday (Sept. 7) is the day the last known living thylacine died.

Researcher Neil Waters said:

"We believe our footage to be a small thylacine moving around the Adelaide Hills. You can see the animal's head. You can see the body of the animal, it does appear to have some sort of dark discoloration on the body which may or may not be stripes. You can clearly see it has a very distinct hook on its rear foot, it has a long stiff pointy tail. Where the tail connects to the body is very wide, which is typical of a thylacine."

The video if blurry (what cryptid video isn't?) but to me it looks like it could actually be a thylacine, if it isn't a fake. I'd love it for this video to actually show a thylacine, but right now I have to say I really don't know what is shown in it.

What do you think?


Friday, September 9, 2016

Two Loch Ness Monsters Photographed?

In August there were some interesting photos taken that supposedly show the Loch Ness Monsters. I'll take a look at one of them in another post, and this time will examine the most recent photo - that might show two monsters.

The Huffington Post reports:

"As the legend of Nessie haunting the murky depths of Scotland's most famous Loch continues to endure - could it be possible the monster is not alone?
"A new photograph has opened up the intriguing possibility that two such serpentine beasts are at large.
"Council worker Ian Campbell, 56, was on a bicycle ride with his son and a family friend when he spotted two big 'creatures' apparently swimming across the Loch together.
"Campbell, who insists he is not a man 'given to flights of fancy' is convinced he saw two animals in the water.
"Which raises the question - has Nessie been joined by a mate or could this be a new bouncing baby monster?
"Campbell was on the western shores of Loch Ness while on a bike ride between Fort Augustus and Inverness in August with his son Fraser, 13, and family friend Karen MacPhee, 54, when the two shapes appeared in the water.
"Campbell's son also saw the 'creatures' but MacPhee was cycling some way behind and did not get a good look.
"Campbell says they watched for around 30 seconds before losing sight of the objects but he managed to take a photograph using the camera on his phone.
"He said: 'At the time we saw it we had stopped for a rest and to admire the view. It seemed to appear suddenly from nowhere.
"'I said to my son: 'What is that in the water?' He said to me that it looked like a big animal.
"'I said 'I think you're right' and grabbed my camera phone to take a picture.
"'We watched for about 30 seconds before it disappeared from view and by that time Karen had caught up and she saw it for around five seconds.
"'We talked about it afterwards obviously and we just had no idea what it could be. I would estimate they were 10m in length and I took the picture from around 400m away.
"'I was saying to my son that we had just seen the Loch Ness monster and he was saying 'Yes, right.''
See the rest here.

Below is the picture.

Two monsters?
(Huffington Post)

A red box around them!
(Huffington Post)

(Huffington Post)

Do you think the photo really shows two Loch Ness Monsters? (There has to be more than one anyway.)

Later I'll have another post up about a mysterious "dorsal fin" photo, also supposedly taken at Loch Ness...
(Wikipedia, Dmitry Bogdanov, CC BY 3.0)