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OMGB Update

I have edited the final draft of my next book, The Ohio Monster Guidebook. Now, the only thing left is publishing. Currently I don't know if i'll self publish again or look for a publisher.Check back later for more, I'll have more  updates as it gets closer to being published.

The book covers many different cryptids seen in Ohio, like bigfoot, lake monsters, mothman, Loveland Frogs, Melon heads, thunderbirds, black panthers, dogmen, etc, etc. There's even a bit on UFOs.


The Lachlan Stuart Loch Ness Photo - Hoax or the Real Deal?

One of the most famous photos of a supposed Loch Ness Monster is the one taken by Lachlan Stuart on July 14, 1951.

The original story goes like this:


On that day, Stuart had woken up around 6:30 a.m. to milk his cow. He was about 100 feet above the loch and on the opposite shore from Urquhart Castle. He happened to look at the loch and saw what he at first thought was a motorboat.

He soon realized, however, that it was no boat, when a second hump appeared behind the first one. He called out to his wife and Taylor Hay. Hay and Stuart ran down to the shore, and now saw a third hump. The creature had changed direction and was moving southwards through the lake, about 50 yards from the witnesses.

Stuart had his box camera with him, so he took a picture of the three humps. Afterwards, a long neck with a head "like a sheep but without the ears" appeared. There is a tiny black dot in front of the first (furthest left) hump in the photo, and some say that is the head of the monster.

Fantastic (Cryptid) Beasts

Colin Schneider has a new post up on his Paranormal101 blog about the new movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and similarities between some of the "beasts" and cryptids from around the world… check it out!


Thoughts on Sightings of Loch Ness Monsters on Land

I'm currently reading Malcolm Robinson's book The Monsters of Loch Ness: The History and the Mystery. In the book, Robinson says he doesn't put much credence in sightings of the monsters on land around the loch, since most of them occurred in the "heyday" of LNM sightings, in 1933 and 1934. I disagree with him on this, and I will explain why later in this post. But first, lets take a look at the two most famous land sightings of "Nessie" from that time period.

THE SPICER SIGHTING (1933)

On July 22, 1933, Mr. and Mrs. George Spicer were driving along Loch Ness, between Dores and Foyers, when they spotted what can only be described as a "monster."

The sighting was first reported in the August 4 edition of the Inverness Courier. Later, Rupert Gould, author of The Case for the Sea-Serpent and The Loch Ness Monster and Others (one of the first LMN books, published in 1934), interviewed the Spicers about their sighting. Below is what Gould wrote abo…

Mothman… Sighted?

Saw this on the Mothman Festival Facebook page…

"A possible Mothman sighting took place in Point Pleasant yesterday, as it was reported from a caller to our local TV news station. Caller said he allegedly witnessed what he thought was the Mothman flying over route 2 in Point Pleasant. Here are the quick snapshots he took at the scene. What do you guys think?!"
To me it looks like its most likely fake. Someone is probably just trying to hoax since the 50th anniversary of the Scarberry-Mallette sighting was a few days ago...

Mothman's Squeaking Sounds

In 1966, the town of Point Pleasant, West Virginia was the site of lots of strange activity. During that year and throughout the next, there were sightings of UFOs, odd occurrences, encounters with Men in Black, and of course, the Mothman.

The first publicized sighting of the Mothman occurred on November 15, 1966. Two young couples, Roger and Linda Scarberry and Steve and Mary Mallette, were joyriding in the TNT Area outside of Point Pleasant that had served as an ammunitions site during the Second World War. They also happened to spot the Mothman. The creature followed them back to the town, and as it was chasing the car, the witnesses said it made a sound "like the squeak of a huge mouse."

While at the Mothman Festival in September, I was talking with Colin Schneider (another researcher of the unknown) about the creature, and he mentioned that he thought the mention of Mothman's "squeaking" was similar to a banshee. Below is why that could be important.

Wikip…

Werewolves in Ohio

MULTIPLE DOGMAN SIGHTINGS

Several young boys reported encountering a Dogman near Niles, Ohio in the late 1980s. During the first sighting, a boy and his friend, who were both around 12 years old, were playing in a field near the boy's home when they saw a strange figure running towards them through the trees. They took off towards the boy's house.

In the second sighting a few years later, a teenager on the opposite side of town saw a "large dark figure" following him. The figure would move from tree to tree, peeking around at him. When the creature realized that the boy had noticed it, it began running towards him. Like the other witnesses, the boy ran out of the area.

"A CROSS BETWEEN A DEER AND A BEAR"

Two people driving to West Virginia from Marietta on December 11, 2003, spotted a strange creature looking at them from beside the highway. The creature "looked like a cross between a deer and a bear" and stood about six-and-a-half feet tall. The w…

Mothman - 50 Years

50 years ago today, the sighting that would make Mothman, Point Pleasant, West Virginia´s flying monster, famous occurred.

On November 15, 1966, Roger and Linda Scarberry, along with their friends Steve and Mary Mallette, went for a drive through the ¨TNT Area" just outside of Point Pleasant. What they saw that night would change their lives.

That night, as they were driving through the TNT Area, going by the old "igloos" that had been used to store ammunition during WWII. When they neared the old generator plant (which is not there today), they saw the Mothman.

They described the creature as man-shaped, six to seven feet tall, with red eyes, and wings. They also said the creature didn't appear to have a head. The eyes seemed "hypnotic" when it looked at them. Linda Scarberry described the creature as "flesh colored with ashen wings." When they first spotted the creature, it had one of it's wings stuck in guide wire by the road and was trying…

Book Review: Loch Ness: Back into the Depths by Patrick J. Gallagher

Last year, Patrick J. Gallagher published Loch Ness: From Out of the Depths, which was a collection of newspaper stories from the time of "the rise of the Loch Ness Monster" in 1933 and 1934. This year, he published a follow-up book, this one titled Loch Ness: Back into the Depths, and which has newspaper stories from 1935 to 1955.



The media loved the Loch Ness Monster in the 1930s, but that attention grew less and less in the '40s and '50s, as this book demonstrates. But, it was still reported quite often.

Throughout the book, you get to hear first-hand witness accounts reported in papers at the time, some people's thoughts as to what it(they) could be, coverage of "monster hunts," and much more. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I enjoy reading old newspaper accounts of cryptids and it's nice to be taken back to the time when all of that was taking place.

You can get the book here.



Mill Race Monster Part 2 - More Sightings of the Creature

November 1st was the 42nd anniversary of sightings of the "Mill Race Monster" in Mill Race Park, Columbus, Indiana. On November 1, 1974, four teenage girls and two women had two separate sightings of a monster that was described as "green, hairy, and large." The local paper printed a short story on the sightings, headlined "Monster - Women Report Seeing 'Beast' in Mill Race:"

"They swear it's true. Six young women told city police Friday in to separate reports that they had seen a 'Mill Race Monster' - once in broad daylight. "And whatever it is, the six are agreed, it is (1) Green, (2) Hairy, (3) Large, about six feet tall and walking upright, and (4) Has claws. "Four of the women, whose names police did not list, said they saw 'the thing' about 3 p.m. Friday near the paved boat ramp in the park along White river at the west end of Fifth street. The other two said it jumped on the hood of their car, leaving scr…

Beyond Boggy Creek

Recently Lyle Blackburn posted news about his fourth book, set to be released early next year…

"My next book, titled 'BEYOND BOGGY CREEK: In Search of the Southern Sasquatch,' will be released by Anomalist Books early next year! It's and extension of my previous work in 'The Beast of Boggy Creek,' covering not only the latest encounters near Fouke, but also the history, sightings, and evidence for similar cases throughout the entire Deep South. The release date is tentatively set for February. I'll keep you posted as always. Thanks for your support!" Lyle's other books…

The Beast of Boggy Creek: The True Story of the Fouke Monster


Lizard Man: The True Story of the Bishopville Monster

Monstro Bizarro: An Essential Manual of  Mysterious Monsters



Book Review: Astonishing Encounters by Stan Gordon

While I was at the Mothman Festival in September I picked up a copy of Astonishing Encounters from Stan Gordon. Astonishing Encounters is Stan's most recent book and was published last year.

The book is a casebook of all kinds of different creature sightings from throughout Pennsylvania. Each chapter of the book focuses on a different type of cryptid or mysterious creature.

The first chapter focuses on many Bigfoot reports throughout the state. Some took place many years ago and others took place recently.

Thunderbirds and flying cryptids are the subject of one chapter, and another focuses on aquatic cryptids like the Lake Erie Monster.

Stan also discusses things like black panthers, werewolves, dragons, UFOs and aliens, and some really, really odd things.

This book was short but interesting. You can check it out here.


The Defiance Dogman

On July 25, 1972, two freight train company employees in Defiance, Ohio were working the graveyard shift when they encountered a Dogman. Ted Davis, one of the witnesses, said, "I saw these two hairy feet. Then I looked up and he was standing there with a big stick over his shoulder. When I started to say something, he took off for the woods." He also said that the creature had "huge, hairy feet, fangs, and it ran side-to-side like a caveman in the movies."

About a week after that encounter, Davis claims he spotted the creature again, and in the same place. This time, the creature looked at him from the edge of the woods, and then left.

That same night, a grocer reported that he was attacked by a "hairy, animal-headed creature wielding a two-by-four."

About a week after the sightings the local newspaper heard about them and the story of the werewolf spread. The police took the reports seriously and searched for the creature. Police Chief Donald Breckler c…

Book Review: Here's Nessie! by Karl Shuker

This years has seen quite a few Nessie books published. Most of these I have gotten, including the latest one, Karl Shuker's Here's Nessie! A Monstrous Compendium from Loch Ness. 

If you are someone who knows me or looks at this blog, you'll probably know that I am a fan of Karl's books. This one did not disappoint.

Throughout the book, Shuker examines the history of the Loch Ness Monsters, some theories as to what they could be (including plesiosaurs, long-necked seals, giant eels, etc.), and lots of other things, including Nessie in music, other Scottish loch monsters, kelpies and legends of water horses, and more.

One very interesting chapter is the one about a sighting report given to Shuker by Tim Dinsdale, famous Nessie researcher, back in the 1980s. Shuker's book is the only one this sighting has been published in.

Another interesting chapter covers some very odd theories for what Nessie is, including Tony "Doc" Shiels' "elephant squid&quo…

The Mystery of Spring-Heeled Jack - A New Book

Out now is a new book on Spring-Heeled Jack by John Matthews - The Mystery of Spring-Heeled Jack: From Victorian Legend to Steampunk Hero.

Here's the book description:

"An extensive investigation of the origins and numerous sightings of the mysterious and terrifying figure known as Spring-Heeled Jack "Shares original 19th-century newspaper accounts of Spring-Heeled Jack encounters as well as 20th and 21st-century reports "Explains his connections to Jack the Ripper and the Slender Man "Explores his origins in earlier mythical beings from folklore, his Steampunk popularity, and the theory that he may be an alien from a high-gravity planet "Spring-Heeled Jack--a tall, thin, bounding figure with bat-like wings, clawed hands, wheels of fire for eyes, and breath of blue flames--first leaped to public attention in Victorian London in 1838, springing over hedges and walls, from dark lanes and dank graveyards, to frighten and sometimes physically attack women. Ne…

Cryptid Culture #4

Out now is issue #4 of Cryptid Culture Magazine. 

This issue features


"The Rise and Fall of the Loveland Frog" by Brian D. Parsons,"The Beast Between the Lakes" by Ron Coffey,"The International Cryotozoology Society" by Loren Coleman,"Paleodictyon" by John Mezaros,"The Chupacarba's Cronies" by my friend Colin Schneider,"The Florida Skunk Ape" by Robert C. Robinson,The Bishopville Lizard Man" by Lyle Blackburn,and "The Monsters of Loch Ness" by Malcolm Robinson. It also features lots of cool cryptid artwork.
You can get Cryptid Culture here.

Marc DeWerth at Mansfield Library This Saturday

Bigfoot investigator Marc DeWerth will be hosting a lecture on the subject at the Mansfield-Richland County Public Library this Saturday, November 5th. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. and the event is from 1-3 p.m.. The library is located at 43 W 3rd Street, Mansfield, Ohio. There will be plenty of door prizes and anyone who likes Bigfoot will enjoy DeWerth's talk.

"The Movie's Become Real Life to Me" - A Review of "Boggy Creek Monster"

Recently I got to check out the newest Small Town Monsters documentary Boggy Creek Monster, which will be released November 11th.

Boggy Creek Monster is the third film in the Small Town Monsters series, the other two being Minerva Monster and Beast of Whtiehall. 

The new film focuses on sightings of the Boggy Creek Monster (or, more likely, monsters) seen around Fouke, Arkansas, and the area of Boggy Creek and the Sulphur River Bottoms. One interesting thing I learned from the film is that Boggy Creek itself it actually very small, and most sightings of the creature occur in different areas around there.

The Boggy Creek Monster became famous in 1972 after the movie The Legend of Boggy Creek was released. Directed by Charles B. Pierce, the movie was a sort of "docu-drama" that told mostly true stories about what the people around Fouke had been seeing. Lots of the people in the film weren't actors either, and were "playing" themselves.

The 1972 movie is about sig…

A Field Guide to Sasquatch Structures

A new book out by Christopher Noel, which looks quite interesting…


"For centuries, we have come across striking and consistent stick and tree structures in the forest, especially in areas with a long history of Sasquatch encounters. Yet until now, no field guide has existed to catalog and present these remarkable formations for quick and easy reference. Sasquatch is a higher primate (like us) with a large brain, capable hands, and plenty of time to use them. As our evolutionary next of kin, this species, too, naturally manipulates its environment in distinctive and impressive ways. But instead of building cities, universities, machines, or writing books, symphonies, or computer code, they simply express their creative intelligence otherwise. Using this valuable resource - graced with Zoe Christiansen's pen-and-ink illustrations - you'll be equipped to recognize characteristic themes and variations with a trained eye. It's your key to a higher level of insight into the…

Mill Race Monster Day (MRM Part 1)

On November 1, 1974, a creature now called the "Mill Race Monster" was spotted in Mill Race Park, in Columbus, Indiana.

The first sighting occurred around 3 p.m., when four teenage girls in the park saw something standing between some trees near a boat ramp going into the White River. They quickly fled the area and went to the police, telling them they had seen a monster that was "green, hairy, and large."

That evening, two women stopped in Mill Race Park to eat and talk. They knew nothing of the earlier report of the monster, but also encountered it.

Tyra Cataline, one of the witnesses, came forward years later to discuss the story on Monsters and Mysteries in America. "Out of the woods comes this thing," she said. "It had to be at least 7 feet tall, if not taller. It was way taller than a normal man. It was beating on the windshield, trying to get in and we were screaming... who wouldn't be screaming? We thought we were going to die... I said &…