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Peddling the Paranormal (Guest Post)



1 Born Every Minute
In our present age of tweets and memes, fake news and social media witch hunts, one can be forgiven for thinking that the generations that spring forth from this new cultural self-over-exposure, will be buffeted about on the winds of opinion, no strangers to a change in direction, if only enough righteous tweets and screets are aimed in their direction. It is this culture of amnesiac emotional and moral shifts where we currently find both judge and jury in full swing, operating outside of the authority and safety of the courtroom, where evidence is no longer king and the accused is guilty until proven innocent! This is now our de facto reality in our trail by Twitter world!
It is therefore no surprise that the philosophy one ascribes to, even in our very own slightly 'south of heaven' genre of the unknown, can make or break your acceptance into the higher echelons of…

Cryptid Culture #7

The 7th issue of Cryptid Culture Magazine is available now. I have an article in it called "'Sea Monsters' of 2017." It's a look at some strange marine remains that were said to be Sea Monsters that were found this year.

Other contributors include:

Colin Schneider, "So, You Want to be a Cryptozoologist?"Rob Menzies - "Alaskan Monsters"Scott Marlow - "Red Haired Giant"Brian Parsons - "Black Panther Sightings" And more!

"Bigfoot Sighting or Tourism Boost?"

That's the title of a new article up on the Fort Worth, TX Star-Telegram website.

It reads:

"Troopers responded to an alleged Bigfoot sighting off the shoulder of a major highway in Nebraska Saturday evening. "Nebraska State Patrol posted the report on Facebook and wrote that a trooper responded to the sighting in Hastings, Neb. "The trooper reported back that 'Sasquatch remained elusive,' sate police said on Facebook. 'Must have just missed him.' "Harriett Mcfeely told the Grand Valley Independent that she called police Saturday evening to report the sighting as she and her friend Robin Roberts were on their way back from Colorado. She said her friend spotted the 'big, heavy and stocky' creature off the shoulder of I-80. "'I said, 'Is this considered an official sighting of a Bigfoot? They said definitely,'' Mcfeely told the newspaper. "Mcfeely is CEO and founder of the Nebraska Bigfoot Crossroads of America, a…

The Flatwoods Monster - Teaser

Here's a short teaser for Small Town Monsters' upcoming documentary TheFlatwoodsMonster: ALegacyofFear, 1950s horror movie style!
Full-length trailer comes out Friday.

Cryptid U.S. for Christmas

Need a good Christmas gift for a cryptid fan in your life? Head on over to Amazon and get them a copy of Cryptid they can learn more about all of America's most mysterious monsters!

"Do you believe in monsters? "On October 20, 1967, Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin encountered a large, man-like creature in Bluff Creek, California. Point Pleasant, WV, was terrorized by a flying monster in 1966. Sandra Mansi saw a 'monster' rise out of Lake Champlain in 1977. A strange creature called the 'chupacabras' attacked many helpless farm animals in Florida, Arizona, and Texas in 1996. These are just a few examples of sightings of strange monsters, called cryptids, seen in the United States. Reports of these creatures, which range from Bigfoot, to lake monsters, black panthers, Thunderbirds, werewolves, and even an occasional live pterosaur, come from every state. This book is a compilation of five years of research on strange, unidentifiable creatures. Other c…

Crypto-Kid: Sharon Hill Tonight

From Colin Schneider:

"Tonight on the Crypto-Kid, I am joined by author and skeptic Sharon Hill to discuss her recent book Scientifical Americans and her research into the culture of paranormal and fortean investigators. Sharon's book is my favorite upcoming release and will undoubtedly lead to some fascinating discussions tonight."
Listen live on WCJV Radio at 8 pm.

The Legend of Kentucky's Pope Lick Monster

Yesterday, I looked at a ghostly goatman said to haunt Old Alton Bridge in Texas. Like I mentioned in that article, stories of goatmen come from all over, and there are many legends similar to the one concerning Old Alton Bridge from various places in the United States.
Perhaps the most famous goatman legend is that of the Pope Lick Monster.
Like the Old Alton Bridge creature, the Pope Lick Monster is said to be a part-man part-goat monstrosity. It is said to live under Pope Lick Trestle, in Louisville, Kentucky. Descriptions of the monster say it has the body of a man, legs of a goat, and horns on its head as well as long, disheveled hair.
Just like the Old Alton Bridge monster, there are several stories about the origin of the Pope Lick goatman. Some say it is a goat-human hybrid (though that would be genetically impossible), others that it was a circus freak that vowed revenge for being mistreated, or that it is a farmer who was reincarnated as a monster because he sacrificed goat…

The Flatwoods Monster - A Legacy of Fear

Coming from Small Town Monsters in April of 2018…

Old Alton Bridge - The Goatman's Abode

One of the weirdest cryptozoological creatures is a strange hybrid monster known as the goatman. Tales of goatmen come from all over the world, and quite a few places in the United States have their own goatman legends. Perhaps the most famous is the Pope Lick Monster of Kentucky, which supposedly lures people to their deaths on old train tracks, or the Lake Worth Monster of Texas, whose descriptions sometimes sound goatman-esque, but more like Bigfoot in others.

Another famous Goatman legend is, like the Lake Worth Monster, also from Texas. This goatman supposedly haunts Old Alton Bridge, located in Denton County. The bridge was built in 1884 and is named after the town of Alton, a community which existed between 1850-1856.

The legend says that an African American man lived near the bridge and became a successful goat farmer. Local KKK members were not happy with the man's success, and one night in 1938, they kidnapped the farmer to hang him on the bridge. After they had tossed …

Beasts of Britain

Beasts of Britain is a new book by Andy McGrath, published just last month.

Here's the book description from Amazon:

"Beasts Of Britain is a book by Andy McGrath, a Cryptozoology 'enthusiast' who has spent over 25 years of researching and obsessing about the unknown creatures living right under our noses here on this tiny island in the North Atlantic. "From a wildlife point of view, the accepted fauna of The British Isles were discovered and catalogued in their finite and immovable state in the 19th century. Nothing has really been added to this list or considered worthy since and continual reports of Water Monsters, Bigfoot, Mystery Big Cats and U.F.C's (Unidentified Flying Cryptids) are largely ignored or used as newspaper fillers to entertain us. Andy's focus is on current research and sightings, pictures, videos and eyewitness accounts of the many cryptids of the British Isles. "Although vast advancements in science and technology have brought gr…

Another Loch Ness Monster Sighting

Yet another sighting of something strange in Loch Ness, the ninth for this year, has been reported. It actually happened back in September but the witness did not report it until now.

Here's the story from the UK Mirror:

"The Loch Ness monster has been spotted for ninth time this year - all the way from America. "Diana Turner from Michigan recorded the sighting after spotting it on the Loch Ness webcam, which scans the water near Urquhart Castle in the Scottish Highlands. "Diana said she was watching the water where several recent sightings have been made when she spotted a strange wake movement on the water. "'The sighting lasted about two minutes and other than a boat in the distance, she saw no other traffic on the loch. "'She saw a wake and it does not appear to be that of a boat,' said Gary Campbell, the recorder and keeper of the Official Loch Ness Monster Sightings Register. "'She made the recording on September 29, but has only…

STM Casefiles Ep. 4 - UFOS of the Ridge

The fourth episode of Small Town Monsters' Casefiles is now up on YouTube…

"Invasion on Chestnut Ridge explored the history of strange craft seen in the skies of Pennsylvania, but there's so much more to the story. Stan Gordon discusses the various types of sightings, craft and lights that have been seen along with one particularly bizarre account of a 'flying iPad in the sky.'"

Dead Black Panther?

A new story has come out of Doncaster, North Yorkshire, England, of a body of a supposed dead black panther.

First, The Star reported (Monday):

"The dead body of a 4ft black panther has been removed from the A1 near Doncaster, according to a lorry driver who saw three workers hauling the big cat from the carriageway this morning. "Trucker Graham Byram says he witnessed a trio of highway maintenance workers struggling to remove the body of the animal, which was found on the northbound carriageway in the Harworth area earlier today. "There are fears the animal could be a big cat that was spotted in the Doncaster area earlier this year. "Mr Byram said: 'I'm not one for being dramatic, but what those workers were removing was definitely something more than a domestic cat. "'One guy was moving it and one end was up above his waist and the other end was right down by the floor. It was definitely cat like - I have my own domestic cats so could tell instan…

Mothman: Evil Incarnate

A new book from Loren Coleman, coming out on the 15th of next month (which happens to be the 50th anniversary of the Silver Bridge collapse).

Mothman: Evil Incarnate was announced on Loren's CryptoZooNews the other day. It is his second book on the Mothman.

Here's some info from CryptoZooNews:

"Mothman, Evil Incarnate: The Unauthorized Companion to The Mothman Prophecies (Cosimo, 2017) by Loren Coleman is a completely new Mothman tome. It has material on the 2017 Chicago sightings, background biographical insights on John A. Keel, the Michael Winkle annotations and links between The Mothman Prophecies book and film, an analysis of significant Mothman documentaries, and the updated Mothman Death List containing 200 named individuals and their stories. The cover art is by Claudio Bergamin."
The book comes out December 15th and can be pre-ordered from the International Cryptozoology Museum online store.

Crypto-Kid: Ben Radford & Lake Monsters Tonight

From Colin Schneider:

"Tonight on the Crypto-Kid, one of my favorite guests joins me once again. Ben Radford is hopping on the show to discuss his research into lake monsters, specifically Champ and the Loch Ness Monster. This is going to be a great episode."
Listen live on WCJV Radio, at 8 o'clock.

Better Odds for the Loch Ness Monster?

From The Scotsman:

"Bookmakers have slashed odds on the myth of the Loch Ness Monster being proved true after the eighth verified sighting this year. "Betway has cut the odds on the existence of Nessie being confirmed from 5000/1 to 500/1. "It comes after Dr Jo Knight, a lecturer at Lancaster University, spotted an unexplained 'fin' shape in photographs taken by her son Sam on a recent holiday to Loch Ness. "She forwarded her image to the Official Loch Ness Monster Sightings register, which investigates alleged sightings of the mythical beast, which agreed it could be a picture of the famous beast. "Gary Campbell, the recorder of the register, said the latest confirmed case made 2017 the busiest year for sightings this century. "Following the adjustment in odds, Betway now believes there's more chance of Nessie's existence being confirmed than there is of royals William and Kate naming their baby Wayne (750/1), AFC Wimbledon winning this …

STM Casefiles: Ep. 3 - The Abair Road Incident

"Unlocking the Abair Road Incident," the third episode of Small Town Monsters' new Casefiles series, is now up on YouTube. This episode takes a look at the Whitehall monster.

"For many, the Abair Road Incident (examined in Small Town Monsters' Beast of Whitehall) was simply a string of Bigfoot sightings spread over one week in 1976. However, investigators of the paranormal know that something far more bizarre was taking place. In addition to hairy creatures, an outbreak of UFO reports erupted around Whitehall at the same time, leading many to wonder if perhaps the area was a window to something far more sinister..."

Loch Ness Monster Photographed by 9-Year-Old?

The Daily Star has a new article up on a recent "sighting" of a Loch Ness Monster. A nine year old boy believes he captured it in a photograph.

It reads:

"A NINE-YEAR-OLD believes he spotted the legendary Loch Ness  Monster after taking a snap of what looked like [the] mysterious sea beast floating in the water. "Sam Knight took the amazing photo during a cruise on the Scottish loch with his mum Dr Jo Knight. "The picture shows a dark triangle shape breaking the surface in an area known as a top Loch Ness monster spot.  "And experts - who at first were divided over whether it was a wave or an animal - have credited it as an official sighting of the monster at the centre of the 1,500-year-old Highlands legend. "The sighting is the eighth this year, the highest annual total so far this century. "The youngster was so keen to go monster-spotting during a family holiday in the area he even brought ropes in the hope of tying Nessie to the boat and a k…

STM Casefiles Ep. 2: The Secret History of the Boggy Creek Monster, Pt. 1

The second episode of Small Town Monsters' Casefiles series is up on YouTube. This episode focuses on the Fouke Monster (AKA Boggy Creek Monster) of Arkansas.

"For decades - possibly, centuries - the Fouke Monster has stalked the creeks, roads and waterways of Miller County, Arkansas. Now, learn some of the lesser known tales of run-ins with the furious beast that inspired one of the most influential horror films of all time!"