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Four Reasons People Believe in Bigfoot

California Magazine recently posted an article on their website examining why people believe that Bigfoot could be roaming the forests of the United States.

Reason 1: They think they saw Sasquatch, and they want to prove to themselves and the word that they're not "crazy."
Reason 2: Their tribe believes in Sasquatch, so it would be weird if they didn't.
Reason 3: Believing in Bigfoot keeps hope alive that people can be self-sustaining - and that humans haven't totally destroyed the environment beyond repair.
Reason 4: Lack of proof doesn't disprove that Bigfoot exists, so it's hard to declare - with certainty - that Bigfoot is fake.
Read more into their reasoning on their website.

BBC: "Nessie 'not encountered' by researchers"

Earlier this month, an international team of scientists took to the water at Loch Ness to conduct DNA research, taking samples from the loch between June 2 and June 16th. The scientists suggest there may be a "biological explanation" for the monster said to live in the lake, but they had no sightings of anything out of the ordinary.

"Environmental DNA is reasonably new so still has some form of novelty," said Prof. Neil Gemmell of the Universtiy of Otago (New Zealand), who headed the project. "But, when you link its power to documented life in a given system, with the world's most famous body of water, within which a monster 'Nessie' is reputed to reside, people really take notice."

The DNA team is hoping to find new bacterial life in the lake and possibly identify invasive species that may be in the lake.


Small Town Monsters Releases ‘On the Trail of… Champ’

REGION - On Saturday, June 16, Small Town Monsters and filmmaker Aleksandar Petakov released 'On the Trail of… Champ;' an examination of the legend and the ongoing search for a bizarre, aquatic creature said to live in the depths of New York and Vermont's Lake Champlain. 'On the Trail of… Champ' is a five episode mini-series filmed during the summer and early fall of 2017. Petakov was on and around Lake Champlain for one of the largest, most well funded searches for Champ in history. 'On the Trail of… Champ' chronicles North America's most infamous lake monster, affectionately known as 'Champ.' Centuries of lore, sightings, and mystery surround this creature as well as the lake it calls home. Shot on location at Lake Champlain, 'On the trail of… Champ' dives deep into the rich history of the region in connection with Champ, as well as Champ's cultural impact on many of the rural communities that border the lake. While definitive proo…

Off For a While?

I may be off of this blog for awhile. Interests are kinda changing right now so don't be surprised if you don't see many posts or don't see any new posts at all. I will most likely be back sometimes but not as frequent. If anything changes about this, I will let readers know.

Book Review: The Black Diary by Nick Redfern

I recently got a review copy of Nick Redfern's newest book The Black Diary from publisher Lisa Hagan Books. This is Nick's third book in a series on the subject. The other two are Men in Black and Women in Black. This book focuses on both subjects (along with other related ones) and Nick's experiences over a roughly three-year period.

In the book, Nick covers all sorts of stories he has received from people concerning MIB, WIB, black-eye children, and all manner of things dark and mysterious. Are they from the government, something paranormal, or just creepy guys in black suits?

The story starts in 2014, and continues to late last year. Nick relates some personal experiences he's had (of the very odd kind) and lots of other creepy tales. It is formatted like a diary - in each chapter, certain dates are mentioned and Nick then goes on to explain what happened on that date, be it an odd experience or a new report he received. Lots of subjects are involved as well, not j…

My Books

Cryptid U.S.: Tales of Bigfoot, Lake Monsters, and More Across America 2015
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 creatures covered include: The Ohio Grassman - The Bishopville Lizard Man - The Dover Demon - The Beast of Bray Road - Giant Snakes - The Green-Clawed Beas…

"Wildman" Accounts - America and Australia

Many people look at historical accounts of "wild men" and point to them being sightings of Bigfoot. Is this really the case? There are, at least, similar accounts from different parts of the world. We'll take a look at a few below.

The following account is from the June 10, 1897 Marion Daily Star (Ohio). The headline was "Wild Man Seen Again - He Wears Nothing But Hair, Which is Long and Curly." It read: "The wild man who created so much terror among the inhabitants near Rome, O., several weeks ago by his strange actions has again been seen. Charles Lukins and Bob Forner, while cutting timber a few miles from Rome, claim they encountered a wild man and after a severe struggle say they were about to drive the gorilla-like object into his supposed retreat among the cliffs."

It continued: "They describe the terror as being about six feet tall and his only covering, apparently, a mat of long, curly hair. From their description of the supposed wild m…

Montana Mystery Canine Identified

A while back a story was circulating about a "mysterious canine" that had been shot in Montana. (I put up an article on it here). DNA tests were going to be done to find out what, exactly, it was, and now, the results are in.

CBS 19 out of Tyler, Texas has a new article up on the findings:

The strange-looking canine creature shot in central Montana a month ago that captured the curiosity of the nation was a regular gray wolf, even if it did have big ears and tiny feet, DNA tests have confirmed.  DNA from the animal was tested at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service forensic laboratory in Ashland, Ore.  The lab compared the animal's DNA with thousands of other samples from wolves, coyotes and dogs, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks said Monday. 'The conclusion was clear - this animal is a gray wolf from the northern Rocky Mountains,' FWP said in a news release. 'It's not that surprising,' said Ty Smucker, an FWP wolf management specialist. 'It's ei…

Recent Loch Ness Monster Report

On June 1, an 11-year-old girl snapped a photo of something in Loch Ness. The Daily Record ran a story on June 12 on the report, which reads:

The first sighting of the Loch Ness Monster in moonlight has been recorded. As scientists scout Loch Ness for the signs of life, Nessie has reared her head again - in front of an 11-year-old girl. The third sighting of the year of the legendary monster has been accepted by the official Nessie register. Natalie Hodgson and her family, on holiday from Yorkshire, took a picture of the head of an unknown creature in the water at 10.30pm on June 1 from the Highlands Lodges holiday park where they were staying. The creature remained for a few minutes caught in the moonlight before disappearing. It follows a 'remarkable, feature film length' video of the Loch Ness Monster shot by a Nessie watcher from Ireland on April 30.  Hospital clerical worker Eoin O'Faodhagain from Donegal took a ten minute video from the Loch Ness webcam. The creatur…

The Black Diary - Review Coming Soon

Today I got back from a trip to Tennessee to find a copy of Nick Redfern’s latest book The Black Diaryat home. Thanks to publisher Lisa Hagan for sending me a copy; a review will be coming soon!

The Seebert Road Fence Post Ghost

Seebert Road, in Pocahontas County, West Virginia, may be haunted by a ghostly figure.

In 1992, three people were returning to the campground at Watoga State Park after a snack-run into Marlinton. It was around midnight, and foggy out. After they turned onto Seebert Road from U.S. 219, they had a very strange experience. When they were only about a mile off U.S. 219, a figure - and a very tall one at that - rose up next to a fence post on the right side of the road.

The figure "sprang straight up, without bending his knees in a perfect arch, similar to the way Dracula rises out of his casket in the 1990s from Bram Stroker's Dracula but much faster." Jonathan Moore includes this story in his book True West Virginia Ghost Stories, and in it the witness says the "man" "stared intently at the car as we drove past, turning only his head to follow the car." The figure did not move or follow them.

The witness continued with his description of the apparition…

Small Town Monsters Releases "Bray Road Beast" Trailer

Horror stalks the heartland…

Small Town Monsters has recently released the first trailer for their upcoming documentary The Bray Road Beast. Check out the trailer below.

And here's the description of the movie:

In the early 1990's a rural Wisconsin community called Elkhorn was at the center of a series of real-life werewolf sightings. As local reporter, Linda Godfrey, began her investigations into the 'Beast of Bray Road,' other reports from around the country, and soon, the world, began flooding in. For the subsequent three decades, the Beast of Bray Road has been the most infamous Wisconsin resident. In their seventh film (and third feature-length documentary), Small Town Monsters takes you on an in-depth exploration of the 'dogman' phenomenon. From the eerie back roads of Wisconsin, the fields and villages of Europe, sightings of upright canids go back centuries. But is there more to these sightings than simply misidentifications of known animals or a hidden…

The Bladenboro Mystery (Guest Post)

*For this week's folklore series post, the focus will be on more of a "local monster" than a folkloric one - TH*

The Bladenboro Mystery
***Author’s Note: Parts of this post has previously appeared in Animals & Men*** In late December of 1953, while the citizens of Bladenboro, North Carolina celebrated the holiday season, a beast unlike anything they had known reared its head and terrified the small town for over a month. The varmint made its presence known on December 29 in the nearby town of Clarkton when a resident reported hearing her neighbor’s dogs barking in a frenzy. When she went onto her porch to investigate, she spotted a large feline creature slinking away into the shadows.1 The next day, a dog’s mutilated corpse was found. In the nearby town of Lumberton, there was also an attack that night. The Matthews family reported that three of their kittens were mutilated, their skulls crushed and throats slit. Their lamb was also attack…