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Posted September 7, 2012
Welcoming you to the world of crypto (unknown)-zoology (animal);
Welcoming you to the world of crypto (unknown)-zoology (animal); Linda Godfrey’s compilation of nefarious dog-man encounters will open your mind to the truly bizarre and unnatural. Her collection of incidents and reports; many of which she investigated herself, are both compelling and profound. Nonetheless, she presents case after case of these unbelievable and well-written accounts that really left me struggling for air. Time and time again these witnesses have come forth with their stories of seeing something unexplainable and un-nerving. Imagine, if you will, a six to seven foot tall, upright walking werewolf-like creature, complete with pointed ears, muzzle, and mangled fur that seems to appear out of nowhere and stalk its beholder with both a physical rush and psychological imprint that implies “IT” is in control of the encounter. As unreal as that may seem, it happens more times than you can imagine and is a world-wide phenomena that has caught the attention of many of us who find these mysterious creatures existing in that finely tuned Fortean zone of uncomfortableness. To that end we are drawn, subtly and without knowing why.
Further into these bizarre accounts, the author begins her assault on our common rationality and enters the realm on the edge of interdimensional realities and ideas that truly plague the light-hearted. Even I was lying awake in deep thought as to the meanings of these meetings and lost many hours of sleep. I suppose the reason being my own writings and conjecturing about such things as Bigfoot, UFOs, and the paranormal in general. But then again if you take this lightly, you will miss the ride of your life.
A common misconception of most who delve into the paranormal is that they can remain objective; no matter the scope and intent of an authors work and will walk away unscathed. Nothing can be farther away from the truth. I believe Godfrey has endeavored and succeeded in presenting to a skeptical and pragmatical society, an idea that clearly exhibits a deep and almost philosophical aura of understanding and warmth towards an otherwise taboo array of cryptid, lycanthropic meddling. I especially like her quotes from sources such as the late John A Keel (Operation Trojan Horse) and Nick Redfern; also an expert in this strange business. The authors’ knowledge and years of investigational reporting put her among the top of the field of were-beasts and other everyday mundane monsters that crop up along the waterways, crossroads and cemeteries of Wisconsin and her jovial brevity makes it a fun read amid the seriousness of its contents.
Her first book “The Beast of Bray Road” is what started it all, and I look forward to reading it. But this thing shines! I really thought it was well written and informative in a style that demands your attention. Anyone with even a slight interest in the subject matter won’t be disappointed.
For all of the above, I give this most excellent source of data, information, and interpretation a full five stars. I highly recommend this work.
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