Real Monsters, Gruesome Critters, and Beasts from the Darkside

Real Monsters, Gruesome Critters, and Beasts from the Darkside

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by Brad Steiger
     
 

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Spotlighting news articles, historical accounts, and firstperson interviews, this chronicle of human interactions with monsters will convince even the most hardened skeptic of the existence of the bogeyman, bigfoot, werewolves, and swamp creatures. Offering an array of wild reports—from the police officer who begrudgingly responded to a call about a longhaired… See more details below

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Spotlighting news articles, historical accounts, and firstperson interviews, this chronicle of human interactions with monsters will convince even the most hardened skeptic of the existence of the bogeyman, bigfoot, werewolves, and swamp creatures. Offering an array of wild reports—from the police officer who begrudgingly responded to a call about a longhaired woman flying over a suburban neighborhood only to find himself calling for backup when she attacked his patrol car to the motorist whose headlights illuminated a sevenfoot tall, wolflike creature that stood on its hind legs—this historical record highlights scary and unbelievable narratives. From slightly demented humans to spinetingling paranormal encounters, each outlandish occurrence is detailed with thorough research and recounted with a storyteller's crafted voice.

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"I don't think a list of best paranormal books for any year would be complete with a few titles from Brad Steiger. His work is always thorough, knowledgeable and engaging, and this book is no exception. It's a virtual encyclopedia of strange creatures. This is a must for every paranormal enthusiast's bookshelf."— About.com

"Another creepy classic of encyclopedic proportions .... Brad's book will have you riveted to each page from beginning to end."— Alternate Perceptions

"YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers Nomination"— American Library Association

"Best Cryptozoology Collections of the Year"— Cryptomundo.com

"I've never been afraid of monsters until I read Brad Steiger's new book."— Examiner.com

"Highly entertaining and a great book for anyone interested in the weird and the frightening."— Fate Magazine

"One of Steiger's best books yet, Real Monsters is full of the kind of stories that we have come to expect from him—the kind you have to leave the light on just to get half-way through!"— Hauntedamericatours.com

"Steiger's passion for his subject matter is evident throughout the book, which makes for a pleasurable tour through the shadow-filled underworld that so many of his beloved creatures inhabit. In addition to being a fun, well-written book, Steiger's volume [has] literally hundreds of unique monsters and beasts just waiting to be discovered."— Horrornews.net

"Steiger's writing is crisp, and the topics are captivating. This work is an entertaining read on intriguing and sometimes bizarre subject matter at a very affordable cost."— Library Journal

"If you're new to the subject of unknown animals and are wondering what all the fuss is about, then Real Monsters, Gruesome Critters, and Beasts from the Darkside is a great place to begin your journey of adventure. If you're a seasoned and long-term devotee of the world of strange creatures, then you'll appreciate the care, time and fine writing that has gone into this latest publication from one of the world's leading experts on the paranormal."— Mania.com

"Does someone you know love to be scared? You won't find many things scarier than Real Monsters, Gruesome Critters, and Beasts from the Darkside ... This comprehensive book by the Master of Monsters is filled with short, readable paragraphs about all sorts of things that go bump in the night. Be sure to wrap it up with a flashlight, for obvious reasons..."— The Bookworm Sez

mania.com
If you're new to the subject of unknown animals and are wondering what all the fuss is about, [this] is a great place to begin your journey of adventure. If you're a seasoned and long-term devotee of the world of strange creatures, then you'll appreciate the care, time and fine writing that has gone into this latest publication from one of the world's leading experts on the paranormal.
Library Journal
Award-winning writer Steiger's newest work examines the unusual, supernatural, and legendary creatures that go bump in the night and a plethora of weird occurrences. Steiger has written more than 2000 articles and is the author and coauthor of more than 150 titles. Contributors to this volume include artists, folklorists, ghost hunters, videographers, and cryptozoologists. The stories are derived from newspaper and historical accounts and first-person interviews. The 26 chilling chapters span "Big Cats—Predators out of Place" to "Zombies—Voodoo and the Undead." Meanwhile, the reader gleans from the text that the bogeyman is a shape-shifting demon who once lived in bogs and that Native Americans devised special masks and dances to frighten ole bogey away. The chapter exploring lake monsters targets not only the famous Nessie but a lengthy list of strange aquatic beasts from around the world. Another section discusses haunted highways and hotels across the United States. Steiger's writing is crisp, and the topics are captivating. The book contains an index, which notes the pages that contain illustrations, and a bibliography, though the lack of cross-references is disappointing. BOTTOM LINE This work is an entertaining read on intriguing and sometimes bizarre subject matter at a very affordable cost. Not suggested as a scholarly resource but recommended instead for high school and public library collections as a brief if limited reference on folklore and cryptozoology.—Bobbie Wrinkle, McCracken Cty. P.L., Paducah, KY

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781578593477
Publisher:
Visible Ink Press
Publication date:
09/01/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
1,070,319
File size:
13 MB
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