Author, investigator and artist Linda Godfrey is the author of 16 books on strange creatures, phenomena and people. She’s a frequent guest on national TV and radio shows, including Monsterquest (Seasons 1 and 4), Lost Tapes, Monsters and Mysteries, Sean Hannity’s America, Inside Edition, Coast to Coast AM, Wis. Public Radio and many more. She lives in the Kettle Moraine area of SE Wisconsin with her husband and monster dog, Grendel. NEW BOOK in August 2014: American Monsters; A History of Monster Lore, Legends and Sightings in America (Tarcher/Penguin).
Other books include Real Wolfmen: True Encounters in Modern America (Tarcher/Penguin, August 2012) as well as Weird Wisconsin and Weird Michigan in the B&N Weird US series, sequels Strange Wisconsin and Strange Michigan (Trails Books), Trails titles The Poison Widow, The Beast of Bray Road, and Hunting the American Werewolf, and three volumes in a new Chelsea House YA series, Werewolves, Lake and Sea Monsters, and Mythical Creatures. Most recent are Monsters of Wisconsin, preceded by Haunted Wisconsin: Ghosts and Strange Phenomena of the Badger State, both from Stackpole Books, and The Michigan Dogman, Werewolves and Other Unknown Canines Across the USA from Unexplained Research. Scroll down for book list with links)
She is represented by Jim McCarthy of Dystel and Goderich Literary Agency, with which she’s
co-published a fantasy novel God Johnson: The Unforgiven Diary — think pet sphinxes, disciple-starved demigods, Abraham Lincoln and epic battles as one young woman defends herself against the Wrath of these gods, all set in the weird heart of Madison, Wisconsin. Available as e-book or print paperback.
APPEARANCES! talks, signings and presentations —
Linda is a frequent headline speaker at all types of conferences and group meetings. She has given presentations, signings and sat on guest panels at Chicago Ghost Con, the Michigan Paracon, Milwaukee Paranormal Conference, Unexplained! Conferences, The Wisconsin State Historical Museum, Milwaukee Museum, Chicago’s WindyCon, Annual Fortean Society Conference in Baltimore, as well as numerous libraries, universities, book stores, and many other types of business and organization meetings and venues.
To contact Linda regarding a sighting or to book a presentation/talk or appearance for your radio or TV show, media interview, conference, meeting, school, library or other venue please e-mail at lindagodfrey99(“at” symbol) gmail.com! Program topics include Monsters in America, Werewolves and Other Strange Creatures, Weird Wisconsin, Haunted Wisconsin, Weird Michigan, The Michigan Dogman, God Johnson, and The Poison Widow (true historic crime).
Or email lindagodfrey99 (at) gmail.com Or write: PO Box 702, Elkhorn WI 53121
Linda S. Godfrey’s BOOKS
American Monsters: A History of Monster Legends, Lore and Sightings in America, Tarcher/Penguin 2014 NOW OUT!
The Poison Widow, a true story of sin,strychnine and murder, Trails Books 2003
The Beast of Bray Road; tailing Wisconsin’s werewolf, Trails Books 2003 new ebook edition NOW AVAILABLE!
Weird Wisconsin (coauthored with Richard D. Hendricks), Sterling Publishers 2005
Hunting the American Werewolf ( basis of History Channel show Monsterquest’s American Werewolf) 2006
Weird Michigan, Sterling Publishers 2006
Strange Wisconsin; more Badger State weirdness, Winner of 2008 independent publishers best book awards bronze medal Trails Books (Big Earth) 2007
Werewolves, Chelsea House 2007
Lake and Sea Monsters, Chelsea House 2008
Strange Michigan (coauthored), Trails Books 2008) NO LONGER AVAILABLE
Mythical Creatures, Chelsea House 2009
The Michigan Dogman, Werewolves and Other Unknown Canines Across the USA, Unexplained Research 2011
Monsters of Wisconsin, Stackpole 2011
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Linda’s degree from UW-Oshkosh is in art education, and she taught part time while also working for ten years as a reporter, columnist and cartoonist for The Week, a county newspaper based in Delavan, Wisconsin. She won several first-place national awards from the National Newspaper Association for best feature stories, and additional state awards from organizations such as the Wisconsin Donor Network, Wisconsin Council on Developmental Disabilities, and Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Her editorial cartoons were featured in “Best Editorial Cartoons 1991, 1992, and 1993.” illustrates her own books.
She has canvassed Wis. and Michigan looking for the strange and offbeat, from outsider artists and giant roadside statues to local cemetery lore, eccentric people and history, to ghost stories and unidentified creatures and UFO’s. She put over 5,000 miles on her “weirdmobile” and found enough strangeness to fill both Weird Michigan and Weird Wisconsin for Barnes & Noble in 2006, and the sequels, Strange Michigan and Strange Wisconsin for Trails Books.
Her next non-fiction book on anomalous creatures, American Monsters: A History of Monster Lore, Legends and Sightings in America was released Aug., 2014, and 21 years after breaking the first news story on the Beast of Bray Road, she still receives 1-3 reports of strange creatures per week from around the world.