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I Know What I Saw: Modern-Day Encounters with Monsters of New Urban Legend and Ancient Lore

Linda S. Godfrey. TarcherPerigee, $25 (336p) ISBN 978-0-14-31328

Journalist Godfrey (Monsters Among Us) presents a striking collection IKWIScoverArtof cryptozoological creatures and fantastical folklore from North America in this enjoyable work. In conversational prose, she discusses classics of the world of legendary animals—werewolves, Bigfoot (the author shares her own Bigfoot encounter story), etc.—but focuses mainly on modern sightings and urban legends that evolve quickly in the internet age. Godfrey examines accounts of monster sightings, which she threads together with strong analysis of how culturally significant symbols often manifest as real life visions or sightings; in particular, she looks in depth at “sightings” of creatures that have emerged from the internet, including stories about Slenderman, Shadow Man and Hat Man, as well as regionally specific monsters, among them the phenomenon of “dog women” such as the Mobile Wolf Woman and the Texas Lobo Girl. Godfrey offers possible alternative explanations of supernatural sightings without debunking any stories and is always respectful to believers. Pondering the historic and psychological connection between man and myth, she suggests that the “urge to chase monsters seems to be in our genes.” A long bibliography and chronological list of reported sightings is also included. This quirky, deeply researched guide will be a great resource for monster hunters. (July)

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With the release date of I Know What I Saw coming up, Penguin Random House has arranged a way for one of my readers who PRE-ORDERS it to receive a bundle of books —  signed copies of my previous 3 P/RH titles: Real Werewolves, American Monsters, and Monsters Among Us. All you need is an image of the purchase receipt for your pre-order of I Know What I Saw, and CLICK HERE FOR THE FORM TO COMPLETE AND UPLOAD (https://forms.gle/vdFNEvhrBoqt8yXS8). I do not know how the selection process works — as far as I know it’s just magic! DEADLINE IS JUNE 7!

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Coming up July 7 and 8th…I’ll be giving a talk at the local library on the 7th at 3:30 and then on the 8th a Q & A with my son, Nate, on our (mostly his) RETURN TO WILDCAT MOUNTAIN documentary on the scores of mountain lion sightings and the fact that in one Wisconsin area, over half are of black panther-like creatures, and officials say there are NO black mountain lions anywhere! First screening of the director’s rough first cut — told by witnesses including a former staff researcher of Florida’s Panther Project.

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Check out our 2.5 minute flyer on Return to Wildcat Mountain, Wisconsin’s Black Panther Nexus

 

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