“Linda S. Godfrey explores the mystical, legendary, and scientific aspects of these creatures…and the surprising secret portals and doorways some may use to enter our world.” Available at many stores and online sources such as Amazon or Barnes and Noble
BIO: Author, investigator and artist Linda Godfrey is the author of 17 books on strange creatures, phenomena and people. She’s a frequent guest on national TV and radio shows, including Monsterquest (Seasons 1 and 4), Fox News Red Eye, Lost Tapes, Monsters and Mysteries, Sean Hannity’s America, Inside Edition, Coast to Coast AM, Wis. Public Radio, the Jenny McCarthy Show and many more. She lives in the Kettle Moraine area of SE Wisconsin with her husband and monster dog, Grendel.
TO CONTACT OR REPORT A SIGHTING/ENCOUNTER: email lindagodfrey99 (at) gmail.com Or fill out and submit form below. All submitters names and contact info remain confidential unless permission is given.
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
In addition to her TV and radio work, 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. Please contact by email, lindagodfrey99 (at) gmail.com to discuss an appearance with your group, library, conference or other venue.
UPCOMING: Linda will be presenting a program on her research on unknown, upright canines on Sunday September 3, 2017 in Portland Maine at the International Society of Cryptozoology Conference – check the link for more information!
In August: MICHIGAN PARACON 8
Linda will also be available to chat and hear your encounter story in person as she hosts a book sale and signing table at the annual 2017 Michigan Paracon in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan August 25-26 … Always a wonderful time with old and new friends!
- May 11, Thursday: Program on The Beast of Bray Road at Walworth County Historical Society, 7 pm, free in Elkhorn, Wisconsin
- Friday June 16: Program and signing 7-9 pm at the Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum in Rockford IL
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 and print 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
The Michigan Dogman, Werewolves and Other Unknown Canines Across the USA, Unexplained Research 2011
Werewolves, Chelsea House 2007
Lake and Sea Monsters, Chelsea House 2008
Mythical Creatures, Chelsea House 2009
Urban fantasy novel, God Johnson; the Unforgiven Diary of the Disciple of A Lesser God, 2013 Print and e-book editions, sequel is forthcoming
Monsters of Wisconsin, Stackpole 2011
Strange Michigan (coauthored), Trails Books 2006
Strange Wisconsin; more Badger State weirdness, Winner of 2008 independent publishers best book awards bronze medal Trails Books (Big Earth) 2007 (no longer in print)
Linda worked 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.
She has canvassed Wis. and Michigan looking for all types of monsters as well as the strange and offbeat, from outsider artists and giant roadside statues to local cemetery lore, eccentric people and history, to ghost stories and UFO’s. She visits sightings areas and does her own field work whenever possible.
25 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. See form above to submit your own experience.