Lair of the Beasts: In Search of a British Monster (Mania.com)
Date: Saturday, December 01, 2012
The huge forests of the United States are home to Sasquatch. The Abominable Snowman roams the Himalayas. Australia has a similar beast, the Yowie. In China there lurks a giant, bipedal creature called the Yeren. From the Caucasus Mountains in Eurasia stories of the Almas circulate. And then there’s the highly controversial matter of Bigfoot in Britain.
For years, I have been on the trail of this mystifying monster of the British kind – one that provokes fear, amazement and controversy whenever it rears its horrific, hairy head. The Shug-Monkey, the Beast of Bolam, the Big Grey Man, the Man-Monkey, and the Wild Man of Orford are just a few of its many names.
But, the wild men and Bigfoot-style beasts of Britain are not what many might assume them to be. They’re not just strange. They’re beyond strange.
Lycanthrope-style shape-shifting, occult rituals, the human dead returned in beastly form, animal sacrifice, thought-forms and monsters of the mind given a semblance of life, UFO activity, and amazing encounters at sacred, historic and ancient sites all across the British Isles, are just some of the many issues covered in a new book from me published in the UK by CFZ Press.
Its title is Wildman!, and it’s the first, full-length study of a bizarre and nightmarish phenomenon of appropriately monstrous proportions – that of the British Bigfoot, a man-beast that I can only place in a definitively paranormal category.
And there are very good reasons why.
If the British Bigfoot is a real entity in some sense of the word, then it’s highly ironic in the extreme that the one theory for its existence that many people might assume to be the correct one – namely, that it is a creature of flesh and blood proportions that science and zoology have yet to classify or categorize – is, actually, the one least likely of all to provide a definitive, or even a remotely, potential, viable answer.
First, there is the problem of size. Not just of the creature (an issue that we will address shortly), but the scale of the country in which it is said to live. At its absolute longest point – from Land’s End, Cornwall, England to John o’Groats, Caithness, Scotland - Britain only extends to 603 miles (or, if you use the winding roads and travel by vehicle, 838 miles).
And the population density of its sixty-million-plus people is 717 per square mile. Are we really to believe and accept that in such a small country, but one with a significantly-sized population, it has proved consistently impossible to find, classify, capture or kill at least one British Bigfoot or wild man? With 717 people, on average, inhabiting ever square mile of the country, where are these immense beasts hiding? And, precisely how are they managing to remain consistently out of our hands?
And, on top of that, we are faced with the major problem of food. Or, more correctly: What food?
If we take the stance that the British Bigfoot is a form of ape, one of the biggest and most important questions that needs answering is: On what does the creature live? There sure as hell is not a lot of wild bamboo in Britain – a food source that Mountain Gorillas, for example, thrive on.
In fact, if one takes a good, long walk around any number of places where the British creature has been seen – such as the Cannock Chase woods, the wilds of Dartmoor, Bolam Lake, the Shropshire Union Canal, the Cairngorm mountains, the mountains of Wales, and both Rendlesham Forest and Sherwood Forest – what we actually notice is a marked lack of food that is rich in nourishment and vitamins.
A fully grown Mountain Gorilla partakes of more than 140 types of plants, shoots, stems and leaves, and can eat up to sixty pounds of vegetation...each and every day. When one takes a look at their massive bulk, this is not surprising at all. But here’s the big problem:
The average British Bigfoot is no smaller than the typical Mountain Gorilla. In some cases, it even dwarfs the Mountain Gorilla! Yet, we come back to that big problem in Britain: Where is the food that allows – and must have allowed for centuries, given how long reports date back into recorded history – these immense ‘animals’ to live?
Well, maybe the British beasts have adapted to surviving on the type of nourishment that one typically finds in the average farmer’s fields, or orchards, in Britain.
Not impossible, you might say, but if whole colonies of well-built, muscular beasts of six to eight feet tall are having to eat upwards of sixty pounds of vegetation every day, of every week, of every year, of every decade, of every century – just to stay alive - then why aren’t the nations’ food-suppliers up in arms about all the mysteriously missing cabbages, sprouts, carrots, apples, potatoes, beans, and more?
The answer is devastatingly simple, but equally devastatingly problematic when it comes to Bigfoot in Britain. The reason: Nothing of great significance is going mysteriously missing on a massive, regular, country-wide scale, that’s why.
In other words, everything about the British Bigfoot defies commonsense. But, that doesn’t take away the fact that highly credible people see it.
The British Bigfoot does exist. But, it’s not what you might think it is...
Nick Redfern’s new book, Wildman! The Monstrous and Mysterious Saga of the British Bigfoot, is available now.