Right now, I have a new book out. Its title is Monster Files: A Look Inside Government Secrets and Classified Documents on Bizarre Creatures and Extraordinary Animals. Published by New Page Books, Monster Files delves into very unusual territory, even by my admittedly weird standards!
Basically, as the title and sub-title suggest, Monster Files is a study of how, why, and under what particular (and peculiar) circumstances, agencies of government, the military, and the intelligence communities of a number of nations have taken a keen interest in such bizarre beasts as Bigfoot, lake-monsters, big cats roaming the UK, sea-serpents, and even werewolves.
Running at 285-pages, the book relies on on-the-record witness testimony and government documents that have surfaced via the Freedom of Information Acts of the United States, Britain, and Australia. In addition, Monster Files contains a number of intriguing stories of secret, government interest in strange creatures that still remain classified – decades after the encounters took place.
As the files reveal, government agencies have invested a lot of time and money in the study and analysis of creatures of the cryptozoological kind.
One of the most notable files – from my personal perspective, anyway – dates from way back in the 19th Century. It’s an official, British Admiralty file on eyewitness reports of long-necked sea-monsters seen by British military sailors throughout the 1800s, and chiefly in the Atlantic Ocean.
Official files also exist – and are reproduced in the book – regarding how the U.S. Government would react if faced with 100 percent, undeniable proof that Bigfoot exists. It’s clear that, behind the scenes, there has been much debate about how, to what extent, or even if, such creatures should be given protected status.
Moving into very weird territory, we see evidence of extensive Air Force interest in cases where Bigfoot has been seen at the same time, and in the same location, as UFOs. Such was the interest in such cases that military personnel even visited the homes of witnesses to chat with them about their experiences.
Then there are the official papers drawn up in the 1980s by the British Government of the late Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. As the previously classified records reveal, government civil-servants spent time musing on the idea of using dolphins to try and find the legendary Nessie (or Nessies) of Loch Ness, Scotland.
Exactly what might have happened if the monsters of the loch and the dolphins came face to face seems not to have crossed the minds of those involved!
Moving on, there are the Australian Government files on the Thylacine – a marsupial that resembled a very strange combination of cat, dog and wolf. It’s believed that the creature became extinct in the 1930s. Sightings, however – and as the Australian files reveal – continue to this very day, and in significant numbers.
Then there is the story of the “Flatwoods Monster,” a 12-foot-tall, monstrous beast seen in the woods of the town of Flatwoods, West Virginia in 1952. It was a crazy-looking thing indeed, one from which strange flashes and sparks emanated, and which had a head shaped like an Ace of Spades image from a deck of cards. In this case, incredibly, there is some evidence suggesting the “monster” may have been a futuristic, robotic contraption of officialdom – really!
As for the tales of large and savage big cats said to roam the UK (a land where no such cats should exist, but people regularly see them anyway), I tell a strange a complex tale that ties in with nothing less than secret surveillance, by British Intelligence, of the late Diana, Princess of Wales. Think there couldn’t be a connection? Amazingly, there is.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Monster Files continues in this vein, concluding that not only do unearthly creatures exist, but government agencies know a great deal about them, too.
Nick Redfern’s new book, Monster Files, is published by New Page Books.