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Lair of the Beasts: The Boggy Creek Monster
A Monstrous New Book!
By Nick Redfern
March 17, 2012
For more than a century now, dark and disturbing reports of a strange and horrendous beast known as the Fouke Monster have circulated among the locals in southern Arkansas. Described as being a large, hairy man-like creature, the marauding thing is said to haunt and roam the vast Sulphur River Bottoms as it travels the secluded waterway known as Boggy Creek.
Over the course of many years, the creature has been seen by numerous witnesses, including respected citizens, experienced hunters, famous musicians, and even a police officer. Indeed, the encounters were so shocking and memorable to one and all that they served as deep and direct inspiration for the classic horror film / docudrama of 1972, The Legend of Boggy Creek, which was produced and directed by one Charles B. Pierce.
Tales of the creature and its actions have long existed in scattered pieces across news clippings, memoirs, police reports, and movies. Until now, that is. Finally, the complete story can be told under one, expertly written, cover.
Growing up in Texas, and now living near to the city of Dallas with his wife, Sandy, Lyle Blackburn became fascinated with the legends, lore, and sighting reports of alleged real life monsters a long time ago. And, today, he is a frequent contributor and cryptozoology advisor to Rue Morgue magazine - one of the leading horror media publications currently in print.
He is also the founder and front-man for the rock band Ghoultown. Over the last decade, Ghoultown has released six albums, has toured extensively in both the United States and Europe, and has appeared on several horror movie soundtracks. And I urge you to get hold of a copy of the band’s Life after Sundown CD, which makes for excellent listening.
With that all now said I am very pleased to be able to add that Lyle has written the definitive book on the diabolical enigma in question, and which has just been published by Anomalist Books. Its full title is The Beast of Boggy Creek: The True Story of the Fouke Monster. And, if you only purchase just one Cryptozoology-themed book this year, then you had better make sure that this is the one!
When the writing of the manuscript was finally completed, Lyle, who lives not far from me, and who I have hung out with on a couple of occasions at lectures and conferences, emailed me a copy and asked if I would be willing to write a blurb for the book. Well, of course I would, I told him!
And, having eagerly read the book from cover to cover, I can say with absolute certainty that this book is destined to become an absolute classic amongst devotees of all things of a Bigfoot type nature, and those with a passion for Cryptozoology and monster hunting in general.
The good folks at Anomalist Books note the following with respect to Lyle’s first book (and which will hopefully be the first of many): “It is only now that the complete history of the Fouke Monster has been assembled in one place. This book collects all the facts, theories, and amazing sighting reports, and weaves them into a fascinating tale about this undeniable southern mystery, one that lives on, as frightening encounters with the Beast of Boggy Creek are still being reported today!”
And, the only things I can add to that are: Buy, buy, and buy! Lyle Blackburn’s The Beast of Boggy Creek is, well, an absolute beast of a book. After all, what else could it be?
Nick Redfern is the author of many books, including Keep Out, Final Events, and, with Ken Gerhard, Monsters of Texas.