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Lair of the Beasts: The Monster of Bala

Aerial Anomalies

By Nick Redfern     April 07, 2012

British-based creature-seeker, writer and adventurer Neil Arnold has an excellent new book out right now that you really need to get hold of, since it contains a significant body of data on strange beasts and Cryptozoology - as well as mountains of material on other paranormal puzzles, too. Its title is Shadows in the Sky: The Haunted Airways of Britain.

For centuries, mankind has reported highly unusual phenomena in the skies of Britain: sightings of strange winged creatures, UFOs, and aerial ghosts abound. Now, for the first time ever, monster-hunter and author Neil Arnold has collated a vast amount of bizarre tales pertaining to those not only dark and stormy skies, but clear blue heavens which, for many years, have spat out all manner of amazing and weird anomalies.

With so many books being written about UFOs, Neil has decided to concentrate on the more unusual reports of unexplained aerial lights, such as aircraft encounters with peculiar objects, phantom flares, ghost lights, will-o-the-wisp’s and fairy lights. 

The book also features a chapter on spectral aircraft – mainly old war-planes which continue to be seen on foggy moors long after they’ve been shot down. There is also coverage of ghostly airmen, phantasmal helicopters and ghost rockets, and not forgetting haunted airports and airfields. 

However, if you thought these chapters were weird (or not weird enough!) then wait until you read about the winged monsters said to have plagued British skies for many centuries. Fantastic tales of dragons, said to have appeared all over the UK, from the cattle-plucking beasts of Welsh lore to London’s flying serpents. 

Winged, red-eyed humanoids also sneak into the pages, and particularly so when coverage is given to classic aerial anomalies such as the Owlman of Cornwall, the Hythe monster, and the lesser known Hertfordshire “Mothman” and the like. 

Griffins, giant birds, leather-winged batmen, flying jellyfish and sky-bound horses and dogs, occupy a surreal Ark also inhabited by spectral birds and feathery omens of death….and don’t forget a few tales of harmonious angels. 

When you’ve escaped the ethereal menagerie, you’ll be scratching your head at tales of all manner of bizarre items and objects that have fallen from the sky. While pennies, fish and frogs may be known to many fans of the paranormal, obscure cases in relation to falls of snails, slime, metal, wheat, clothes, blood and even excrement may be more unknown! 

And let’s not forget a chapter on those pesky phantom airships, aerial roads and buildings, flying boats, and yep, you’ve guessed it, even a flying pig! 

This is a book for monster hunters, UFO spotters, ghost investigators, and the insane.

With a foreword by me, Shadows in the Sky: The Haunted Airways of Britain is one book that will have you reaching for your umbrella. Those who dare pull their eyes away from the skies can purchase the book from Amazon, and all good bookshops.

Neil Arnold is the author of many books, such as Monster! The A-Z of Zooform Phenomena, Mystery Animals of the British Isles: Kent, and Mystery Animals of the British Isles: London. He is a full-time lecturer on mystery animals.

Nick Redfern’s new book, The Pyramids and the Pentagon, will be published in June. 


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wrrlykam 4/7/2012 2:39:20 AM

Just wondering where the Bala connection fits in the article or book?

NickRedfern 4/7/2012 8:57:13 AM


Very weird! That's an error. The Monster of Bala wording does not appear in the title of my article as submiited. But it was the title of one of my earlier posts, so it looks like there has been a technical issue with the uploading somewhere.

wrrlykam 4/7/2012 5:57:42 PM

Ah, that explains it. Thought it was a strange title given that the article had very little in the way of Welsh content.

PS: Also of Pelsall stock myself, Stackhouse family of the late eighteenth century onward.

InnerSanctum 4/8/2012 8:29:03 AM

 And, I thought it was bad when the pigeons flew over my car and left little reminders.  

NickRedfern 4/8/2012 11:27:59 AM


Cool re Pelsall! Any relation to Stan and Kath Stackhouse who used to live in Ash Tree Road? My mum and dad used to live next door to them. My dad now lives in Paradise Lane.



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