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Lair of the Beasts: Monsters of Texas
Strange Creatures of the Lone Star State
By Nick Redfern
May 15, 2010
The lair of a Goat-Man.
© Bob Trate
I’m very pleased to announce that my next book, Monsters of Texas: Strange Creatures of the Lone Star State – co-written with good friend, author, fellow-creature-seeker and San Antonio resident, Ken Gerhard – will be published imminently by Britain’s CFZ Press.
Texas - or the Lone Star State, as it is affectionately and widely known - is the second largest U.S. state in both area and in population, spanning no less than an astonishing 268,820 square miles, and with an ever-growing population that is currently in excess of 24 million.
Houston is the biggest city in Texas, and the fourth-largest in the United States; while Dallas–Fort Worth is the biggest metropolitan area in the state, and the fourth-largest in the nation. Other major cities in this diverse and multi-cultural state include San Antonio, and the state-capital: Austin.
Texas contains both colorful and majestic landscapes, closely resembling in places both the deep-south and the desert south-west. Traveling across the Lone Star State, one can quite easily encounter dense woods and forests, sprawling plains, and the desert of the Big Bend.
But that is not all: all across Texas there lurks in the dark shadows a wide array of monsters, mysterious beasts and diabolical creatures that science tries to confidently tell us do not exist – but that a surprisingly significant percentage of the good folk of Texas most certainly know otherwise.
In Monsters of Texas, you will learn a great deal about the countless bizarre critters that currently call Texas home, including an absolute multitude of giant winged-things: feathered batmen, huge birds, Mothman-style entities, pterodactyl-like beasts that haunt the Texas-Mexico border, and even glowing-eyed gargoyles.
The controversial story of Texas’ very own version (some say, at least!) of Puerto Rico’s infamous vampire-like monster, the Chupacabras is told; as are the blood-thirsty accounts and tales of the predatory, paranormal werewolves that are said to be roaming the wilds of Texas by the eerie light of a full moon.
Then there are the many and varied Texan equivalents of the famous Loch Ness Monster of Scotland, Nessie: water-based beasts of unknown origin and identity that occasionally surface from the murky depths to both amaze and instill fear in those souls fortunate enough to encounter them.
The legend of the hairy wild-man, and wild-woman, of the Navidad that struck terror into the minds, hearts and souls of the people of the area way back in the 1800s is revealed; as are the many encounters of the distinctly Bigfoot kind in central and east Texas; as well as in the state’s legendary and mysterious Big Thicket woods.
Out-of-place animals: those creatures that are found within the Lone Star State, yet that have apparently strayed, sometimes inexplicably so, far away from their normal habitats also feature in the pages of Monsters of Texas; as do those truly ominous beasts that may be far less than flesh-and-blood in nature, and far more supernatural in origin, and phantom-like in nature, such as the diabolical, cloven-hoofed Goat-Men that Texas legend and folklore say haunt the dark woods of Lake Worth, the old Alton Bridge at Denton, and the shores of Dallas’ White Rock Lake.
Monsters of Texas will be published in just a couple of weeks’ from now by CFZ PRESS (cfz.org.uk), and will be widely available at all major book-selling outlets. Nick Redfern is the author of many books on the paranormal. Also forthcoming from Nick this year are the following books: Final Events; The NASA Conspiracies; and Mystery Animals of the British Isles: Staffordshire.