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Lair of the Beasts: Monster Diary
Seeking Strange Creatures
By Nick Redfern
November 24, 2012
Anomalist Books have just published a new book from me: Monster Diary: On the Road in Search of Strange and Sinister Creatures. This is the second title of mine they have released on the subject of strange and unknown creatures; the first one was There’s something in the Woods, back in 2008.
Written very much in first-person style, Monster Diary chronicles my many and varied on the road investigations of just about all things cryptozoological and monstrous from the start of 2009 to the final weeks of 2011.
It’s basically a transatlantic trek, that sees me hot on the trail of a winged and glowing-eyed Mothman-like creature in the mountains of Wisconsin; giant, marauding eels that lurk in the canals of the city of Birmingham, England; spectral and ghostly animals encountered by startled eye-witnesses in American woods; Bigfoot roaming around New Mexico; a Chupacabras on the loose in the wilds of Oklahoma; blood-sucking beasts lurking in the valleys of Wales; and California’s very own ominous, shape-shifting Skinwalkers.
And here's some more background information on Monster Diary from Anomalist Books’ Patrick Huyghe and Dennis Stacy: “Monster Diary reveals that many of the unknown animals of our planet are not all they seem to be. They may appear to be flesh and blood creatures, but is that what they really are?”
The publisher continues: “Redfern sets out to prove that the true nature of the fearsome creatures that dwell in dark and shadowy woods, atop imposing mountainous peaks, and within the depths of murky lakes and rivers can only be understood with a knowledge of ancient rituals designed to conjure up foul life forms from some terrible realm, ominous sacrificial ceremonies undertaken in the dead of night, and disturbing occult rites.”
Indeed, over the years I have come to realize and recognize that while people are clearly seeing strange beasts stomping through darkened woods, swimming in the deep waters of ancient lakes and lochs, and soaring across the skies above, there are very often strange, almost paranormal, aspects attached to many such cases.
There are reports, for example, of Bigfoot vanishing before astonished eye-witnesses in a flash of bright light. In relation to the Loch Ness Monster, there are cases of cameras mysteriously jamming at the crucial moment when someone is about to snap-off a shot of the legendary longed-neck beast.
When the infamous Mothman of Point Pleasant, West Virginia (made even more infamous in the movie starring Richard Gere, The Mothman Prophecies, based on John Keel’s acclaimed book of the same name) surfaced in the 1960s, so did UFO encounters, the dreaded Men in Black that were the inspiration for the Men in Black movies, and a wealth of additional supernatural strangeness.
In other words, where strange beasts appear, invariably a mass of other high-strangeness rears its ugly head, too. Of course, sightings of normal, regular animals do not provoke encounters with the MIB, nor do they cause cameras to fail, or the creatures themselves to vanish into thin air.
So, it is cases like these – and numerous others that I relate in the pages of Monster Diary - that lead me to believe whatever the many and varied monstrous things that inhabit our world really are, they are just about as far away as it’s possible to get from being mere flesh and blood. Monsters do exist. Monsters are real. But, monsters are not what many might conclude they are, or wish them to be. They are far weirder than we can barely begin to even imagine.
Nick Redfern’s new book, Monster Diary: On the Road in Search of Strange and Sinister Creatures, is available now from Anomalist Books.