As we all stay at home during this quarantine trying to beat this virus, there’s plenty of time to chill out and read a good book! And the Campfire has you covered as we compiled a list of four Fortean books (arranged in no particular order) to keep your mysterious side alive and well.
While cryptids continue to evade scientists and cryptozoologists alike, they have not evaded our imaginations, especially not those of musical artists. In the article that follows, I’ll be taking a look at some Cryptid songs that rock, bop and groove. So if you wish to take a short musical journey into cryptozoology with me, read on for 5 Cryptid Bops you didn’t know existed!
Directed, produced and written by Aleksander Petakov (On the Trail of… Champ) Lions of the East is a thought provoking and non traditional cryptid documentary. Petakov directs his camera towards New England and the issue of the presence of mountain lions in that region of the continental United States. While the official statement is that no mountain lions exist there, an increasing number of people disagree.
Lions of the East is one of those documentaries that really makes you question the official word of the US government. While not conspiratorial in nature, one finds it hard not to struggle with the stark contrast of what’s on paper and what's slinking into people’s backyards. When people’s animals have been attacked and blood and fur samples have been confirmed to be that of a mountain lion, how can the government continue to say that they’re not there?
It’s this issue Petakov navigates by interviewing members of Fish and Game, witnesses and amateur investigators to create a mosaic of the mountain lion phenom of New England. The evidence presented in this hour length documentary is enough to leave even the hardest skeptics scratching their heads. I highly recommend this documentary to fans of Small Town Monsters and Cryptozoology documentaries in general, because it highlights how even a known animal can remain elusive even in highly populated areas.
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From the moment it starts, On the Trail of… UFOs continues at a rocket like pace, as Small Town Monster’s latest docuseries covers the wide and expansive topic of ufology.
Director and Creator of Small Town Monsters, Seth Breedlove, expertly weaves together the eclectic world of ufological topics such as the Betty and Barney Hill incident to Bob Lazar’s S4 claims together into an eight episode, four hour long journey, hosted by Shannon Legro of Into the Fray Radio. It’s huge, it’s ambitious and it’s just too good.
Legro’s narration gently guides the audience through the anomalous and sometimes terrifying world of UFOs, exposing a new audience to the phenomenon while also revealing new information that even so called experts can learn from. Luring us deeper into the mysteries of UFOs is a powerful score by Brandon Dalo (Minerva Monster, Terror in the Skies). It’s synthy vibe brings out the science fiction feel that most people think of when they picture UFOs, but can also feel horrifying especially paired with the incredible renderings of crafts and those inside.
More than anything, the strength of On the Trail of… UFOs is not its in depth descriptions of various crafts or lights seen in the sky, but its reliance on credible eye witness testimony and its emphasis on how a person can have their life impacted by sightings. In a field that has become mostly defined by internet battles, it is refreshing to see something focused on those touched by the phenomenon. It brings a feeling of hope that a series like this, combined with a wealth of well written books on the UFO phenomenon, and truthful and honest investigations into witness reports can, if not solve the mystery, inspire the person who will.
On the Trail of… UFOs is a must watch for those interested in anything Fortean and delivers on the high quality promise of the Small Town Monsters banner. You can preorder the series now at smalltownmonsters.com in both Blu Ray and DVD formats.
Be sure to visit smalltownmonsters.com to learn more about their many upcoming projects this year.
Also visit intothefrayradio.com to listen to more of Shannon Legro’s soothing voice.
“What would an ocean be without a monster lurking in the dark? It would be like sleep without dreams.”
This quote, spoken by master of film, Werner Herzog, serves as a prelude to Monsters in Print: A Collection of Curious Creatures known mostly from Newspapers.
Adam Benedict of the Pine Barrens Institute, has boldly gone, where few people and even fewer cryptozoologists have dared to go: the past. In a hefty 415 page tome, Mr. Benedict has painstakingly transcribed newspapers to ensure no details are lost to time. Stretching back as far as the 1800’s, Monsters in Print is organized by decade and covers a range of topics from mermaids to UFOs, it is sure to satisfy cryptozoological and paranormal interests alike. In many ways, it is a quintessential volume of any person’s fortean library, for not many books like this exist. A compilation of over 170 articles takes tremendous dedication and a desire for the preservation of the monstrous side of American history.
If nothing else, this book highlights the human fascination with monsters. The desire to find that troll in a spooky cave, to shine a light on that monster hiding under the bed, to open the door on the beast in the closet. And while camping outdoors may be fun, it is much more fun when there’s a Sasquatch just outside of the fire’s light. This book is a dedication to the monsters that exist within the ever evolving societal psyche and to the ones that have been left behind in older dreams.
Grab your copy at Amazon.
And to follow other reports Adam Benedict digs up visit www.pinebarrensinstitute.com
When I initially learned of The Lake Michigan Mothman, I wasn’t exactly hooked. Mothman? Again? Perhaps it was the preconceived notion I had that Mothman disappeared in 1967 after the Silver Bridge Collapse in Point Pleasant, West Virginia that made me reluctant.
Then I read the prologue- and realized I was wrong.
Less than two years after the Silver Bridge Collapse, winged humanoids were seen through the Midwest continuing to modern day. Mothman hadn’t disappeared, he had moved, and it was this waking nightmare experienced by Floyd Hancock that lured me into Tobias Wayland’s story of mothman like figures sighted in Chicago and the surrounding regions in 2017.
The book is a lean 187 pages, filled with chilling reports of large, black flying humanoids and sketches of what witnesses saw. It is strange, it is terrifying and it is just as inexplicable as the original mothman reports of Point Pleasant. However, what makes this book different from other novelty cryptozoology/fortean books is the researcher.
Tobias Wayland, head writer and editor of Singular Fortean Society, and his wife, Emily (who designed the cover for the book), are the only investigators to have conducted on site investigations combined with witness interviews into the Michigan Mothman sightings. Tobias’ openness with how his research was conducted should be a new standard among books of this nature. “Believers and debunkers alike are enemies of nuance”, a bold statement but true and it serves as the mantra for this book. Tobias never makes it easy for himself and his reluctance to explain a mystery with another mystery (ex: by simply classifying a sighting as a thunderbird) makes him not only a good investigator but a compelling one as well.
Tobias takes you down the terrifying rabbit hole of winged phantoms and glowing red eyes, that draws in thunderbirds, UFOs and other unexplained phenomena into the mix. It is a mystery that raises questions about much more than just mothman, but also the paranormal as a whole. As the book progresses, the idea of winged manlike beings flying around Chicago sounds less like fantasy and more like a terrifying reality.
While Lake Michigan Mothman may not provide a definitive answer to what the winged beings over Chicago were, where they came from or where they went, it ends on a note of hope: that one day we may know the truth of these encounters and we won’t stop searching until we find the answer.
10/10 - grab your copy from Amazon.
And check out Singular Fortean Society: www.singularfortean.com
Everyone knows this map of Atlantis, but it seems very few people know who made it and where it comes from. This famous map was drawn by Athanasius Kircher in the 1660's for his textbook Mundus Subterraneus.
Athanasius Kircher was a German Jesuit Scholar, polymath and professor of ethics and mathematics at the University of Würzburg. Interestingly enough, he is regarded as the Father of Egyptology. Despite his efforts at translating the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs, his translations would fall to the wayside once the Rosetta Stone was discovered. However, his pioneering into Egyptology as a serious field of study makes him a relevant topic of discussion to this day.
Halloween is a poem by Robert Burns, which is where we get the name Halloween from. It came out in 1785 which makes only ten years younger than the United States!
In the video above is news coverage of a supposed sighting of the Lake Okanagan monster, Ogopogo.
What do you think? Is it just wave breaks colliding with each other, or is it a creature from the depths of the lake?
Comment below and check out the cryptid log on Ogopogo here.