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Hunt for the Skinwalker: Science Confronts the Unexplained at a Remote Ranch in Utah

3.76  ·  Rating Details  ·  456 Ratings  ·  61 Reviews
The author of the controversial bestseller Brain Trust brings his scientific expertise to the chilling true story of unexplained phenomena on Utah's Skinwalker Ranch -- and challenges us with a new vision of reality.

For more than fifty years, the bizarre events at a remote Utah ranch have ranged from the perplexing to the wholly terrifying. Vanishing and mutilated cattle.
ebook, 320 pages
Published December 6th 2005 by Pocket Books (first published January 1st 2005)
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Peejay Who Once Was Minsma
I'm not placing this book with the few UFO books in my possession, nor with the books on the occult, or science. Not even with the books on folklore, although it contains all those elements. I am firmly placing this with my growing collection of books on the trickster—although I suppose it would fit in just as well with my collection on Faery. Because although the authors mention the Native American myth of the skinwalker (or shapeshifting witch) in the title, that's just a convenient moniker, t ...more
In 1994, a rancher and his family moved to remote northeast Utah to live out their American dream on the nearly 500-hundred acre ranch they'd scrimped and saved to buy. The property had been long abandoned and all the windows and doors of the ranch house had double bolts inside and out. The family wondered why but didn't give it much thought -- until the weirdness started happening.

Their cattle started dying; mutilated by unseen trespassers. And then there were the other odd phenomena that plagu
Mitch Duckworth
Feb 08, 2012 Mitch Duckworth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Believers & Sceptics
Recommended to Mitch by: George Knapp
Legitimate scientists investigate paranormal activities on a remote Utah ranch . . . No, it's not fiction. It is compelling reading. Between the covers you'll find riveting accounts of some truly amazing incidents that at the very least illustrate that there is more to life on this planet than many people are prepared to admit, much more that does not fit comfortably into the philosophies and religions of man.

Bridging the moments of sheer terror, there are mysteries that hint at majesties beyond
Fran Friel
May 24, 2011 Fran Friel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
A freaky foray into the paranormal and the world of extraterrestrial activity by a group of serious scientists on a private ranch infamous for extreme "activity." Riveting. Disturbing. Highly recommended, if this is a subject of interest.
It's hard to believe this book was written by an "eight-time Emmy Award-winning journalist" (George Knapp) -- I just wasn't that impressed with the writing.

What I was more impressed with was the scientific method used to investigate paranormal phenomena, as described within the book. However, due to the insistence on verifiable and repeatable results (sadly lacking in this case), there is little apart from anecdotal evidence. While interesting, there just isn't enough hard evidence for the co-a
If I were rating this book on the quality of scientific "confrontation" taking place, I'd be a lot harsher. Here's how a typical "confrontation" plays out:

Ranchowner/Farmhand: You guys! Get out here! Ultradimensional varmits stole my cow's butthole!

Scientists: Yowza! We'll be out in two days!....hmmmmm not much to see here. Our night-vision goggles are detecting no strange fluctuations. Whelp, gotta go.

*A month later*

Ranchowner/Farmhand: Dudes! A portal to another dimension just opened up in my
Barry Huddleston
In time, this book will find it's way to a special shelf in the Library reserved for The Amityville Horror and the collected works of Lance Armstrong. Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad read, it's bad research and documentation.

If you are any kind of a paranormal geek, you have heard of the Skinwalker Ranch and it's myriad of paranormal events. The stories about the ranch have blown up to the proportion of urban myth; and I picked up this book thinking that I would get a well researched look at
Apr 21, 2008 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to John by: Joh Sanchez
This is one of the most evocative and compelling tales of the unexplained that I have ever read. I read it in the back of a van, on tour in the great South West. It sent chills down my spine.
Mar 09, 2009 Dawn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: paranormal geeks, UFO enthusiasts
I read this book after hearing of the story through an AM radio program that I favor. The story itself is fascinating, but this book was a let-down.

The Gorman family purchases a remote cattle ranch in Utah in the mid-1990s and soon unexplainable events begin to occur. For instance: strange lights/orbs hovering around the property, UFO sightings in the area, disembodied voices, surreal wolf-like creatures who cannot be killed by any normal means, etc. After living with these anomalies for a few y
Steve Ririe
Nov 16, 2013 Steve Ririe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this book a mind tweak. It is a book you will never forget. From the first chapter you'll be sucked in. It's like being offered the blue pill or the red pill in the Matrix. This book is the red pill. After reading it you may just want to swallow the blue pill after all. It was when my friend Col. John Alexander told me what was happening at the ranch was true that I really felt the tweak. I heard a briefing from Ret. Col. Alexander at the AFIO meeting (Asso. of Former Intel Officers). It ...more
Aug 18, 2014 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It has been said there is an electric grid undergirding the ranch where these events take place and the Gormans were instructed NOT to dig, by the family that sold them the ranch. But someone has been banging around down there according to folks of the area hearing sometimes clanging, deep earth noises possibly to do with gilsonite mining there underneath. Gilsonite was also used in the black paint for the original Model T, a hydrocarbon this historic is used to make lacquer and varnish and road ...more
Jul 25, 2014 Bobbie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
Well as someone who is fascinated by many of the subjects that can be classified as paranormal, this book sounds like it would be hard to put down, as it is teeming with a plethora of paranormal events and theories. There's everything from strange creatures like the bulletproof giant wolf, Sasquatch, aliens, and bizarre events that could be attributed to extraterrestrials, interdimensional beings, ghosts, secret government agencies, etc.
While some of the stories that happened on the ranch are no
John Weiskopf
Dec 16, 2014 John Weiskopf rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So you think you know reality? Maybe. Probably one of a million.

Incidents that occurred on this ranch in Utah are told with a such authenticity that the story sweeps you into a world of incredulity. However, as the book and story of paranormal experience and scientific study unfold, the implications of the events take on a far more alarming, if not frightening, tenor. By referencing THE STRUCTURE OF SCIENTIFIC REVOLUTIONS by Thomas Kuhn, the physics of noted scientists like Michio Kaku, the bril
Heidi Wiechert
I found this book to be both fascinating and terrifying. I would recommend this to anyone interested in paranormal phenomena and UFO studies. It easily encompasses both interests. Just don't read it before bed.
Dan Pfeiffer
I was going to give this book 2 stars as it started as more anecdotal hocus pocus than science which seemed like filler. But the last quarter of the book delved more into the investigative calculation and posited theoretical scenarios and explanations without bombastically endorsing any single definitive truth as many books of this ilk do. Additionally I was impressed that credence was given to the theory of the situation possibly being one of intelligence psy-ops/counter intelligence psy-ops ra ...more
Kelly Aurora
Mar 26, 2014 Kelly Aurora rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved it, wish there was a bit more in depth with the family, but all the same awesome!
Dec 08, 2008 Kristi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book scared me. I liked it.
Apr 11, 2012 Chy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short Summation

The subtitle here is “Science Confronts the Unexplained at a Remote Ranch in Utah.”

The Gormans moved onto the Skinwalker Ranch with their prized cache of pricey cattle in 1994 without knowing it had been an epicenter for Weird Shit for fifty years. Colm A. Kelleher and his NIDS (National Institute for Discover Science) team bought it from the in 1996, when Tom Gorman had finally had enough and wanted someone to tell him what on earth was going on. (Heh.) They tried, and they cam
Mar 08, 2009 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lost
I was lead to this book by Coast to Coast AM radio host Art Bell. He had author Colm A. Kelleher on his program many times who would often cite his experiences at the "Skinwalker Ranch."

The study of the paranormal is very controversial and unfortunately people often mix their own mindsets into the interpretation of unexplained events. On a scientific level it has been consistently difficult to get any sort of repeatable data from the paranormal.

Kelleher is placed with a scientific team in an are
Marilyn Hudson
The book is enjoyable, the sheer strangeness alone is compelling, and it will be one challenge thoughts on what constitutes reality. In a time when quantum physics are revealing how little we do know about the subject, it raises many questions. Contemplating answers, however, brings more frowns than ah-ha moments; implications can be deeply troubling.

Although highly evocative, and occasionally chilling, the book left me unsatisfied. "Science confronts" the unexplained but we must take it on the
Oct 12, 2008 Jamie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People interested in UFOs or the paranormal.
Recommended to Jamie by: Dan Bryce
I'll give the scientist/author props for writing this as a balanced, document account that doesn't go too far in trying to draw conclusions on behalf of the reader. So while this is a scientist's look at a paranormal "hot spot," it makes for an uneven book--one that starts off really interesting and gets increasingly dull.

All of the really juicy accounts and ideas happen in the first half of the book. A Utah ranch is, for whatever reason, the nexus for all sorts of paranormal events. UFO sightin
Owen Spencer
Apr 25, 2011 Owen Spencer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first half of this book tells the story of a rancher and a small team of scientists who confronted the paranormal on a ranch in the Uintah Basin (in Utah) over the course of several years. The ranch and its surrounding area is considered to be a "hotspot" of paranormal activities including UFOs, invincible predators that can disappear, interdimensional gateways, bizarre animal mutilations, intelligent orbs of light, powerful poltergeist activity, etc. It is a very fascinating and compelling ...more
Jun 13, 2013 Ralph rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
What isn't in this book? It has giant wolves, Indian skinwalkers, ancient curses, Bigfoot, flying refrigerators, strange lights, graveyards, cattle mutilations, secret government aircraft,midnight visitors, poltergeists, levitating RVs, strange creatures that crawl out of hidden tunnels, Louis L'Amour's last novel, paranoia, UFO landings, witches, telepathy, high strangeness, and hints of both galactic civilizations and parallel worlds where time might run backwards or Steve Jobs became a junkie ...more
Jul 24, 2007 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Amateur Parapsychologists, Sci-fi fans, New Age Monster Hunters
I enjoyed this book very much. Although the authors claim it is a scientific investigation, it is thin on science and thick on speculation by scientists. The nature of the beast(s) at the ranch was their ability to evade detection and toy with the attempts at monitoring, a typical "liminality" of Fortean events.

Even if the scientists failed to draw any strong conclusions and the project shut down, the book is at least a strong successor to The Mothman Prophecies in its subject matter and attitud
David Bales
Jul 07, 2010 David Bales rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
Enigmatic happenings at a remote Utah ranch that are studied by scientists seem to lead to...frantic conjecturing and wild speculation. In the early and mid-'90s a Utah ranching family is subjected to a plethora of bizarre X-Files-like activity at their ranch, including U.F.O. sightings, "creature" encounters and cattle mutilations and disappearances. The difference here is that a lot of the activity was confirmed by outside sources. Pretty interesting until it gets to the second part of the boo ...more
Stuart Jensen
I am a little embarrassed to admit that I read this book. My wife and I attended a panel discussion about the ranch at Salt Lake Comic Con, so I was curious to hear the scientific explanation about the events at Skinwalker Ranch. Well, I am still waiting...

Not much substance. No answers.
Jun 07, 2014 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book could have been summed up in one chapter; the first chapter. That being said, these stories will blow you away with originality. I am glad, over all, that I read this book and gave it 3 stars because it was monotonous after the first chapter.
This is another book I found to be greatly uneven, I read about the first half, then found I was not able to finish it.

The main idea of this book is paranormal or extraterrestrial events on the Gorman ranch in Utah. The book chronicles supposed paranormal sightings, cattle mutilations, and other phenomenon, and loosely ties them in to the Native American legend of the Skinwalker, an evil shaman capable of metempsychosis (shapeshifting).

I am unwilling to weigh in on whether or not it is likely
Nov 06, 2014 Suey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm marking this one as read even though I skimmed through the last bit. This book is more about what appears to be alien visits on a farm in Utah and not really about the Native American skinwalker legend. It's named after the skinwalkers because the Native Americans in the area fear this area beyond all reason. One thing is sure, creepy stuff happens here whether you believe this sort of stuff or not. And they still have no explanations despite all the research that they've put into it. Fascin ...more
Oct 26, 2014 Dawn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was difficult finishing this book due to the fact that not much was "explained." There were stories and eyewitness accounts of the paranormal events that transpired here, but not enough was revealed through the research. The best part of the book were the events that the "Gorman's" shared from their testimonials and a few of the events that transpired after the ranch was bought by NIDS; otherwise, it was not all it promised to be.
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