It moves like a shadow through the dark woods, and as the moon emerges from between the clouds, it reveals the creature in the center of the clearing. It moves like a shadow through the dark woods, and as the moon emerges from between the clouds, it reveals the creature in the center of the clearing. Instantly, the beast rises onto its canine-like hind legs, seeming almost human, walking forward, revealing a long, muscular torso; its hair dark, primitive and shaggy, jutting over its whole body. With eerie long arms held out straight ahead, forepaws ready, the creature slowly lifts its head up. A large wolf-like head sitting heavy on broad, hairy shoulders. Its yellow eyes shining bright without fear.It stares longingly at you.
Real Wolfmen is a seriously chilling in-depth look at "upright canid" creature phenomena that has been reported by credible witnesses from across the American landscape.
These are the strange true stories to support the claims of werewolves, or "dogmen" as they are sometimes referred to by the often terrified firsthand observers.
Behind every rumour of werewolf-like beasts of intelligence and mischief roaming boldly across North America, are actual personal encounters of uncanny similarity recounted by sincere, ordinary people from all over the country and from all walks of life. Researcher and prominent guest speaker Linda Godfrey, an educated, greatly respected and trained reporter, gives these frightened people a voice.
Consider yourself open-minded? Try reading their compelling stories describing these supernatural intelligences that may or may not have a sinister agenda. Why are these dogmen showing themselves? What is their plan? How is it that so many witnesses report that these strange canid creatures that walk on two legs are able to communicate telepathically with them? From what realm do they originate that they have the power to appear and disappear at will?
The folktales of bipedal canine creatures have existed for centuries, but the formerly skeptical Ms. Godfrey goes out into the field to seek out the modern evidence, to interview the well-respected and intelligent witnesses, and of course, to find the monster dogmen themselves.
The author does not try to convince the reader to any particular way of thinking in this very readable narrative but instead examines all possible theories about the wolfman's existence and history, trying to determine if there really are "werewolves" that exist and she genuinely encourages the reader to decide on their own what to believe.
This is not so much a book about werewolves, as no one is really speaking of transformations from man to manwolf, but it is a collection of real sightings of werewolf-like creatures, strange bipedal and dogheaded creatures that boldly appear near the country's military areas, sacred burial and effigy mound sites, cemeteries and churches and also crossroads.
Anne Rice briefly and dismissively mentioned the Beast of Bray Road in her fantastical paranormal tale The Wolf Gift, but it is to Linda Godfrey we owe the thanks for coining the phrase because it was in her first book “The Beast of Bray Road” that the manwolf/dogman phenomenon really got started. Godfrey was the original reporter for “The Beast of Bray Road” story back in December of 1991 when she was assigned to cover the rash of sightings taking place in her area.
In this well-researched book, Godfrey has compiled numerous eyewitness accounts of these "wolfmen" and their furtive activities. The sightings have hesitantly been recounted by people of credibility and some who fear ridicule for even mentioning the high strangeness to anyone at all, but here they have entrusted Ms. Godfrey with their brushes with these paranormal creatures, understandably to restore some sense of stability back into their lives by finding peace and catharsis in the sharing of their disturbing encounters.
I greatly appreciated the sincerity and respect that Godfrey provided for these people and the way she presented their stories in an informative, journalistic style that was often accompanied by eyewitness sketches of the dogman beasts, but I also was thankful for her enjoyable humour that added levity to the unnerving nature of these highly creepy reports.
This is a really compelling book; I've actually purchased several paperback copies to pass out to fans of my cryptid blog and I would recommend Real Wolfmen: True Encounters in Modern America to anyone interested in joining the cryptid community and to those with even the slightest interest in the paranormal - you won’t be disappointed.
This book will give you a lot to think about. Maybe you don't believe in these wolfmen now, but as these bright-eyed leering beasts seem to be showing themselves more and more, you might one day find yourself looking for believers....more
Truth is not defined by how many people believe in something, and truth always begins somewhere.
There was a time, perhaps an ancient time, when people Truth is not defined by how many people believe in something, and truth always begins somewhere.
There was a time, perhaps an ancient time, when people were more open to the universal truths plainly presented by other denizens of this domain and were respectful of the truths offered from the living planet itself that we live on.
But I think that over time, those once obvious and critical truths have become lost or forgotten; the vast majority of humans became arrogant while the humble became a minority.
Perhaps this human arrogance was built from different foundations relating to power, intellect, lineage or status, and maybe even arrogance sprouted from the most obscure traits or situations, but in any matter, the modern human ability for condescending dismissal, impatience, and outright neglect has led to a pandemic of narrow-mindedness that causes humans to forget that we were always just guests here.
Whole societies were built by people who decided they knew all the truths there was to know.
But again, truth is not defined by how many people believe in something...
Like this book's author (Nick Redfern), wildly popular novelist Charles Dickens was also fascinated by all things paranormal and having a lifelong passion for the uncanny himself, once wrote:
"Phantoms! Whenever I think I fully understand mankind's purpose on earth, just when I foolishly imagine that I have seized upon the meaning of life... suddenly I see phantoms dancing in the shadows, mysterious phantoms performing a gavotte that says, as pointedly as words, 'What you know is nothing, little man; what you have to learn, immense.' "
And I think this is a quote that summarizes Nick Redfern's "Monster Diary" book perfectly.
This is a highly readable presentation showing that there is a strange and steady flow of remarkable mystery and phenomena that is happening for relevant reasons that push us towards unknown, but perhaps, inevitable destinations.
In MONSTER DIARY, the ever-learning reader gets (re)acquainted with truths, conjectures and possibilities that could answer some of the strange and sinister experiences that people are and have been reporting across the world for centuries such as apparitional creatures, ghostly projections, giant flying "things", and giant eels. But there's also a whole lot more strange phenomena to absorb.
The conventional (or stubborn) thinker who seeks a "tangible" breakdown or interpretation of mysterious experiences will probably not appreciate this book, however Nick Redfern has a straightforward, layman-friendly writing style which would immerse anyone interested in going beyond Cryptozoology, even perhaps past Fortean phenomena and delving deeper into a preternatural, more mystical domain and it really quite opens your eyes.
I felt I was part of the adventure of this avant-garde roadtrip, which made the pages go by quickly and enjoyably and I truly found it hard to put down.
One of the realisations you start to understand on the road with this author is that sometimes "things" -- ideas, beliefs, manifestations -- are allowed to take full control, and once that happens, they don't stop, they take their hold on popular culture, become such an integral, but taken for granted, part of society, whether most believe in it or not, they will always be there, with real force and power, and sometimes it only takes one believer for there to be no stopping it, because there's things out there that exist, whether you like it or not.
Just because something is elusive, or elusive to us, and just because something is so out of the realm that our minds are able or trained to comprehend, that just does not equal to delusion or imagining and it's incredibly arrogant to believe so.
People who fervently deny the existence of what they don't or can't understand seem, in my opinion, to be defined by a fear of "knowing" the "unknowable", but what's really worse, knowing or not knowing? Maybe the deniers subconciously believe that once a monster is known it cannot be unknown, and that's what keeps them in the herd, not wanting to deviate out of what's "safe" and familiar. But just how much of that reality is real?
Monster Diary: On the Road in Search of Strange and Sinister Creatures includes:
Chapter 1: Creatures of the Spectral Kind Chapter 2: Beware the Beast of Bodalog Chapter 3: The Great Eel Hunt Chapter 4: Winged Things of Wisconsin Chapter 5: The Monsters of Angel Fire Chapter 6: Sacrified Frogs and Stone-Faced Werewolves Chapter 7: The Curious Caper of the Cardiff Giant Chapter 8: Shape-Shifters and Creepy Camels Chapter 9: Chasing the Chupacabras Chapter 10: Owlmen Everywhere Chapter 11: The Taigheirm Terror Chapter 12: Slaughter in Dallas Chapter 13: Monsters and the Government Chapter 14: Ripping Yarns Chapter 15: Dead Heads, Demons, and a Damned Dam
A WARNING to those extremely sensitive regaurding animal mutilations/cruelty, chapters 11 and 12 deal candidly with this subject, with chapter 11 covering the Taigheirm, an ancient (and perhaps still practised) tradition of the "magical" sacrifice of cats, actually involving suffering and tortures that are quite maddening to comprehend, and chapter 12 specifically discussing a string of unsolved and equally gruesome animal cruelty cases targeting Dallas city felines that according to the SPCA and Dallas PD, have been happening around spring time every year since 2009 and do indicate the severe mental and physical pain, mutilations and killing of captured cats.
There are nefarious undercurrents everywhere you look, and often times in the places you purposely avoid looking. And you know why.
We do not know if, of all the beasts that may exist, that the inner evil of humans might be the worst monsters of them all, or if there is something out there that is far worse than what horrors humans can make, but it is factually undeniable that monsters ARE alive, and they live within this plane, as you will find out. Or maybe you already know.
I recommend this book for people who are tired of the interruptions and measured humiliations of arrogant humans who prefer to stay willfully ignorant and thus who dismiss the well cognizable "more" that is offered by this world. There is a voice here for those who have been up close and personal with things they don't quite understand, but know what's out there.
The truth always begins somewhere, and maybe it starts with "monsters". Yes, there are monsters. There's always been monsters. Maybe that's where we came from all along, because what we know is nothing; what we have to learn, immense....more