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Goatman: Flesh or Folklore?

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Legend says that all across America, a monster lives in the darkness. It lurks on the boundaries of suburbia mere miles from our homes. Huge, foul-smelling, and murderous, it has many regional names but most people refer to the creature by a simple, straightforward name—Goatman.

Some stories say Goatman is a hairy humanoid with a goat-like head that walks about on either t
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Paperback, 164 pages
Published October 7th 2014 by The Author
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Sharon A.
Nov 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
Written by a Fortean who is deeply interested in the goatman legend; it's standard cryptozoology fare heavy with anecdotes and speculation. Though the research is better than average, some recommended sources are highly dubious.

I would prefer a more folklore based treatment of these stories since pop culture tales like this are not simple but incredibly rich and complicated. I don't think this book captures that complexity at all. But, I'm sure that wasn't the goal. The goatman is an urban lege
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Michael Kleen
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What do we make of the hundreds of legends and sightings of alleged half-man, half-goat creatures across America? This is the question J. Nathan Couch attempts to answer in his new book Goatman: Flesh or Folklore? Published by the author in 2014, Goatman is 152 pages and is available in both print and digital formats. Its cover, a dark, haunting image of a cloven hoofed creature with thick horns and an eerily human face, was illustrated by Amber Michelle Russell.

Before reading this book, I was o
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Ursula Johnson
Apr 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
Documentary Style, Serious Approach to the Goatman Legend

This is the first book I have seen dedicated to the mysterious Goatman. I had first learned about several versions of this legend on Destination America's Monsters and Mysteries in America, one of my favorite shows. Author Couch presents an exhaustively researched guide to the varying versions of the legend in several states. This work is a well balanced approach between speculation, critical review and folklore. Encounters stories are pre
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Tea Krulos
Oct 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love local legends, which is the basis of this book. The Goatman is a creepy entity that has popped up in local lore in several states. You know the type of story-- if you go out on Lover's Lane, old Goaty will get you. If you dare to cross a particular bridge or honk your car horn twice, you'll see the terrifying Goatman. Classic urban legend.

Couch does a great job compiling various Goatman tales spun of the Goatman. He also explores some alleged actual sightings of the creature, but he himse
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Christopher Roth
Nov 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Careful, responsible scholarship. Detailed folklore the way it should be done. A great contribution to several subfields (sasquatchology, urban legends, etc.).
Theresa Braun
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
With only the intention of reading a particular chapter, I picked up a copy of this book. However, it was so well-written and captivating that I absolutely had to devour the entire thing. Each chapter is dedicated to a particular region or specific legend surrounding that area. Notably, Couch really did his homework. We feel like he’s taking us along with him on his skeptical, yet hopeful hunt of a Goatman. Every possibility from homeless societal outcasts, to teenagers wearing goat costumes, to ...more
Dee Eisel
Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: supernatural, new-age
A few typos here and there distracted me, but overall this book is head and shoulders above most crypto reads. The author has done his due diligence and isn't afraid to cop to his own uncertainties. He also isn't afraid to be soft-hearted to the people and communities experiencing these events, or to admit that some of the stories' possible backgrounds are frankly tragic.

Overall, a really great read from a guy I think would be fun to meet over coffee! Give it a try.
Emlyn Lewis
Feb 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Unfortunately wayyy too much side tracking on "myth".
But for those interested on the pop goatman stories their all here
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J. Nathan Couch grew up in the foothills of Northern Georgia’s Appalachian mountains. Given the area’s rich tradition of ghost stories and folklore, it’s no wonder he developed a passion for the bizarre and the unexplained.

Nathan is currently a resident of West Bend, Wisconsin, a member of the Paranormal Investigation and Research Society (where he specializes in research) and is a paranormal tour
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