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The Van Meter Visitor: A True and Mysterious Encounter with the Unknown

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For several nights in 1903, the small town of Van Meter, Iowa was terrorized by a giant bat-like creature that emerged from an old abandoned mine. The identity of this mysterious visitor was never discovered. Over 100 years later, three researchers set out to Van Meter to shine a light on this amazingly bizarre case. Filled with eye witness reports, historic photos, and cu ...more
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Published December 8th 2014 by on the road publications (first published May 1st 2013)
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Melissa
DNF
This book is a good example on why I cannot take "real" paranormal books seriously. The majority of this book is just wild theories and twisted scientific facts to try and prove that monsters can and do exist. This time it is a lesser known monster that appeared briefly in a small town in 1903. The only evidence for this creature's appearence is a newspaper article. It's pretty obvious that in a time of fantastical newspaper stories and hoaxes this is just one of those. The authors do discuss
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Sarah Frost
Feb 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

A terrific find on a creature I had never heard of before.

I loved that the book is deeply researched and explores (in-depth) many of the possibilities for the weird creature without forcing any belief on the reader.

Basically the beast was some sort of giant bat-like thing that showed up in rural Iowa during the early 1900s. The whole time I was reading this I was thinking that it would make the perfect Hollywood movie, some sort of real Cowboys vs Aliens.

What truly got me looking over my shou
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Joseph DiFrancesco
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Heather
Nov 06, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Joey Madia
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thanks in large part to horror films and cable “reality” paranormal shows, the immense amount of time and effort legitimate paranormal investigators spend in libraries and historical societies chasing down leads is largely ignored. Most people are only interested in the “sexy” aspects of the haunting or cryptid visitation—who got chased, frightened, possessed, or injured? What dark menace is lurking in the corner? Are there “jump scares” as the investigators walk insane asylum hallways in the gr ...more
John Meszaros
An almost exhaustingly detailed examination of an unusual, little-known cryptid that haunted a small town in Iowa for three days in 1903. Lewis, Voss and Nelson have really jumped into the story of the Visitor waist-deep.

The book begins with a short history of the town of Van Meter, along with an exact chronology of the events surrounding the Visitor sightings (as detailed by newspapers of the time, anyway) and brief, but detailed biographies of all the principle witnesses.

The second part of the
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John
Jul 16, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not really enough of a story here to write an entire book about. They spent a lot of time talking vaguely about the extra dimensions of string theory meaning that ultradimensional beings might be an explanation for basically any paranormal occurrence, which is such a general idea as to be essentially meaningless in my opinion.
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