The Mothman Prophecies

The Mothman Prophecies

Paperback - 2002
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West Virginia, 1966. For thirteen months the town of Point Pleasant is gripped by a real-life nightmare that culminates in a strategy that makes headlines around the world. Strange occurrences and sightings, including a bizarre winged apparition that becomes known as the Mothman, trouble this ordinary American community. Mysterious lights are seen moving across the sky. Domestic animals are found slaughtered and mutilated. And journalist John Keel, arriving to investigate the freakish events, soon finds himself an integral part of an eerie and unfathomable mystery...
Publisher: New York : Tom Doherty Associates, 2002, c1991.
ISBN: 9780765341976
Characteristics: 272 pages ;,18 cm.


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Feb 01, 2020

Save yourself the trouble of reading this book and skim the Mothman wikipedia page. Keel fancies himself a journalist, but there was no overarching theme to this book-- his thoughts were disjointed and nonsensical at best. In one chapter he lists a series of unrelated sightings of a large birdlike man in various places in the US... and then goes off on a 19-chapter tangent about aliens and UFOs.

His writing style is dull, ending what I expect he thinks are captivating paragraphs with unrelated tangental tagged-on sentences. Oftentimes, these paragraphs will simply be an unrelated comment on the bodies of the women he interviews (she was a "lithe, recent devorcee" or she was "shapely"), and the book is littered with disgusting racist tidbits, common for the decade it was written (several uses of the N-word, Oriental, noting that Ethipoians were "dark and snub-nosed," and implying that there was no way ancient brown civilizations could have built Mississippian mounds or Egyptian pyramids without help from extra-terrestrials.)

My biggest beef with the book is that the actual tragedy that Keel claims all of these UFO and Mothman sightings were leading up to (the collapse of the Silver Bridge in Point Pleasant, WV) is only given a few pages of space at the end of the book. Unlike all the claims of aliens, Men in Black, cryptids and FBI conspiracy theories, this was an actual event that occurred, and 46 people perished horribly and tragically. To use their lives and broken families as an after-thought to a garbage excuse for "journalism" is sickening.

Nov 11, 2018

Very interesting book written by an investigative journalist. He took this opportunity (in writing this book) to report on a wide range of apparently supernatural phenomena from all over the country if not all over the world.

At first it really bothered me that he went a lot into UFOs. I am not reading the book to learn about UFOs and nothing in the title warned me. But I got over it, because there is still a lot reported about the Mothman phenomena.

It also bothered me that he skips around back and forth in time. I nearly always prefer a simple chronological rundown of what happened, though a bit of the end of the story being shown at the beginning can be fun. He did find a way to make the beginning fun, but the continued story-telling slipping back and forth and back again in time was the main reason I did not give this book a full five stars. That and the fact that he left out the story about the elderly preacher who had a visitation in his bedroom one night by the Mothman – and was able to get that demonic thing gone in no time "in the name of Christ Jesus." But anything about Jesus being for real doesn't sell and might even anger readers. Unless he didn't know about it? I don't know. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt.

Lots and lots of testimonies are in this book. That is what I call real meat...!

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