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Mothman Emerged: A Cryptozoological Thriller [Paperback]

Gina Ranalli

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Book Description

Aug. 31 2012
"Prepare yourself for an intense trip into darkness. Gina Ranalli has given the Mothman an edge that's both awesome and has teeth." - Eric S. Brown, author of the Bigfoot War series Something is amiss in the small town of Lockwood, Washington. Something terrifying has been emerging from the surrounding woods in the dead of night: unspeakable creatures with glowing eyes and razor-sharp talons, swooping down upon unsuspecting citizens on silent black wings. When the first call comes in, Sheriff Steven Collie scoffs, but soon he and his officers have run-ins of their own, ones that no known science can explain. He quickly becomes a believer of the impossible and when a clandestine branch of the FBI arrives in town to investigate the strange happenings and grotesque deaths, all of Lockwood is under siege and praying for daybreak.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 158 pages
  • Publisher: Coscom Entertainment (Aug. 31 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1927339170
  • ISBN-13: 978-1927339176
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 15 x 22.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Mothman Cometh... Oct. 17 2012
By Nick Cato - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Although best known for her bizarro fiction, Ranalli is quickly becoming the Queen of the Insectoid Creature Features; okay, that's not really a title, but in the wake of her previous novel DARK SURGE and novella UNEARTHED, it's apparent she has a way with creepy crawlers, and although her latest, MOTHMAN EMERGED, is based on a legendary creature, it's still rich in bug-icky goodness.

This one wastes absolutely NO time getting down to business: the residents of a small Washington town (that's surrounded by forest) begin to spot fast-moving, winged creatures, first running around their property and then flying all over the place. Over-sized cocoons are discovered in the woods and in people's attics and basements. And just when the small police department starts to get involved, an 'X-Files'-like FBI duo show up with a scientist to see what's happening.

The man-sized moth creatures seem to be made out of some kind of ash that causes people's hands to melt if they come into contact...and some who have been attacked are starting to transform. Conspiracy theories begin to spread...

MOTHMAN EMERGED is jam-packed with action, suspense, and reads like a cross between a 50s creature-feature and an 80s John Halkin novel (Google him). My only gripe is the story seems like it's just starting when it ends, so hopeflly we'll have another MOTHMAN adventure somewhere down the line.

Loads of creepy monster fun and a GREAT read for Halloween.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good and scary Sept. 27 2012
By gary - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book 'effin' rocks! Gina always creates the coolest monsters but she out-did herself this time. The Mothman is so cool and really horrifying.
A perfect book for this time of year. Nobody can write a creep-out scene like Gina.
'It came from the ceiling of the bedroom, an odd creaking, scratching sound...'
Here's hoping we haven't seen the last of these creatures...

gary
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bloody awesome read!! Aug. 31 2012
By Eric S. Brown - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This is one of Gina Ranalli's best books to date and that is saying a lot. If you like crypto-horror, this is a MUST have for your collection. It's a fun and fast read sure to leave you hoping that Ms. Ranalli writes more like this one.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ranalli tackling mothmen? Yes, please! May 21 2013
By Gabino Iglesias - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
A few months ago a friend asked me which author I'd like to trade brains with for a day. My response was automatic: Gina Ranalli. Besides being the reigning queen of strange horror (you can also call if bizarro horror if you want), Ranalli consistently delivers top-notch fiction that's unlike anything else out there. With every new book, she brings to the table something fresh and exciting. When I heard about Mothman Emerged: A Cryptozoological Thriller, my excitement was immediate: a superb author whose work I enjoy had tackled the Mothman! As fan of cryptozoology and Ranalli's work, I had to get my hands on it. I'm glad I did.

Mothman Emerged starts with creepy stuff right away and throws readers into the woods of Lockwood, a small town in Washington, where there are some big, strange cocoons hanging from the trees. No one spots them for a while, but they soon start encountering what comes from them: dark, winged creatures with glowing eyes, razor-sharp talons, and a very violent disposition. When Sheriff Steven Collie gets the first call, he thinks nothing of it, but he quickly has a first-hand encounter that lets him know there is something dangerous out there attacking the people he's supposed to protect. Unfortunately, it's almost impossible to be safe from creatures that come out of nowhere, can fly really fast, and are seemingly indestructible. Before Collie figures out a way to save everyone, members of a secret branch of the FBI arrive in town to investigate. If they fail to control the situation, Lockwood might face something more terrible than anyone could have ever imagined.

The first thing you should know is that this is not a book about Mothmen; it's a story about Mothmen by Gina Ranalli. Forget what you think you know about these creatures because the author has reinvented them. From the cocoons they come from and the way sound affects them to their barely-there bodies and violent behavior, the beings Ranalli created are scary, unique, and destructive in more than one way. In fact, one of the book's treats comes in the form of the black dust the Mothmen are made from: it melts human skin.

As you would expect from a Ranalli story, there is a great mix of elements: an incredible amount of action, healthy doses of violence and gore, and the narrative maintains a great pace at all times. However, the best thing about Mothman Emerged is that it spins wildly toward a finale that seems made for a movie, but which eventually becomes a nightmare that dishes out death on a large scale and proves the author pulls no punches.

Mothman Emerged: A Cryptozoological Thriller is one of those strange tomes that will please horror fans and cryptozoology aficionados alike. Get a copy today and learn why the government can be as dangerous as the creatures in the woods.
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