The Mothman Prophecies Mass Market Paperback – Feb 18 2002
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A bestseller in America... an account of strange happenings... a dark terror inspired by unearthly noises and mysterious lights overhead. You'll believe it. Peterborough Evening Telegraph A 'supernatural suspense yarn that builds the tension without going into shock-horror' mode. Candis written by an investigator of the paranormal... this is a fascinating book Huddersfield Daily Examiner Keel's meticulous research,wry style and humour make this one a delight.Authentically creeepy. dreamberry --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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JOHN A. KEEL was a prominent journalist and UFOlogist, credited with coining the term “Men in Black.” He died in 2009.See all Product Description
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John Keel, with The Mothman Prophecies, arrives at a somewhat similar conclusion. He scoffs at the idea that these are visitors from other planets, but is less convinced that they are from the spiritual realm, at least as commonly understood by Christians. His bizarre thirteen month set of experiences centered on Point Pleasant, West Virginia in 1966-1967, culminating in the tragedy of the bridge collapse, has left him certain of nothing. He does seem to see a continuity between paranormal experiences throughout history and those of today, with poltergeists, demons, Bigfoot, Nessie, UFOs, and Men in Black all falling under the same explanatory umbrella, whatever that may be. Possibly an independent spiritual world exists, or possibly these are psychic imprints and pollution, echoes that play back in certain geographical locations, like a record stuck, playing back the same groove over and over.
You are not going to get closure from this book, but his account is gripping and his speculations are thoughtful and intelligent. To repeat an overused phrase, you are not going to want to put it down.
After having saw the film, I then took another chance to read it, and found it to be fascinating in the way that I believe that Keel had intended for it to be confusing (this is due to a scene in the film where one of the characters utters "We aren't supposed to know what they mean..."), and I give him the utmost respect for it. He has created a book that is both unsettling, and highly enjoyable (it reminds me of the feeling I got when I first read Burrough's "dope" manifesto "Naked Lunch")
This is one of those books where all things aren't supposed to make sense, and where you are supposed to get your own interpretation from the "prophecies" contained within. Whether a work of fiction, or non-fiction, "The Mothman Prophecies" is a fascinating read, and a good primer to the world of UFOs, MIB, and cryptozoology. I definitely recommend this to any fan of the paranormal.
In brief, in the late 60's a lot of peculiar events took place in the area around the Ohio/West Virginia border centered around the town of Point Pleasant, WV. Most of the events involved sightings of the Mothman (whose name was coined from a Batman villain) but there were various other Men in Black types running around Point Pleasant too. Other events are too numerous to mention and seem to involve lots of peculiar folk showing up on people's doorsteps and beeping phonecalls and maybe an abduction or two. The events culminate in the collapse of the Silver Bridge. Despite some criticisms of the book (the reason for the Bridge collapse had a scientific explanation), Keel does not suggest that the tragedy was caused by the Mothman, et al. He simply suggests that these visitors knew about it and purposefully misled him and others. How did they know? Keel thinks they are time-travelling visitors from another dimension that come here for purposes unknown and maybe unknowable, although possibly just because it amuses them. It all sounds fairly ridiculous when you try to explain it. Keel seems reasonable and he's well-respected by his peers (his peers, granted, probably including some rather flaky folks.)
The book is well-documented and not especially sensationalistic. I actually grew tired of the repeated stories of odd occurences at crossroads and a seemingly endless parade of unexplained lights in the sky.Read more ›
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The book is the first book I completed on the topic of UFOs and high strangeness in general. I read this book at night before going to sleep. Read morePublished on Nov. 12 2007 by M. Longaz
Have I quit reading a book.
I made it to page 123 before I had to stop. I've waited years to read this, oh man was I disappointed. Read more
Well for one thing, the book is pretty freakin' freaky. Aside from the fact that Keel often goes off on crazy tangents about how he thinks the world works, the book is pretty good. Read morePublished on July 11 2004 by buh
This is a gripping book about the strange "mothman" encounters in West Virginia in the 1960s. Read morePublished on June 24 2004 by Johnny Zhivago
Let me just start by saying that the " MOTHMAN PROPHECIES" is not a novel, nor is it a coherent story. Read morePublished on May 27 2004 by Daniel Doninger
John Keel did an absolutely terrific job, researching, developing and organizing this story. I purchased the original release and read it the same day. Read morePublished on May 9 2004 by David Cranley
I'll admit it, I didn't have a clue what was going on in this book (which claims to be real, but is obviously a work of fiction), nor did I really have much of a reason to. Read morePublished on Oct. 14 2003 by Kevin Williams
The movie was good but forget about connecting that flick to this book. This book was first written in 1975 - NEARLY 30 YEARS AGO! Read morePublished on Oct. 8 2003 by OverTheMoon