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The Mothman Prophecies [Mass Market Paperback]

John A. Keel
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Feb. 18 2002
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...

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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.


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4.0 out of 5 stars VERY VERY CREEPY!!!!! Feb. 14 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is not what I expected at all. I picked up the book after I saw the movie. It turns out that the movie is a fictional story based on the mothman. In this book, author John Keel tells his stories of traveling around the east cost areas and, well, UFO hunts. It is very creepy the stories he has to tell and the fact that thousands have witnessed what he is writing about. This is a very fun, and creepy book. It will leave you stirring in your sleep.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Randy A. Stadt TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Books about the paranormal I never find to be entirely satisfying; you get teased and left to make up your own mind. I get drawn to this kind of material for some reason, always hoping to get some answers, to figure it out, to fit this into my theistic worldview. A year ago I got my first taste of satisfaction, from the book "Lights in the sky and little green men", in which the authors concluded that residual UFO's, the ones that cannot be explained away, are in fact real, but are not physical but spiritual.

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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Little Confusing... April 12 2004
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Upon my initial reading of this book one thought came to my mind: "confusing". There wasn't anything even remotely like a "stroy" going on, but rather a mishmash of facts, and experiences from a number of individuals related to the phenomenon known as the mothman, the MIB, and UFO encounters.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book. Nov. 26 2003
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If you're new to the paranormal and/or crytozoological studies, you should deffinately pick this up. Its light reading, so you won't have to constantly analyze if something is symbolic or not. Its written like an episode of "Law and Order", really. In the book, Keel relates events that he experienced, centered around the West Virginia town of Point Pleasant. Very rarely does Keel ever color the events with his view or interpritation of things. Usually he relates the facts and lets the reader come to any conclusions that need to be come to. This is very important, as usually books of the paranormal ilk are SATURATED with the authors view of what a specific event is or means. Overall, its highly enjoyable. If you are even remotely interested in paranormal phenemonons, this is a fantastic book to start with. Any conclusions you come to will be those of yourself based on the evidence provided, not because the author colored things to make it appear more one way than another. The only thing that could have made this book any better was maybe a deluxe edition that would include pictures of some of the reoccuring characters and scenes, such as Mrs. Hyre and the TNT area. Sometimes sketches of visiting entities are mentioned, it would have been awesome to see these sketches. There is a whole realm of possibilities for additional photographic illustrations to this book that could add more depth and realism. That is the only thing that could have made this book better, for what it is. However, this is just bonus material, none of it is needed to better understand the story, so there is no reason to mark down for such things not being included.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting yes. Believable? Still don't know. Nov. 17 2003
By Trixie
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I don't know quite what to make of this book, because I don't know quite what to make of the events that occured in West Virginia (and Ohio and Long Island, among other places) in the late 60's. The story is probably well-known if you've seen the movie. The book does differ somewhat from the movie but this isn't exactly a linear tale. I did read that Keel was pleased with the results.
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars First book on subject
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 more
Published on Nov. 12 2007 by M. Longazel
1.0 out of 5 stars Never Before.......
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
Published on April 20 2005 by Zabo
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS BOOK IS WHOOPING A HORSES BEHIND
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 more
Published on July 11 2004 by buh
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book about a strange entity
This is a gripping book about the strange "mothman" encounters in West Virginia in the 1960s. Read more
Published on June 24 2004 by Johnny Zhivago
1.0 out of 5 stars SHAME ON YOU MR. KEEL !!!
Let me just start by saying that the " MOTHMAN PROPHECIES" is not a novel, nor is it a coherent story. Read more
Published on May 27 2004 by Daniel Doninger
5.0 out of 5 stars Whatever you may think Mothman came alive!
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 more
Published on May 9 2004 by David Cranley
1.0 out of 5 stars Okay!?...
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 more
Published on Oct. 14 2003 by Kevin Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars 30 Years Later - still not debunked!!!
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 more
Published on Oct. 8 2003 by OverTheMoon
2.0 out of 5 stars A Real Disappointment...
As someone who has enjoyed reading about UFOs and other paranormal events while maintaining an "open-minded skepticism" about them, I was looking forward to reading this... Read more
Published on Oct. 7 2003
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