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"This is one of the best books I've read in years. Redfern sweeps you away on his personal adventure. Around the world, from romance, to ghastly beasts, to the cosmos, Redfern has candidly shared the wonders of his young life."

--Joshua P. Warren, author of Pet Ghosts and How to Hunt Ghosts

About the Author

Nick Redfern is a full-time author and journalist specializing in a wide range of unsolved mysteries, including Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, UFO sightings, government conspiracies, alien abductions, and paranormal phenomena. He writes regularly for the Daily Express newspaper, Fortean Times, FATE, and UFO Magazine. His previous books include Three Men Seeking Monsters, Strange Secrets, Cosmic Crashes, and The FBI Files. Among his many exploits, Redfern has investigated reports of lake monsters in Scotland, vampires in Puerto Rico, werewolves in England, aliens in Mexico, and sea serpents in the United States. Redfern travels and lectures extensively around the world. Originally from England, he currently lives in Dallas, Texas.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: New Page Books (September 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564149765
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564149763
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #437,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nick Redfern is a full-time author and journalist specializing in a wide range of unsolved mysteries, including Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, UFO sightings, government conspiracies, alien abductions and paranormal phenomena. He writes regularly for the London Daily Express newspaper, Fortean Times, Fate, and UFO Magazine. His previous books include Three Men Seeking Monsters, Strange Secrets, Cosmic Crashes, and The FBI Files. Among his many exploits, Redfern has investigated reports of lake monsters in Scotland, vampires in Puerto Rico, werewolves in England, aliens in Mexico, and sea serpents in the United States. Redfern travels and lectures extensively around the world. Originally from England, he currently lives in Dallas, Texas.

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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Rachel on September 2, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book reads like the diary of a kid who wants to either 1. ) impress people with his "occupation" as Monster Hunter or 2.) irritate people with page after page of info about himself that we don't want when we buy a book like this. When you buy a book like this you want excitement and depth of purpose. He seems to fancy himself an Indiana Jones type, when in reality, he seems to be a guy whose wife pays the bills so he can run around having pretend adventures. Not very good. Not very good AT ALL. I'm actually quite unhappy I shelled out the money for this vacuous book, and I buy 30-40 books a year and take the good with the bad, as you must. Wish I hadn't bought it.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Michael G. Simonetto on August 14, 2008
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If you are interested in a serious discussion of cryptids, do not buy this book. Redfern spends the majority of the book describing his personal life. The information on monster hunting is limited and ancedotal at best. He comes across as a smug,self-serving free-loader who doesn't feel the need to bother with serious research into a very interesting topic. I'm surprised this got published, it is that bad. To use a very British term to describe Nick's work, bollocks!
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By R. Howell on October 1, 2008
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Nick Redfern travels the world giving speeches at conferences dealing with UFOs, the paranormal, and cryptozoology. He is a self-employed writer and has several books out. You find this out because he constantly promotes and plugs them in this book. This self-proclaimed monster hunter looks back over a five year period and presents his memoirs which entail meeting a woman at a UFO conference whom he tries to bed down that night but ends up marrying later on, his `investigations' of various phenomenon, and his attachments to several paranormal television shows. There's also an abundant coverage of him hanging out with his fellows and lots of drinking. And let's not forget his lengthy chapter about the family dog which dies and they deal with its lingering spirit.

The book itself is easy to read as there is little prolonged in-depth coverage of much of anything except their dog. Redfern covers lightly some UFO stuff, largely plugging one of his books and various UFO conferences he attends, talks at, drinks at, and gets all his expenses covered along with a nice speaking payment. He travels to Puerto Rico (again all expenses paid) three separate times looking into the Chupacabras legend. And he also travels throughout Texas (where he lives after getting married and moving from his native England) going to the Big Thicket region filled with ghost lights and wildmen, seeks out the Goat-Man in several areas, as well as a ghost of a drowned girl and some surreally large fish and water beasties. And to add to the mix he speaks with a lady in Wisconsin about the Beast of Bray Road which may or may not be a werewolf (another fascination of his along with zombie movies and his apparent love of the word 'diabolical').
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By DJ Reviews on May 13, 2008
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After reading and thoroughly enjoying Redfern's "Three Men Seeking Monsters" I could not wait to get started on "Memoirs of a Monster Hunter." What a disappointment.
Where "Three Men" was a rollicking good time, a fun trip with three unique and entertaining individuals, "Memoirs" is a self-indulgent disorganized mess. This book is filled with personal anecdotes that would only be impressive to either Redfern's family or his high school drinking buddies. There wasn't even any new information in this book, something Redfern usually delivers on, despite his writing style filled with cliches and terrible synonyms. Boo Mr. Redfern. Please leave your adolescent ego behind and write what I know you are capable of next time.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Miller on April 8, 2009
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Redfern is quite possibly one of the worst authors I have ever read. His writing style is almost painful to read because he unnaturally adds the most ridulous adjectives into his sentences. The result is sappy, cumbersome writing that is awkward at best. Redfern also throws in quite a bit of profanity and references of a sexual nature, which was disappointing to me because I primarily bought this book to add to my classroom library. I'm a Middle School teacher and my kids are really into this kind of stuff, but there's no way I'm putting this one on the bookshelf.
For the plot, the book is mostly about his personal life, and his "monster hunting" is him wandering around Texas and Puerto Rico interviewing people. He has almost no noteworthy experiences of his own, and there was nothing to report that would hold up any weight to real scrutiny or the scientific method. I'm a pretty open-minded person about the mysteries of this world, but Redfern describes monster hunters as essentially a bunch of little boys who won't grow up and who make a living off of sensational half-truths, outright lies, and myths. Don't buy this book, and don't even read it. It's not worth the time or the money.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chris Wilson on April 30, 2013
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I was not familiar with Nick Redfern when I purchased his 2007 book "Memoirs of a Monster Hunter." It appears he's been traipsing across the world for years in search of Chupacabras, lake monsters, UFOs and Bigfoot. Sounds like a good gig, and if you possess a breezy writing style with humorous detail, one can make a living. He's published nine books on the paranormal and cryptozoology, his most famous being Three Men Seeking Monsters: Six Weeks in Pursuit of Werewolves, Lake Monsters, Giant Cats, Ghostly Devil Dogs, and Ape-Men, which a movie company bought the rights to. I will not deny I love this stuff. Redfern, adorned in black by way of England, makes a unique, true-life variation of Fox Mulder while humming Sham 69 (If the Kids Are United: Very Best of Sham 69).

The problem with "Memoirs of a Monster Hunter" is the same I have with those cable TV programs detailing histrionic teams in search of the supernatural. The majority of the footage is seen through hand-held night vision cameras. We hear eerie moans and sometimes a tree branch cracks, but not one moment of convincing evidence. Nothing is discovered and I've wasted an hour of my life suffering endless commercials about diet pills. Thankfully, there are no commercials in Redfern's journal, but the end result is the same.

"Memoirs of a Monster Hunter" covers a five-year period when the author met his future wife at a convention and relocated to her home state of Texas. From the arid panhandle to urban Dallas, Redfern investigates his new hood to find numerous Lone Star tales of hairy creatures and winged serpents.
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