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Mysterious America: The Ultimate Guide to the Nation's Weirdest Wonders, Strangest Spots, and Creepiest Creatures Paperback – April 24, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (April 24, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416527362
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416527367
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #380,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An entertaining and open-minded book...A useful reference tool as well as a record of the unexplained."
-- Library Journal

About the Author

Loren Coleman, M.S.W. has researched the Copycat Effect for more than two decades. Coleman has been an adjunct professor at various universities in New England since 1980 and a senior researcher with the Muskie School for Public Policy. He is currently the primary consultant for the State of Maine's Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative. The author, coauthor, or editor of more than twenty books, including the critically acclaimed work Suicide Clusters, lives in Portland, Maine.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gary F. Taylor HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 23, 2010
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A self-described Fortean cryptozoologist, Loren Coleman is generally regarded as one of the more plausible researchers in his field, for he seems ever ready to disbelieve and discount any and everything he reports. In truth, his subjects include the sorts of things you'd expect to find on the cover of The National Enquirer, and taken in the right spirit such material is generally entertaining. Unfortunately, Coleman can't write worth a damn.

Published in revised version in 2004, MYSTERIOUS AMERICA is very much like buckshot: it goes here, there, and everywhere in search of an interesting target. Now and then Coleman manages to find one, and when this occurs he actually writes of it quite well; his brief passages on the likes of Springheeled Jack and the Kelly-Hopkinsville case (presented here as Kelly's Little Men) are well told, and his more detailed renderings of "ghost clowns" and "the mad gasser" are quite fascinating. But these aside, Coleman spends a lot of time on mysterious kangaroos roaming the midwest, tiresome big foot accounts that have already been endlessly repeated, and lions and panthers that turn up in unexpected places. Such stories are the bulk of the book, and not only are they unteresting in and of themselves, they are written in a remarkably uninteresting way.

There are, as Shakespeare noted, more things in heaven and heaven than are dreamt of in our philosphies. But I doubt anyone will be convinced of it by MYSTERIOUS AMERICA, which is only mildly mysterious and passably interesting.

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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Fortean Threat Filmworks on May 26, 2007
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Ghost lights, Devil Monkeys, Momo, The Jersey Devil. It's all here. Our old friend Loren Coleman has cataloged and classified as many strange occurrences as anyone. A must have for anyone interested in the unexplained right here in their own backyards. My copy is already dog-eared from lunch break perusals and the lists at the index end of the book help you plan a paranormal adventure if you so desire. I will definitely keep it handy as I take my film making gear around the South! Thanks Loren, for compiling the mysterious spaces of America.Eyes In The Dark: The Sasquatch Experience
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David M. Ballew on November 12, 2008
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I'll confess I love reading purportedly true stories of cryptozoology and the paranormal, despite the fact I generally doubt the claims being set forth. Loren Coleman, the author of "Mysterious America," has a gift for presenting his case histories clearly and with a certain atmosphere that makes for entertaining reading, whether or not you give credence to his claims. The one thing you can believe without reservation is that "Mysterious America" is a fun book, sure to please those looking for a shiver and a taste of the mysterious.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By a reader on July 5, 2007
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This book is in many ways an important study, after all, there is no end to unusual and outright anomalous encounters, and although many books have been written on these subjects, surprisingly little is of any lasting value. Coleman's book is among those that form essential cornerstones of any library of the unknown. Where else can we read about phantom clowns and phantom felines, terror kangaroos, the Dover Demon which he not only investigated, but coined the name - and a host of other, strange and othewordly creatures? Not only that, as there are many books out there with tall tales, Coleman is meticulous in his sourcing and referencing of any aspect. Moreover, he has investigated several of these incidents himself.

Being a researcher in these fields myself, I sense the years of work, study, research and on the spot investigations went into this book, and Coleman deserves accolades for an excellent study. The book is meticulous, well written, well researched and owing to his generous mentioning of sources, traceable.

I was especially intrigued by the phantom clown scare, as around the same time the Netherlands, Europe, experienced one. Which only strenghtens Coleman's chapter on the subject, since, as he writes, law enforcement authorities and others were not even aware that the Phantom Clown scare was a nationwide phenomenon, only having the data of what happened in their cities. How then, might we ask, does the uncomfortable fact fit in that another country also experienced something of a very similar nature at the same time? How do we deal with these, sometimes, transglobal phenomena?

It shows the strength of a researcher such as Coleman that he had his eyes wide open at the right time, and that he tried to make sense of a most puzzling phenomenon.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Wileyboy on July 1, 2011
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excellent service and a great book! read this as a teen and it still fascinates. terrific purchase. loren coleman is the man!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By reader on July 22, 2010
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This book is filled with updates and how people who are so critical missed that fact is beyond me.

There is no secret the core book here is Loren Coleman's classic 1983 book, which has been out of print. It was revised, updated, and enhanced by 50% for a new generation. It is filled with new information, needless to say.
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By Honest Reviewer on May 15, 2014
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This is one of my favorite books by the author. It's also quite entertaining. This is a must read for anyone interested in cryptozoology or just the plane weirdness of days past. The only problem I foresee is a dating of the material. I'm not quite sure how this book will stand in the coming decades.
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