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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Trails Books; 1 edition (October 31, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931599858
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931599856
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,640,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Linda S. Godfrey, writer, illustrator, and investigator of the paranormal, is the author of The Beast of Bray Road, Hunting the American Werewolf, and The Poison Widow and co-author of Weird Wisconsin and Weird Michigan.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Barton M. Nunnelly on February 27, 2008
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Linda Godfrey's books never fail to entertain. Her latest literary effort, 'Strange Wisconsin', is certainly no exception. Packed from cover to cover with delightfully curious and unusual information, 'Strange Wisconsin' serves up the most thorough and comprehensive examination of weirdness ever compiled on the Badger State. Ancient puzzles, roadside wonders, local folklore, bizarre natives, haunted houses, inns and taverns, UFO's - can all be found inside this book - and much more. It also offers the reader a veritable menagerie of curious monsters to contemplate; Pig-men and Man-Bats, Lizard -Men and werewolves. Not to mention Bigfoot. Godfrey, the First Lady of Forteana, relies on a stunning array of visual aides to help tell the stories in this one. Hundreds of beautiful color photographs accompany the text, as well as dozens of first-class, lavish illustrations - many by the author herself - which make this book a rousing feast for the eyes as well as the imagination. 'Strange Wisconsin' was simply a joy to read and a must have addition to all Fortean libraries. I highly recommend this book for paranormal fans in every state. 5 stars! B.M.Nunnelly - Author, 'Mysterious Kentucky'
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on December 1, 2007
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Wisconsin is popularly known as the Badger State. It also has a checkered history of eccentrics, paranormal events, oddities, and the macabre. That's just what Linda S. Godfrey (writer, illustrator, and paranormal investigator) has collected, illustrated, and documented in the pages of "Strange Wisconsin: More Badger State Weirdness". This 200 page compendium is a showcase of bizarre stories ranging from pig men, to trolls, to pancakes from space, to the Mormon King of Voree! Profusely illustrated throughout, the text is organized geographically and alphabetically from Abbotsford to the Wisconsin Dells. Offering the reader a unique and phenomenal perspective showcasing all manner of oddities, "Strange Wisconsin" is thoroughly entertaining, occasionally iconoclastic, and highly recommended as a 'must' for all Wisconsin school and community library collections.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Ball on November 24, 2013
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Very enjoyable writing style, with a larger format and bounty of artwork not often found in these sort of books. A cornecopia of legends and eyewitness accounts makes for an eerie armchair roadtrip, though you'll want a map handy unless you happen to hail from Wisc. Something for everyone!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary Sutherland on May 26, 2014
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We use this book all the time at the Sci Fi Cafe to direct our customers for day trips exploring some of Wisconsin strangeness. We sell them at the cafe and can't keep them in stock they are so popular. We also use the book for day tripping!
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Back in the mid seventies, I actually was hired over the summer by Irving L. Young to help in the construction of this "Peace Chapel" which is shown. (The Lost Sculptures of Irving L. Young). He was at the time a fascinating if eccentric elderly millionaire, who had made his fortune inventing devices such as the machines that print rolls of movie tickets, and the machines that print the markings on re-winding tape measure blades. His life philosophy was intriguing. I remember him repeatedly emphasizing the fact that "Truth, Beauty, and Goodness" were what mattered in life.

I am intrigued and amused to see that he continued with the project, and that it still exists, and has been noticed. He was one of a kind!
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More About the Author

I was born a poor, freckled child. Now I write books about strange creatures, things and people, and sometimes illustrate them, to boot.

This is exactly what I told my 5th grade teacher, Mrs. Ione Kopitzke, I wanted to do when I grew up. I remember she replied, almost crying, "Oh Linda, I think you can do better than that." Her picture is now in the front of my book, "Strange Wisconsin: More Badger State Weirdness." Right next to freckled little me in my "L" initial blouse. That book won a bronze medal in the Independent Publishers 2008 Best Book Awards, and a Midwest Book Review's Editor's Choice. See how neatly life shakes out sometimes?

Before I started writing books, I received an art education degree from UW-Oshkosh, taught art and was a cartoonist and newspaper reporter. I live in southeast Wisconsin with my husband, youngest son and Lhasa Apso named Grendel.

You might catch me on an episode or two of HC's Monster Quest and other TV and radio shows. Check out beastofbrayroad.com for updates.