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Product Details

  • Series: Ohio
  • Paperback: 177 pages
  • Publisher: Prairie Oak Press (July 28, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1879483912
  • ISBN-13: 978-1879483910
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #965,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

This fascinating book would be gripping science fiction -- except that it's fact! -- Jay Rath, author of W-Files, M-Files and I-Files

About the Author

Linda S. Godfrey is also the author of The Poison Widow. She was born in Madison, Wisconsin and raised in Milton. Godfrey and her husband currently live in rural Elkhorn. She is a professional artist, cartoonist, teacher, and writer. Her newspaper articles have garnered several awards, including first place best feature story from the National Newspaper Association in 1995 and 1998. Godfrey maintains her own Website featuring quirky Wisconsin people and places -- Cnb-scene.com

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.

Customer Reviews

I have nothing but good things to say about this book.
David Abernathy
This book is well worth having, both to read for information and pondering, or for good old-fashioned cheap thrills.
William R. Hancock
It is concise with sightings, theories and really neat drawings by the author.
Lisa A. Finch

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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By William R. Hancock on January 27, 2004
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In 1941 screenwriter Curt Siodmak wrote a screenplay for Universal Pictures, telling a tale about a nice young man named Lawrence "Larry" Talbot, who came home to Llanwelly Village in Wales from school in America, only to discover he'd been better off staying "across the pond". Run-ins with Gypsies (especially with one named Bela...as in Lugosi) left him with a very unwanted physiological affliction. An "ancient gypsy rhyme" (composed very un-anciently by writer Siodmak) bespoke Talbot's affliction: "Even a man who is pure at heart, and says his prayers by night...may become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms...and the moon is full and bright."
So began the unfortunate "career' of The Wolfman, one of the most popular of all supernatural cultural icons, a man-monster rooted in the ancient traditions of the werewolf, which reach back AT LEAST as far as Roman times, and no doubt beyond.
Talbot has never been alone in his predicament. There have been untold numbers of both cinematic, literary, television, and, indeed, even radio werewolves. The lycanthropy crowd is ever with us in the media and in good yarns spun around the campfire.
But is that all there is to it? History says no. The belief is strong is Europe and North America and many anecdotal accounts present themselves as authentic tales of strange doings by creatures who may or may not be shapeshifting humans. The Indians of the southwest believe in "skinwalkers". The French Canadians of Quebec and the Cajuns of Louisiana don't always smirk at stories of "loup garou". The belief also extends itself to the workings of the "bokors", the black magic sorcerors of Haiti. And it should be noted that in the real-world literature of the werewolf, the notion that the depredations of such a creature are tied to a full moon is RARE.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By DJ JyMe on July 26, 2005
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I live in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and I like things like local legends, Bigfoot, werewolves, and that sort of thing. I have read 'scary' books before that, well, really weren't all that great, so when I first saw this book at a local bookshop, I thought "This looks cool", but was skeptical. So while I was beginning to read it while sipping coffee, I realized I had to read the whole thing! So now I just finished the whole book (all 170 pages not including the intros, bibliography, and map of sightings), so now comes the review!

First of all, it is true that Linda has a light and breezy way of writing, and I like that fact, because instead of basic, dry facts, etc, you get a story told by a really talented storyteller!

Secondly, there really is no doubt that certain people haven't read the entire book, because these people mention only a couple of things that make this book special and worthwhile, and they say it was a couple hours worth of reading. YES there was an 'almost' movie made, but that's not the point of the book, is it? Yes, there was also a LOT of media coverage. But there were a TON of sightings of this creature mentioned in the book (and probably a LOT MORE not mentioned as well as I'm now awaiting the next follow-up book. And if one does a search in google.com for the "Beast of Bray Road", this person will see that there have been even more recent sightings following the release of this book). Some of these stories are second-hand, but most are first-hand accounts which Linda strived to get from the witnesses themselves!

Also, Linda has many possible theories and histories behind those theories as to figuring out what the heck this creature could be, as well as a lovely summary in the end of the book!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By William Ray on May 9, 2004
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This was a tough one, now many of you may enjoy fact after fact with no real story line or thought that holds it together, where wanting to go on to the next chapter didn't matter but for me, it just wasn't there.
The author is/was a newslady and it showed, naming sources which I have found questionable in the past.
The Beast of Bray Road was a difficult read, where stopping at any page or chapter didn't matter.
Some of you may enjoy it for it's straight up newspaper like facts but the research and personal investigation to the Beast of Bray Road got derailed.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Curt Rowlett on May 26, 2004
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An exciting and spooky account of the werewolf-type creature that is alleged to be afoot in rural Wisconsin.
As a reporter for a small weekly Wisconsin newspaper , the author of this book personally interviewed eye witnesses who described the Bray Road Beast as a bipedal, wolf-like creature with a huge chest, long claws and pointed ears.
Godfrey also presents a list of historical sightings of a similar creature in Wisconsin dating back to the early 1930's, as well as an exploration of the similarities to the sightings of the "dogman" creature in neighboring Michigan.
This is a well-researched book with extensive source-citing, a map of the major sightings and a chronology of events.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on April 3, 2004
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The Beast Of Bray Road: Tailing Wisconsin's Werewolf by Linda S. Godfrey is about how the small town of Elkhorn, Wisconsin caused such a big stir in the 1990s with reports of a wolf-headed, upright creature locally dubbed "The Beast of Bray Road". Gathering information on sightings and stories about this alleged man-wolf, and presenting local stories and eye-witness testimonies in an entertaining and informal manner, The Beast Of Bray Road is an inherently fascinating exploration of the boundaries of myth, folklore, and contemporary legend as reflected in and by a small Wisconsin community.
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