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Three Men Seeking Monsters: Six Weeks in Pursuit of Werewolves, Lake Monsters, Giant Cats, Ghostly Devil Dogs, and Ape-Men [Kindle Edition]

Nick Redfern
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Book Description

They sought out the strange.
They investigated the inexplicable.
They had one hell of a hangover.

On an odyssey of oddities that would take them all to the very limits of their imagination (and inebriation), bestselling author Nick Redfern teamed up with professional monster-hunters Jonathan Downes and Richard Freeman. For six weeks in the summer of 2001, the intrepid-yet-hard-partying trio rampaged across the remote wilds of Great Britain in hot pursuit of werewolves, lake monsters, giant cats, ghostly devil dogs, and ape-men. Their adventures led them deep into ancient forests, into the dark corridors of a mansion hiding a wild man, and to the shores of the legendary Loch Ness -- along the way encountering all manner of curious characters, including witches, government agents, and eyewitnesses who claim to have seen monsters firsthand. And only at journey's end did the hard questions posed at the start of their quest begin to reveal some mind-bending answers. That monsters truly do exist in our world. And that we are responsible for their existence!
Whether you're seeking a glimpse into the bizarre reaches of reality, or just looking for a good time, Three Men Seeking Monsters is a uniquely gonzo trek with a trio of adventurers who pushed themselves to the edge -- and went right over it.

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From Publishers Weekly

Ufologist Redfern (Cosmic Crashes, etc.) and two paranormally inclined pals, Jonathon Downes and Richard Freeman, take the reader for a rollicking, often alcohol-infused ride in a camper during the summer of 2001, "chasing monsters around the British countryside." Redfern dredges up a number of secondhand, sometimes centuries-old accounts of "de-evolved" humans and other odd creatures, even once citing Daniel Defoe, an author well known for his tendency to mix fact and fiction, on the existence of wild men in the West Country. At one point Redfern remarks, "Jon was unsure of the cause of all this mystery and mayhem, but speculated that some form of ethereal, superior intelligence coexisted with us—and had done so for millennia—and that, for reasons of its own, was constantly manipulating and molding the human mind with images of bizarre and unexplained phenomena." Some may feel that’s as good an explanation as any for the elusive beings they investigate. At the end of their quest, Redfern and his colleagues weren’t disappointed—nor will like-minded readers be after finishing this cheerful excursion into the occult fringe.
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Picture three British "blokes"--a bald-headed punker (the author), a Goth herpetologist who dresses like a pirate, and a six-foot-six-inch, 400-pound behemoth who wears a Sherlock Holmes cap--in a recreational vehicle and six weeks off to investigate monsters, and you have grasped the essence of this one. Many books about mystery animals involve an expedition to some exotic locale, where the adventurers encounter stinging insects, infectious diseases, uncompromising terrain, and uncooperative indigenous peoples. Redfern's travelogue, however, takes place entirely in Great Britain; the lads are on a quest to find the truth about such creatures as the Man Monkey of Ranton, the Big Gray Man of Ben Macdhui, and a gryphon in Glastonbury. Despite an insatiable thirst that leads them to many pubs along the way, Redfern and his companions manage to get within chasing distance of two or three of these folkloric critters. Their explanation for what takes place is almost as bizarre as the beasts themselves, but this is a lively and entertaining crypto-zoological road trip. George Eberhart
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Product Details

  • File Size: 467 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0743482549
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (March 2, 2004)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FC1EP8
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Rollicking Good Time For All September 26, 2004
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Mr. Redfern and his merrie band of British fortean eccentrics takes us on a journey the likes of which we have not seen since the days of Dr. Johnson sojourning to the north or the askew tales of Laurence Sterne. These blokes are the kind that you'd like to know for serious drinking and tale telling round a fireplace. Yet their historical research is sound, students of local fortean folklore will note. I find the tulpa theory neither "tired" nor overworked in throwing light on incidents of the unexplained. What Mr. Redfern & company do is synthesize the "passport to magonia' ideas of Jacque Vallee with the trickster/metamind theories of John Keel along with their own experiences while on this madcap road trip. The tulpa idea has merit and is worthy of further exploration. The cast of characters encountered in this work range from the frighteningly memorable to the freakish and pathetic. On the whole this is not a scholarly exploration of the paranormal, but if you're as weary as I am of anal retentive pontification or blind belief as with most paranormal books today, this is refreshing & fun.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WHAT A FABULOUS READ! March 24, 2004
I have just finished reading Nick Redfern's Three Men Seeking Monsters and wanted to say that for anyone interested in subjects like lake monsters, Bigfoot, werewolves and other strange creatures this is a book you must read. I have read other books on cryptozoology that I found boring but I enjoyed this one particularly because the author wrote it in a style that made you feel that you were there with them on the adventure. I thought it was an atmospheric and exciting book and the perfect thing to read on a dark and stormy night. This would make a great television series and different to the boring straight forward approach that many shows follow. Again, what a fabulous MUST buy this book!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Frequently Hilarious, Extremely Stupid April 13, 2004
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Imagine if Withnail had gone hunting Bigfoot. That's basically what you've got in this book. Three complete berks - an oversized Renfaire escapee, a Goth with self-control issues, and a hyperkinetic reporter - traipse up and down the UK for six weeks, powered by lager and their own imaginations.
It's not that the subject material is the problem. On the contrary, that's why I bought the book. No, the issue is that author Redfern and his friends display all the scientific rigor of a group of six year olds in an abandoned candy store. For example, early on they're invited to stay at the house of a doctor who might have seen something odd back in the 1940s. He warns them not to go down the back stairs to the basement - an entirely sensible recommendation, as opening your home to strangers should only go so far. Needless to say, our intrepid monster hunters convince themselves in the middle of the night that their host is keeping a cannabalistic devolved wildman in the cellar, then sneak down in best Scooby-Shaggy-and-Fred fashion to the cellar just in time to scare themselves witless. When, the next day, their host asks them to leave abruptly, they take it as a sign of conspiracy, rather than the fact that he just might have been annoyed at their burrowing in his basement.
And so it goes. No chasm is wide enough to keep these lunatics from leaping to the conclusion on the other side, no activity immature or foolish enough for them to turn down. When invited to explore the tunnels of an abandoned military base, they immediately start banging on closed doors with chair legs to try to summon the giant worm who supposedly dwells nearby. Losing track of time during a long conversation immediately becomes evidence of a curse. The litany of goofball behavior goes on and on.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprise Book November 9, 2008
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This was my first Nick Redfern book. I was expecting a typical, conservative approach to cryptozoology. I was surprised. And a little concerned. It seems that he started off in the conservative camp, believing in literal, flesh-and-blood creatures. But in those 6 weeks he left there and ended up believing that at least some of these "creatures" are paranormal beings. I would use the phrase spiritual beings. This concept is not my concern, however. This idea actually comes close to my own beliefs (if not being exactly the same).

It seems the turning point occurred when the group of 3 met a witch, Mother Sarah Graymalkin, who informs them that all of these cryptozoological creatures are really something called Cormons, who exist is a parallel realm to our physical one. Sometimes these realms overlap in places and there can be crossovers between the two. The ancient Celts called them "thin places". According to Mother Sarah, very few today can consciously summon these beings in to our realm. These skills are part of some ancient occult rituals no longer practiced as they once were. According to her (and a book handed down for generations in her family), a group known as the Nine discovered how to bring these Cormons into the physical realm and worked closely with a group of Irish pagan occultists to call forth these beings to protect the British Isles from invaders.... OK. (This is a much shorter version than in the book).

Here comes my problems. Mr. Redferns' belief is based totally on accepting at face value what Mother Sarah had said. Without questions. There is no way to check on the historical accuracy of this story, or anything else written in that book. It is one person's account.
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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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