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American Monsters: A History of Monster Lore, Legends, and Sightings in America Paperback – August 28, 2014
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"Godfrey frequently draws from myth and folklore and cites cases from history and pop culture, demonstrating extensive knowledge of her subject matter. The book will prove a handy encyclopedia for enthusiastic cryptozoologists of all ages."
Praise for REAL WOLFMEN:
"Her chilling story of deep woods journeys will fascinate you."
—Whitley Strieber's Dreamland
"An amazing and well-researched look at werewolves in the US."
“She has the ability to send chills up and down your spine.”
—Brad Steiger, author of Real Ghosts, Restless Spirits, and Haunted Places
“Real Wolfmen is a riveting work of amazing scope and depth. You’ll be hooked from the first page.”
—Rosemary Ellen Guiley, author of The Encyclopedia of Vampires and Werewolves
"Godfrey impresses me with the sheer totality of her information. Nothing is left unexplored, if possible."
—John R. Ellis, Fourth Day Universe
“If I was to ask you what two words are most relevant to the phenomenon of werewolves and lycanthropes you might well say “Full” and “Moon.” Or, “Silver” and “Bullet.” Well, you’re definitely on the right track, but I say those two words are “Linda” and “Godfrey”! Yep, not only is Linda the most well-known chronicler of all-things wolfman-themed, but she’s certainly the most prolific one, too. This new title from Linda is one that I definitely recommend to anyone and everyone who has voraciously devoured Linda’s previous studies of the werewolf phenomenon. And if you’re a newcomer to the subject, and want to learn what it’s really all about, it’s just about the most important book you can read on the phenomenon to date. And I don’t write words like that lightly.”
—Nick Redfern, Mysterious Universe
"By the time you finish Real Wolfmen: True Encounters in Modern America, you just might believe."
—Jason Carter, The Writers Journey
"It is hard to believe that such a creature could exist. However, the witness accounts in Real Wolfmen are often very compelling. Pick up a copy and see for yourself."
—Alejandro Rojas, Huffington Post
About the Author
Linda S. Godfrey is America’s foremost authority on modern-day werewolves. She is the author of over a dozen books on werewolves, hauntings, and the paranormal, including Real Wolfmen:True Encounters in Modern America and Weird Michigan. Godfrey has appeared on many national TV shows such as The History Channel’s Monster Quest, Inside Edition, and Sean Hannity, and has been a guest on radio shows such as Coast to Coast AM, and Wisconsin and Michigan Public Radio.
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For me, sea serpent tales and stories from "way back when" are just not very intriguing, nor are all the well-intended attempts to categorize the various "monsters". I think it serves to slow down the flow of the book, and that is why I gave it three stars rather than four, or five. However, I admit that is just my personal preference; your mileage may vary.
If you like off-beat, escapist, speculative, semi-spooky fare, as I do, you would most likely dig this book.
I got started reading and found the whole thing quite engrossing. the dog/wolf man section of course scared me silly. I even read all of the water monster section. the st john's river gater man was pretty creepy.
the book is well written, moves at a pace to keep one from getting board, and leaves it to the reader what to take seriously. ms godfrey injects possible mundane causes along with the unusual possible explanations for the various creatures. she has a subtle wit. do not read it alone, late at night, sitting near window. I tried. I put it up and finished it in the broad light of day.
In conclusion, this is a good book for a collection of real testimonies by seemingly credible witnesses. I would rather not share details of my many sightings/experiences concerning these types of creatures but would rather invite the prospective reader to buy this book and concurrently get a true AV1611 bible (not the 1769 KJV) and ask God to reveal His word to you. Then you will not be confounded by the testimonies contained in Linda's books. Linda references Babylon on page 131, once you understand the identity of the King of Babylon (who also is called Behemoth) this book will take on a deeper meaning.