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The Beast of Bray Road: Tailing Wisconsin’s Werewolf Paperback – October 2, 2015
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This fascinating book would be gripping science fiction -- except that it's fact! -- Jay Rath, author of W-Files, M-Files and I-Files --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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She's a local to the region, giving her a unique opportunity to write about the events as close to the time of the flap as can be hoped for. Her accounts are contemporaneous, making readers as in-the-moment reporting as possible. Because of this, The Beast of Bray Road is THE book on the sightings. The book is also very accessible, not a boring or academic play-by-play.
The author relates the Bray Road sightings to other, similar sightings. These include the infamous Michigan Dogman and others. This puts the sightings into a regional context, informing readers that while the Bray Road sightings are unique locally, other similar creatures have been reported in the U.S. Are these other creatures the same as the Beast of Bray Road? Perhaps. Regardless, this means that independent sightings from people that don't know each other and have no knowledge of other incidents are seeing something similar. Ms. Godfrey ties this together well, chronicling the sightings and giving us the "facts". Even if you don't believe in the Beast of Bray Road, it makes for an interesting read.
Cryptozoology and paranormal fans will find this to be a bizarre and compelling narrative. It's a must for fans of folklore, weirdness, werewolves and other cryptids. Not unlike the Michigan Dogman, the Beast of Bray Road holds a special place in Wisconsin history. And it should also hold a special place on your bookshelf.
Unfortunately there's a large part of the book where Godfrey kind of ambles around, randomly describing beasts from various legends and myths from around the world, trying to provide some sort of explanation for what her creature might be. I found this portion of the book, which separated interesting portions describing sightings from Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan, to be extremely random and the connections to be tenuous at best.
Ultimately I think if you read the first 1/3, skip the second 1/3, and read parts of the final 1/3 of this book it makes for an entertaining diversion. And honestly, at $10 for the Kindle version, it's probably not worth it. By all means if you can find it at the library though.
Oh, and before I forget, if you hate groan-inducing puns avoid this book like the plague. There were enough puns involving wolves, claws, and teeth, to choke a... wait for it... werewolf. To a certain extent it adds to the folksy charm of Godfrey's writing, but for the most part they were annoying.