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The Beast of Bray Road: Tailing Wisconsin's Werewolf Paperback – July 28, 2003

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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

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
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  • 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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #906,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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Linda Godfrey has presented this seminal work on the alleged wolfman-like creature known as the Beast of Bray Road. She chronicles the sightings in as much detail as possible. Not only has she compiled an in-depth chronology of the events and sightings, but she is someone who actually communicated with witnesses.

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.
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