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About the Author

Author and artist Linda Godfrey is a former teacher and newspaper reporter who became a leading authority on modern-day unknown canines or werewolves after breaking the story The Beast of Bray Road in 1992. Besides a book by that title, she has also written Hunting the American Werewolf (basis of the History Channel show MonsterQuest's first episode), three books in the Chelsea House Mysteries, Legends and Unexplained series (Werewolves, Lake and Sea Monsters, and Mythical Creatures), Weird Michigan, Strange Wisconsin, The Poison Widow, Haunted Wisconsin: Ghosts and Strange Phenomena in the Badger State, and (co-authored) Weird Wisconsin and Strange Wisconsin. She has appeared on many national TV and radio shows, such as Travel Channel, Inside Edition, the New In Search Of, America's Scariest Places, National and Wisconsin Public Radio, Coast to Coast AM, and more. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband and their monstrous dog, Grendel.

She maintains web sites at www.beastofbrayro


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Trails Media Group; 1 edition (March 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931599661
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931599665
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,213,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By William R. Hancock on May 6, 2006
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A while back I reviewed Linda Godfrey's "The Beast of Bray Road" and did so favorably. I was impressed with it. Now a sequel is out, "Hunting the American Werewolf" , and I find myself even more impressed with this one. This is not surprising, I don't think. The first book was good, but the scope was limited. Ms. Godfrey does solid research and investigation work. Like Jerry D. Coleman of the "Strange Highways" books, Linda Godfrey goes out ON SITE and IN THE FIELD to "doggedly" investigate mystery sightings. She doesn't lean heavily on other authors as sources, nor does she pull all her data off blogs or "booger" internet sites.As was evidenced in her first book...dealing mainly with a flurry of Delavan/Elkhorn, Wisconsin sightings in the 1990s (with a small scattering of Michigan-based stories thrown in, as well as a flashback to one hair raising incident in the 1930s)...AND with THIS volume as well... Linda Godfrey goes out and gets her paws dirty "DIGGING" for HER data. This is impressive and commendable.

With regard to her first book, " The Beast of Bray Road", she did a great job with a somewhat limited number of case histories to work with.

What "Beast of Bray Road" did, though, was bring forth a virtual flood of sighting reports from widespread areas and time periods, ranging from all over Wisconsin and Michigan and down even as far south as rural Georgia down below Savannah.
Ms. Godfrey received...from an excited readership...scores of new incident accounts: enough to really "sink her teeth into" (please pardon the typical Linda Godfrey-like pun) and to sustain this sequel volume; and, with data STILL coming in, enough to warrant a third volume in the not-too-distant future.

The Data thus far has led Ms.
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Linda Godfrey succeeds in uncovering more sightings and tales of Wisconsin's beloved Bray Road Beast, an apparent man-wolf, or wolves, which seem to have strayed from their original haunt in Walworth County. They now apparently prowl the woods and swamps of neighboring states, and Godfrey reveals historic incidents and encounters from many other places too, even outside of the US.

In this follow-up to the Beast of Bray Road Godfrey continues to present the case of mysterious man-wolves with an opening mind, and a fun writing style that manages to keep the reader just shy of peaking the fear meter, though there are a few spots that may push the needle closer to the red.

In "Hunting the American Werewolf" the reader will find more theories about what these creatures may be; shapeshifters, hybrid wolf-dogs, or an assumed extinct bear/dog like creatures called Amphicyon. An interesting theory and, as this reviewer found, one of the most creepily entertaining suppositions in the book.

Godfrey has even explored more supernatural possibilities as well. Could they be spirit beings? Demons from hell? Aliens? These and other ideas are examined, including the unavoidable connections with Bigfoot. And, like in her previous book on the subject, Godfrey takes no shame in presenting theories that many readers will find nothing short of absurd.

She presents them all regardless of how outlandish they may seem, including a few trips down the psychic highway in which we learn that one woman has apparently contacted the head wolf creature telepathically and was informed that they mean the human race no harm, thankfully. And another in which a fellow claims a race of man-wolves travels to and from our world through interdimensional vortices.
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I bought this book for two reasons, one, because I am interested in cryptozoology, and two, because a good majority of my family lives in southern WI. I will start with the things I did not like about the book. First off, and I cannot reiterate this enough, this book needed a much stronger editor. Although I enjoyed the tone of the authors work, reading it was a pain in the hiney as every page of the book was littered with parentheses. It seemed as if every other sentence had a set of parenthesis. Not really that big of a deal I suppose, just that I found it irritating to read in that respect. The other thing I disliked about this book was that I found many of the "man-wolf reports" were a pretty far stretch. Somebody heard growling in the trees, or heard a weird howl, oh it must be man-wolf! Even some of the visual sightings she cites, it sounds like they are much more likely a large dog. In my opinion, I think only maybe 1/4-1/3 of her "man-wolf reports" are possible legitimate unexplainable creature sightings.

I did however enjoy the book overall. The author really seems to have a great sense of humor and with the exception of vomiting parentheses everywhere, I enjoyed her writing style. I did NOT believe in werewolves or man-wolves at all before reading this book. Do I believe in them now? I honestly can't say one way or another. I'm certainly pondering their existence a bit more right now. The reason I am giving this 3 stars as opposed to 2 stars is because I really enjoyed reading about all the research she dug up in regard to the Indian mounds and the Ho-Chunk connection. The author seems to be a pretty darn good researcher. She definitely covers every POSSIBLE explanation for what these creatures, if they do exist, may be.

I have recommended this book to others with an interest in cryptozoology and probably will continue to do so. Maybe just check it out from the library before you buy it to see if it really holds your interest.
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