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Monster Hunters: On the Trail with Ghost Hunters, Bigfooters, Ufologists, and Other Paranormal Investigators Paperback – June 1, 2015
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The author doesn't just rely on interviews, but immerses himself in the subject. He tags along with a group of ghost hunters on investigations, and experiences the occasional turmoil and tension that seems to characterize these organizations. He camps out with searchers for bigfoot and hears howls and chattering that sends him fleeing to the safety of a nearby vehicle. He witnesses unexplainable lights in the sky. He sees firsthand a huckster who travels from airport hotel to airport hotel preying on the weak and hurting.
And through it all, with the most obvious exception being the egregious huckster, he is remarkably open-minded. He does not approach this book with the blind faith of the true believer, nor does he assume the close mindedness of the determined skeptic. He essentially casts himself in the role of umpire, and "calls 'em like he sees 'em." And that is refreshing, because this book is not about whether ghosts, bigfoots, and UFO's are real. It's about the people that search for them. The cast of characters is truly remarkable.
Quite frankly, I'm ready for Volume 2, Mr. Krulos. In the meantime, I'll be reading this one again and again.
Thank you Tea Krulos!
I thought it would get boring during some parts of the book, like the bigfoot and skunk ape sections, because I've never really been into that. I was wrong, though. It was surprisingly interesting.
There were certain places in the book where I just had to lay down my kindle and shake my head. Not believing that some people could put any stock in what was going on. That was the section on Rev. Larson. Why can't people see that he's just trying to rip people off , stereotyping, judging, and embarrassing them while he's at it.
I really liked the ghost hunting trips he described. One of them being Bobby Mackey's in Wilder, Kentucky. The first time I heard about that place was on Ghost Adventures, my favorite ghost hunting show.
If you are interested in any form of the paranormal, you will like this book. Even if you're a skeptic. I still am even though I like to watch TV shows and read books about ghosts. Recommended!
I should note than I am not a fan of the paranormal and am a skeptic about all of the various groups in this book (except the skeptics). I read ithe book because I found the character descriptions, of real characters mostly. to be entertaining and informative. Among dozens of people Krulos interacts with in the book are true believers, interested doubters, skeptics and a charlatan or two. They are unfailingly interesting people, if not always very likable.
Chapter 1 starts with a visit to the Cryptozoology Museum (Portland, Maine), which sounds like a really interesting place. Chapter 2 has Krulos participating in a field investigation, the title "Time Stamp" referring to a procedure in recording sounds in a site being investigated--public sites in this chapter. This investigation is to examine a place where something paranormal has been experienced by someone, and ghosts and poltergeists would be the usual suspects. I found the concept of "trigger objects" fascinating, being objects aimed at triggering a ghostly response. Chapter 3 describes aspects of the Chupacabras (he uses the plural); this chapter includes some skeptics.
Chapter 4 visits Champ, the Lake Champlain monster. Chapter 5 covers a field examination in a private home, and is an especially vivid chapter. Chapter 6 is a virtuoso description of a large and long UFO conference in Arizona. There are apparently many distinctive approaches to ufology, as it's called, with some tension among groups. Chapter 7 looks at the Mothman in Pt. Pleasant, West Virginia; the town is capitalizing by having a yearly Mothman Festival since 2002 (the original sighting dates to 1966)..
Chapter 8 concerns attempts to communicate with the dead. Chapter 9 describes Bigfoot investigators and the oddly interesting question of should someone shoot Bigfoot, or not, the shooter faction pointing out that an actual sample of the creature would dispel doubts. Chapter 10 concerns exorcism, and has an interesting account of what seems to be an extremely brazen charlatan. Chapter 11 is a trip to Florida to investigate the Swamp Ape. Chapters 12 and 13 struck me as so-so, but Chapter 14, titled "The Case of the Haunted Honkey Tonk" is intriguing.