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"I don't think a list of best paranormal books for any year would be complete with a few titles from Brad Steiger. His work is always thorough, knowledgeable and engaging, and this book is no exception. It's a virtual encyclopedia of strange creatures. This is a must for every paranormal enthusiast's bookshelf."— About.com

"Another creepy classic of encyclopedic proportions .... Brad's book will have you riveted to each page from beginning to end."— Alternate Perceptions

"YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers Nomination"— American Library Association

"Best Cryptozoology Collections of the Year"— Cryptomundo.com

"I've never been afraid of monsters until I read Brad Steiger's new book."— Examiner.com

"Highly entertaining and a great book for anyone interested in the weird and the frightening."— Fate Magazine

"One of Steiger's best books yet, Real Monsters is full of the kind of stories that we have come to expect from him—the kind you have to leave the light on just to get half-way through!"— Hauntedamericatours.com

"Steiger's passion for his subject matter is evident throughout the book, which makes for a pleasurable tour through the shadow-filled underworld that so many of his beloved creatures inhabit. In addition to being a fun, well-written book, Steiger's volume [has] literally hundreds of unique monsters and beasts just waiting to be discovered."— Horrornews.net

"Steiger's writing is crisp, and the topics are captivating. This work is an entertaining read on intriguing and sometimes bizarre subject matter at a very affordable cost."— Library Journal

"If you're new to the subject of unknown animals and are wondering what all the fuss is about, then Real Monsters, Gruesome Critters, and Beasts from the Darkside is a great place to begin your journey of adventure. If you're a seasoned and long-term devotee of the world of strange creatures, then you'll appreciate the care, time and fine writing that has gone into this latest publication from one of the world's leading experts on the paranormal."— Mania.com

"Does someone you know love to be scared? You won't find many things scarier than Real Monsters, Gruesome Critters, and Beasts from the Darkside ... This comprehensive book by the Master of Monsters is filled with short, readable paragraphs about all sorts of things that go bump in the night. Be sure to wrap it up with a flashlight, for obvious reasons..."— The Bookworm Sez

About the Author

Brad Steiger is the award-winning author of more than 100 books, including Real Ghosts, Restless Spirits, and Haunted Houses; Real Vampires, Night Stalkers, and Creatures from the Darkside; Real Zombies, the Living Dead, and Creatures of the Apocalypse; and The Werewolf Book. He is a regular radio guest on the Allan Handelman Show, Coast to Coast, and Jeff Rense's Sightings. He lives in Ventura, Iowa.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Visible Ink Press (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578592208
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578592203
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #973,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brad Steiger's new book "Real Monsters, Gruesome Critters, and Beasts from the Darkside" is an incredible comprehensive overview and resource for all things monstrous, whether creatures and entities unnatural, or natural beasties and beings which are natural, but unknown to science.

It was a great honor to see my research quoted in Brad's book, since he is the master researcher and writer on all matters paranormal, occult and mysterious. In this new book, he has drawn together a veritable smorgasbord of facts, evidence, personal accounts, and logical, well-reasoned postulations, which collectively is sure to be a much-referenced source and guide for those who are serious about such studies, as well as those who are simply curious.

Unlike so many books on such topics these days, this is no lightweight tome, but is a hefty, information-packed volume that will draw the reader back again and again.

Buy this book. You will thoroughly enjoy it and be glad that you did.
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Actually only a name really convinced me that I was going to read this book if you leave out the words "Written by . . ." Brad Steiger is of course those important words. In fact for the last 50 years if, upon entering a bookstore and heading straight to the "certain" section I saw the name "Brad Steiger" glaring back at me from the spine I knew I had found the book I would buy that day. So I'd be biased if I started raving about how great Real Monsters...etc. is. I mean that's a given. The man is a master of his craft. He can write.

No what I want to comment on is the book itself. When I first open a paranormal book the first thing I do is turn to the source and acknowledgment pages. You can learn a lot about the book from these two sections. I like good source material and this book went beyond the call of duty in those sections. Steiger devoted 8 pages to information regarding those who helped by writing articles or giving research even going so far as to include contact information; a tremendous help to other researchers.

Next I turn to the Chapter headings. There are two many to list here as this 400 page book is full of scary stuff. The next step is to sort of leaf through the book until you finally turn to the first page and start to read until it ends. Not this book. As soon as I started leafing through Mr Steiger's new book something would catch my eye and I'd stop and read it, or look at a piece of artwork. What i realized was that here was a book designed for our 21st century multi-tasking lives. Who has time to read a book cover to cover. Not I. Not you. But this way you can grab a glance at the book over coffee. Read a couple of the stories and go out and face the real world. And return when you can. Thanks Brad for a smooth, clean, refreshing type reader. Once again, my man, you are ahead of the curve..
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The book is by renown paranormal author Brad Steiger. It is divided into sections and is perhaps more easily enjoyed by skipping the sections that do not interest the reader or by reading the book one section at a time, disregarding the order of the sections in the book.

The good thing about the book is that is has a little something for everyone. In the book one will find stories of ghosts, demons, vampires, bigfoot, bogeymen, werewolves, and nearly every other supernatural "nasty" one can think of. The bad things about the book are that most of the people in the supposedly-true-tales remain anonymous. Additionally Steiger makes certain factual errors that may be difficult to spot unless one has priorly researched a subject or incident. For example, Brandi Blackbear was not a witch possessed by a demon who put a curse on her teacher. Instead, Blackbear was a Wiccan, a witch who doesn't do curses, and was a victim of intolerance by a paranoid teacher who falsely accused her of using black magic to make him sick. Steiger also includes a section on Hoodoo that contains a lot of nonsense. In fact, the sections on Hoodoo, Voodoo, Santeria, and the other African-derived religions and/or practices are quite out of place in this book.
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There are good monsters, bad monsters, and down right mean monsters.
Brad Steiger attacks them all in his latest big book that tells you more about the subject than any other work of its kind I have ever read and I know of what I speak since I have written on the subject and investigated the story behind the story (now an urban legend) that Washington Irving popularized so long ago.

This is one hell of a read. Steigers book packs a punch powerful enough to knock the head off any horseman. This work is something even Ichabod Crane could stick his nose into.

Add it to your paranormal library - OR ELSE!
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Has some very interesting tidbits about various creatures. However, there are some entries that are posted based on similarities to one creature while obviously being another. So be a little open-minded and aware when reading the book.
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No explorer of the unusual should be without a "Brad Steiger" section--and this book in particular! Reminiscent of John Keels "Monsters from Beyond Time and Space," this is a good compilation of a wide variety of strange entities, with eyewitness testimonies, histories, and myths. There are a few good books by Brad Steiger that deserve inclusion into this bracket, as I'm sure anyone interested in the unknown already knows. Copyrighted 2011, and it's the newest of his that I know of.
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