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Mothman Emerged: A Cryptozoological Thriller Paperback – August 31, 2012
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This one wastes absolutely NO time getting down to business: the residents of a small Washington town (that's surrounded by forest) begin to spot fast-moving, winged creatures, first running around their property and then flying all over the place. Over-sized cocoons are discovered in the woods and in people's attics and basements. And just when the small police department starts to get involved, an 'X-Files'-like FBI duo show up with a scientist to see what's happening.
The man-sized moth creatures seem to be made out of some kind of ash that causes people's hands to melt if they come into contact...and some who have been attacked are starting to transform. Conspiracy theories begin to spread...
MOTHMAN EMERGED is jam-packed with action, suspense, and reads like a cross between a 50s creature-feature and an 80s John Halkin novel (Google him). My only gripe is the story seems like it's just starting when it ends, so hopeflly we'll have another MOTHMAN adventure somewhere down the line.
Loads of creepy monster fun and a GREAT read for Halloween.
A perfect book for this time of year. Nobody can write a creep-out scene like Gina.
'It came from the ceiling of the bedroom, an odd creaking, scratching sound...'
Here's hoping we haven't seen the last of these creatures...
Mothman Emerged starts with creepy stuff right away and throws readers into the woods of Lockwood, a small town in Washington, where there are some big, strange cocoons hanging from the trees. No one spots them for a while, but they soon start encountering what comes from them: dark, winged creatures with glowing eyes, razor-sharp talons, and a very violent disposition. When Sheriff Steven Collie gets the first call, he thinks nothing of it, but he quickly has a first-hand encounter that lets him know there is something dangerous out there attacking the people he's supposed to protect. Unfortunately, it's almost impossible to be safe from creatures that come out of nowhere, can fly really fast, and are seemingly indestructible. Before Collie figures out a way to save everyone, members of a secret branch of the FBI arrive in town to investigate. If they fail to control the situation, Lockwood might face something more terrible than anyone could have ever imagined.
The first thing you should know is that this is not a book about Mothmen; it's a story about Mothmen by Gina Ranalli. Forget what you think you know about these creatures because the author has reinvented them. From the cocoons they come from and the way sound affects them to their barely-there bodies and violent behavior, the beings Ranalli created are scary, unique, and destructive in more than one way. In fact, one of the book's treats comes in the form of the black dust the Mothmen are made from: it melts human skin.
As you would expect from a Ranalli story, there is a great mix of elements: an incredible amount of action, healthy doses of violence and gore, and the narrative maintains a great pace at all times. However, the best thing about Mothman Emerged is that it spins wildly toward a finale that seems made for a movie, but which eventually becomes a nightmare that dishes out death on a large scale and proves the author pulls no punches.
Mothman Emerged: A Cryptozoological Thriller is one of those strange tomes that will please horror fans and cryptozoology aficionados alike. Get a copy today and learn why the government can be as dangerous as the creatures in the woods.