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The Mothman Prophecies: A True Story Paperback – March 12, 2013
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“An essential read. Even if you just enjoy good suspense, when Keel talks of his own experiences with Men in Black, stolen evidence, and intimidation via eerie phone calls and visitations, you'll want to keep reading.” ―Strange Horizons
“The Mothman remains a potent piece of American folklore.” ―CNN
About the Author
JOHN A. KEEL was a prominent journalist and UFOlogist, credited with coining the term "Men in Black." His books include The Mothman Prophecies and Our Haunted Planet. He died in 2009.
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Keel apparently started interacting with shape shifting entities who could impersonate regular people and appear as telephone repair guys or anyone else. When these entities start attacking people they can drive someone to the brink of insanity because the person can no longer determine what's real as most of us understand reality.
Keel perhaps made the mistake of trying to outwit these strange beings at times like following up with the phone company about his various phone problems for example. Those types of efforts are futile since the shape shifters are always many steps ahead of us mortals. Trying to act on what they say and do will only lead into another section of an inescapable maze of confusion.
In the book Keel's misadventures with those beings are mixed in with some of his philosophical views. Keel sort of lumped religion, philosophy, and the paranormal all together in the book which I didn't think was that great. I don't for example believe that the flash of light that caused Saint Paul's famous conversion came out of a flying saucer.
Keel was skeptical about many things. Skepticism has its place but it can also be the destroyer of imagination. He also seemed to have a sort of condescending attitude about things others experienced.
Keel was fond of saying: "Belief is the enemy of truth."
That's a sort of vague statement that matches up well with some of his views in the book.
The Men In Black or whoever the Hell they are apparently gave Keel not only the date but the specific time when something terrible was going to happen. This prophecy was wrong about exactly what was going to happen and the scope of the disaster. However it was deadly accurate about the date and time. This doesn't mean the MIBs didn't know what was going to happen. It only means they did not tell John all the details.
There's a dangerous side to all of this. The Men In Black have been associated with strange disappearances, abductions, attempted murders, and actual murders.
I gave the book 4 stars because this was a real event that happened.
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