January 8, 2002


by Loren Coleman

  In MOTHMAN AND OTHER CURIOUS ENCOUNTERS, investigator Loren Coleman provides intriguing background on the subject of the new motion picture, Mothman Prophecies, as well as on the numerous websites devoted to the Mothman legend.

On November 15, 1967 in the small town of Point Pleasant, West Virginia, two young couples reported to the Mason County sheriff’s department that they had a curious encounter with a monster: “It was shaped like a man, but bigger. Maybe six and a half or seven feet tall. And it had big wings folded on its back.” Thus began thirteen months of otherworldly mystery, madness, and mayhem for the people of Point Pleasant, culminating in the collapse of the Silver Bridge, which left 46 dead.

Contrary to popular belief, the West Virginian Mothman is not unique. In his latest book, Coleman examines the Mothman’s precursors like the Flatwoods Monster of 1952, other sightings of flying humanoids, and the spawn of the creature—bringing the ‘Mothman’ story up to date. The author delves into the technical aspects of the mysterious sightings and the impact of John A. Keel, the newsman who spent a year in Point Pleasant looking into the Mothman story and lived to write about it, on investigations into the unknown.
Coleman’s theory and engaging style form a persuasive argument that is certain to jolt your placid preconceived notions of the nature of the physical universe.

A new Screen Gems production on the subject, entitled Mothman Prophecies, will be released in January. It was directed by Mark Pellington and stars Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Debra Messing and Will Patton
“In a very strange way, Point Pleasant all makes sense to me. Mothman’s time has come. Mothman lives. The event wrapped in the riddle called Mothman has focused so many mysteries in one place. We are not able to ignore it any longer, even if we don’t have all the answers yet.”
--Loren Coleman

”After a lifetime of research, Loren Coleman has produced the most complete overview of Mothman and its minions - the scariest family of monsters on Earth."
--John A. Keel, author, The Mothman Prophecies
About Loren Coleman
  LOREN COLEMAN of Portland, Maine is one of the world’s leading investigators of the inexplicable and an internationally known cryptozoologist. He has written hundreds of articles on the subject, as well as numerous books, including The Field Guide to Bigfoot, Yeti, and Other Mystery Primates Worldwide, and Cryptozoology A to Z: The Encyclopedia of Loch Monsters, Sasquatch, Chupacabras, and Other Authentic Mysteries of Nature. Coleman appears frequently on both radio and television programs, and most recently has been the senior series consultant for a new series of In Search Of…programs. He has an undergraduate degree in anthropology-zoology and a graduate degree in psychiatric social work. Coleman has been an instructor, assistant professor, and research associate in various academic university settings since 1980 (see also )
  Mothman and Other Curious Encounters
by Loren Coleman
Paraview Press Trade Paper Original
Pub. Date: January 25, 2002
ISBN: 1-931044-34-1 Unexplained Mysteries
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5 ½ x 81/4, 210 pages, $14.95
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