Monster Hunters

Monster Hunters

On the Trail With Ghost Hunters, Bigfooters, Ufologists, and Other Paranormal Investigators

eBook - 2015
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"Do ghosts exist? What about Bigfoot or Skinwalkers? And how will we ever know? Journalist Tea Krulos spent more than a year traveling nationwide to meet individuals who have made it their life's passion to hunt down evidence of entities that they believe exist but that others might shrug off as nothing more than myths, fairy tales, or the products of overactive imaginations. Without taking sides in the debate, Krulos joins these believers in the field, exploring haunted houses, trekking through creepy forests, and scanning skies and lakes as they collect data on the unknown poltergeists, chupacabras, Skunk Apes (Bigfoot's stinky cousins), and West Virginia's Mothman. Along the way, he meets a diverse cast of characters--true believers, skeptics, and hoaxers--from the credible to the quirky, and has a couple of hair-raising encounters that make him second-guess his own beliefs.".
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Chicago Review Press, 2015
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781613749845
Branch Call Number: 001.94 Kr
Description: 1 online resource (320 pages)
Additional Contributors: Freading (Firm)

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Jul 14, 2018

Tea Krulos has brought us what should by all rights be a charming investigation of the ghost hunting and cryptid scene in the United States (with a special focus on Wisconsin). From Champ to the skunk ape to ghost investigations in reputedly haunted theatres, this is a book that has the potential to become a favorite for me. Alas, the author shoots himself in the foot.

I’ll cut right to the point: The best sections are the ones on cryptids. Krulos has come up with a lively and entertaining group of people who hunt or collect stories about mysterious animal sightings. Even if Linda Godfrey (of Beast of Bray Road fame) is the only one who seems even somewhat anchored to this reality, the others are worth the price of admission. I love the founder of Champ Camp, for instance - he reminds me of some people I knew in college. I was charmed, even with the people with whom I don’t want to, say, take in a meal.

The ghost hunting sections are, bluntly, annoying. The habit of constantly repeating one hunter’s nickname got old very quickly and by the end almost became drinking-game worthy. The hunters themselves strike me as less quirky and more just plain mean. “Plain-spoken” is not the same as crass and uncaring. I wouldn’t have wanted to go into a dark structure with any of them.

If that wasn’t enough, the book derails into demon-hunting and exorcism way too much. I don’t need to hear about lay exorcists trying to purge demons from people who are clearly hypnotically susceptible. It saddens me when I hear about people coming back over and over to be exorcised by this jerk. I long for the pages that could have been spent on, say, the chupacabra or lizard men instead of a flam-flam artist. I cry for the pain he’s caused.

If you get this book, please stick to the beastie chapters, and leave the ghost hunting alone. Much as I like ghost hunting, take it from me: You’ll be glad you did. Three of five stars.

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