Thursday, December 29, 2011

Bigfoot High-Strangeness

If you have followed the work of researcher/writer Stan Gordon - and particularly so his excellent book, Silent Invasion, which addresses a wealth of truly high-strangeness in relation to Bigfoot - you will want to read this new piece on Stan's work, which provides some excellent insight.

Indeed, I recommend Stan's book to anyone and everyone interested in the British Bigfoot phenomenon.

Not because Stan's book focuses on Britain, but because Silent Invasion demonstrates (as do the actions of just about every British Bigfoot ever reported) that whatever the true nature of the world's hairy man-beasts, they are far more than mere flesh-and-blood apes that science and zoology have yet to classify.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Bigfoot on Film

Coming in January: The Bigfoot Filmography by David Coleman.

Here's the blurb for the book, which I'm sure most Bigfoot enthusiasts will want to get their hands on:

"The 'Sasquatch' film genre, devoted to the legendary and notoriously elusive creature also known as Bigfoot, and its Himalayan counterpart, the Yeti, is the focus of this illustrated reference guide. Here is a fascinatingly detailed look at the cinematic history of Sasquatch, from the earliest trick films of Georges Melies to the most up-to-date CGI efforts. Critical insights regarding the genre's development are offered, along with an exhaustively researched filmography that includes every known film or television appearance of Sasquatch, Bigfoot and Yeti in both fictitious and documentary formats. Included are in-depth interviews with such filmmakers as Kevin Tenney, Adam Muto, Ryan Schifrin, Tim Skousen and Michael Worten, as well as reproductions of rare movie stills, posters, lobby cards and behind-the-scenes production photos. Renowned cryptozoologist Loren Coleman provides an insightful foreword to the text."

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Hairy Hands Horror

Over at Mysterious Universe, I have a new post on the infamous and legendary "Hairy Hands" of Dartmoor, England, that we might be inclined to place in the category of a spectral "British Bigfoot."

There's an interesting comment-thread at the foot of the article where people have been noting their own experiences of the Hairy-Hands variety.

Here's the link to the complete article.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Man-Monkey Coverage

Check out the blog of New Page Books - under their "Creature of the Month" banner - where you will find a new article from me on England's Man-Monkey and its strange and unearthly antics at Bridge 39 on the Shropshire Union Canal...

Here's the link.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Woodwose and Wild Men

Over at her website, Kithra has a new post on Woodwose and Wild Men - phenomena that play an integral role in the British Bigfoot controversy.

Here's the opening words of Kithra's article:

"In its depiction the Woodwose, sometimes called the Wild Man, is very similar to the Green Man. Both appear in ancient mythology and have their origins in ancient paganism. And, since they became subsumed into Christianity in medieval times, both can often be found as decoration in Churches.

"Whilst the Green Man, a pre-Christian fertility symbol, is usually depicted with the face half-covered in leaves and vines emanating from the mouth, the Woodwose is usually shown as a complete, part human, figure carrying a club with the limbs being leafy. It also often shows a thick beard and wears a cap. The Woodwose may also be shown holding the club in different positions. Sometimes this is on its side and sometimes it is raised. There is a theory that a raised club depicts the figure before it was converted to Christianity, but it’s probably more correct to believe that it was raised to ward off evil spirits."

And here's the link to the complete paper.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

The Warrington Wild-Thing

At his Monster! blog, Neil Arnold tells the strange story of the Warrington Man-Beast, and begins thus:

"The town of Warrington, which sits on the banks of the River Mersey, is also a borough and unitary authority area of Cheshire. According to an obscure story from the 18th century, later repeated in Wally Barnes' 1990 book Ghosts, Mysteries & Legends of Old Warrington, a terrifying man-beast once stalked a farm in Warrington. One such farm, once known as Peggy Gronachs Chicken Farm harboured a bizarre story which Wally Barnes was told of in the 1940s. According to Barnes, Peggy Gronach was '...the most evil, ugly and haggard old wretch ever seen in the vicinity.'"

And here's the link to Neil's complete article.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

The Spectral British Bigfoot

Exposed, Uncovered, and Declassified: Ghosts, Spirits, & Hauntings, Am I Being Haunted? - which has just been published and is now widely available - includes a paper from me on ghostly creatures, some of a definitively monstrous nature, including the phantom-like Man-Monkey of England's Shropshire Union Canal and the local old villages of Ranton and Woodseaves. For more information, here's the link.

A 19th Century Scottish Monkey

Richard Muirhead has uncovered a truly fascinating case of a distinctly out-of-place monkey shot dead in Scotland in the 19th Century! Weird, indeed! Here's the link.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Spectral Bigfoot - Coming Soon

Exposed, Uncovered, and Declassified: Ghosts, Spirits, & Hauntings, Am I Being Haunted? is a soon-to-be-published collection of writings that includes a chapter from me on spectral animals - some of a distinctly cryptozoological nature, including the ghost-like Man-Monkey of England's Shropshire Union Canal. For more information, click right here!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

An Irish Wild-Man

Over at his Gralien Report site, Micah hanks delves into an enigmatic tale of a 13th Century Irish Wildman. Here's the link to the article, which begins thus:

"Within various Medieval literature detailing history and folklore throughout Europe, one who looks hard enough won’t have to struggle to find references to hairy, manlike beasts, variously referred to as orcs, ogres, trolls, woodwoses, and wild men in various documents from England and its surrounding countries."

Thursday, February 24, 2011

An East-Coast Man-Beast

Neil Arnold delves into the strange - and fascinating - realm of the Norfolk Wildman...

Neil says, in part: "Many years ago when I first began writing for Animals & Men magazine (around issue 5 or 6) I mentioned to Jon Downes something regarding cryptozoological pub signs. There are many St George and the Dragon signs, and I know a few which also mention unicorns. However, one particular pub sign which is of great interest to me is that which belongs to The Wild Man at 29 Bedford Street in Norwich. Now, most pub signs have a meaning but the legend which pertains to The Wild Man is extremely intriguing."

And, indeed, it is! Click on the link above, and you'll see why!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Beasts of the Bridges

Two days ago I began writing (on a 3-times-a-week schedule) for Mysterious Universe. My second post, which has been uploaded today, deals with the link between bizarre creatures (including Britain's Man-Monkey) and ancient bridges. Here's the link...

Monday, February 7, 2011

Cannock Chase Controversies

As regular readers of this blog will be aware, I often provide details of hairy, man-beast encounters in and around England's Cannock Chase woods, located only a very short car-drive from where I used to live.

Well, now there is this bureaucratic atrocity to deal with that may very well change this wonderful locale forever...

And click here for more info on this stupid and outrageous move by the powers-that-be, and where you can learn more about what is going on.

Pondering the Woodwose

When it comes to a study of the British Bigfoot, there's one creature that is a vital component of the puzzle: the Woodwose...

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The Paranormal Bigfoot

Given that the British Bigfoot is clearly an entity of paranormal - rather than flesh-and-blood - origins, you may want to check out my review of Stan Gordon's new book, Silent Invasion: The Pennsylvania UFO-Bigfoot Casebook.

As I note, in part, in the review:

"...Now, I know for sure that any book suggesting Bigfoot may somehow be inextricably linked with the UFO phenomenon - and vice-versa, of course! - is bound to raise hackles in certain quarters.

"However, the fact of the matter is that there is surely not a Bigfoot researcher out there who has not been exposed to (at the very least) a few creature cases that absolutely reek of high-strangeness, and that place the hairy man-beasts into definitively Fortean - rather than zoological or cryptozoological - realms.

"Whether those same Bigfoot researchers are willing to admit they have come across such cases - or are willing to give such reports some degree of credence - is a very different matter, however!"

Monday, January 3, 2011

Richard Holland & British Wild Men

Here's an excellent website that I definitely recommend: Richard Holland's Uncanny UK. As you may be aware, Richard was the editor of Britain's Paranormal magazine, until its recent, untimely demise. Fortunately, the closure of the magazine hasn't stopped Richard from continuing his writings at his own website - which, as this link demonstrates, includes an article on the always-controversial British Bigfoot.