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by John Keel

The Mothman Prophecies

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The Mothman Prophecies, by John Keel, details the strange happenings around Point Pleasant, West Virginia in the late 1960's. Keel went there to investigate when people started seeing a strange moth-like creature, among other weird events. Some people were getting strange phone calls, and others saw a strange "Man in Black" who called himself Indrid Cole. The events all stopped after a famous disaster near the town. I don't want to give more than that away because it is a fascinating story that is better left to Keel to tell. There is also a movie loosely based on Keel's account of events which came out in the late 90's. I don't know what to think about Keel. His writing style is interesting and kept me reading, but he could be either a genius or a nutcase. I believe that he believes he saw and experienced these things, but I'm not sure whether they really occurred or if something like mass hysteria affected Point Pleasant at that time. In other words, I'm taking a "Scully" approach to this one where others might take the "Mulder" approach. Regardless of whether you choose to believe or disbelieve the facts as Keel lays them out, his story is an unforgettable one. I highly recommend this book. 272 pp.

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