Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The Mothman Cometh

The Mothman of Ross Bay Cemetery...
When I was a kid, I was transfixed by a book called The Mothman Prophecies by author John Keel. It described the spooky appearance of a mysterious creature in and around the Point Pleasant area of West Virginia from 15 November 1966 to 15 December 1967. The creature was variously described as a "large bird with red eyes", "a flying man with ten foot wings", "a large white creature whose eyes glowed red"... It became known to locals as the Mothman.

The book also introduced Men in Black, mysterious men in black suits who drove around in vintage cars that looked like they just came off the assembly line. They would appear to interview witnesses, but unlike Tommy Lee Jones or Will Smith they were described as noticeably odd in their behaviour... almost as if they were unfamiliar with Earth customs. Yikes!

You can read more about Mothman here.

The Mothman Prophecies is a pretty creepy little movie with Richard Gere that fictionalizes the events (that themselves were probably fiction to start with  ;)  ). It makes for a good Halloween flick.

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