The deeper Keel takes you into his experiences during the "Year of the Garuda" the more you find yourself questioning the things you "know" about the world around you. Presented in a style more reminiscent of a collection of articles than a single narrative Keel brings the reader into an ever more strange, and increasingly threatening microcosm consisting of true believers and the seemingly omnipresent phenomena that haunt them. Perhaps the most disturbing part of the book is Keels own decent into paranoid madness. The electronic "malfunctions", the men in black, a phone line issue that seems more than happenstance. John Keel finds himself no longer a simple documentarian, but a player in this wild and terrifying "game". In his search for an explanation Keel develops a strange and disconcerting hypothesis, connecting all the wild experiences that have been happening around him. Mothman, Indrid Cold, Strange Lights in the Sky, The Men in Black, for Keel they are not separate unexplainable phenomenon, for John Keel, they are all related and about a purpose that at best is indifferent to the pain and fear they cause, and at worst, enjoying the suffering they bring.
When Keel begins to express just how deep he went down the rabbit hole you get a feel for just how "real" all these unbelievable things are. Is there a Mothman? Are their Aliens? Are the Men in Black listening to your phone calls? The reality of these things becomes inconsequential, for Keel believes them to be true. By surrounding himself with "true" believers and immersing himself in all the "unexplainable" events surrounding Point Pleasant Keel falls into madness. Paranoia takes over and we see that, even were there no validity to the amazing events of that year, the power of belief held by those people possessed a danger of its own.
The narrator is nothing special, he reads well but with little panache
Even if its only in your mind, it doesn't mean its not real.
LOVED IT. And it still gives me the wiggins
There is no way I am going to pass this book up! I have been a huge fan of stories such as this and either if it's real or not, everyone should have an open mind about this very subject! Fantastic!
I don't understand why this book is rated so low, or gets such poor reviews. I found it both fascinating and very creepy at parts. Dragged sometimes, but over all I thought it was a great read/listen!
So I read this book to conquer my fear. It all seems so fantastic, I'm not sure I can believe (which really helped with my fear of aliens) I like the narrator and the subject kept my interest. I had never heard of this before and have not seen the movie. He is an expert at building conspiracy theories. I do wonder if it's true or if he's just a bit touched.
Here is an example of a book I should have looked at a bit more closely before purchasing. The promo audio clip sounded alright, as did the squib on Audible. This was a tedious book. Long-winded, purported non-fiction with no unifying theme that was apparent, other than the author is the only man alive clever enough to find space aliens behind hang-up phone calls and other natural disasters.
From the outset let me say that I did not expect this book to be the same story as the movie. I did some research before purchasing it. This book is ok for someone who is looking for stories that are the equivalent of campfire stories or bizarre stories you may hear from friends after a good bottle of wine. Don’t look for scientific facts here because the author is more concerned with telling the stories that people have related to him, no matter how strange. Over all the book really goes nowhere and gives little illumination into the mystery of the Mothman sightings. It just wanders from one strange story to another leading the reader into a state of boredom rather than intrigue.
I admit I was suckered in by the title. It was a clever ruse, to call it something like Mothman Prophesies. It spends very little time on the so-called Mothman and even less time on any prophecies. For that matter, it's a meandering diatribe of a collection of every UFO and hair-brained X-files throw away story you've ever heard. And if you're anything like me, who's up-to-date on these types of stories, nothing new at all was expounded in this poor excuse for an "otherworldly" tome. When I listen to a book like this, I wonder at the level of mediocrity of content that is considered acceptable to put into print or on tape. It sounds to me like they sold the concept before they sold the book, and what they delivered, the work, fell far short of the mark, but the publisher was not willing to take a loss or figured that there are enough suckers out there to buy it that it would make it worthwhile. Apparently he was right, since I bought it, and it's no surprise that Hollywood optioned the rights...I'll bet the screenplay will have more of a story line than the book even if it has the depth of an '80's music video. Don't waste your money...the movie HAS to be better...
I thought that this book was supposed to have a mothman in it. This book does not even contain a measily little moth. I thought that it was a horror story, like the movie (which was really good). Instead, this book is all about UFOs. I hate UFOs. They mess up our corn.
Where do I start? How about with the fact the author states that dark-skinned asians from outer space drive mysterious black VW Bugs and come to our planet to mutilate cattle, make prank phone calls, pretend to be government agents, and take suprise photographs of us while hiding in our living rooms?
I can't believe that 'literature' like this got published but hundreds of authors get rejected every month.
And the money the author accepted from Hollywood for the rights to develop a movie based on it would have been better invested in nursery rhymes.
It amazes me that this guy actually has made a living since the 1960s writing this stuff.
He takes credit for every original thought that UFO folks have had (because he 'wrote a paragraph' about it earlier). But discredits some of the folks he interviews while trying to make others look more believable.
The book isn't about the mothman - which he describes as being everything from a 10 foot chicken to a nude dark 7 foot tall woman with wings. It's about nothing in particular; just a collection of accounts in the late 60s and early 70s that he 'investigated.'
It's hard to listen to the book without being insulted by the author's attempt to even make you belive some of this stuff.
Like a proverbial 'train wreck' the only reason to continue to listen is to see just how far out on a limb this guy can go. Just when you think he's managed to completely confuse everything that you've ever heard about UFOs; he'll take it a step further by telling you that these same aliens will cause your phone lines to screach and then send poltergeists to your house just for kicks. Obviously no one ever told him that UFOs, Ghosts, & Demons are about as different subjects as Vasectomies, Home Shopping Channes, and Oil Changes are.
Save your money.
Save your sanity.
Save what's left of your good taste.
Don't buy this book.
You've been warned.
One of the most compelling books I have ever read. John Keel investigates the UFO phenomenon from an objective standpoint and discovers that the truth is far more bizarre than the bogus stories the standard UFOlogists can dream up.
The title is somewhat misleading as the book is not about mothman, though he is mentioned. It is also true that the book is nothing like the cheap garbage movie that bears the same name. The producers of that movie merely bought the name so the could produce some trash and make a quick buck.
I would also like to address those reviewers that feel the book is a bunch of disconnected stories. You obviously missed the point entirely and Mr. Keel explains his point in detail in the first few chapters. The point is the common connection between the stories. The point is that all sorts of other weird things happen in the same places and at the same times that UFO sightings are recorded. All of these things must therefore be part of the same phenomenon.
If you have on open mind and the ability to read a story objectively without forming a "belief", prepare to be glued to your earphones for 9 hours.