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
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