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Mysterious America: The Ultimate Guide to the Nation's Weirdest Wonders, Strangest Spots, and Creepiest Creatures

Mysterious America: The Ultimate Guide to the Nation's Weirdest Wonders, Strangest Spots, and Creepiest Creatures [Kindle Edition]

Loren Coleman
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Bestselling author and noted cryptozoologist Loren Coleman set out on the ultimate mission: to uncover the fun and intriguing phenomena that exist right here in the United States. In Mysterious America, a fun and compulsively readable guidebook to America's most popular local legends, he prepares readers for their own adventure -- where to find the unbelievable spectacles on their journey, including:

  • Phantom panthers haunting eastern North America

  • Bay State ghosts and spirits

  • Mad gassers in Illinois

  • Champ, the famous Lake Champlain monster

  • The Minnesota Iceman

  • The Missouri Momo and the infamous Eastern Bigfoot

  • And many more!

Coleman's witty insight and astonishing experiences will captivate followers of Charles Fort and just-plain-curious readers alike. For, as Coleman frankly reveals, these strange creatures and unimaginable wonders may lie just beyond your own backyard....

About the Author

Loren Coleman, M.S.W. has researched the Copycat Effect for more than two decades. Coleman has been an adjunct professor at various universities in New England since 1980 and a senior researcher with the Muskie School for Public Policy. He is currently the primary consultant for the State of Maine's Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative. The author, coauthor, or editor of more than twenty books, including the critically acclaimed work Suicide Clusters, lives in Portland, Maine.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1650 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (24 April 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003YCQ8PW
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #194,531 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Phantom kangaroos? 10 Nov 2013
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Loren Coleman's "Mysterious America" is subtitled "The Ultimate Guide to the Nation's Weirdest Wonders, Strangest Spots, and Creepiest Creatures". I don't think this correctly describes the book's contents, however. Rather, it's a motley collection of eye witness accounts of various unknown animals and ghostly creatures, interspersed with Coleman's speculations. The chapters are of somewhat varied quality, almost as if Coleman had strung together two or three different manuscripts. The book isn't "bad", but the format probably isn't exciting enough for the general reader. A Fortean nerd might appreciate it better.

Some of the creatures featured in "Mysterious America" are well known from other sources. Who haven't heard of Bigfoot, Champ, the Minnesota Iceman, the "alien" attack at Kelly, phantom panthers and the Jersey Devil? Other bizarre phenomena were news, at least to me. What are we to make of the "phantom clowns" that harass children? Or phantom kangaroos at various locations across the United States? Baboon-like devil monkeys and mystery lions are also featured, as is the Mad Gasser of Mattoon. A list at the back of the book also features phantom ships.

Coleman's concluding remarks are interesting. While the author's late colleague Ivan T Sanderson was a flesh-and-blood cryptozoologist, Coleman was more sympathetic to the idea that there isn't a clear-cut demarcation between cryptids (unknown animals) and paranormal phenomena such as UFOs or ghosts. Nor is there a clear line between reality and fantasy. The paranormal might be some kind of projection of our own subconscious. Coleman also mentions the even stranger speculations of Forteans John Michell and Robert Rickard, about "morphogenetic fields" which make it possible for extinct animals to come back in the flesh.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Only Mildly Mysterious--And Just Passably Interesting 23 Sep 2010
By Gary F. Taylor - Published on
A self-described Fortean cryptozoologist, Loren Coleman is generally regarded as one of the more plausible researchers in his field, for he seems ever ready to disbelieve and discount any and everything he reports. In truth, his subjects include the sorts of things you'd expect to find on the cover of The National Enquirer, and taken in the right spirit such material is generally entertaining. Unfortunately, Coleman can't write worth a damn.

Published in revised version in 2004, MYSTERIOUS AMERICA is very much like buckshot: it goes here, there, and everywhere in search of an interesting target. Now and then Coleman manages to find one, and when this occurs he actually writes of it quite well; his brief passages on the likes of Springheeled Jack and the Kelly-Hopkinsville case (presented here as Kelly's Little Men) are well told, and his more detailed renderings of "ghost clowns" and "the mad gasser" are quite fascinating. But these aside, Coleman spends a lot of time on mysterious kangaroos roaming the midwest, tiresome big foot accounts that have already been endlessly repeated, and lions and panthers that turn up in unexpected places. Such stories are the bulk of the book, and not only are they unteresting in and of themselves, they are written in a remarkably uninteresting way.

There are, as Shakespeare noted, more things in heaven and heaven than are dreamt of in our philosphies. But I doubt anyone will be convinced of it by MYSTERIOUS AMERICA, which is only mildly mysterious and passably interesting.

GFT, Amazon Reviewer
17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mysterious America is a must have! 26 May 2007
By Fortean Threat Filmworks - Published on
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Ghost lights, Devil Monkeys, Momo, The Jersey Devil. It's all here. Our old friend Loren Coleman has cataloged and classified as many strange occurrences as anyone. A must have for anyone interested in the unexplained right here in their own backyards. My copy is already dog-eared from lunch break perusals and the lists at the index end of the book help you plan a paranormal adventure if you so desire. I will definitely keep it handy as I take my film making gear around the South! Thanks Loren, for compiling the mysterious spaces of America.Eyes In The Dark: The Sasquatch Experience
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clearly written, atmospheric... but not necessarily persuasive 12 Nov 2008
By David M. Ballew - Published on
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I'll confess I love reading purportedly true stories of cryptozoology and the paranormal, despite the fact I generally doubt the claims being set forth. Loren Coleman, the author of "Mysterious America," has a gift for presenting his case histories clearly and with a certain atmosphere that makes for entertaining reading, whether or not you give credence to his claims. The one thing you can believe without reservation is that "Mysterious America" is a fun book, sure to please those looking for a shiver and a taste of the mysterious.
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent study of anomalous experiences and encounters 5 July 2007
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This book is in many ways an important study, after all, there is no end to unusual and outright anomalous encounters, and although many books have been written on these subjects, surprisingly little is of any lasting value. Coleman's book is among those that form essential cornerstones of any library of the unknown. Where else can we read about phantom clowns and phantom felines, terror kangaroos, the Dover Demon which he not only investigated, but coined the name - and a host of other, strange and othewordly creatures? Not only that, as there are many books out there with tall tales, Coleman is meticulous in his sourcing and referencing of any aspect. Moreover, he has investigated several of these incidents himself.

Being a researcher in these fields myself, I sense the years of work, study, research and on the spot investigations went into this book, and Coleman deserves accolades for an excellent study. The book is meticulous, well written, well researched and owing to his generous mentioning of sources, traceable.

I was especially intrigued by the phantom clown scare, as around the same time the Netherlands, Europe, experienced one. Which only strenghtens Coleman's chapter on the subject, since, as he writes, law enforcement authorities and others were not even aware that the Phantom Clown scare was a nationwide phenomenon, only having the data of what happened in their cities. How then, might we ask, does the uncomfortable fact fit in that another country also experienced something of a very similar nature at the same time? How do we deal with these, sometimes, transglobal phenomena?

It shows the strength of a researcher such as Coleman that he had his eyes wide open at the right time, and that he tried to make sense of a most puzzling phenomenon. To date as far as I am aware, the chapter in his book is the only study undertaken on the Phantom Clown phenomenon. Perhaps there's a thesis or paper somewhere in an obscure folklore publication; I have not seen it.

I know, though, that while we sit safe and warm in our comfortable apartments and homes, not only in America's outlands, but also in the dark hearts of its cities, strange creatures out of time and space are born. Creatures, that momentarily glide, jump, fly, slither or float in and out our daily existences. Frightened eyewitnesses recount their tales, puzzled journalists write articles. Names are being born to in time enter the lore of the folk, names like Momo, Champ, the Jersey Devil, the Dover Demon, the Baltimore Phantom, The Ghost of Paris, the Atlanta Iceman... Researchers like Coleman try to make sense of it.

It is there, that this book may be our guide; in the shadowy zone where this reality slowly merges with what lies beyond...
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great seller and product 1 July 2011
By Wileyboy - Published on
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excellent service and a great book! read this as a teen and it still fascinates. terrific purchase. loren coleman is the man!
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