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THE BEAST OF BOGGY CREEK: The True Story of the Fouke Monster [Paperback]

Lyle Blackburn
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1 Mar 2012 1933665572 978-1933665573
For more than a century, reports of a strange beast known as the Fouke Monster have circulated among the locals in southern Arkansas. Described as a large, hairy man-like creature, it's said to haunt the vast Sulphur River Bottoms as it travels the secluded waterway known as Boggy Creek.

Over the years, the creature has been seen by numerous witnesses including respected citizens, experienced hunters, famous musicians, and even a police officer. The encounters were often so shocking, they served as inspiration for the classic horror film, "The Legend of Boggy Creek," by Charles B. Pierce.

Tales of the creature have long existed in scattered pieces across news clippings, memoirs, police reports, and movies, but it is only now that the complete history of the Fouke Monster has been assembled in one place. This book collects all the facts, theories, and amazing sighting reports, and weaves them into a fascinating tale about this undeniable southern mystery, one that lives on, as frightening encounters with the Beast of Boggy Creek are still being reported today!

Growing up in Texas, Lyle Blackburn became fascinated with the legends, lore, and sighting reports of alleged real-life monsters. He is a frequent contributor and cryptozoology advisor to Rue Morgue magazine, one of the leading horror media publications in print today. He is also the founder and frontman for the rock band Ghoultown. Over the last decade, Ghoultown has released six albums, toured extensively in both the U.S. and Europe, and has appeared on several horror movie soundtracks. Lyle currently lives near Dallas, Texas, where he enjoys a day off now and then.


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  • Paperback: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Anomalist Books (1 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933665572
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933665573
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 401,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Thank goodness 'The Beast of Boggy Creek' has been written. For those of you in the know, 'The Legend Of Boggy Creek' was a '70s drive-in movie that not only terrified teenagers across the world, but also inspired many people to become monster hunters and cryptozoologists. The movie, directed by Charles B. Pierce tells the story, in docu-drama style, of the small town of Fouke, Arkansas, and the rumour of a hairy, bipedal creature ransacking farms and peering through cabin windows before slinking off into the darkness. The film became a cult classic. A film way ahead of its time.

Ever since the film hit small town theatres and VHS players, there has been much confusion and debate as to what actually happened in Fouke to inspire such a film. The name Bigfoot became a household name a few years previous when the famous Patterson-Gimlin film purported to show a real, upright walking man-beast. However, the facts behind the 'Fouke Monster', except with mention in a book by resident Smokey Crabtree, remained foggy, until now.

Lyle Blackburn has written a fascinating account of the 'Fouke Monster' scare. The author has taken the time to traipse through the backwoods and river bottoms of Arkansas in search of myths, legends, eye witnesses, newspaper reports and evidence, and not only does he shed new light on this forever intriguing story but goes a long way in proving that the film, 'The Legend Of...' was just the tip of a very strange iceberg.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A comprehensive account 29 Mar 2014
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Written with enthusiasm and considerable first hand research Lyle Blackburn presents a thoroughly entertaining Cryptozoological journey into Arkansas murky swamps and keeps a fascinating legend alive for the next generation of monster Hunter.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Legend of the Film, The Film of the Legend 3 Mar 2013
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I'm pretty skeptical about all things Bigfoot, but I enjoy the stories nonetheless. And one of my favorite scary movies is Legend of Boggy Creek [DVD] [1975] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC], a low-budget film about the Fouke Monster, also known as the "Boggy Creek Monster." This unlikely three-toed, hairy man-beast is said to haunt the swamps and forests near Texarkana, Arkansas.

Lyle Blackburn tells two stories, the first of which is about the making and impact of "The Legend of Boggy Creek," directed by the late Charles B. Pierce. The film's quirky, quasi-documentary style inspired later films like "The Blair Witch Project" and "Paranormal Activity." It moved quite a few people to take up the hunt for Bigfoot, either as a hobby or a vocation. And the movie scared the socks off of middle-school kids like me who sat in the front row to watch matinee showings back in 1972.

Blackburn's other story is about the legendary monster itself, which burst onto the scene in 1971 in a series of sightings and an alleged attack. Blackburn's research has turned up earlier encounters that might have something to do with the story, but the beast didn't hit the big time until 1971 and the release of the movie in 1972. Blackburn does a good job of recounting the pre-movie lore, as well as various sightings that have occurred since 1972.

Blackburn is a fair story teller. He's suitably balanced and not credulous, though he leans in the direction of accepting the monster's existence. His writing reveals a lot of respect for Pierce, the citizens of Fouke, Arkansas, and the charm of the legend. His book brought back some fond memories of seeing the movie and talking with my friends about it, hearing the monster's terrifying roar (you can listen to it on YouTube), and feeling that tingling sense of "well . . . maybe."
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5.0 out of 5 stars the beast of boggy creek 25 Feb 2013
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very good addition to the canon of bigfoot books. It is very well written and well researched by Mr Blackburn and I would recommend it to all not just bigfoot enthusists
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