Monster Hunters

Monster Hunters

On the Trail With Ghost Hunters, Bigfooters, Ufologists, and Other Paranormal Investigators

Book - 2015
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"Journalist Tea Krulos joins paranormal investigators in the field as they explore haunted houses, trek through creepy forests in search of Bigfoot, scan the skies for UFOs, and more. Along the way, he meets a diverse cast of characters--true believers, skeptics, and hoaxers--from the credible to the quirky"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Chicago, Illinois :, Chicago Review Press,, [2015]
Description: 313 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9781613749814
1613749813
Branch Call Number: 001.94 Kru

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deebitner
Jul 14, 2018

Tea Krulos has brought us what should by all rights be a charming investigation of the ghost hunting and cryptid scene in the United States (with a special focus on Wisconsin). From Champ to the skunk ape to ghost investigations in reputedly haunted theatres, this is a book that has the potential to become a favorite for me. Alas, the author shoots himself in the foot.

I’ll cut right to the point: The best sections are the ones on cryptids. Krulos has come up with a lively and entertaining group of people who hunt or collect stories about mysterious animal sightings. Even if Linda Godfrey (of Beast of Bray Road fame) is the only one who seems even somewhat anchored to this reality, the others are worth the price of admission. I love the founder of Champ Camp, for instance - he reminds me of some people I knew in college. I was charmed, even with the people with whom I don’t want to, say, take in a meal.

The ghost hunting sections are, bluntly, annoying. The habit of constantly repeating one hunter’s nickname got old very quickly and by the end almost became drinking-game worthy. The hunters themselves strike me as less quirky and more just plain mean. “Plain-spoken” is not the same as crass and uncaring. I wouldn’t have wanted to go into a dark structure with any of them.

If that wasn’t enough, the book derails into demon-hunting and exorcism way too much. I don’t need to hear about lay exorcists trying to purge demons from people who are clearly hypnotically susceptible. It saddens me when I hear about people coming back over and over to be exorcised by this jerk. I long for the pages that could have been spent on, say, the chupacabra or lizard men instead of a flam-flam artist. I cry for the pain he’s caused.

If you get this book, please stick to the beastie chapters, and leave the ghost hunting alone. Much as I like ghost hunting, take it from me: You’ll be glad you did. Three of five stars.

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