Review: The Mothman Prophecies

The Mothman Prophecies
The Mothman Prophecies by John A. Keel
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have to say that this book was a surprise. It wasn’t at all like the movie, though you can see all the parts that the movie used for creepy effect. In fact, the majority of the book isn’t really about the Mothman per se, or even the collapse of the Silver Bridge in Point Pleasant.

The gist of the book falls upon John Keel’s theory of ultraterrestrials: Beings that inhabit our world and may be from another world, another time, or who knows where. It details his attempts to chronicle the events in the year before the bridge collapse when there was a major UFO flap in West Virginia (and, indeed, all over the country). He ends up finding his efforts flummoxed at times by the strange Men-in-Black ultraterrestrial agents and even the government.

I thought this was an excellent look at how a legitimate investigator works when dealing with a subject that usually rates hoots of derision from the general public. There’s an earnestness to Keel’s recollections and his way of trying to get the answers that’s missing from the blog-heavy sensationalism we have nowadays.

If you are into UFOlogy or cryptozoology, this book is an excellent read and will give you a lot to think about.

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