Friday, October 23, 2009

Countdown to Halloween: Day Twenty-three--Weirdly Wonderful Book Club

The Richard Gere film The Mothman Prophecies only scratches the surface of the oddities that plagued Point Pleasant, West Virginia (and the surrounding Ohio River Valley) during the original Mothman "flap." John A. Keel tells the whole unnerving story in the book that inspired the film and put Point Pleasant on the paranormal map. Keel writes about his investigation into the Mothman phenomena, which ultimately would include Men in Black, UFOs that responded to flashlight signals, inexplicable technological tampering and, of course, the all-too-real collapse of the Silver Bridge. By any standard, Keel's "The Mothman Prophecies" is a page-turner--it just happens to be a page-turner that will make you want to leave the lights on when you go to bed.

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