Thursday, October 22, 2009

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

Loren Coleman's "Mysterious America" is, simply put, a Fortean classic. There's a little bit of everything here: cryptozoology; modern folklore and urban legend; an insightful study of American place names; and a host of incidents that defy easy classification. And if you have something against clowns, you will really be uncomfortable with them after reading the "Phantom Clown" chapter. All the while, Coleman reminds us that episodes of high strangeness can and do happen right in our own backyards. If you only read one "speculation" book, make it "Mysterious America."

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