Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Mothman Finally Arrived!

The book that is; Lon Strickler's book on Chicago winged humanoid sightings Mothman Dynasty arrived today. I had ordered it over a week ago but with the holidays, the mail often takes a bit longer. I'm already enjoying the book (taking a break from Thom Powell's Bigfoot book Edges of Science), armed with clickable highlighters and post-it notes. So far, so good. Will post a review when finished.

(Love my clickable highlighters! They're what every researcher needs.)

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Mom on Mothman

Thinking about my mother, who passed away last Febraury. Here is a bit from a piece I wrote in 2011 for Tim Binnall's site at my Trickster's Realm column over there about a conversation my mom and I had about Mothman:

It's late at night, I hear the ocean rumbling outside the bedroom window. I'm visiting my eighty-four year old mother who lives on the coast. We just had an interesting conversation about Mothman.
I brought along Andrew Colvin's new book Mothman Speaks to show mom; (hey mom, I'm quoted on the back of the book and inside!) and she asks me a series of questions about Mothman: just who is he, or what is it, isn't it a series on TV, -- "no mom" -- "Oh, that must have been something else."

I tell her what I can about Mothman, including Colvin's relationship with Mothman and his research, his spiritual or philosophical views on Buddhism and Eastern beliefs, which my mother shares in some ways. I tell her of my own interest in Mothman, even though I've never had a Mothman sighting of my own. (Mom on Mothman, Binnall of America, 2-8-11) Read the rest here.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Loren Coleman on 'Evil' Mothman

Loren Coleman was a guest on last night's episode of Coast to Coast,  promoting his new book Mothman; Evil Incarnate. The title sums up Coleman's gloom and doom dark side of the veil perceptions of Mothman. I didn't hear Coleman give credit to Lon Strickler of Phantoms and Monsters, who has been delving into the Chicago Mothman sightings, or Mothman author and experiencer Andrew Colvin. I've ordered Lon's book, but am reluctant to with Coleman's, though, in the spirit of research, I should.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

'Mothman: Evil Incarnate' Loren Coleman's Latest

174 - Mothman: Evil Incarnate with Loren Coleman - See You On The Other Side

Above link takes you to audio and text concerning Coleman's opinions on what Mothman is. Andy Colvin, I am sure, is not pleased.

Interesting how some view Mothman as a negative, 'evil' force, while others go beyond such simplistic interpretations.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Phantoms and Monsters: Pulse of the Paranormal

Another item about Mothman on Lon Strickler's blog Phantoms and Monsters. The excerpt below is from an event experienced back in 1971:

Phantoms and Monsters: Pulse of the Paranormal: One night he had duty and I was home alone in bed around 3 am in the morning. I woke up suddenly and saw a black figure standing at the bottom of my bed. It was 8 or 9 feet tall and had huge big black wings and red eyes. I closed my eyes and opened them again and it had moved closer to me on the right side of my bed...I couldn’t scream.
Note the 3 a.m. time -- that is an hour that crops up frequently during UFO, ghostly  and other anomalous episodes.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Moth Monday

I like it: Moth Monday. I know it's not Monday; was going to post this last Monday, but had trouble with uploading images. So now we're prepared and can get ready for Moth Monday. Of which there's no such thing, officially,but a friend on FB posted an image of the Rosy Maple Moth and joked "it's moth Monday!" So I decided to make it a thing. Moth Monday! Every Monday? Last Monday of the month? Or just during fall? Hmm. Regardless, here are two pictures of beautiful moths.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Chicago's Current Mothman Flap "A Warning," Says Expert | Mysterious Universe

Google "Mothman Chicago" or some such, and a lot of links appear. The recent and  numerous sightings in Illinois, including the Chicago area, have given us mothy Forteans a lot to chase after. Here's a piece from M J Banias at Mysterious Universe. The article is from back in June of this year:

Chicago's Current Mothman Flap "A Warning," Says Expert | Mysterious Universe

Thursday, September 21, 2017

In Playboy : "Hunting for the Mothman in Chicago"

Playboy has a piece by Dan Sheehan on the Mothman sightings in Chicago. Lon Strickler is cited.

Hunting for the Mothman in Chicago | Playboy: I’m typically a very cautious person, but at this point I was determined to see something, and so against the will of several signs in the area, I walked into the woods. Immediately, I was confronted with the idea that this may not have been a smart idea. My iPhone, as my only source of light, wasn’t so much guiding the way as it was lighting everything like a deleted scene from The Blair Witch Project. After walking for a bit, I was startled by the sudden appearance of two college-aged guys who, I assumed from various odor-based context clues, were in the woods to smoke pot. As unassuming as they were, I was put on edge by the sudden reminder that a large forest preserve at night doesn’t necessarily have to be empty. I was suddenly acutely aware of the fact that I had just chosen on a whim to walk into the woods at night to search for a large mythical beast . . . (Dan Sheehan; Playboy)

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Winged Beings in Illinois

For awhile now, Lon Strickler, at his Phantoms and Monsters, has been investigating the winged creature sightings in the Chicago area. These sightings have been going on for months now. Not long ago, Strickler was on Coast to Coast to share his research. (One post of his to check out: Winged Being Observed on Chicago Suburb House Roof.)

What is going on in Illinois? Who can say, except, obviously, something very mysterious and weird. Reports of large, Mothman like creatures are coming in from all over, but the Chicago area an Illinois seems to be a hot spot right now.

I have no theories on this but I do accept that extremely unusual things are happening, of that there is no doubt. And while I've never visited Chicago, I do know there are a lot of haunted places in the area. Whether or not this has anything to do with the current sightings . . .

The political unrest Chicago has seen lately could be a factor. Or, of course, it could be a bird, something prosaic even though still unusual. Of the latter, I don't think so. Too many reports of weirdness to put it in the "just a bird" category.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Psychics Not Allowed at Mothman Fest?

Mothman researcher Andy Colvin commented on FB that psychics are not allowed at the Mothman Fest. I went to the Mothman Fest site and took a look at their vendor guidelines. I couldn't find anything specifically mentioning psychics, but, they do say that vendor offerings need to be related to Mothman.  For some reason they strongly imply that Mothman is not related to psychic realms, which, as Colvin commented in his FB post, the Mothman phenomena is paranormal. The Mothman Fest vendor policies goes on to say that the festival is a family event, and therefore, [paraphrasing] "no new age, satanic, or witchcraft related items allowed." It's a safe assumption that they include tarot readings and psychic readings in that exclusion.

Also, according to Colvin, Confederate flags are allowed. I find that astounding. So, a no on psychics, a yes on racist yahoo-ism.

You can read the policy here.

As with Sasquatch, Mothman is apparently being considered only as a flesh and blood being, and any connection with paranormal, supernatural, occult and psychic areas is nonsense. Why? What of witnesses, researchers and others who have had experiences that go beyond the mundane? Well, they need to shut up apparently.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Phantoms and Monsters: Winged Humanoids in Chicago

At Lon Strickler's Phantoms and Monsters: Pulse of the Paranormal -- reports continue to come in of a large, winged humanoid creature in Lincoln Park, Chicago.

On Facebook, Lon had commented that remote viewing these sightings is a good idea. I agree. Ideally, several remote viewers involved.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

"Be Wise…" Allergy Campaign

A new allergy over the counter medication -- Xyzal -- is using an owl, in a cartoony puppet type way, as its mascot. Complete with a British accent.

(Sanofi debuts first Xyzal ad campaign with wise old spokes-owl | FiercePharma)

Sanofi explained the owl in a email to FiercePharma: "Owls are nocturnal animals that are known for being wise, so ‘Nigel the Xyzal Wise Owl’ seemed like a perfect character to educate allergy sufferers about this brand," (Fierce Pharma)
The Xyzal owl is shown in a library, wearing a monocle, sometimes wearing a lab coat. Assuring us there is knowledge, wisdom, and scientific history within this new allergy stuff. There's something comforting in the old fashioned, white coated and bookish owl.

I'm struck by the imagery: wise owl (owls long considered wise in popular culture and used to promote wise behaviors), its use of a Brittish accent, which seems to always impress us Americans, and the name itself. A series of X-Files like letters -- Xyzal -- invoking titles for top secret files and scientific gene things. (I know, I need a more wholesome hobby, one that gets me out more.) And of course, we have the Owlman mystery, also British, still unsolved. You can Google the Owlman legend and get lost researching the topic, but here's one link to a 2015 piece by Nick Redfern on the topic: The Owl-UFO-Connection Continues.

Owls are a Fortean staple in UFO narratives. "The Owls are not what they seem" is a pop culture classic line from the T.V. series  Twin Peaks. Giant owls appearing during UFO experiences are common. For a great read, see Mike Clleland's The Messengers: Owls, Synchronicity, and UFO Abductee.

No idea how this allergy med works. As someone who does, indeed, suffer greatly from allergies, I might give it a try.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Phantoms and Monsters: Pulse of the Paranormal

Lon Strikler at Phantoms and Monsters: Pulse of the Paranormal, has an item about a Mothman incident in Chicago's aptly named, in Fortean terms, Oz park. In fact, there are more than one strange episode like this in Chicago.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

From Nick Redfern: "A Mothman-Themed Road-Trip"

Nick Redfern writes about his Mothman road trip a year ago with fellow travelers who chase the weird.

One of the areas of the Mothman phenomena that has always intrigued me: the now abandoned "TNT" area  where highly dangerous chemicals were kept during WWII. Witnesses have reported eerie happenings there; Redfern writes:

 Today, the plant is no more. The only things left now are the crumbling foundations and a couple of sturdy, metal, perimeter-gates and a rusted metal fence. During daylight, it’s an inviting and picturesque area, filled with densely-packed trees, a plethora of wildlife – such as deer, raccoons and beavers – and numerous ponds, pools and small lakes. After dark, however, things are very different. The atmosphere of menace, which was so present back in the sixties, is still there – utterly refusing to relinquish its icy grip. (Nick Redfern, Mothman-Themed Road-Trip, Mysterious Universe)

I haven't been to Point Pleasant, but hope to visit some day, and explore the old TNT area. I've always thought there was some connection between that location and the Mothman entity.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Alfred Lehmberg: "The Mothman 'Futility' Syndrome"

Actor Will Patton as Gordon Smallwood in The Mothman Prophecies, 2002

First of all, if you aren't familiar with Alfred Lehmberg, make yourself so. He has a way with words and thought that is right on, free of bullshit, and very articulate, as well as poetic. He takes the other perspectives, often. The ones that many miss or won't acknowledge. Or, worse, acknowledge with a shrug of dismissal before moving on. Completely missing the point, the gestalt…and yet proceed with research as if nothing over there had really happened.

Of his many varied UFO/Fortean realms he explores (I have an image of a Tarot card --- the Knight of … Swords? A messenger.  Except he's too caring for just swords -- so, Wands, maybe? Fire and play, energy and compassion .. hmm… he has that energy yet he's also King. King of Wands? I digress.)

Writing about the character Gordon Smallwood in the movie The Mothman Prophecies:
You see?  Gordon Smallwood was just trying to make sense of what he KNEW was occurring around and to him.  He knew something was happening because a well credentialed, reasonably decent, and big city television 'News' man was very supportive that something WAS actually happening to the both of them, over an extended period of time, and to a LOT of other witnesses too, includingSmallwood's predictably deserting wife.  What's a remotely curious human being to do in such a circumstance?  What would the reader do (and they're more choices than merely two)? (Alfred Lehmberg: The Mothman "Futility"  Syndrome)
Of course, Lehmberg's article is more than "just" Smallwood; it's about the witness who knows he/she saw something, experienced something, and the experience of others in that individual's circle have as well who later reject such experience. I've experienced this myself. Personally, and during investigations. I have interviewed families where many members have seen and experienced strange things, yet, even after admitting such, pushed these memories down, preferring to pretend they never happened in the first place. The lone individual is left to deal with what they experienced on their own with no support from those they trusted.

It's the story within the story of anomalous experience. Choosing between keeping it to yourself or sharing. Choosing to continue with your truth in the midst of others who try to shut you up, made worse by the fact you know they, too experienced the same.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Mothman IPA

Mothman Black IPA "Still at Large," "Mysterious"
Hat tip to Lesley Gunter who found this image.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Historical Look at Years Surrounding Mothman in New Mothman Documentary

A new Mothman film, with cryptid researcher Lyle Blackburn to narrate. Go to site for a clip. This take on Mothman says it will take a look at "actual events" and new information:

New 'Mothman' Documentary Recounts Actual Events in the 1960's - Bloody Disgusting!: Seth Breedlove, the film’s director promises recently-discovered history connected to the Mothman legends as well as new, untold encounter stories. He goes on the say that the collapse of the Silver Bridge is integral to the story but does not believe the tragedy was connected to the Mothman stories. (source: Brad Miska, Bloody Disgusting.com)
Preview says it will come out in June, but they are asking for contributions on their Kickstarter page.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

David Weatherly: Winged Creature Attacks in the Bronx: 1904

From researcher:David Weatherly: Winged Creature Attacks in the Bronx: 1904:

 "It's not an owl, it's a devil with wings. Sure I know an owl when I see one, but no man ever seen an owl with wings six feet wide. And it "whooo's" like a ghost in a graveyard too, when it's not growling beneath its breath. Why men, he's no owl; he a devil; and I'm going to get transferred."
That's what Policeman Patrick J. Hickey had to say about his encounter with a strange and scary winged beast in 1904.

Interesting the owl is once again offered as the explanation for mysterious, supernatural type winged creatures. Owls were really the culprits in the Kelly-Hopkinsville alien invasion, Mothman, The Owlman, The Flatwoods monster. It could have been something quite usual, as Weatherly points out, or, not. There's just enough strangeness to make us wonder.

I had not heard of this particular story, a nice report from Weatherly.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Oregon Thunderbird Sighting

This by way of Lon Strickler at Phantoms and Monsters. A snippet:

My dad told me a story. Him and my mom were fishing. This was the early 80s. We lived in Oregon. He didn't see a winged humanoid (the topic of the show that evening) but what he did see, what he described, was a Thunderbird. He said the bird was so big, it had a wing span of ten feet and when it kind of dove down toward the boat, the water around the boat began making waves from the wing's flap. (source: Phantoms and Monsters)
Lon's post also has more items on winged humanoid and birdlike creatures.