The Beast of Boggy Creek: The True Story of the Fouke Monster ペーパーバック – 2012/3/1
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For more than a century, reports of a strange beast known as the Fouke Monster have circulated among the locals in southern Arkansas. Described as a large, hairy man-like creature, it's said to haunt the vast Sulphur River Bottoms as it travels the secluded waterway known as Boggy Creek.
Over the years, the creature has been seen by numerous witnesses including respected citizens, experienced hunters, famous musicians, and even a police officer. The encounters were often so shocking, they served as inspiration for the classic horror film, "The Legend of Boggy Creek," by Charles B. Pierce.
Tales of the creature have long existed in scattered pieces across news clippings, memoirs, police reports, and movies, but it is only now that the complete history of the Fouke Monster has been assembled in one place. This book collects all the facts, theories, and amazing sighting reports, and weaves them into a fascinating tale about this undeniable southern mystery, one that lives on, as frightening encounters with the Beast of Boggy Creek are still being reported today!
Growing up in Texas, Lyle Blackburn became fascinated with the legends, lore, and sighting reports of alleged real-life monsters. He is a frequent contributor and cryptozoology advisor to Rue Morgue magazine, one of the leading horror media publications in print today. He is also the founder and frontman for the rock band Ghoultown. Over the last decade, Ghoultown has released six albums, toured extensively in both the U.S. and Europe, and has appeared on several horror movie soundtracks. Lyle currently lives near Dallas, Texas, where he enjoys a day off now and then.
Well, I'm north of forty years now and while I never became the great Sasquatch hunter of my dreams, I still love the beast in all of its incarnations. The Fouke Monster is my favorite simply because it's (possibly) the closest version of the creature in my vicinity.
I became familiar with Lyle Blackburn's work a few years ago when I started seeing him pop up in documentaries and as a guest at different conventions. While I have yet to meet him (primarily because I've always been unable to attend any conventions that he has appeared at), I've become a fan of his work. This book, The Beast of Boggy Creek: The True Story of the Fouke Monster, is an excellent resource for those interested in the Fouke Monster. Blackburn's style of writing is extremely personable. At times it is as if he's simply having a conversation with the reader. He takes a look at the history of the creature and its supposed appearances prior to the Bigfoot craze of the 1970's and continues through with sightings up to the publication of his book.
He also gives the reader a look at the history of the community of Fouke and the surrounding areas. He then weaves the history of sightings and interactions with the beast over the years into that history.
A large portion of the book deals with the Charles B. Pierce film that brought the world to Fouke's doorstep, "The Legend of Boggy Creek." Blackburn describes the process of Pierce as he created the film, how it affected the community and many of its citizens that starred in the movie, and how it influenced other movies that came after it.
Blackburn also spends a lot of time giving an in depth look at selected sightings of the beast. From the credibility of the witnesses to evidence uncovered, Blackburn reveals the good and bad of possible legitimate interactions with the creature and some potential hoaxes.
Blackburn also takes us through Fouke today and how the beast still influences it. From Smokey Crabtree's books to the Monster Mart, we get a glimpse of just how much of a unique hold this creature has on this otherwise sleepy rural town in southwest Arkansas.
The book also contains a timeline of events as they happened in "The Legend of Boggy Creek" and Blackburn lets the reader know just how much artistic liberty Pierce took with some of them. He also provides an excellent timeline of sightings of the beast over the years.
This book was fun and informative. It's especially interesting if you, like me, grew up with the old films and lived either in the Fouke area or nearby in Texas or Louisiana.
I plan on reading more of Lyle Blackburn's work, and be sure to check out his band, Ghoultown, as well.
Lyle Blackburn takes us back to those days, when the Fouke Monster was all the rage and scaring children and adults alike. Ah, yes, THOSE good old days. Only this time Lyle trudges ever deeper into the dark and mysterious Sulpher River Bottoms and swamps of Arkansas. Here he digs up even more stories and more evidence that not only was there a 'ape-like man' wandering around long before the movie came out, but it still makes that area its home.
A great read! I loved learning more!
This book will become part of my ever-growing research library!