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!
About the Author:
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.
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What they're saying:
"Best Cryptozoology Book of the Year," 2012, Loren Coleman, Cryptomundo.
"Not only is the cover of the book well done, but the content is some of the best factual documentation on the Fouke Monster I have ever seen...Lyle Blackburn has done some real research for this book rather than rely on others...I highly recommend this book." — Daniel Perez, Bigfoot Times
"Take a shot of monstrous menace, add to it a high degree of abominable intrigue, and top it all off with a dose of near-Lovecraftian-style terror, and you have Lyle Blackburn's The Beast of Boggy Creek. Destined to become a cryptozoological classic!" — Nick Redfern, author of Monster Diary and There's Something in the Woods
"For too long, the story of the Fouke Monster has been mired in a murky morass where the distinction between legend, reality, and cult movies blur together. In this fantastic tome, Lyle Blackburn deftly wades through the boggy bayous to chronicle the strange but true history of the greatest monster legend of the American South. An extremely enjoyable and spooky ride, this book will make you wonder if a monstrous man-beast might indeed be watching you from the shadowy confines of the bottomlands." — Sean Whitley, director of Southern Fried Bigfoot
"Like many, I was inspired as a child by watching Legend of Boggy Creek. It is the main reason I am an anthropologist today! This book brought back all those memories of watching the movie as a child and being fascinated with the beast that always follows the creeks. This is a must have for all movie fans, history buffs, and bigfooters!" — Kathy Moskowitz, author of Giants, Cannibals and Monsters: Bigfoot in Native Culture
"Amazingly researched and absolutely gripping, The Beast of Boggy Creek is a vital look at a true southern legend." — Dave Alexander, editor of Rue Morgue magazine
"A coherent, thorough and entertaining yarn about the Fouke Monster...Part of his [Blackburn's] complete portrait includes exploring Fouke culture and the genesis of monster stories that sprang up in the area...Blackburn employs his descriptive powers to set the scene and give readers an idea of the local landscape. Reading his descriptions, it's easy to see why people may believe they see extraordinary things, whether real or imagined, down in the woods." — Aaron Brand, "A monster of a story," Texarkana Gazette
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