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Keel, John A. The Mothman Prophecies ISBN 13: 9781507604052

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A classic true story of modern horror...

This is the extremely rare 4th revised Illuminet Press edition, from 1992, which adds an Afterword by Keel that did not appear in the original 1975 edition.

For thirteen months, the town of Point Pleasant, West Virginia is gripped by a dark terror that culminated in a tragedy that made headlines around the world.

This is a story that contains all the elements of a modern science-fiction movie, except that every word is true, and fully documented by famed journalist John A. Keel.

Homes throughout the little town were plagued with unearthly noises and ghostly manifestations, while mysterious aerial lights traveled silently overhead - seemingly on a regular schedule.

Winged monsters and frightening apparitions terrified the population, as automobiles stalled and telephones and television sets ran amok.

A Red Cross bloodmobile filled with fresh blood was pursued along a darkened highway by a weird flying machine. Domestic animals were found slaughtered and mutilated in pastoral farm fields. Innocent people live in surrealistic horror, haunted by the fearsome "Bird," and besieged by legions of strange beings (some of whom arrived in black suits and black automobiles).

John A. Keel, world-traveler and noted Fortean investigator, spent over a year in Point Pleasant, where he saw and experienced many of the strange manifestations personally.

The Mothman Prophecies has been translated and published in fourteen languages, and is regarded as a major classic in the annals of modern parapsychology. It is guaranteed to shake your beliefs and concepts about reality. It will open your mind to things you never dared think about before. And it will scare the hell out of you!

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JOHN A. KEEL was a prominent journalist and UFOlogist, credited with coining the term “Men in Black.” He died in 2009.

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Beelzebub Visits West Virginia
 
 
I.
 
Fingers of lightning tore holes in the black skies as an angry cloudburst drenched the surrealistic landscape. It was 3 A.M. on a cold, wet morning in late November 1967, and the little houses scattered along the dirt road winding through the hills of West Virginia were all dark. Some seemed unoccupied and in the final stages of decay. Others were un-painted, neglected, forlorn. The whole setting was like the opening scene of a Grade B horror film from the 1930s.
Along the road there came a stranger in a land where strangers were rare and suspect. He walked up to the door of a crumbling farmhouse and hammered. After a long moment a light blinked on somewhere in the house and a young woman appeared, drawing a cheap mail-order bathrobe tightly about her. She opened the door a crack and her sleep-swollen face winced with fear as she stared at the apparition on her doorstep. He was over six feet tall and dressed entirely in black. He wore a black suit, black tie, black hat, and black overcoat, with impractical black dress shoes covered with mud. His face, barely visible in the darkness, sported a neatly trimmed mustache and goatee. The flashes of lightning behind him added an eerie effect.
"May I use your phone?" He asked in a deep baritone, his voice lacking the familiar West Virginia accent. The girl gulped silently and backed away.
"My husband..." She mumbled. 'Talk to my husband."
She closed the door quickly and backed away into the darkness. Minutes passed. Then she returned accompanied by a rugged young man hastily buckling his trousers in place. He, too, turned pale at the sight of the stranger.
"We ain't got a phone here," he grunted through the crack in the door just before he slammed it. The couple retreated murmuring to themselves and the tall stranger faded into the night.
Beards were a very rare sight in West Virginia in 1967. Men in formal suits and ties were even rarer in those back hills of the Ohio valley. And bearded, black-garbed strangers on foot in the rain had never been seen there before.
In the days that followed the young couple told their friends about the apparition. Obviously, they concluded, he had been a fearful omen of some sort. Perhaps he had been the devil himself!
Three weeks later these two people were dead, among the victims of the worst tragedy ever to strike that section of West Virginia. They were driving across the Silver Bridge, which spanned the Ohio River, when it suddenly collapsed.
Their friends remembered. They remembered the story of the bearded stranger in the night. It had, indeed, been a sinister omen. One that confirmed their religious beliefs and superstitions. So a new legend was born. Beelzebub had visited West Virginia on the eve of a terrible tragedy.

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