AboutMothman and other curious encounters is a book by Loren Coleman released on January 1st 2002.
The Book's Description:
"A new Hollywood blockbuster, an amazing companion documentary, and thousands of web pages in its honor. What's the fuss? In a word--Mothman! On November 15th 1966, this huge, red-eyed creature with wings appeared over Point Pleasant, West Virginia. Thus began thirteen months of otherworldly mystery, madness, and mayhem for the people of Point Pleasant, culminating in the collapse of the Silver Bridge, which left 46 dead.
Investigator Loren Coleman looks at the precursors of Mothman, like the Flatwoods Monster of 1952, then brings the story up to date, detailing the sightings of the spawn of Mothman, some as recent as November 2001. Coleman also examines the impact on investigations into the unknown by John Keel, the newsman who spent a year in Point Pleasant looking into the Mothman story and lived to write about it."
"After a lifetime of research, Loren Coleman has produced the most complete overview of Mothman and its minions - the scariest family of monsters of Earth." - John Keel
On that bleak day, December 15th 1967, sixty-seven fell. Forty-six were gone forever. This book is dedicated to the victims of the Silver Bridge disaster, the families, and the loved ones they left behind. And the unnamed heroes who saved twenty-one. Tragedies so enormous live evermore.
Introduction - The News Coming In
The introduction to the book begins with the news bulletin that was sent out shortly after the November 15th 1966 Mothman sighting. This then leads into discussing author John Keel and his investigations into Point Pleasant, WV. The Mothman Prophecies movie, which was upcoming at the time, is also brought up. Loren Coleman then goes into describing Fortean events and the work of Charles Fort. The introduction is best summarized in the sentence "first let's put some of this weirdness in perspective and examine some of Mothman's precursors".
Chapter One - Flatwoods
The first chapter covers the Flatwoods Monster or Braxton County Monster from West Virginia legend. It tells the story of the encounter from September 12th 1952 as well as other similar encounters in the area at the time. Coleman discusses the explanations given for the creature as well as how the area has embraced the story as folklore. Throughout the chapter, Keel's comments on these matters are featured. Coleman compares the Flatwoods monster legend to the Mothman legend because of the monsters sizes and glowing attributes as well as similar names being associated to them and taking place in the same state.
Chapter Two - Winged Weirdies
Chapter two is on the subject of various flying beings and winged creatures which are reported internationally.
Chapter Three - Mothman
The Mothman legend is told. Coleman begins by listing the early sightings and explaining the local Point Pleasant hang out spot known as The TNT Area. The book then covers the Scarberry and Mallette sighting of November 15th 1966 as well the aftermath of reports and strangeness. He discusses the strange activity at the Scarberry/McDaniel household, the premonitions and strange dreams of the locals and the peculiar phone calls made to John Keel.
The Chapter includes the following sightings:
- Woman and her father, Route 2 along Ohio River, 1961
- Mrs. Ikart And several adults, Scott Mississippi, September 1st 1966
- National Guardsmen, Point Pleasant WV, November 1st 1966
- Kenneth Duncan and four others, Clendenin WV, November 12th 1966
- Merle Partridge, Salem WV, November 1966
- Scarberry and Mallette Couples, Point Pleasant WV, November 15th 1966
- Marcella Bennett, her brother Raymond Wamsley and his wife Cathy, Point Pleasant WV, November 16th 1966
- Teenage boy, Route 7 near Cheshire Ohio, November 17th 1966
- Couple, Point Ferry Branch WV, November 20th 1966
- Howard Miller, Dixie Nicholas County WV, November 20th 1966
- Brenda Jones and four others, Campbell's Creek WV, November 20th 1966
- Tom Ury, Point Pleasant WV, November 25th 1966
- Marvin Shock and Ewing Tilton, Cat Creek Ohio, November 26th 1966
- Connie Carpenter, Mason County WV, November 27th 1966
- Four women, Ohio Athens-Hocking County, December 7th 1966
- Katluyn Beaver, Wilson Straight WV, December 11th 1966
- Elderly businessman, Point Pleasant WV
Coleman then goes on to discuss The Silver Bridge Collapse as well as author John Keel and reporter Mary Hyre's reactions to the event. The book then lists the names of those who died in the disaster, making it the first Mothman book to do so. Loren Coleman covers the various theories and explanations given for the Mothman and he ends the chapter off with information about the Mothman Prophecies film.
Chapter Four - Thunderbirds
Coleman covers more large birds sightings across America, specially in relation to the Native American Thunderbird legend. He also goes into various possible explanations.
Chapter Five - Lizardmen
This chapter is mainly about the "other curious encounters" which the book's title implies. It mentions various reports of lizard creatures and even the Loveland Frogman as reported in Ohio.
Chapter Six - The Spawn of Mothman
Once again this chapter focuses on the other encounters, ranging from hairy humanoid monsters, to Chupacabras and the Dover Demon.
Chapter Seven - Keel's Children
Coleman discusses author John Keel and those who would be inspired by Keel's work. The book outlines a Keel biography then discusses some of Keel's favored ideas and perspectives. The Men In Black are discussed as well as the story of Indrid Cold.
Chapter Eight - Flaps: Patterns of Time
Loren Coleman explains and discusses the concept of a flap or wave of reports. It is when a similar strange thing is reported frequently by many people in one general place over a span of time. The chapter then goes on to give examples of flaps, dates and patterns.
Chapter Nine - Windows: Patterns of Place and Name
Chapter nine details locations in which odd things are very often reported. Author John Keel also wrote about these areas of strangeness and called them Windows Areas. Coleman explains this concept in the book as well as pointing out patterns and trends among the various naming conventions of these places.
Appendix One - Mothman Sightings
A reprint of John Keel's list of Mothman sightings from his 1970 book Strange Creatures From Time And Space.
Appendix Two - Windows
A listing of areas in each state where strange things are often reported.
Source: Mothman and other curious encounters by Loren Coleman (2002)