The Mothman Prophecies

  • by John A. Keel
  • Narrated by Craig Wasson
  • 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

West Virginia, 1966. For thirteen months the town of Point Pleasant is gripped by a real-life nightmare that culminates in a tragedy that makes headlines around the world. Strange occurrences and sightings, including a bizarre winged apparition that becomes known as the Mothman, trouble this ordinary American community. Mysterious lights are seen moving across the sky. Domestic animals are found slaughtered and mutilated. And journalist John Keel, arriving to investigate the freakish events, soon finds himself an integral part of an eerie and unfathomable mystery.Translated into over thirteen languages, John Keel's unsettling account of what he encountered in Point Pleasant has long been regarded as a classic in the literature of the unexplained. It is now the basis of a major motion picture starring Richard Gere and Laura Linney.The Mothman Prophecies is also available in print from Tor Books.


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Smart, compelling, disturbing

A word to the wise: If you're looking for a novelization of the Richard Gere movie, you might want to think twice before ordering this book. John A. Keel's "The Mothman Prophecies" is not a novel, nor is it fiction. It is the sober account of a professional journalist who also happens to be a paranormal researcher. As such, it is one of the best books of its genre. By way of the mysterious figure of the Mothman, who haunted Point Pleasant, West Virginia, in the late 1960s, Keel puts forth his grand unified theory of all things paranormal, which connects such seemingly diverse phenomena as ghosts, fairies, UFOs, men in black, Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, Mothman, angels, demons, and even The Shadow, the pulp-magazine crimebuster. Keel's clear, engaging style lends credence to the strange goings-on that he collects and documents, and the conclusions that he draws not only ring true but also linger long after the final page. As the Mothman mystery deepens and the author's life begins to imitate a David Lynch film, readers may want to turn on a few extra lights, but they won't be able to turn off this book.
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- Marc

Not really a book

This is not really a book but a series of loosely connected anecdotes. They generally start something like this - On June 13, 1961 while Bob Smith was walking down the street he encounter a large bat-like creature.

The problems with this book are not related to the subject matter but how it is presented. Lots of random sightings that aren't linked together into any kind of narrative and are not supported by much fact.

I am very interested in this topic but this book was completely unengaging.

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- D.P.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-23-2002
  • Publisher: Random House Audio