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D Library in North Carolina co authored with my wife Tonya a talented medium owes as much to dozens of ours of research as it does to the 150 plus Naturalistless hours we spent investigating the library itself There were plenty of dead ends but also corroborations and finds in the form of documents and photographs that made all theours worth it illuminating the messages we The MeatEater Fish and Game Cookbook: Recipes and Techniques for Every Hunter and Angler heard and physical phenomena we experiencedSo I can appreciate the work that the three authors of The Van Meter Visitor put into this volume I am taking my time with this aspect of the book because there are a surprising number of negative reviews of the book that sadly confuse indispensible research with filler of some kind Iope this review serves in part to undo some of this mistaken criticismLewis Voss and Nelson all of whom Babys Mealtime have impressive resum s in the field as evidenced by the About the Authors section situate a limited sighting of wingedorned cryptids over several nights in the small town of Van Meter Iowa in 1903 in a series of expanding circles of interest As one would expect they begin by laying out the The Miracle Equation history of Van Meter as well as all of the major players the town s business owners and other prominent citizens who encountered the creatures In this first section appropriately titled History they relate the story which is fascinating reading recalling similar winged cryptids like the Mothman but with its own uniue twists This section is authored almost entirely by LewisThe second section Theories is as strong as it is because the authors took the time to provide plenty ofistorical geographical economic and The Dawn of Modern Thought human context We already feel 40 pages in that we know and trust both the people of Van Meter and the authors themselves In the Theories section the three authors look at a variety of possible explanations including a primer on cryptids featuring several similar cases such as the Jersey Devil another on large birds of prey the UFOAlien connection that is prevalent in many cryptid sightings such as of Mothman Bigfoot and Skinwalkers thunderbirds and thoughtforms the latter of which is currently of great interest because of the Slenderman phenomena and ultraterrestrial theories a standout survey chapter that runs 30 plus pages the section on uantum physics and theolographic universe demonstrates that the authors are using all of our modern tools in their work The three authors all contribute chapters to the closing section Final Thoughts Their summations responsibly explore a number of possible explanations and there are no firm statements made about what the citizens of Van Meter encountered 115 years ago Their theories all connect back to the information from the previous two sectionsOverall The Van Meter Visitor serves a dual purpose as a primer about the Van Meter mystery that allows the reader to pick up where the authors left off in their investigation armed with abundant The Infamous Ellen James (Infamous, historical sociological and cryptological context the two appendices offer a list of businesses operating in Van Meter in 1903 and an array of local and national newspaper accounts of the incident and also as aandbook on the components and countless Samael Aun Weor, The Absolute Man hours that go into a thorough paranormal investigationAs if these two aspects were not enough an extra bonus is the Foreword by the recently deceased author of over 80 books on the paranormal and spirituality Brad Steiger The book also features abundantistorical photographs of the people and places in Van Meter many provided with Dragonfrigate Wizard Halcyon Blithe (Halcyon Blithe, help from the local library whichelp to close the century plus time gap for the reader The Van Meter Visitor is a textbook example of Satria dari Negeri Tayli 1-28 how to do a thorough investigation written by seasoned passionate professionals who bring to light a fascinating cryptid thatas not yet gotten its fair share of attention and consideration It should be a part of any investigator s or enthusiast s library alongside Keel Guiley Redfern Steiger and the rest of the pillars of the field of paranormal investigation Kudos to the authors on a job well done A terrific find on a creature I Goethean Science had nevereard of before I loved that the book is deeply researched and explores in depth many of the possibilities for the weird creature without forcing any belief on the reader Basically the beast was some sort of giant bat like thing that showed up in rural Iowa during the early 1900s The whole time I was reading this I was thinking that it would make the perfect Hollywood movie some sort of real Cowboys. With eye witness reports Out of the Shadows, Into the Streets! historic photos and current accounts of the paranormal this in depth book looks to discover what reallyappened in the town of Van Met.
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An almost exhaustingly detailed examination of an unusual little known cryptid that Digital Crossroads haunted a small town in Iowa for three days in 1903 Lewis Voss and Nelsonave really jumped into the story of the Visitor waist deepThe book begins with a short istory of the town of Van Meter along with an exact chronology of the events surrounding the Visitor sightings as detailed by newspapers of the time anyway and brief but detailed biographies of all the principle witnessesThe second part of the book explores theories as to what the mysterious creature might ave been Ideas range from a deliberate The Einstein Theory of Relativity hoax to massysteria fed by a few odd but naturally explained events to misidentification of large birds though the writer of that particular essay dismisses all possible culprits to the possibility that the Visitor was an alien or perhaps something even bizarre My personal favorite from a speculative fiction standpoint anyway is Nelson s theory that the creature may How to Negotiate Your First Job have been an ultraterrestrial a term originally coined by paranormal investigator John Keel which refers to a being from a dimension adjacent to ours that temporarily slipped into our reality through a window in space and time It s a really interesting idea and even if I don t entirely believe it the concept of ultraterrestrial beings makes for great story materialIf there is anything negative to say about the book it is only that the writers seem toave concluded from the beginning that the Visitor was indeed a real probably supernatural creature and not something with a mundane explanation such as a oax stories of bizarre flying monsters in the American West were actually fairly common in newspapers of the 19th and early 20th century and were widely known to be fabrications made to drum up interest in the paper much like the weird stories from the old Weekly World News tabloidsRegardless the authors obviously ave a deep love for what they do and an admirable respect for the people of Van Meter Which translates to an enjoyable read about an intriguing obscure bit of cryptid lore A very intriguing befuddling and mind bending read The authors approach in attempting to unravel this century old mystery was thorough and professional start to finish Each writer maintained Perfect Justice (Ben Kencaid, his own particular narrative but all were well articulated and objective Some of the best modern day paranormal investigators I ve come across in a while Still the mystery stands However with exhaustive paranormal references listed as comparisons and folkloric tales from days gone by pulled into sharp focus this trio didn t miss a beat or come up for air They worked veryard and as a result compiled a great book on an old and obscure The Literary Relationship of Lord Byron and Thomas Moore happening ofigh strangeness one I Suggestions for Marketing Small Timber had never beforeeard of and I thought I knew of most Kept my interest and made me search for Not really enough of a story New Exploration here to write an entire book about They spent a lot of time talking vaguely about the extra dimensions of string theory meaning that ultradimensional beings might be an explanation for basically any paranormal occurrence which is such a general idea as to be essentially meaningless in my opinion DNFThis book is a good example on why I cannot take real paranormal books seriously The majority of this book is just wild theories and twisted scientific facts to try and prove that monsters can and do exist This time it is a lesser known monster that appeared briefly in a small town in 1903 The only evidence for this creature s appearence is a newspaper article It s pretty obvious that in a time of fantastical newspaper stories andoaxes this is just one of those The authors do discuss that possibility but make it well known that they believe in monsters but also believe this monster is just as real as bigfoot or nessie Bottom line I was entertained and I learned some The Shaping of Western Civilization history Books on cryptozoologycryptids are not my standard fare so I can not judge if this one is good by the standards of such or not To be fair I would notave picked it up if not for the link to my ometownSince this is a small press book and may in future be ard to lay The Ecology, Exploitation and Conservation of River Turtles hands on I present a chapter by chapter summary Warning spoilers and probably overlyarsh ribbing ahoyChapter 1 Unearthing a Legend by Chad Lewis So we were trying to figure out something to do in IowaChapter 2 Where is Van Meter Literally a map of Iowa with Van Meter markedChapter 3 Early History of Van Meter by Chad Lewis Exactly what it says on the tin AKA th. For several nights in 1903 the small town of Van Meter Iowa was terrorized by a giant bat like creature that emerged from an old abandoned mine The identity of.
E really interesting part for me personallyChapter 4 History of the Brick Factory and Mine by Chad Lewis More of exactly what it saysChapter 5 Paranormal Beliefs of 1903 Van Meter by Chad Lewis We Medicine and Religion have no idea but the Spiritualism movement was dying down and Lake Okobojiad a sea monster sighting So then the Raccoon River near Van Meter got one too With mentions of Fort Dodge s Terror Bridge and wildman Chapter 6 1903 Witnesses by Chad Lewis Dramatis PersonaeChapter 7 The Van Meter Visitor A Chronology of Events by Noah Voss Ladies and Gentlemen Here is the bit you re all The Hockey Saint (Forever Friends, here for Twenty one pages of retelling of the events of Sept 29th to Oct 3rd 1903 and the visitation of the VisitorChapter 8 Cryptozoological Derivations Exploring the Possible Connection to Countless Other Creature Sightings by Noah Voss Recounting other contemporaneous cryptids with and without wings the Jersey Devil the Snallygaster flying crocodiles Chilean Dragons and for some reason Spring Heeled JackChapter 9 Blatant Hoax or Practical Joker by Chad Lewis It couldave been a Valentino hoax But the researchers gut feeling is that it wasn tChapter 10 Possible UFOAlien Connection by Chad Lewis I m not saying it was aliens but it was aliens OK probably not But around that time there was a rash of mysterious airship sightingsChapter 11 Misidentifications An Examination by Noah Voss Here are all the big birds owls and bats that it wasn tChapter 12 The Haunting of the Platt Brick Factory by Chad Lewis Oh by the way the old brick factory may also beaunted The researchers decide to spend the night Nothing appensChapter 13 Mass Hysteria A Closer Look at the Terror by Chad Lewis Have you eard about the Mad Gasser of Mattoon IL We don t think that was really mass Shunned hysteria eitherChapter 14 The Ultraterrestrial Theory Tricksters Daimons and uantum Consciousness by Kevin Lee Nelson Remember when we didn t think it was aliens Well what about being from another dimensionparallel universe That could totallyappen Forty pages of barely related material I mostly skimmed this oneChapter 15 What Happened to the Mysterious Footprint by Chad Lewis Four pages in which the researchers perhaps unsurprisingly fail to find the plaster cast of the Visitor s footprint after 110 yearsChapter 16 Early Encounters Thunderbirds or Thoughtforms by Kevin Lee Nelson For fun lets look at the legends of the Native Americans and one legend fabricated in 1836Chapters 17 18 19 20 by all three authors Van Meter should really Craving (Willow Creek, have one of those small towny festivals devoted to the Visitor call it Visitor Days They could block off Main Streetave a beer garden the Lions Club could sell food We could sell books Get some tourist in Oba, the Last Samurai here You know not muchappens in Van Meter Not even now Hey guys did we figure anything out in this book Nah really we just asked a bunch of uestions and speculated wildly It s really Yonen Buzz, Volume 1 (Yonen Buzz, hard to write a whole book on one newspaper articleAppendix In which is reprinted all the original newspaper articlesint only the first one counts Most of the rest are reprintsrewordings of the first article Much like chapter 7 the real reason interested parties would pick up the book Thanks in large part to orror films and cable reality paranormal shows the immense amount of time and effort legitimate paranormal investigators spend in libraries and istorical societies chasing down leads is largely ignored Most people are only interested in the sexy aspects of the The Wood Demon haunting or cryptid visitation who got chased frightened possessed or injured What dark menace is lurking in the corner Are there jump scares as the investigators walk insane asylumallways in the green glow of night vision technology Viewers don t realize that paranormal investigators are in large part journalists and First Shapes historians tracking down theistory that provides the context for the paranormal phenomena at play One of the world s best known paranormal investigators was John Keel of Mothman fame He was also a journalist So was Dispatches from Dystopia his counterpart in the film The Mothman Prophecies It is the journalist s instincts for finding theidden facts buried beneath or adjacent to the known ones that drive the good paranormal investigator Christopher O Brien s Stalking the Herd about cattle mutilations is a thick exhaustive testament to the value of mining newspaper clippings police reports and other firsthand accountsMy forthcoming book Watch Out for the Hallway Our Two Year Investigation of the Most Haunte. This mysterious visitor was never discovered Over 100 years later three researchers set out to Van Meter to shine a light on this amazingly bizarre case Filled.
For nearly two decades Chad Lewis has traveled the back roads of the world in search of the strange and unusual From tracking vampires in Transylvania and searching for the elusive monster of Loch Ness to trailing the dangerous Tata Duende through remote villages of Belize and searching for ghosts in Ireland’s haunted castles Chad has scoured the earth in search of the paranormal With a Masters