I should have enjoyed this book but I have to say that I really can’t recommend “On the Trail of Bigfoot”. Maybe it was something about the size of the pictures on a kindle but I just wasn’t impressed with any of the pictures in the book. Dupler’s writing style wandered across the page like a drunken sailor and his opinions were based on an amazing lack of facts. From time to time, I wondered if I was reading a satire (it was published on April Fools Day).
The only chapter that I enjoyed was a chapter on Bigfoot in Pop Culture. His epilogue was brief and talked about the ecology rather than a summary of the book and his sources were anemic. One of his online sources hasn’t been updated in over a decade and Cryptomundo hasn’t been updated in 2021 and only twice in 2020.
Take a journey along Virginia’s scenic Routes 10 and 460 eastbound to enjoy the lovely countryside and metropolises that spread around these two roads. Most of all, discover that some historical houses, plantations, battlefields, parks, and even the modern cities, have more than touristy knickknacks, ham, and peanuts to offer. Many have ghosts!
Bacon’s Castle has spirits haunting it since the 1600s. Stay in a cabin overnight at Chippokes Plantation State Park and you might find you have a spectral bedfellow. The city of Smithfield has more to offer than the world’s oldest ham; it also has some very old phantoms still stalking its buildings. Take a ghost tour of Suffolk and see why the biggest little city is also one of the spookiest. Discover the myths and legends of the Great Dismal Swamp and see what phantoms are still haunting the wildlife refuge. And if that’s not enough, Bigfoot and UFOs are part of the paranormal scenery. These and other areas of southeastern Virginia are teeming with ghosts, Sasquatch, UFOs, and monsters. See what awaits you along 460 south and 10. No matter which road you take, the phantoms can’t wait to SCARE you a good time.
I have to say that almost all of the ebook was interesting but the chapter Bigfoot and UFO Encounters from Surry to Suffolk was excellent. It was just packed with dozens of legends and stories. I wish that Kinney had spent more time on them.
“Those who live in the area and tourists who visit claim they see wispy white things, especially around the lake, but no doubt what they saw could be foxfire, a substance given off when certain fungi decay wood. Again, maybe they did see something. The place can be eerie, especially if shrouded in fog or mist. And besides spirits, you might run into Bigfoot or fairies. Do take care and don’t strike out alone in the woods and head off the designated trails, for you never know who or what you might meet. You might encounter more than animals and birds in the Great Dismal Swamp, and the haunts and Bigfoot are waiting to welcome you, even if it means taking the portal to Hell.“
The pictures are excellent but I didn’t see the anomalies that she circled. I guess it’s just part of my doubting nature. As I understand it, the pictures will be in black and white, as opposed to the free review copy provided to me from the author, which were in color. Sadly, that will take a little something away from the reader’s experience.
I’m giving Haunted Surry to Suffolk: Spooky Locations Along Routes 10 and 460 4 1/2 stars out five. If you live in the area or plan to travel there, this book is a must-have.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Pamela K. Kinney. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Remember when I used to talk about paranormal shows … well, I’m getting back into the mood again. To be honest, I didn’t believe anything that I was seeing and I , basically, gave up on them. That being said, I’m feeling the paranormal urge again …
Your Haunted Lives Revisited: Terrifying true stories of Ghosts, Hauntings and the Paranormal – Book 2
by G. Michael Vasey
Your Haunted Lives – Revisited, edited by G. Michael Vasey, is the second collection of creepy, often downright terrifying, true experiences of the paranormal submitted by visitors to the My Haunted Life Too website (http://ww.myhauntedlifetoo.com) and it is the follow up to the supernatural Amazon hit – Your Haunted Lives.
It features a foreword by International Medium – Andy Hopkins, to create just the right ghostly atmosphere.
This collection of over 40+ Real Life Ghost Stories are true tales of ‘Horrifying Encounters’ with the Supernatural and paranormal. They include tales of visits from terrifying entities, creepy haunted houses, strange and scary poltergeists, attempted possession, Ouija board nightmares, evil demonic forces, haunted cemeteries, haunted places and much, much more. They will chill you to the bone! These are supplemented with true stories of the editor’s own strange and scary experiences.
This terrific, terrifying collection of true spooky stories of the supernatural will keep you looking over your shoulder and wide awake…
The stories are brief, usually only about a page or so, and they contain very little information for you to figure out what might be causing the “paranormal” experience. That being said, for the most part, the stories are good fun for a stormy night. Occasionally, I cried out bullshit after reading some of these tales and others made me laugh,”Peeing Ghost” but if nothing else I found the tales to be entertaining.
Reading this reminds me of some of the late-night “bull” sessions with friends at the dinner-table. If you are looking for some ghostly entertainment, consider picking up a copy. I give “Your Haunted Lives Revisited” 3 stars out of 5.