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MQ: Mothman!!

Posted by: Loren Coleman on February 9th, 2010

MonsterQuest : Mothman

Airs on Wednesday February 10 09:00 PM Eastern

History channel’s overview:

In 1967, a giant winged monster reportedly terrorized the skies over a small town in West Virginia, ending in a tragic bridge collapse that claimed forty-six lives. Since then the Mothman, as the beast was known, has become an omen of doom and death. With new sightings across America today, this creature may be returning. In a search for answers, MonsterQuest will use night time surveillance, perception tests and forensic sketching to determine if the beast is myth or frightening reality.

About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013.


5 Responses to “MQ: Mothman!!”

  1. MattBille responds:

    Loren,
    I can’t remember whether we have gone over this point before, but I can’t understand the part of your post about “ending in a tragic bridge collapse.” There is no evidence connecting reports of a bizarre winged creature to the bridge tragedy: not unless you want to classify Mothman as a supernatural entity, an idea you have already discarded in your efforts to “reclaim Mothman for cryptozoology.” Regardless of whether one thinks Mothman was a very strange but real animal or some combination of owls, cranes, and word-of-mouth contagion, I don’t see how the fact that a bridge collapsed in the same area at the same time is anything but coincidence.

  2. cryptidsrus responds:

    Looking forward to the episode. Only wish Keel was still alive to maybe participate in it. About time MQ got off the “obscure cryptid” wave and did more WELL-KNOWN cryptids. :)

  3. MattBille responds:

    My apologies, Loren, I did not notice this was a History Channel summary rather than your words.

  4. lukedog responds:

    Quite so MatBille, and I must say the movie is a classic.
    Personally I look straight to the supernatural in this case..
    Loren does not give opinion, just promotes MQ’s airing.

    Night time surveillance, LOL.
    I’d rather watch the exorsist.

    Very often the scoftic is asked,or more usually told to ‘Get lost’ or ‘Be open minded’ however in the case of Mothman , I would on a scale of 1-10
    1 being woeful, give MM a 1 as turning up as a cryptid.
    And I think so would most here.

  5. Loren Coleman responds:

    The eyewitnesses first described it as a “large bird.”

    The media, via a newspaper copy editor naming the source of the sightings “Mothman,” and John A. Keel’s final book version being more demonological than zoological, have imprinted these cryptids with an unfortunate mantle of unbelievably. But if you go back to the original reports, they do not exist outside the realm of most avian cryptid reports.



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