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Strange Intruders

Posted by: Lyle Blackburn on August 16th, 2013

Strange Intruders, the new book by my friend and colleague David Weatherly has just been released.

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Topics include the Djinn, Slenderman, Black Eyed Beings and much more!

Order information here.

Lyle Blackburn About Lyle Blackburn
Lyle Blackburn is an author and musician from Texas. His investigative cryptozoology books, "The Beast of Boggy Creek" and "Lizard Man," reflect his life-long fascination with legends and sighting reports of real-life 'monsters.' During his research, Lyle has often explored the remote reaches of the southern U.S. in search of shadowy creatures said to inhabit the dense backwoods and swamplands of these areas. Lyle is a featured speaker at cryptozoology and horror conferences around North America. He has been heard on numerous radio programs, including COAST TO COAST, and has appeared on television shows such as MONSTERS & MYSTERIES IN AMERICA, FINDING BIGFOOT, and the CBS SUNDAY MORNING SHOW. For more information, visit Lyle's website at: www.lyleblackburn.com


11 Responses to “Strange Intruders”

  1. TheBeardedMan responds:

    I saw an episode of monsters and mysteries in america featuring BEKs and it freaked me out straight-away. Couldn’t really sleep the following couple of days.

  2. TheBeardedMan responds:

    Oh, and Isn’t slenderman completely fictional?

  3. corrick responds:

    Lyle,

    Exactly what could this possibly have to do with cryptozoology?

    Even in a paranormal alternative universe?

  4. shmargin responds:

    Since Slenderman was created by somethingawful.com forum users, and was used as a photoshop contest, I don’t think its necessary to include him in a book about the paranormal.

    Slenderman is internet fiction. I’m tired of seeing it being linked to other paranormal activities that have more basis in reality.

  5. volmar responds:

    This is a book on mythological creatures, I’m not quite sure why it is featured on a cryptozoology blog.

  6. mick responds:

    Good question Volmar.
    Despite their cries demanding more respect from the scientific community, more and more crypto creature pushers seem to be more interested in landing a spot on the next Discovery Network special and perhaps selling a few books along the way than in they are in trying to discover the truth about creatures that they’re writing about. I don’t think that I’d consider the ghost of a Neolithic hunter to be cryptid either, but that doesn’t mean that a book that suggests that the ghosts of cavemen are roaming around England isn’t going to be a better seller than a book suggesting that they aren’t would.

  7. corrick responds:

    Well put, mick.

  8. David Weatherly responds:

    I’d like to clarify a few points on the book.

    First of all, yes, Slenderman is a creation of the Internet and I’m quite aware of this fact. His full history is detailed in the book. However, like it or not, he is now very ingrained in the world of the paranormal. Oddly, despite his clear history, he now borders on being a tulpa like creature. Frantic people call Coast to Coast AM, contact paranormal investigators and recount the tales to priest. Sure, some of them are probably hoaxers looking for attention or perhaps they’re seeing something else altogether but there are some very strange encounters that people are pinning to the Slenderman and I for one would like to know why. Either way, I think it’s important to explore and ask questions.

    Second, I am not advertising or promoting the title as a “Cryptozoology” book. But here’s a question for all of you, where do we really draw the line? Many would consider Mothman and Sasquatch “mythological creatures.” When does something like a Puckwudgie for instance, go from mythological being to cryptid? Opinions welcomed.

    All that being said, there are some ‘cryptid’ type encounters recounted in the book. My approach is more influenced by John Keel. I find a lot of interconnections in the world of paranormal phenomena. If you’re not comfortable with this, I have no issue with it, but you probably wouldn’t enjoy the book anyway.

    Third, you’ll never hear me personally crying for attention from the scientific community. I leave that in other hands but it’s not something I feel I need.

    Fourth, I honestly do wish that writing was a lucrative profession but it’s not unless you’re Stephen King!

    Thanks all,
    David

  9. volmar responds:

    @Mick, maybe next year Discovery will have a mockumentary on Slenderman. Why not? Anything goes on TV!

  10. springheeledjack responds:

    David–

    That, actually, is a very good question. What launches a “phenomena” into the realm of cryptozoology? Almost all of our cryptids have roots in mythology and legends and folklore.

    Is it just when we have “physical” sightings/accounts of something that said phenomena is considered a cryptid? Pictures? Other evidence, or something else altogether?

    This would make a good post too to open up to the Cryptomundo community…assuming it hasn’t been brought up before. Then again, even if it has, maybe we need a refresher discussion.

  11. volmar responds:

    @springheeledjack, you missed the point. Not all mythological creatures belong in cryptozoology. Common sense cautions us that creatures such as Slenderman, Spring-heeled Jack, Djinn, Chupacabra, etc. are purely mythological. It’s the Mermaids mockumentary discussion all over again: People should know better than believe in Mermaids, even when they watch a tv show that claims Mermaids are real! Mythology is an amazing field, but should not be used as a blueprint for cryptozoology. Only real animals that are unrecognized by Science belong in cryptozoology. That’s not the case of the creatures I mentioned above. Slenderman, for instance, is an internet based monster, not an unknown creature roaming the wilderness of North América. Can’t you see the difference? I bet you can.



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