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A terrific find on a creature I had never heard 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 vs Aliens What truly got me looking over my shou A terrific find on a creature I had never heard 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 vs Aliens What truly got me looking over my shoulder at night were the witness descriptions of the creature and how ineffective their attempts at killing it were I especially enjoyed the onsite research and expeditions that the authors took along with reading the original newspaper articles that were included at the back of the book.Overall this was a nice addition to go along with thewell known cryptid stories out there Thanks in large part to horror films and cable reality paranormal shows, the immense amount of time and effort legitimate paranormal investigators spend in libraries and historical societies chasing down leads is largely ignored Most people are only interested in the sexy aspects of the 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 asylum hallways in the gr Thanks in large part to horror films and cable reality paranormal shows, the immense amount of time and effort legitimate paranormal investigators spend in libraries and historical societies chasing down leads is largely ignored Most people are only interested in the sexy aspects of the 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 asylum hallways in the green glow of night vision technology Viewers don t realize that paranormal investigators are in large part journalists and historians, tracking down the history 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 his counterpart in the film The Mothman Prophecies It is the journalist s instincts for finding the hidden 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 accounts.My forthcoming book, Watch Out for the Hallway Our Two Year Investigation of the Most Haunted Library in North Carolina, co authored with my wife Tonya, a talented medium, owes as much to dozens of hours of research as it does to the 150 plus 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 the hours worth it, illuminating the messages we heard and physical phenomena we experienced.So 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 I hope this review serves in part to undo some of this mistaken criticism.Lewis, Voss, and Nelson all of whom have impressive resum s in the field, as evidenced by the About the Authors section situate a limited sighting of winged, horned 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 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 unique twists This section is authored almost entirely by Lewis.The second section, Theories, is as strong as it is because the authors took the time to provide plenty of historical, geographical, economic, and 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 UFO Alien 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 quantum physics and the holographic 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 sections.Overall, 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 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 a handbook on the components and countless hours that go into a thorough paranormal investigation.As 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 abundant historical photographs of the people and places in Van Meter, many provided with help from the local library, which help to close the century plus time gap for the reader The Van Meter Visitor is a textbook example of how to do a thorough investigation written by seasoned, passionate professionals who bring to light a fascinating cryptid that has 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 This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here 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 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 sh 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 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 very hard, and as a result, compiled a great book on an old and obscure happening of high strangeness one I had never before heard of and I thought I knew of most Kept my interest and made me search for 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 and hoaxes this is just one of those The authors do discuss 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 and hoaxes 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 Not really enough of a story 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. An almost exhaustingly detailed examination of an unusual, little known cryptid that haunted a small town in Iowa for three days in 1903 Lewis, Voss and Nelson have really jumped into the story of the Visitor waist deep.The book begins with a short history 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 witnesses.The second part of the An almost exhaustingly detailed examination of an unusual, little known cryptid that haunted a small town in Iowa for three days in 1903 Lewis, Voss and Nelson have really jumped into the story of the Visitor waist deep.The book begins with a short history 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 witnesses.The second part of the book explores theories as to what the mysterious creature might have been Ideas range from a deliberate hoax, to mass hysteria 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 evenbizarre My personal favorite from a speculative fiction standpoint, anyway is Nelson s theory that the creature may 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 material.If there is anything negative to say about the book, it is only that the writers seem to have concluded from the beginning that the Visitor was indeed a real, probably supernatural creature and not something with amundane explanation such as a hoax 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 tabloids.Regardless, the authors obviously have 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 *Download Book ⇰ The Van Meter Visitor: A True and Mysterious Encounter with the Unknown ⇜ For several nights in , 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 this mysterious visitor was never discovered Overyears later, three researchers set out to Van Meter to shine a light on this amazingly bizarre case Filled with eye witness reports, historic photos, and current accounts of the paranormal, this in depth book looks to discover what really happened in the town of Van Meter