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What have we got for you this time? A new episode of a documentary series and a new nonfiction book. And, it's all about Linda Godfrey, the most famous and active researcher of American werewolf sightings who first became a monster-hunter when she publicized legends about the Beast of Bray Road.

Let's hear about the documentary episode first. MonsterQuest, the History Channel's series about creature sightings and legends, will be airing an episode titled "American Werewolf" on January 23rd. Their own site contains the following description:

"Eyewitnesses in Wisconsin and Michigan report seeing a tall hairy man - beast some describe as a dogman...a centuries old legend based on myth, not a real animal. But what are they seeing? MonsterQuest will deploy professional hunters and trackers in an area with recent sightings, armed with a tranquilizer gun. And for the first time eyewitness accounts will be put to the test, using polygraphs and hypnosis & the results will astonish."

Although the MonsterQuest site doesn't say so, the episode was written and co-produced by Linda Godfrey, based on her research, with illustrations created by her son Nate, according to Linda Godfrey's blog. Linda is the author of The Beast of Bray Road: Tailing Wisconsin's Werewolf and Hunting the American Werewolf.

The other big news is that Linda Godfrey is coming out with a new book called Werewolves, not coming until March but it can be pre-ordered now. It is aimed at readers in grades 6 to 12 according to the publisher's site. Since her second book on the topic, Hunting the American Werewolf, was much better than her first, I'm hoping that the third will continue that trend. However, I've never seen her write for a juvenile audience, so I don't know if her style in that genre will be as engaging. Plus, it is possible that she will just be rehashing the same sightings from her two books for adult readers.

13 December 2006 @ 04:31 pm
What is the Beast of Bray Road? It is America's most famous piece of werewolf lore, with sightings that cluster in southeastern Wisconsin (see my short article for a brief summary). The Beast recently showed up in the news again, under the new label of "bear-wolf" that has been gradually replacing the "Beast of Bray Road" label. Don't be fooled, it's the same collection of related legends under a new label. The news report is here.