Theresa reviews this unique story about a creature simply called, “Goatman”.
Goatman: Flesh or Folklore? (Release Date: October 2014)
Legend says that all across America, a monster lives in the darkness. It lurks on the boundaries of suburbia mere miles from our homes. Huge, foul-smelling, and murderous, it has many regional names but most people refer to the creature by a simple, straightforward name—Goatman.
Some stories say Goatman is a hairy humanoid with a goat-like head that walks about on either two or four legs depending on the circumstances. Others say he’s a horned man with a furry, hooved lower-half much like creatures from Greek mythology.
Of course, just about everyone says it’s all just an urban legend. Except for those who’ve came face-to-muzzle with the Goatman himself, or the families of those who’ve died while trying to encounter the monster.
Join author and paranormal investigator J. Nathan Couch as he collects sightings of Goatman and all his caprine kin including the Pope Lick Monster, the Beast of Billiwhack, Sheepsquatch, the Lake Worth Monster, and a hoard of minor hooved horrors as he tries to separate fact from folklore on a journey that takes you from Wisconsin, to California, to Maryland and back again. Beware the Goatman!
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I normally review fiction books, but when I came across this title while doing some research for a short story I’m writing, I decided I had to spread the word about this one. With only the intention of reading a particular chapter, I picked up a copy of this book. However, it was so well-written and captivating that I absolutely had to devour the entire thing. Each chapter is dedicated to a particular region or specific legend surrounding that area. Notably, Couch really did his homework. We feel like he’s taking us along with him on his skeptical, yet hopeful hunt of a Goatman. Every possibility from homeless societal outcasts, to teenagers wearing goat costumes, to the confusion with Bigfoot are all covered in this book, and that’s just to name a few. No rock is left unturned. And no tall tale is taken at face value.
Each eyewitness account is gathered and dissected as Couch tries to get to the bottom of this extremely prevalent lore that haunts this country. What is so gratifying are the author’s candid remarks and his peppering of humor along the way. The laughs are subtle, just enough to keep things light, without cheapening the seriousness of the hunt for the truth. I really appreciate how he mixes thorough research with his first hand investigation, even traveling to the hot spots and asking the hard questions. Getting people to talk about his stuff can’t be an easy feat.
The tales and explanations assembled here read like campfire stories at times, making for imaginative and disconcerting entertainment—especially if you are obsessed with weird phenomena. And, at the end, Couch shares his sources so readers can take their own treks cross-country, in search of the elusive Goatman. Whether you have a real interest in this particular lore or not, by the time you finish the book, you just might decide to camp out, lying in wait for your very own Goatman sighting. Be sure to send Couch your findings and photos for his next edition! And, don’t bother trying to fool him by wearing a goat suit, because he will surely debunk it.