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Sonntag, 18. März 2012
The Weird and the Wacky
The Weird and the Wacky….
I hope that everyone who’s reading this has had a good week. I’ve spent most of today cleaning up a flooded bathroom (broken pipe und the sink) and hanging some chicken wire on the balcony to keep Carlos, our youngest cat, off the neighbour’s balcony. He paid them a visit this morning so something had to be done.
So anyways we’re just going to have to see how long my post for today is.
When I was a kid the only thing cooler than made up monsters were the ones who were supposed to be real. I’m talking about Big Foot, Sasquatch, Yeti, Mothman, Sea and Lake Monsters, ETs and all of their brethren. When I was 11 or 12 I didn’t have a stack of Playboys, Gent or Gallery under the bed (These came later) like a few of my friend did. Nope, I have a stack of “Argosy” and “SAGA” under the bed. These were the 2 best magazines for UFO and Monster stories. I mean, Hey! If it’s in print then it must be true? Am I right or am I right?
At least that’s what I thought during the early 70s. I can still remember when I was 6 years old and we were living down on the Ohio River in Portsmouth. This was back in 1967-68 right at the time all of the “Mothman” hysteria was taking place. I was seriously worried after seeing a few reports on TV about this stuff and having the neighbour girl’s boyfriend tell us all about it. There were also tons of UFO reports going around at the same time. These incidents went and put UFOs and “real” monsters on my Radar! A few years later I ran across a copy of “Strange Abominable Snowmen” by “Warren Smith”. The cover showing some guy in a parka about to be clubbed to death by some huge fanged Yeti was jut right up my alley. I just had to have this book! This was one of those occasions where the begging that I mostly saved for emergencies paid of in spades. This book was filled with the stuff of nightmares and I was ecstatic! Cannibal Snowmen! Heading Hunting Snowmen! Snowmen who steal women and children! The list goes on and on. You couldn’t ask for a more lurid batch of alleged true incidences.
My next big discovery was a few old paperbacks put together by “Frank Edwards”. This guy was a treasure trove of “weird but true” stories. He was a journalist who did TV and Radio back during the 1950s and specialized in this kind of stuff. I had two paperbacks of his. They were “Strange World” and Stranger than Science”. Both had tons of monster stories with other things like strange disappearances, spontaneous combustion, prehistoric civilizations and so on. These books were also my first introductions to the “Bermuda Triangle”. I won’t lie to you. I at this shit up and with a big grin on my face even asked for more!
It must have been when I was in the 8th grade or so that I stopped believing or at least I became much more sceptical. I consider myself extremely lucky that I can, as long as the story is interesting and well written, easily suspend all disbelief. I can to this day reread “John Keel’s” “The Mothman Prophecies” and still get some serious willies! It was back in the 80s when I was still in the “2nd ACR” and was pulling guard duty all by myself in a little shack in the woods. And to pass time I was reading an Alien Abduction book by “Bud Hopkins“and ended up, to my embarrassment, scared shitless! I KNEW this stuff wasn’t true but the story was so good that I believed it while I was reading it.
Another treat were films from “Sun Classic Pictures” and also movies like “The Legend of Boggy Creek”. This “true” documentary style of films helped immensely to feed this obsession of mine about “real” monsters.
So even though these are not actual “vintage horror” they are still “vintage weirdness”!
And that has to count for something?
Am I right or am I right?
My Bigfoot geek creds............
Here's the old "Patterson Bigfoot Film"
Trailer to "The Legend of Boggy Creek"
And some great trailers to a few documentaries from "Sun Classic"
Take care and thanks for stopping by!