Thursday, August 04, 2011

Around Sussex County, New Jersey, many of the residents believe there could be a huge, hairy biped stalking the woods and sporting two glowing eyes that are large and red. There's more, including interviews about the creature in an accompanying news video. Talk about the creature was elevated by the first ever Big Red Eye Festival at Fireman Dan's Sports Lounge in Sussex on July 9th. Meanwhile, a recent report out of Texas that a 13-year-old boy shot and killed a "chupacabra" leads the director of the Centre for Fortean Zoology to lament that the creature in question isn't the "chupacabras" first reported from Puerto Rico over twenty years ago and should be studied, not demonized, as set forth in At Night All Dogs Are Blue, and Benjamin Radford's newest book is reviewed by Peter Rogerson in Chasing Chupacabra. Elsewhere, Loren Coleman gives a detailed overview of the strangeness that struck rural Maine in 1973 with Durham Gorilla Revisited, and Tracey Parece reports on the strange antics of a Tasmanian marsupial in Small Kangaroo-like Creatures, Not UFOs, Blamed for Crop Circles in Tasmania. Also, "the largest gathering of esoteric natural history scholars in the English-speaking world" gets underway in England, August 18 - 21, 2011, and is highlighted in the report of the 12th Annual Weird Weekend revealed in Weird Goings-on in Woolsery.

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