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Taken from first-person accounts and historical documents, this book chronicles more than 300 examples of alien encounters, conspiracy theories, and the influence of extraterrestrials on human events throughout history. Investigating claims of visits from otherworldly creatures, aliens living among us, abductions of humans to alien spacecraft, and accounts of interstellar cooperation since the UFO crash in Roswell, this discussion of the theories and mysteries surrounding aliens is packed with thought-provoking stories and shocking revelations of alien involvement in the lives of Earthling
In the Karoo town called Steytlerville the presence of a shape shifting ‘Monster’ has caused serious panic. It has been reported it changed from a man with no head wearing a suit then into a pig and then into a bat. The creature had been sighted on a number of occasions near a church and only appeared at night.
by Travis Maltase
Shape shifting is a common theme in several layers of southern African mythology and folklore as well as in science fiction and fantasy. In many African cultures, evil magicians, wizards or witches or believed to be able to transform themselves into animal shapes at will. Werehyenas, wermonkeys and werbeast in general are present in the stories of several African and Eurasian cultures.
Steytlerville, located in Karoo towns in South Africa, was established in 1875. Many strange myths have circulated in the area since then and still today a new one has been known to surface now and then. Steytlerville is a predominantly farming community with simple people living ordinary community lives. Though since it's founding no tales of the Steytlerville having a creature or monster were ever documented or reported.
Recently though a strange news story out of Johannesburg hit the wires - A ‘monster’ plaguing the sleepy Karoo town of Steytlerville struck again over the Easter weekend, Eastern Cape police said on Monday.
Another two sightings of the "shape-shifting creature" were reported on Sunday evening, said Warrant Officer Zandisile Nelani....
Sightings of this new strange shape shifting monster began in March then the last week of April 2011 when it was seen by mourners attending two separate funerals. Unseen Dark Demonic Forces are believed to be at work here.
Nelani said in a public statement that the community requested a meeting with local police because they were frightened of it. Police agreed to work with residents, but asked them to try to take a photograph of it as evidence.
Nelani said that a photograph had since been taken of the monster leisurely resting under a tree.
He said that when the photo was taken the monster had been in human form but when the photo was developed an unknown animal was visible in the picture.
“It is a very strange thing happening in Steytlerville, but no one has been hurt by it,” Nelani said. The creature as described has taken several forms and actually shifted its appearance before witnesses. In one instance a witness met a stranger and questioned him of his reasons to be in town. The stranger did not respond, Nozipho went closer and saw that the man had no head. The man then turned into a dog that was “very angry” and “as big as a cow”, Nelani said.
He said that as Nozipho and his friend ran away, the monster allegedly turned on another group of people in the same road. “They said it turned into a big monkey, and then it was gone,” Nelani said.
Last week police were told by residents that the monster changed shape while one looked at it. One man had reported that it changed from a man wearing a suit into a pig and then into a bat.
Nelani said that the community had dubbed the monster “Bawokozi”, meaning ‘brother-in-law’.
Many blogs and message boards have people stating that the Steytlerville creature is not real or just a elaborate hoax. While other comments by visitors seem to take the chance monster meeting as straight fact.
No one at this point it so seems is quite sure of what the monsters true shape or form is. Many speculate the creature or monster might be someone who lives in the village under a evil spell or curse. When it was i human form the monster had no head so speculation that the creature is of paranormal origins make it more frightening in this aspect.
Paranormal Investigations Port Elizabeth P.I.P.E. is planning to lodge an investigation into the sightings next weekend and, if the shape shifter does in fact exist, we are hoping to find concrete evidence of the fact. As per normal, we will approach the investigation from a scientific perspective and rely on visual and audio evidence to document our findings. http://paranormal-pe.blogspot.com/2011/04/shapeshifting-monster-in-steytlerville.html
Therianthropy refers to the metamorphosis of humans into other animals, it is when a being has the ability to alter its physical appearance. The transformation may be purposeful or not, depending on whether it has been the subject of a curse or spell. In some folklore, once the shapeshifter has become transformed, it becomes progressively more difficult for it to return to its original form.
In the Zulu belief system there is the understanding that the magician's familiar is really a transformed human being; when he finds a dead body on which he can work his spells without fear of discovery, the wizard breathes a sort of life into it, which enables it to move and speak, it being thought that some dead wizard has taken possession of it. He then burns a hole in the head and through the aperture extracts the tongue. Further spells have the effect of changing the revivified body into the form of some animal, hyena, owl , wild cat or a large dog, the latter being most in favour. This creature then becomes the wizard's servant and obeys him in all things; its chief use is, however, to inflict sickness and death upon persons who are disliked by its master.
Steytlerville Baviaanskloof In 1876 Steytlerville was established on the farm Doorschpoort. It was named after Reverend Steytler whose efforts resulted in the establishment of a new Dutch Reformed Congregation in the area.
A certain Mr. Roselt, a surveyor, was contracted to subdivide the farm and to survey as a start 200 erven. In September 1880 these erven were auctioned and it fetched prices ranging from £80 to £30 an erf. The exceptionally wide Main Street of Steytlerville was designed at the time to allow ox wagons to turn around.
Nowadays it is divided by flower boxes planted with bougainvilleas in the center. Steytlerville is in the center of the wool and mohair district in the southeastern corner of the Great Karoo and is known for its astonishing variety of semi-desert vegetation that includes succulents, umbrella shaped wild plum trees and ancient cycads.
St Paul’s Anglican Church is the oldest church building in Steytlerville and is only used on the third Sunday of every month. Trusses of dry shrubs on the ceiling are tumbleweed, used to deter bats.
The village with it's colourful main street flanked by Karoo Victorian cottages, boasts a cavernous Edwardian Church, said to have the largest floorspace largest among its contemporaries south of the Sahara. The church was built in the early 1900's at a cost of £16 000. Steytlerville is also the home of the Kori Bustard, the world's heaviest flying bird. The rich history of Steytlerville has been preserved in the Steytlerville Museum, which was opened on 22/09/1967.
Through the efforts of Reina Raymer, the Woman's Agricultural Society (VLV) the museum took off with contributions from various members of the community. Arrangements to visit the museum can be made at the local Tourism Office.
Baviaanskloof Mountains Information obtained from www.baviaans.co.za/index2.html
Real Monsters, Gruesome Critters, and Beasts from the Darkside by Brad Steiger
BY KEVIN TROSCLAIR, Contributing Writer
Brad Steiger is a force to be reckoned with in the field of paranormal studies. Author of nearly 200 books on the subject, he can certainly be described as an “expert” in a field where genuine experts are seriously lacking. His knowledge and expertise is amply demonstrated in his newest release, REAL MONSTERS, GRUESOME CRITTERS, AND BEASTS FROM THE DARKSIDE.
One of his best books yet, REAL MONSTERS is full of the kind of stories that we have come to expect from him – the kind you have to leave the light on just to get half-way through! Every imaginable creature of the monstrous world is covered in great detail, with supporting case studies and contributions from individuals whose real-life encounters rival almost anything imaginable. Steiger offers a keen analysis of many such contributions; some others he – significantly – let speak for themselves.
Giant birds, hidden places where dinosaurs still walk the earth, reptilian and amphibious creatures, and many more join the ranks of the more familiar vampires and werewolves, ominous black dogs and huge cats, and sea monsters such as the beast of Loch Ness. But Steiger goes further, taking the reader into the minds of individuals who claim to have experienced alien abductions close hand (interestingly, Steiger groups some alien beings in the “monster” category…) and of killers who claim that monstrous discarnate entities have caused them to commit awful. He explores the frightening world of “shadow beings” and the equally-troubling possibility that huge communities of advanced beings – angelic and demonic – thrive within the confines of our “hollow” earth.
Steiger’s books are always anticipated by fans and skeptics alike because he never passes judgment on the cases and material he provides, always leaving the reader to take away his own thoughts and impressions. Readers familiar with the supernatural and paranormal will enjoy the book as entertaining and thought-provoking; those borderline individuals for whom the world of the paranormal is a curiosity will find Steiger’s style informative and open-ended. In fact, it has been said of Brad Steiger that you can pick up any of his books, be it his very first, one in the middle, or this latest release, and you will not be disappointed, but will come away much more enlightened about the realm of the unseen than ever before.
In addition to harrowing real-life accounts, Steiger also frequently references the writings of other authors such as H.P. Lovecraft, Edgar Allan Poe, Jules Verne, and H.G. Wells as illustration that some entities or beings once dismissed as fictitious may very well be more real than at first assumed. Not only real but also OUT THERE, lurking, waiting just on the edge of darkness and our imagination …
REAL MONSTERS is full of the stuff that nightmares are made of and should be read in the dark, with a flashlight or a candle, and plenty of (human) friends for company! Perfect for Halloween scares, or any dark and stormy night, REAL MONSTERS, GRUESOME CRITTERS, AND BEASTS FROM THE DARKSIDE is a must-have for any fan of the supernatural and anyone who has an interest in the paranormal.
Pick it up in time for Halloween and have a frighteningly good time!
Spotlighting news articles, historical accounts, and first-person interviews, this chronicle of human interactions with monsters will convince even the most hardened skeptic of the existence of the bogeyman, bigfoot, werewolves, and swamp creatures. Offering an array of wild reports—from the police officer who begrudgingly responded to a call about a long-haired woman flying over a suburban neighborhood only to find himself calling for backup when she attacked his patrol car to the motorist whose headlights illuminated a seven-foot tall, wolf-like creature that stood on its hind legs—this historical record highlights scary and unbelievable narratives. From slightly demented humans to spine-tingling paranormal encounters, each outlandish occurrence is detailed with thorough research and recounted with a storyteller's crafted voice.
Reviewed by Lisa Lee Harp Waugh
Real Monsters, Gruesome Critters, and Beasts from the Darkside by Brad Steiger Publisher: Visible Ink Press
As an avid reader of many paranormal books the intense great works of the acclaimed Brad Steiger and his wife Sherry line my many shelves. I always find myself often going to them for references or just when I need a good scare of what the paranormal world around us really is. And on pins and needles in the past few years I await his new volume each year with great anticipations. And his latest creation certainly surpasses my personal expectations to any degree.
Steiger’s grand vast volumes of works are always the pinnacle of superlative perfection.
Real Monsters, Gruesome Critters, and Beasts from the Darkside by Brad Steiger is certainly his latest and greatest compilation and is a soon to be a prestigious exalted number 1 Best Seller. His greatest collection of over 250 of the most bloodcurdling and bone-chillingly fascinating and true monster stories that will certainly go down in the annals as the most contemporary catalog of people in the paranormal field that have great stories that they they have taken time to document. Steiger in his impeccable mad scientist style seeks out in the dead of night or the light of day the most interesting catalog of creatures of legend and myth. It will of course have you looking over your shoulder at the shadows in t he corner of your eye and wondering about the unseen things that prowl the the fringe of reality lying in wait.
Just as Mary Shelly crafted her monster from parts and pieces so does Brad Steiger in his monumentous attempt to create his perfect monster masterpiece of late.
Instead of using stolen limbs from rotting stolen corpses Steiger carefully and deliberately crafts his monster from the many eyewitness reports, investigations and highly detailed facts and experiences gathered by many of the most notable propionate names in the Paranormal field and research of the 21st Century.
CONTRIBUTIONS FROM SUCH MASTER MONSTER HUNTERS AS (TO NAME ONLY A FEW) NICK REDFERN, LINDA GODFREY, DRS. DAVE AND SHARON OESTER, LOREN COLEMAN, TIM SWARTZ, BRENT RAYNES, SANDY NICHOLS, MICAH HANKS, TIMOTHY GREEN BECKLEY, WM. MICHAEL MOTT, ALYNE PUSTANIO, ERIC ALTMAN, PAUL BARTHOLOMEW, SCOTT CORRALES, DR. FRANKLIN R. RUEHL, AND PASTOR ROBIN SWOPE.
When just picking up this wonderful large paperback volume, you will just by glancing through the pages notice that these intense images of monster art just jumps right out at you.
Many of the well defined horrific and overwhelming images here in this book are from the more then exceptional talents of master Artist Ricardo Pustanio. Many of the images in his contribution to Steiger's work seem to be alive and either crawl or slither from the pages perchance to devour us. Bill Oliver eye for graphic mixtures from his personalized style brings a fluid mix to the his great book. And the more then strange distorted limbs and weird hands of the cartoonist styling's of DAN "WOLFMAN" ALLEN..
With the horrific tales of of real haunted-cursed men and woman children who shape shift under the light of a waxing moon. These unholy half-human, half-distorted mutated beasts roaming our countryside's and urban settings stalking it's unaware prey. Over the years the highly well respected Linda Godfrey has brought forward her many glimpses and insights of the deep rooted never ending investigative search of the werewolf of Bray Road. this as we know has certainly brought her work to the fore front and so does her spotlight shine upon it's strange folkloric myth and it's dead real living reality. And Alyne Pustanio's personal research and revealing of the strange facts and known secrets of what many call the Cajun Loupe Garou. And with the inclusion of monster hunter supreme Nick Redferns' keen in depth observations, research and insights into "Phantom Hounds", and "The Notorious Monkey Men of the British Isles", this volume certainly keeps the reader on the edge of their seats wondering what might be creeping in the darkness around them.
UFO abductors seek to create human-alien hybrids unfold from the pages. As do the serious stories of encounters with Lake monsters, lizard men and creepy mermaids who troll the waters shores stalking their living prey.
I personally have always enjoyed the many tales some tell of Dinosaurs that terrorize the lost jungles, and the chanced run ins with Yeti and Bigfoot in the United States.
If your searching for facts and not fictions of displaced Big cats, black dogs, and giant snakes prowl neighborhoods look no further then this prestigious work.
This Book is the most awaited volume of the 21st century. An exquisite masterpiece for everyone to seek out and add to their collection, and of course may I state, certainly the most precious of all coveted books one could ever hope to personally own. In rating this fine work against other books of it's type there is no comparison.
Brad Steiger in his recent work "Real Monsters, Gruesome Critters, and Beasts from the Darkside" has once again raised the bar of standards, And for those who truly dare if they might, to not easily follow.
1. BIGFOOT--NORTH AMERICA'S KING KONG
2. BIG CATS--PREDATORS OUT OF PLACE
3. BLACK DOGS THAT HERALD DISASTER
4.THE BOGEY MAN--HE DOESN'T JUST LIVE UNDER YOUR BED
5. DEMONS FROM THE DARKSIDE
6.DINOSAURS THAT LIVE AND PROWL THE EARTH
7. FLYING HUMANOIDS OVER CITIES AND FARMS
8. GIANT SNAKES FROM YOUR WORST NIGHTMARES
9. HEADLESS HORSEMEN RIDE AT MIDNIGHT
10. HOLLOW EARTH--A HAVEN FOR ANCIENT BEINGS
11. HOWLERS AND NIGHT PROWLERS
12. THE JERSEY DEVIL AND OTHER UNNATURAL SPAWN OF DARKNESS
13. JUNGLE APEMEN
14. LAKE MONSTERS--SIGHTINGS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
15. LIZARD MAN AND OTHER SWAMP CREATURES
16. MOTHMAN, HARBINGER OF DEATH
17. MONSTERS FROM FLYING SAUCERS
18. METCH KANGMI--FOUL SNOWMAN OF THE HIMALAYAS
19. REPTILIANS--INVADERS FROM OTHER WORLDS
20. SEA SERPENTS: MONSTERS FROM THE DEEP
21. SHADOWPEOPLE--MYSTERIOUS ENTITIES WITH MISSIONS UNKNOWN
22. THUNDERBIRDS--GIANT BIRDS OF LEGEND THAT ARE REAL
23.UFO ABDUCTORS--SEEKING TO CREATE A HYBRID SPECIES OF ALIEN AND HUMAN
24. VAMPIRES-- THEIR HUNGER FOR BLOOD IS ETERNAL
25. WEREWOLVES--SHAPESHIFTERS FOREVER AMONG US
26. ZOMBIES-- VOODOO AND THE UNDEAD
About the Author
The award-winning author of more than 100 books, including Real Ghosts,Restless Spirits, and Haunted Houses; Real Vampires, Night Stalkers, and Creatures from the Darkside; Real Zombies, the Living Dead, and Creatures of the Apocalypse; and The Werewolf Book. He is a regular radio guest on the Allan Handelman Show, Coast to Coast, and Jeff Rense's Sightings. He lives in Ventura, Iowa.
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