Monster Files, a book review
Author Nick Redfern exposes monsters and government secrets
For Your Eyes Only – Dossier of Fantastic Beasts
Why would a government care about the abominable snowman, the Loch Ness monster, or any wacky bonfire story? And yet they do, and with alarming consistency. The prolific author Nick Redfern, who blows the lid off the accepted tradition of strange creatures, does not settle for stale explanations, but instead in Monster files, offers at all times, a convincing vision of the possible participation of the government of a clandestine nature. Monster Files is just what the name suggests; a survey of government secrets, freedom of information law documents, first-hand accounts, fantastic-tale investigations, and tenacious investigations. The result is a fascinating mix of paranormal and conspiracy.
Following a general timeline of monstrous events, the book begins with Teddy Roosevelt’s Bigfoot story and ends with modern beasts.
Not all creatures are necessarily the target of government interest; some monsters are introduced to serve as an introduction to the next official participation story. However, it is not so easy to group each case into narrow classifications. Some monsters are “used” by governments as clever misdirection, a “futile search” to hide top-secret projects and advanced weaponry. At other times, these same agencies have a curious interest in all the paranormal. At times, they seem fascinated or even scared, as in the case of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Oceanic Service (NOA), both loudly protesting thatMermaids don’t exist!
At other times, the government has technological interests, such as with the missing beasts of the werewolf and Bigfoot variety, where multi-dimensional super technologies could be used for the nefarious purposes of our government.
In Monster Files, Nick Redfern shows that he is an author and researcher who is willing to offer original conclusions and concepts to what might otherwise be a family tradition. His explanation of the origins of the somewhat famous, or infamous, 1952 Flatwoods monster sighting in the small town of Flatwoods West Virginia is original and beyond suggestive.
The rarity files are frequent and varied.
Government research on the psychic abilities of cats and dogs to detect hidden mines? It’s true! That research also showed that cats and dogs transfer ESP information to each other.
Did FDR greenlight a project to use bats as living bombs? Yes! It is also here!
Monster Army and Monkey-Human Hybrids
A book on monsters would not be complete without Dr. Frankenstein’s scientific creations, real or hearsay. Redfern explores the story of Russian physiologist Ilya Ivanov, who was hired, allegedly by none other than Joseph Stalin, to create an army out of a race of genetically spliced half-human / half-ape men in the late 1920s. The book is good at investigating the truth behind such outlandish claims and their author is not one to simply accept such stories at face value. Here’s something for skeptics and believers alike. Redfern covers all the bases.
What about the reality of Russian ape-men?
“What we have here, then, is a saga that has some truth, that describes very real attempts to create human-ape hybrids that
They were undertaken by the scientific elite of the Soviet Union, which
They were funded by the Soviet Academy of Sciences, and that
made have the support of the Bolshevik government. ”
(Reprinted, with permission of the publisher, from MONSTER FILES © 2013 Nick Redfern. Published by New Page Books, a division of Career Press, Pompton Plains, NJ. 800-227-3371. All rights reserved.)
However, Stalin’s involvement, as the author points out, remains to be seen.
There are other apes here too, those of the long-lost cousin variety, and some stories of possible Neanderthals show up for a visit.
The best is the last one in chapter 3, (again from the USSR) which tells the story of a lieutenant colonel. Karapetyan in the Soviet Army Medical Service in World War II. A strange looking man had been captured; who initially thought the Soviet was a spy. Covered in a long brown cloak of shaggy hair, six feet tall and powerful arms, the beast had to be kept in a cold room because it could not bear the heat.
The possibility of what any of these apes could have been makes any future visit to my local zoo’s ape exhibit unsettling.
Indian Jones: Monster Hunter
Adventurer Tom Slick, the possible real-life inspiration for Indiana Jones, is shaping up to be his possible role as a CIA spy. Slick studied at Harvard and MIT, served in the Navy during the World War II engagement in the Pacific, and was also instrumental in three groups that later became the Texas Biomedical Research Institute and the Southwest Research Institute. For all intense purposes, Slik was a man who had strong connections with important people. He was also a globetrotting adventurer who had a very real passion for mysterious beasts like the famous Yeti, also known as the Abominable Snowman.
The real reason, as some have theorized, for Tom Slick’s trip to Tibet in 1956 was not only to search for the Yeti, but also to use the expedition as a cover story for a secret CIA mission to spy on the invading communist government. Chinese who was trying to take over Tibet. The evidence featured in Monster Files certainly lends credence to Slicks’ underground role. Redfern presents a 1959 U.S. Department of State document titled: Regulations Covering Mountaineering Expeditions in Nepal – Regarding the Yeti.
And it doesn’t end there. That chapter continues to tie together the loose threads of the assassination of JFK, Bigfoot, and the fledgling career of none other than George HW Bush (AKA Bush 41) and ties them neatly into a tight package!
The real scare comes to the end of that chapter with the mysterious death of Tom Slick on October 6, 1962. Upon returning from a hunting trip while flying over Montana, Slicks’ plane appears to have disintegrated in flight. As you can imagine, the sinister notes of a conspiracy are heard. Did the CIA monster hunter know too many secrets, secrets that doomed him to an untimely grave?
Blocking the mysteries of the lake?
Our friend Nessie, the great Loch Ness monster, is visited and revisited numerous times and for different reasons throughout the book. The good news is that this never goes out of style. You still have a lot of questions. Sure, Nessie could be a ruse by the British government to hide sophisticated weapons, Monster Files argues, but that doesn’t explain the sightings dating back to before submarines were invented, as the author also points out.
And then there’s British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s interest in protecting Nessie for Scottish tourism!
The burning idea for me in Monster Files was how could there be so many sightings of a large creature that it couldn’t survive on such a meager food supply provided by the lake? The possibility that Nessie is the ghost of an extinct dinosaur is a mind-boggling concept.
Bigfoot: What the US Government Doesn’t Want You to Know
Mount Saint Helens erupted with terrible and violent force in May 1980. Once all the volcanic ash had settled, there were rumors and scattered reports that the US Army Corps of Engineers carried off several beasts. similar to Sasquatch. Chapter 18 also has more surprises, but the reason for the government’s involvement can only be speculated. The book points to the idea that these beasts, Bigfoot, have some kind of special ability that the military is studying.
There is also a chapter on UFOs and Bigfoot here. The possibility that these creatures can jump to other dimensions and have psychic abilities are the possible reasons given for government / military involvement.
There are many stories that haunt and fascinate, and the brief history of the United States government trying to hook up an ordinary house cat to work as a spy was an obstacle for me. It is just one of many that make this book a must-have. The case of the stuffed Bigfoot, Princess Di and the killer big black cat, the werewolf of World War II; They are all things that turn the page! There are so many good tales here to note that any one tale does the other weird tales no favors. Nick Redfern’s Monster Files offers mysteries, monsters, conspiracies and excitement. It is a book to read and reread.
Nick Redfern’s Monster Files
New Page Books 15.99
Paperback 288 Pages