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A New Demonology: John Keel and the Mothman Prophecies

 

Tuesday 28 November 2023

A New Demonology:
John Keel and the Mothman Prophecies

 

 


From the 1960s the “ultraterrestrial hypothesis” became a popular alternative to the ETH for UFOs and other fortean anomalies as a result of the writings of the American journalist John Keel (1930-2009). Keel’s theories are best known today via his 1975 book The Mothman Prophecies that chronicled an outbreak of weirdness in the Ohio Valley, USA, that included visits by a winged humanoid (the Mothman), Men-in-Black, UFOs and animal mutilations. His book had a Hollywood makeover in 2002 and the legend is now marked by an annual Mothman Festival in Point Pleasant, West Virginia.
Dr David Clarke
’s talk is based on an extended interview with Keel during his visit to the UK in 1992 and the contents of his chapter “The Mothman of West Virginia: a case study in legendary storytelling” in The Contemporary Legend Casebook 2: North American Monsters (Utah University Press 2020).

Date: Tuesday 28 November 2023
Venue: The Bell, 50 Middlesex Street E1 7EX
Doors: 7.30pm
Start: 8pm
Tickets: £5/£3 www.wegottickets.com/event/599621/

 

 

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