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  • By Guest on January 27, 2014

    Mr. Strickler's latest book Strange Encounters, is a mildly interesting collection of personal accounts with the strange and paranormal. Unfortunately that's all it is, supposed first-person encounters by anonymous submissions to his website. One would think that tales of shadow people, alien beings or strange animals would be more entertaining, but sadly the poor editing of the source material turns what could have been a great late-night read into a snore-inducing bore. While there is no proof offered that any of these anecdotes are anything other than creative fiction on the author's part, it does make one curious to know if any of the people who submitted their stories gave their permission to have them reprinted, and if they were compensated for their efforts. Too many of these types of books are compiled by opportunistic frauds who are simply out to make money off of other people's stories. I'm not saying that is the case here, but it is food for thought.

  • By Christopher Carrolli on May 24, 2014

    Lon Strickler’s “Phantoms and Monsters: Strange Encounters” is vast an eerie collection of first and second-hand eyewitness accounts from many around the country, detailing sightings and interactions with everything from aliens, ghosts, skinwalkers, hairy bipeds, and the unexplainable. Many of the accounts will raise the hair on your head, some will leave you questioning and skeptical, but either way, Stricker had comprised a book that will have you thrilled and wide-eyed while turning the pages.Many reported phenomena are validated through other eyewitness accounts reporting the same sightings or occurrences in both nearby and distant locations. Many report sightings of reptilian-type aliens, alien-abductions, and odd neighbors that suddenly vanished. One of the most notable accounts dealing with abductions comes from a man who received a strange phone call at his office, telling him that his parents had disappeared, but that they were okay. The man immediately left to search for his parents at their home, only to find that it was true, they were gone. The man received another phone call telling him that one day his parents would return. To this day, they remain missing.Strickler has chosen to leave the written accounts that were sent to him (many by email) in an unedited format. It often leaves the reader unable to recognize if many of the typographical mistakes have been made by the claimant or the copy editor. Yet, it doesn’t impede upon the book’s spine-tingling grip and fascinating content. It also adds or detracts credibility from the individual accounts, though this may be the author’s intention. Strickler leaves us with the option of assessing each account for ourselves, and to arrive at our own conclusions.The book is five-star for its captivating quality and well comprised information. I’m anxious to read the second installment, “Phantoms and Monsters: Cryptid Encounters.”

  • By LiterallyLiterary on May 5, 2014

    I usually quite like these compilations of individual accounts of paranormal experiences and the like; this book is, generally speaking, not difficult to get through. However, several of the accounts really could be helped along in some editing for clarity. Some stories suffer continuity and sequencing problems which lead to a lack of clarity.A far bigger problem, to my mind anyway, is the inclusion of at least one story which is an age old campfire classic ghost story. That story being the one about a driver giving a ride to a well dressed young woman who asks to be dropped off at what seems to be a peculiar location. Upon further investigation, the driver finds out the young woman died years before on her way to her high school prom and is buried in a cemetery not far from where she was dropped off.While I respect the author's wish to keep an open mind about the stories he compiles, the decision to include such a classic ghost story that has been told for generations around campfires in enough variations to truly be worthy of "Old chestnut" status and many people would get nostalgic for is a very questionable one.Such well known ghost stories do nothing to bolster the credibility of such books as this.

  • By R. Meadows on February 26, 2014

    I enjoy reading true accounts and this book had many. I have considered checking out the blog Lon has. On the other hand there were a lot of misspelled words and some of the stories seemed short on details. My favorite was probably the one about the werewolf because it was written in great detail. Overall a decent read if you enjoy true spooky accounts that really are still not explained.

  • By Euno Terpsiac on December 18, 2013

    Lon Strickler covers a wide range of paranormal events here. He does it in an easy to understand style. Recommended reading.

  • By Oscar on June 1, 2014

    The book was interesting and filled with accounts of unusual encounters . I would have preferred however that the encounters at least used the first name, location and date at the end like in the Fortean Times"it happened to me" series.

  • By kimberly Wilson on January 27, 2014

    What I love about these stories is that they are an accumulation of stories from average people concerning many different strange encounters with unknown creatures.

  • By Florida Mom on July 10, 2014

    If you love reading accounts of the unexplained, you'll love this! Not too scary for middle school kids, so a fun summer read for most of the family. Very hard to put down! In fact, I'm going to start reading the authors blog, which I understand this was compiled from.


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