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Lyle Blackburn is an author, musician, and cryptid researcher from Texas. His investigative cryptozoology books, "The Beast of Boggy Creek" and "Lizard Man," reflect his life-long fascination with legends and sighting reports of real-life 'monsters.' During his research, Lyle has often explored the remote reaches of the southern U.S. in search of shadowy creatures said to inhabit the dense backwoods and swamplands of these areas. Lyle is also a staff writer for RUE MORGUE and the founder of the rock band GHOULTOWN. He has been heard on numerous radio programs, including COAST TO COAST, and has appeared on television shows such as MONSTERS & MYSTERIES IN AMERICA, FINDING BIGFOOT, and the CBS SUNDAY MORNING SHOW.
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The new horror film Valley of the Sasquatch recently began its film festival run with a world premiere last weekend at the Nevermore Film Festival in North Carolina. But for writer/director John Portanova, the process of bringing this story of a fractured family battling a tribe of angry Sasquatch to life was years in the making.
“Growing up I spent most of my free time studying cryptozoology and the unknown,” Portanova said. “Instead of going outside and playing for recess, I would read books from the 001 section of the library about encounters with Bigfoot or alien abductions. My after school viewing habits consisted of watching paranormal investigation shows such as Unsolved Mysteries or Sightings. Years later when I graduated from film school, I took some time off so I could write my first real screenplay. There was only one idea that really inspired me: making a scary and action-packed movie that respected the history of Sasquatch.”
The popular Destination America series MONSTERS AND MYSTERIES IN AMERICA is back for Season 3. The series focuses on cases and legends of mysterious monster sightings, alien encounters, and other spooky phenomenon as recounted by actual eyewitnesses.
Though the cases are often entangled with urban legend, reported sightings of bipedal, goat-like creatures do enter the realms of cryptozoology. Dubbed “goatmen,” the beasts are described as either hairy humanoids with a goat-like head or horned men with fur and hooves, often bent on frightening those who encounter them. With an abundance of shocking tales involving these modern satyrs, author and paranormal researcher, J. Nathan Couch, sets out to explore the phenomenon in his new book, Goatman: Flesh or Folklore.
According to High-Def Digest, Synapse Films has plans to release the bigfoot horror classic, CREATURE FROM BLACK LAKE, on Blu-Ray. No solid release date was given, but it’s expected to arrive in stores sometime next year.
The 2nd Annual Boggy Creek Festival is coming up this weekend Oct 24-25, 2014 in Fouke, Arkansas. Fouke is, of course, home of the infamous Legend of Boggy Creek. The purpose of the event is to bring together the local community and to share information about the sasquatch-like creature that has been sighted in the area for over a century. The festival features local arts and crafts, music, entertainment, food vendors, and presentations by some of the top bigfoot researchers in the field.
A special edition of Monsters and Mysteries titled “The Blackburn Files” will air this Friday Sept 12 at 10pm EST on the Destination America channel. The episode features enhanced versions of the Lake Worth Monster, Rake, and Beast of Bray Road stories with myself as host.
I’ll be attending Rue Morgue’s Festival of Fear coming up August 28-31 (as part of Toronto’s FanExpo). I’ll have a table in the horror section and will be doing a Monstro Bizarro panel with Rue Morgue editor Dave Alexander on Friday Aug 29 at 2:45pm. We’ll be talking about my new book LIZARD MAN, as well as what’s new in cryptozoology and sasquatch cinema.
The wave of cryptid-inspired television continues with two new shows debuting on Discovery’s Destination America channel. SWAMP MONSTERS and MONSTERS UNDERGROUND take the psuedo-fictional approach of their successful show, MOUNTAIN MONSTERS, to new and scarier places across America.
As everyone knows, I’m a total Boggy Creek geek. My collection includes many vintage items related to the various Boggy Creek movies, and now, thanks to my good friend Cliff Barackman (Finding Bigfoot), I’m the owner of the “juvenile creature” mask from Boggy Creek II (1985).
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