My Review of Nick Redfern’s Monster Files
It’s always a thrill to crack open a new book from Nick Redfern, and his latest — Monster Files: A Look Inside Government Secrets and Classified Documents On Bizarre Creatures and Extraordinary Animals — is no different.
With his trademark attention to detail and fervent zeal for Fortean journalism, Redfern delivers another stellar addition to the annals of the Weird. Monster Files is an excellent primer for budding cryptozoologists and conspiracy buffs as it delves not only into a myriad of fantastic, legendary beasties and grumpkins, but also into the various government agencies who just might be more knowledgeable about such things than they’re willing to let on.
It’s all here — from Teddy Roosevelt’s Bigfoot encounter to Alien Big Cats Down Under. Nick Redfern leaves no stone unturned. Regardless of whether you buy into any of this or not, Monster Files is a rollicking fun read, with lots of photos and illustrations, ample “evidence”, documentation, and first hand accounts.
New Page Books has packaged this quite nicely. The cover is superb, with just the right amount of B-Movie flair, and the interior is equal to the subject matter, and there’s, thankfully, a thorough index right where it should be.
If you’ve a thirst for cryptids on the loose, government conspiracies, and more than a passing interest in urban legends and modern myth, then this book should be on your bloody bookshelf. It’s as simple as that.
Monster Files: A Look Inside Government Secrets and Classified Documents On Bizarre Creatures and Extraordinary Animals by Nick Redfern is available wherever books are sold, at least until various government agencies find out it’s there and buy up every copy to silence the truth. Best get your hands on this before they do.