The Mothman Prophecies

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The Mothman Prophecies
Panther Books 1976 British edition
UK Front Cover
Author John Keel
Language English
Publisher Panther Books
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The Mothman Prophecies is a 1975 book by John Keel.[1]


The book relates Keel's account of his investigation into alleged sightings of a large, winged creature called Mothman in the vicinity of Point Pleasant, West Virginia, during 1966 and 1967.[2] It combines these investigations with his own theories about UFOs and various supernatural phenomena, ultimately connecting them to the December 15, 1967, collapse of the Silver Bridge across the Ohio River (which had already been known to have been caused by stress corrosion cracking in an eyebar in a suspension chain as early as 1971[3]).


The book was the inspiration for the film of the same name released in 2002, starring Richard Gere.


  1. ^ Keel, J. 1975. The Mothman Prophecies. New York: Saturday Review Press and E. P. Dutton. 269 pp. ISBN 0-8415-0355-9.
  2. ^ North, E. L. 1979. "Mysteries in the Mountains and Skies of West Virginia", Chapter 19, pp. 190-196 in: Redcoats, Redskins, and Red-Eyed Monsters. South Brunswick and New York: A. S. Barnes and Company. 278 pp. ISBN 0-498-02085-1.
  3. ^ "Claims In Disaster Denied". The Portsmouth Times. 28 May 1976. p. 12. 

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