The Mothman Prophecies

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The Mothman Prophecies
Mothman Prophecies.jpg
1976 UK front cover
AuthorJohn Keel
CountryUnited States
PublisherPanther Books
Publication date
Media typePrint

The Mothman Prophecies is a 1975 book by John Keel.[1]


The book relates Keel's accounts 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 accounts with his theories about UFOs and various supernatural phenomena, ultimately connecting them to the collapse of the Silver Bridge across the Ohio River on December 15, 1967. Official investigations in 1971 determined it was caused by stress corrosion cracking in an eyebar in a suspension chain.[3]


The book was the inspiration for the 2002 film of the same name, 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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