A few weeks ago I spoke at the annual Greater New England UFO Conference on the subject of the Men in Black. Also speaking at the gig was Ronny Le Blanc, who generously gave me a review copy of his 2016 book, Monsterland: Encounters with UFOs, Bigfoot and Orange Orbs. As you can probably guess from the title already, Ronny’s book is a controversial one. And there’s nothing wrong with that. Monsterland is a book that is very likely to split readers into two factions: those who believe that the various paranormal phenomena that Ronny describes are somehow inter-linked, and those who are of the opinion that such things cannot have such connections.
In other words, if – like me – you are a fan of the works of people such as John Keel, Linda Godfrey, and Rob Riggs, you really should get a copy of Monsterland. Even if you’re not, you should still invest in it, as it may very well cause you to reassess your views that Bigfoot, UFOs and strange lights have no connection. As for the title of the book, it is taken from a certain area in Leominster, Massachusetts which is known locally as “Monsterland.” And with good reason, too: like Point Pleasant, West Virginia; Cannock Chase, England; and Texas’ Big Thicket, it’s a hotbed for a wide and varied body of incredible weirdness.
Monsterland is part-road-trip, part-journal, and part-historical study of the area and of its strange reputation as a lair of monsters and mysteries. Ronny does a very good job of weaving all of these angles into an entertaining book that runs to 264 pages and which contains a lot of cool and relevant B&W photos. It’s filled with intrigue, adventure, creepy encounters, strange and multiple synchronicities, and realizations that reality is not all that is cracked up to be. Was it ever?
We are treated to a good, solid history of Monsterland – the location – and of how, and why, it has gained such a reputation as a definitive supernatural magnet. To his credit Ronny tells it as he sees it: he does not shy away from explaining how and why he concludes that Bigfoot is far more than just a large, unknown, North American ape. He addresses his own experiences, those of friends and colleagues, and decades-old cases. All of which, when presented collectively and coherently, paints a fascinating and mysterious picture.
On the matter of what Ronny calls the “Interdimensional Bigfoot,” he says: “Due to the ‘high strangeness’ associated with Bigfoot, some researchers are starting to believe that Sasquatch are both physical and non physical and that they live in a quantum reality. There are native tribes that have said all along that this is a half-animal, half-spirit. That the Bigfoot live on the border of two worlds.”
Controversial? Yep! But, Ronny doesn’t just make wild claims: he backs up this inflammatory theory with witness testimony and the historical record. The same goes for Ronny’s quest to figure out the truth of the Bigfoot-UFO-Orbs connection. Ronny describes a fascinating orb-based encounter in Leominster State Forest that he and a friend, Bill Penning, had late one particular night: “The orb, glowing orange and most definitely self-luminescent, finally came into contact with the edge of the woods leading to Bobcat Mountain…Once it hit the outline of the trees, it started to move through the woods, it lit up all the trees and everything around it in a widened circle.”
It would be wrong for me to reveal all of Ronny’s conclusions pertaining to the issues that Monsterland covers, if you plan to buy a copy. I will say, however, that if the stranger side of the Bigfoot mystery intrigues and fascinates you then Monsterland is a great book to dive into. Encompassing weird encounters in the forests, Bigfoot and invisibility, the possibility that orbs are an intelligent life-form, the ways and means by which Ronny found himself plunged into a bizarre world of mystery and manipulation of a kind that John Keel knew all too well, mysterious characters, and conspiracy-filled accounts, Monsterland makes for excellent, late night reading!