Dueling “Memoirs” of Monster Hunters

Wait! There’s two? Will the real monster hunter please stand up?

“Memoirs of a Monster Hunter”

World adventurer and international monster hunter Josh Gates [Destination Truth] has careened through nearly 100 countries, investigating frightening myths, chilling cryptozoological legends, and terrifying paranormal phenomena. Now, he invites fans to get a behind-the-scenes look at these breathtaking expeditions.

Part journey into the unexplained, part hilarious travelogue, part fascinating look at the making of a reality-based TV show—and featuring never-before-published photographs— this Destination Truth companion takes readers on the supernatural expedition of a lifetime.

Credit: Ghost TV Blogs

Um. I just have one problem… Nick Redfern already did this! Didn’t the publisher check? Because that’s confusing…and weird.

  5 comments for “Dueling “Memoirs” of Monster Hunters

  1. Karen
    October 17, 2011 at 4:52 PM

    There are many monsters but only one Josh Gates

  2. Ben Radford
    December 6, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Check out the reviews of Nick’s book… they’re not very flattering. But I think I have a title for my memoirs!

  3. spookyparadigm
    December 7, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    I have … concerns … in taking Nick’s books at face value. But as a Fortean, well, whatever, with a post-punk Lovecraftian vibe, I can find them entertaining. I haven’t read Memoirs, but I have read Three Men Seeking Monsters, and while I was initially very frustrated with the book feeling I had been sold a bill of goods, various scenes and concepts in it ultimately were entertaining and memorable.

    Likewise, I love the concept of Final Events, whether or not I believe a word of it.

    From these two samples (I’ve tried Bodysnatchers in the Desert as part of my maybe-someday-published-partially-up-on-the-web crashed saucer legends study, and I can’t get into it) I’d say that Redfern’s books are not sufficiently crazy to reach the heights of something like the Mothman Prophecies, but that does seem to be what they might ultimately be if really let loose.

    By contrast, watching Destination Truth is an exercise in pain. It’s like a video lobotomy. That Gates has a degree in archaeology (a subject I teach and practice, and am co-organizing a symposium at our big meetings, on pseudoscience [hey wait, lightbulb just went off!]) only makes it worse.

    This is my reaction to watching Destination Truth

  4. spookyparadigm
    December 7, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    In the above comment, I mean that Redfern’s books are “a Fortean, well, whatever, with a post-punk Lovecraftian vibe, I can find them entertaining.” That could be misconstrued as referring to myself.

  5. spookyparadigm
    December 7, 2011 at 3:05 PM

    And because the universe decided to punish me, Josh Gates just showed up as a “suggested to follow” on my twitter.

    Um, no.

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