David Weatherly

Ep 146: Lyle Blackburn – Cryptid Hunter

 
 

“When I was sitting in the car, I saw him from the neck down. He was outside the driver’s side window. After about two yards, he jumped on the roof. I saw hands, rough-looking black finger-nailed hands, sticking down from the windshield!”

– Chris Davis’ account of his encounter with the Lizard Man, from Lyle Blackburn’s book by the same name

 

Background:

To really study the paranormal, any good researcher will tell you one must get out in the field to investigate the sightings, and that is especially true when it comes to cryptozoology. This is precisely what our interview guest has done. Lyle Blackburn is a full-time author, musician, and cryptid researcher from Texas, whose life-long fascination with legendary creatures has led him to write several acclaimed books, including Momo: The Strange Case of the Missouri Monster, The Beast of Boggy Creek, and Lizard Man. Lyle is a frequent guest on radio programs such as Coast to Coast AM and has been featured on numerous television shows like Monsters and Mysteries in America, Finding Bigfoot, and Strange Evidence, as well as other programs airing on the Animal Planet, Destination America, Discovery Science, and A&E channels. In addition, Lyle is a regular contributor for the monthly horror magazine, Rue Morgue. Lyle can also be heard as the frontman for his rock band Ghoultown, along with narrating/producing several Small Town Monsters documentaries, including Terror in the Skies, Boggy Creek Monster, The Mothman of Point Pleasant, and Bray Road Beast. When he’s not chasing cryptids and writing about them or performing with his band, Lyle can be found speaking at various cryptozoology conferences and horror conventions around the United States. Tonight, we sit down with Lyle to discuss his books and his thoughts about some of the most chilling encounters with bizarre and frightening creatures ever reported.

 
 

Location:

Louisiana, Missouri, where a large, long-haired, man-like creature since known as “Momo” was spotted on multiple occasions by local residents.

 
 
 
Boggy Creek Monster
Starring Lyle Blackburn
Wood Knocks Volume 1: A Journal of Sasquatch Research
By David Weatherly, Lyle Blackburn, Nick Redfern, Ken Gerhard, Linda Godfrey
The Legend of Boggy Creek
Starring Vern Stierman, Chuck Pierce Jr., William Stumpp, Willie E. Smith, Lloyd Bowen
Boggy Creek
Starring Damon Lipari, Melissa Carnell, Shavon Kirksey, Stephanie Honore, Texas Battle
 

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CREDITS:

Episode 146: Lyle Blackburn – Cryptid Hunter.  Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Audio Editing by Sarah Vorhees Wendel; Sound Design by Ryan McCullough; Tess Pfeifle, Producer and Lead Researcher; Research Support from the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a.k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Copyright 2019 Astonishing Legends Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Ep 89: Black Eyed Kids Part 3

 
 
 
 

“Perhaps we shall never discover what the black eyed children truly are or what they represent, but by all appearances, they are here to stay.”

– Author David Weatherly, from his book, "The Black Eyed Children"
 
LOCATION: Near the old Westwood Twin Theater at 3440 N. 1st Street, Abilene, TX 79603, where journalist Brian Bethel was in a nearby parking lot and encountered two "Black Eyed Kids."
 

BACKGROUND:

Whether you choose to think of Black Eyed Kids as demonic entities or just unaccompanied children out by themselves late at night with full-sclera Contacts trying to scare people, one thing our research and the research of those who have written extensively on the subject has concluded, this is not just an internet hoax, no matter what you keep telling yourself.  Perhaps the only proof of their authenticity is also something that is unquantifiable: a deep down, primal fear upon meeting them that is so profound it is unrelatable and incomprehensible to those who have not experienced it.  In other words, when the real thing comes for you, you'll know.  Maybe, in the end, you don't believe any of the accounts of these encounters, or you choose to believe it's simply a misidentification leading to an exaggeration of unease.  That's fine.  Whatever you need to tell yourself to get to sleep.  But maybe one day you'll hear that late-night knock at your own door, and you'll wonder just what kind of evil awaits you on the other side.

 
 

Suggested Listening:

If you like the topics we cover, then you're going to love Dan Cummins' Timesuck Podcast!  Dan approaches these subjects with the same zeal for research and analysis that we do, but with his own unique perspective.  He's also a touring standup comic, so he brings a bit of comedy to his inisghts, but also some adult language, so be forewarned!  The Timesuck Podcast is available on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, various podcast apps, or wherever you get your podcasts.  And then check out his website, http://timesuckpodcast.com/ for all of his episodes, plus his touring schedule.

 

Related Books:

The Black Eyed Children
By David Weatherly
Strange Intruders
By David Weatherly
 

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Credits:

Episode 89: Black Eyed Kids Part 3.  Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Audio Editing by Sarah Vorhees; Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a.k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Copyright 2017 Astonishing Legends Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Ep 88: Black Eyed Kids Part 2

 
 
 
 
“When you look into a human being's eyes you can see the light within them and these things had no light at all.”
– Brian Bethel
 
LOCATION: Near the old Westwood Twin Theater at 3440 N. 1st Street, Abilene, TX 79603, where journalist Brian Bethel was in a nearby parking lot and encountered two "Black Eyed Kids."
 

BACKGROUND:

The accounts of encounters with Black Eyed Kids vary with their observable details, except for two main factors: their dead, black eyes which you see and can never forget and the feeling of utter horror and doom which you will continue to feel every time you think about them.  If the eyes truly are "windows to the soul" then these entities have no soul, or that soul resides in hell.  Remember that the next time you hear a knock and think it's just a harmless kid or two, and all they want is some Halloween candy, or to use your phone, or a ride, or to come in and warm up, because what they will take is something you literally can't live without.

 
 

Suggested Listening:

If you like the topics we cover, then you're going to love Dan Cummins' Timesuck Podcast!  Dan approaches these subjects with the same zeal for research and analysis that we do, but with his own unique perspective.  He's also a touring standup comic, so he brings a bit of comedy to his inisghts, but also some adult language, so be forewarned!  The Timesuck Podcast is available on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, various podcast apps, or wherever you get your podcasts.  And then check out his website, http://timesuckpodcast.com/ for all of his episodes, plus his touring schedule.

 

Related Books:

The Black Eyed Children
By David Weatherly
Strange Intruders
By David Weatherly
 

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The Dark Myths Collective  

http://darkmyths.org/

 

Credits:

Episode 88: Black Eyed Kids Part 2.  Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Audio Editing by Sarah Vorhees; Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a.k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Copyright 2017 Astonishing Legends Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Ep 87: Black Eyed Kids Part 1

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“Hell is empty, and all the devils are here.”
William Shakespeare, The Tempest
 
LOCATION: Don't worry.  No matter where you are, the Black Eyed Kids will find you.
 

BACKGROUND:

First, there's a knock.  A very persistent knock, at your door, at your car window.  Or maybe they stop you on a walk, on your way somewhere, when you're alone.  They're just kids, right? And who doesn't want to help out kids in need?  Except that these aren't like any kids you've met before.  They're not like any humans you've ever met before, because what humans have you seen that have completely all-black eyes and fill you with an inexplicable dread?  These kids don't want money (that's what humans want) and they really don't need to use your phone, even though that's what they mostly ask for.  No.  What they want is to get in.  Into your house, into your car, into your space, to be near you.  But, they need your permission first. Why?  What are the rules?  And what do they want when they get in?  What they want is the only thing you possess of any real value – your soul.  

 
 

Suggested Listening:

If you like the topics we cover, then you're going to love Dan Cummins' Timesuck Podcast!  Dan approaches these subjects with the same zeal for research and analysis that we do, but with his own unique perspective.  He's also a touring standup comic, so he brings a bit of comedy to his insights, but also adult language, so be forewarned!  The Timesuck Podcast is available on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, various podcast apps, or wherever you get your podcasts.  And then check out his website, http://timesuckpodcast.com/ for all of his episodes, plus his touring schedule.

 

Related Books:

The Black Eyed Children
By David Weatherly
Strange Intruders
By David Weatherly
 

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The Dark Myths Collective  

http://darkmyths.org/

 

Credits:

Episode 87: Black Eyed Kids Part 1.  Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Audio Editing by Sarah Vorhees; Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a.k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Copyright 2017 Astonishing Legends Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.