I caught up with Lyle Blackburn at the Parahorror convention in Buffalo, NY, and we talked Bigfoot, Lizard Man, Monsters, and Cryptozoology in general.
Our guest this week was Lyle Blackburn, author of The Beast of Boggy Creek, contributor to Rue Morgue Horror Magazine, and musician with the band Ghoultown. We do briefly lose Lyle due to a power outage in his area, but we get him back quickly, meanwhile airing one of his songs. Among other things, we discuss...
- The film that started the mainstream interest in this particular cryptid, The Legend of Boggy Creek.
- How Lyle got involved in the research.
- The area the beast has been sighted in.
- How far back the sightings go.
- Paranormal aspects of sightings.
- Some of the more compelling sightings.
- How wide of an area is involved.
- The problems with researching such a creature.
- Bigfoot research in general.
- Lyle's next book and upcoming appearances.
The Lizard Man is a very strange case and Lyle does a fantastic job of covering it. Following up his previous book, The Beast of Boggy Creek, Lyle attempts to separate the fact from fiction in the various reports of The Lizard Man in Bishopville, South Carolina. He conducts interviews with those that are still alive, and visits the locations that the sighting occured. It's quite a fascinating tale, really. He debunks some of the accepted facts, and overturns some previously believed debuked facts and explanations. In the end, what you have is still a mystery, but something clearly happened to the people of Bishopville, and Lyle does an exceptional job of fleshing that out honestly and clearly. Well written and entertaining, and with plenty of pictures and illustrations. A definite must have for any serious cryptic fan.