The Mothman Prophecies

Based on True Events / What Do You See?

Mass Market Paperback, 272 pages

English language

Published Feb. 6, 2002 by Tor Books.

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3 stars (7 reviews)

A True Story Of Unexplained Horror....

West Virginia, 1966. For thirteen months the town of Point Pleasant is gripped by a real-life nightmare that culminates in a tragedy that makes headlines around the world. Strange occurrences and sightings, including a bizarre winged apparition that becomes known as the Mothman, trouble this ordinary American community. Mysterious lights are seen moving across the sky. Domestic animals are found slaughtered and mutilated. And journalist John Keel, arriving to investigate the freakish events, soon finds himself an integral part of an eerie and unfathomable mystery....

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Review of 'The Mothman Prophecies' on 'Goodreads'

1 star

For a book that’s supposedly the ‘definitive’ of mothman lore, there’s not a whole lot of mothman to find here. You’ll be slogging through rambling passages on flying saucer sightings and desperately lapping up the few crumbs of mothman tidbits that Keel seems to toss in only as an afterthought.

Misleading title aside, holy hell does this stink. It’s an absolute loopy rabbit hole of egotism and paranoia by the author. It’s funny, but in a sad sort of way.

Review of 'The Mothman prophecies' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

Grabbed this on a whim at the library because it was small and easy to tote around. Don't remember the film very well, but the book seemed quite different - and thought-provoking. Would be nice to finish it someday as I only got halfway through before wondering if there was actually a plot. From others' reviews, it sounds like things are left to mystery. I have enjoyed blaming things on "the mothman" as a joke, though!

Review of 'The Mothman prophecies' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

I can't exactly describe why I'm giving this book 2 stars instead of 1. Perhaps it's a stilted sense of respect to a "classic." Who knows. The point is, I put this on my "abandoned" bookshelf for a reason.

First, a little backstory. I picked up this book after seeing The Mothman Prophecies movie, which, although sub-par overall, did have some suspenseful moments. Therefore, it seemed logical that the book might carry the same quasi-suspenseful feeling. WRONG.

Keel's manner of reporting-as-a-book doesn't sit well. His method of creating/collecting various reports, stapling them together, and calling the result a book destroys any level of continuity. That wouldn't be so much of a problem if some of the stuff in the book was actually threatening/scary ... but it just isn't. All too often, Keel's descriptions fail to carry any sense of excitement, peril, or true mystery. Do yourself a favor and don't …


  • Unidentified flying objects.
  • Unidentified flying objects -- Sightings and encounters -- West Virginia -- Point Pleasant.