The DisinfoCast with Matt Staggs: Lyle Blackburn, Author, “The Beast of Boggy Creek”

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Lyle Blackburn is a writer, musician, and cryptid hunter from Texas. He has always been fascinated with legends, lore, and sighting reports of “real-life monsters,” and is the author of the acclaimed book, The Beast of Boggy Creek: The True Story of the Fouke Monster. During his research, Lyle has often explored the remote reaches of the southern U.S. in search of shadowy creatures said to inhabit the dense backwoods and swamplands of these areas. Lyle is also a staff writer and cryptozoology advisor to Rue Morgue magazine, one of the leading horror media publications in print today. His “Monstro Bizarro” blog is featured on the Rue Morgue website and his “Monstro Bizarro Presents” news column appears monthly in the magazine. In addition, Lyle is the founder and frontman for the rock band, Ghoultown. Since 1998, Ghoultown has released eight albums, toured extensively in both the U.S. and Europe, appeared on several horror movie soundtracks, and was recently featured on the syndicated television show, Elvira’s Movie Macabre.

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  • Jesus Borg

    You actually probably don’t suck as a person/haven’t sold out to disseminate propaganda in line with FY 13 NDAA. You are probably just a guy that is into weird stuff like bigfoot and space aliens.

    But some how, somewhere, somebody has. 

    • Matt Staggs

      Thanks for the vote of confidence. I think? :) I loathe NDAA and what it represents for our country. The fact that Obama waited until New Years Eve at close to midnight after swearing not to sign it says more about his true motives than a thousand carefully massaged press appearances.

  • Anarchy Pony

    Don’t worry Matt, I maintain the possibility that sasquatch is a real species. If you’ve been where I’ve been and heard some of the things that I’ve heard, you wouldn’t be quick to judge about it either. 

    • Matt Staggs

       If you like the ‘squatch, then I’d recommend this book, which details a lot of the history of the search for the beast and (sadly) the hoaxing that has plagued the process: “Sasquatch: The Life and Times of a Legend” by Joshua Blu Buhs. It does have its faults: 1. The author is one hundred percent convinced that it’s all not true; and 2. He gets way into the whole “sasquatch represents this blah blah blah” stuff. I’ll one hundred percent cop to playing in the symbolism sandbox, but I thought the tone he took was kind of dismissive. In any case, the history stuff is really interesting, and the skepticism, while cloying, is reasonable for the most part.

      • Anarchy Pony

        The biggest quagmire relating to ‘squatchin’ is, and always will be, the Patterson/Gimlin film, and the hullaballoo surrounding it. 

        Totes real. Patterson never admitted hoax before he died of cancer, and Gimlin remains adamant to this day that they filmed an actual animal. The majority of analysts that scrutinize the footage come to the conclusion that it cannot be a human in a costume.  

        • Matt Staggs

          Depends on the frames per second he shot it in. Not sure about the majority, but to say that the case is closed (in either direction) would definitely be an understatement. I’m pretty much of the opinion that there’s a “non-zero” chance of there being a sasquatch. Like so many things these days, my definitive opinion is something along the lines of “Probably not, but could be.”

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