Mothman Festival Report

This year marked the 15th Anniversary of the Mothman Festival in Point Pleasant, West Virginia.  Pangea Fellows, Ken Gerhard, Scott Marlowe, and Robert (Reese) Marlowe were there to celebrate.

The event, held in Mid-September celebtates the mysterious, winged creature — first spotted 50 years ago – that has become a cryptozoological legend and the central focus of the Hollywood Movie ‘The Mothman  Prophecies” starring Richard Gere. (The movie was based on Jeff Keel’s 1975 book.)

According to Robert Marlowe, who had time to visit the Mothman Museum this year, “Many of the propsused in the movie are on display in the museum.”

Thanks largely to the movie, and the collapse of the Silver Bridge (which the Mothman ostensibly forewarned)  the simple mention of “Point Pleasant, W.Va.” even thousands of miles from the sleepy town on the Ohio River will prompt people to ask “You mean, where that Mothman comes from?”

For those few that don’t know about the Mothman,the creature was first reported spotted near Point Pleasant, at a former ammunition depot locally called “the TNT area,” in Kanawha County between November 1966 and December 1967.

The Mothman, described as a “large, flying humanoid with ten-foot wings and glowing red eyes.” There’s a statue representing the creature stands in a park in central Point Pleasant today.

Mothman Statue

Mothman Statue

This year’s event featured cast members from Destination America’s TV show “Mountain Monsters,” the Appalachian Investigators of Mysterious Sightings (AIMS), including John “Trapper” Tice, Jeff Headlee and Willy McQuillian (who investigate mysterious sightings of creatures and phenomena in the Appalachian Region), and presentations by Nick Redfern and Pangea’s Ken Gerhard, star of TV’s “Missing in Alaska” series on cable.

Pangea’s, Scott Marlowe, manned the organization’s vendor table on 4th Street – right next to the Mothman Statue. “There must have been at least 10,00 people there this year,” commented Marlowe. “We were swamped and sold out of every book we had brought along for the author’s signing table.”

The event draws fans of the paranormal; cryptozoology, new age, ghost hunters, and UFO buffs, from all over the world – even a far away as New Zealand and Australia.

Both Gerhard and Marlowe signed books that they have authored for their many readers and were “thrilled to see all their Fans and Supporters.”

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Left to right: Ken Gerhard, Jen Detviller, Robert Marlowe. Front, Scott Marlowe.

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