Monday, January 7, 2019

Book Review: 'Fear in the Woods: Creepy Unexplained Encounters in the Woods' by Steph Young

Fear in the Woods by Steph  Young

True Tales that defy credibility

Author Steph Young is an independent researcher whose passion is researching all Supernatural, Paranormal, Esoteric and enigmatic Mysteries. She covers True Stories of the strange, mysterious, and frightening, and the monstrous creatures who feature in them. Steph hosts a Podcast - "Masquerade podcast with steph young" discussing Creepy Mysteries of the Unexplained. In addition she has written and co-authored over 25 books on the subject.

In Steph’s Introductory comments she states – ‘In 1603, a young country boy confessed to a court room in France, that he had carried out abductions of a number of children under the direct orders of ‘The Lord of the Forest.’ He said that he was a bond-slave to the ‘Lord of the Forest,’ who he described as a tall dark man, dressed all in black and who came riding upon a horse. But who is the Lord of the Forest….? Who, or What is behind the mass disappearance of hikers, campers, and travelers in the woods? All of the missing, the children, the adults; who is taking them, and why? This book looks at some of these extremely strange and very disturbing disappearances, all of them true and all of them still cryptically unsolved.'

She opens with a true story that is very now and therefore even more terrifying d prior to entering her fascinating series of tales she warns us of the following – ‘According to the National Parks Service of America, on August 11th, 2017, Sequoia National Park Rangers received a report that Jie Song and Yinan Wang had been missing since five days earlier. The report on the National Park Service website indicates that the couple had last been seen on the afternoon of that day, at the junction of Crystal Cave Road in the Sequoia National Park, after attending a tour of the Crystal Cave there. They were believed to be intending to continue northbound on to Fresno to stay the night there, before proceeding to Yosemite National Park where they had made reservations. They did not show up for this reservation however. They were listed as driving a white ford sedan and the license plate was given. What is particularly odd or perhaps simply coincidental, albeit a tragic coincidence, is that after they literally seemed to completely vanish from the national park, a law enforcement officer, reviewing footage of the river where a different car had crashed into the water a month earlier, noticed a license plate lying in the brush beside the river, that did not belong to the car that had gone into the river. They checked computer records and discovered that this license plate belonged to the car of this newly missing couple. How strange then, that two missing couples both seem to have ended up crashing into the water in exactly the same place.’

What follows are tales that defy credibility and they are all true. Steph reports with the skill of a journalist and maintains our interest throughout by offering the lead-in circumstances of the missing person, details of the last time the person was seen and the subsequent search. Fine stories, these, harrowingly true – the stuff of nightmares! 

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