Unexplained! 347 Strange Sightings, Incredible Occurrences and Puzzling Physical Phenomena

by Jerome Clark

Visible Ink, Detroit. 1993

443 trade paperback

The author of Unexplained. Jerome Clark is Vice President of the J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies (CUFOS) and editor of the magazine "International UFO Reporter".  Thus, Clark's primary interest is UFOs but in Unexplained he also takes on other non-UFO related unusual phenomena and gives us chapters on such enigmatic creatures as Bigfoot, the Loch Ness monster, sea serpents, werewolves, and the Yeti. Unusual natural phenomena such as ball lightning, earthlights, falls from the sky and skygushes are also examined.  For UFO enthusiasts, Unexplained has chapters on UFOs, mystery airship sightings of the 1890's, Area 51, Green Fireballs, Hangar 18 and Roswell UFO Crash, the Men in Black, Mothman, and unidentified submarine objects.  Trying to make sense out of all this weird phenomena is quite a difficult task since the physical evidence for all of these various unusual occurrences is either non-existent or else controversial.  For example, there are photos of Bigfoot, but are the photos genuine?  Recently a 1934 photograph of the Loch Ness monster in Scotland has been shown to be a hoax. Thus most of the phenomena explained in this book is solely based on eyewitness accounts.  Clark does an excellent job in telling about each particular unusual phenomena.  He takes a middle of the road approach, one that is not too gullible yet too much of a skeptical debunker.  One may disagree with some of his conclusions.  For example, his conclusion that there are no real cattle mutilations will raise eyebrows in some UFO groups.  Yet, though I may disagree with some of his conclusions, I respect his courage in taking on such a difficult task and his painstaking search for the truth as evidenced in his list of sources which indicates a tremendous amount of research went into Unexplained.  I purchased this book from the Book of the Month Club.  Rarely does that club offer books on the paranormal, so it is a tribute to Clark that this prestigious book club offers the Unexplained.

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