Book Review: THE WILDMAN OF KENTUCKY: THE MYSTERY OF PANTHER ROCK
This book suffers from the same weakness as so many independent publications, in that it stands in desperate need of an editor. If you find comma splices and run-on sentences distracting to the extent I do, you’ll have a hard time getting through this one, which is a shame, as the subject matter is fascinating. The area of Kentucky known as the “Frazier Land” or the “dark and bloody ground” is a hotbed for paranormal activity, and it seems to be centered around, and perhaps originating from, a cave in a cliffside known as “Panther Rock.” The site received its name because supposedly an Indian chieftain was mauled to death there by a huge black panther.
Yes, it isn’t just Bigfoot, or the “Wildman,” who calls the area home. It has ABCs–Alien Big Cats–mystery lights, something invisible that travels through the trees, UFOs, and yes, werewolves. The book isn’t going to satisfy any serious scholars, as it offers anecdotal evidence without any real attempt at scientific corroboration, but the numerous accounts it reprints are sure entertaining. If you dig cryptids and real-world monsters, you’ll love on this book. Unless you’re a grammar Nazi. In which case you’ll still love it, but you’ll find yourself wanting to break out a red pen and start making corrections.