By Nick Redfern
British-based creature-seeker, writer and adventurer Neil Arnold has an excellent new book out right now that you really need to get hold of, since it contains a significant body of data on strange beasts and Cryptozoology - as well as mountains of material on other paranormal puzzles, too. Its title is Shadows in the Sky: The Haunted Airways of Britain.
For centuries, mankind has reported highly unusual phenomena in the skies of Britain: sightings of strange winged creatures, UFOs, and aerial ghosts abound. Now, for the first time ever, monster-hunter and author Neil Arnold has collated a vast amount of bizarre tales pertaining to those not only dark and stormy skies, but clear blue heavens which, for many years, have spat out all manner of amazing and weird anomalies.
With so many books being written about UFOs, Neil has decided to concentrate on the more unusual reports of unexplained aerial lights, such as aircraft encounters with peculiar objects, phantom flares, ghost lights, will-o-the-wisp’s and fairy lights.
The book also features a chapter on spectral aircraft – mainly old war-planes which continue to be seen on foggy moors long after they’ve been shot down. There is also coverage of ghostly airmen, phantasmal helicopters and ghost rockets, and not forgetting haunted airports and airfields.
However, if you thought these chapters were weird (or not weird enough!) then wait until you read about the winged monsters said to have plagued British skies for many centuries. Fantastic tales of dragons, said to have appeared all over the UK, from the cattle-plucking beasts of Welsh lore to London’s flying serpents.
Winged, red-eyed humanoids also sneak into the pages, and particularly so when coverage is given to classic aerial anomalies such as the Owlman of Cornwall, the Hythe monster, and the lesser known Hertfordshire “Mothman” and the like.
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