As a life long resident of the Adirondack region of Northern New York, books covering topics like ghosts and cryptids were slim. And aside from Night Siege, the Center for UFO Studies’ examination of the Hudson Valley UFO flap of the 1980s, it was rare to find books about anomalous objects in the sky.
And yet to the residents of the Hudson Valley the area had a paranormal reputation. It was the location of Whitley Strieber’s experiences in the cabin in 1985. It was the place where the Kinderhook blob was seen, the Hudson Valley Boomerang, and numerous Bigfoot sightings.
This weeks guest, Dr. CS Matthews, aka Professor WHAM, has been a resident of the Hudson Valley for over a decade. In her book, Mysterious Beauty: Living with the Paranormal in the Hudson Valley, newly released on Audible, she documents the strange experiences of the residents that live there, and examines the region’s natural history, indigenous lore, and the experiences of early colonists.
We discuss her book, what inspired her to write it, and some of the fascinating cases detailed within the pages of Mysterious Beauty.
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Rob Kristoffersen is an amateur UFO researcher from the Adirondacks of Northern New York. He is the host of the podcast, Our Strange Skies: UFOs Throughout History.