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West Virginia’s Mothman leads cryptid renaissance


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The town of Point Pleasant, West Virginia, offers its residents a landscape once claimed for France by a seventeenth-century explorer, a namesake battle site many swear is the first of the Revolutionary War, and a bipedal, humanoid, mothlike creature with glowing eyes. The last of these local treasures is, of course, extraordinary.

Lovingly dubbed “Mothman,” the creature has risen from local appearances to the national stage as a leader in the cryptid revival of the last twenty years. Cryptids—creatures whose existence is unsubstantiated, like Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster—are found in folklore throughout the United States and the world.

The cryptid comeback not only brings exciting mysteries into the lives of outsiders but promotes pride of place to the residents of towns like Point Pleasant.


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I love mothman stories. The problem is, I know them both.

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