Book Reviews Perceptions Magazine, December 2021
American Sightings 1948-2018
By Antony Milne
First published in Great Britain 2021
By Empiricus Books
Cambridge CB22 5EG
2021, 286 pages, Paperback, US $20.00
Review by Brent Raynes
Antony Milne is a British author I am already familiar with. I previously did an interview with him for this magazine and reviewed his earlier books Fireballs, Skyquakes, and Hums (2011) and Sky Critters (2016), both of which I enjoyed.
In this book, Milne focuses on intriguing American UFO close encounter and high-strange cases; everything from so-called alien abductions, incidents of inexplicable loss of time, witness injuries, burns, inexplicable car stallings, spooklights, Men in Black, Mothman, Thunderbirds, pterodactyl-type creatures and other winged cryptids, a UFO that froze over a pond, and much, much more. You’ll read about the 37th Parallel, how numerous unexplained phenomena seem to stretch across America on a horizonal plane, strange tales of frightening entities associated with bottomless lakes near Roswell, New Mexico, with stories of many drownings and an “Octopus Man” and a dragon, legends going back to Native American influences at this site and many others across the nation, like North Carolina’s Brown Mountain Lights, the Marfa Lights of Texas, and more.
Quite a slew of spellbinding accounts. In the back of this book are included helpful notes and an index. Unfortunately, Willian Shatner’s California desert incident described by the author as “one of the strangest UFO stories” is a made-up one, confessed by Shatner himself in his autobiography Up Till Now (2008).
Obviously, a good deal of research goes into a book like this. A lot of cases are cited. As a reviewer I try my best to report on the contents of a book that will most interest potential readers. However, I did come across some geographical errors, like New Hampshire’s Lyndia Morel case that was listed in my review copy as having happened in Michigan, and the Deputy Sheriff Val Johnson encounter given as Illinois instead of Minnesota, although the notes at the back of the book can help the cautious reader get on track.
I’ve notified the publisher and author and so hopefully future editions can correct these mistakes.