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People Are Seeing Something: A Survey of Lake Monsters in the United States and Canada by Denver Michaels depicts reported sightings from the Oklahoma Octopus to the Ogopogo in Canada. Michaels details the history and mythology of the lake monsters that have haunted people for centuries. People claim to have seen these monsters lurking in the water, but most of these tales don't end up with definite proof, usually coming away with a blurry figure in the water. Michaels reiterates that, despite whether or not you believe in lake monsters, people are indeed seeing something. By diving deep into history and myths, Michaels' exploration of the topic will make you look at cryptids in a whole new way.
Denver Michaels presents a thorough examination of various lore and myths, using reports and background information to back up every conclusion and opinion. Michaels' passion for the topic is clearly presented throughout the writing. People Are Seeing Something gives you a whole new perspective on the history and culture throughout the United States and Canada. Several of these are probably well-known myths, but there are plenty of lesser known myths to explore. It was surprising to read about the origins of the Oklahoma Octopus. A large part of its background comes from a Lost Tapes episode that, after airing, can be found online as “evidence” that proves this creature to be real. As a fan of myths and folklore, it's refreshing to find a book that dives so deeply into the history of lake monsters. A lot of the recorded sightings date back centuries, forming the urban legends and history of today. Michaels opens up every possibility, and I honestly gained so much new knowledge that it encourages me to go even further to discover more about cryptids, lake monsters, and folklore. A great read that perfectly pairs with Michaels' next book, Lake Monsters South of the Border.