Return of the Mothman novelist coming St. Clairsville Mall BAM on Saturday

Return of the Mothman

ST. CLAIRSVILLE, OH — The red-eyed, winged monster is coming to the Buckeye State, through the pages of a brand new novel by Bram Stoker Award-Winner Michael Knost The book, "Return of the Mothman," published by Woodland Press, will be officially released in the state this Sat, Mar. 22, at St. Clairsville Mall Books-A-Million, when Michael Knost will appear at the bookstore for the launch from 2 to 5 p.m.

The first official sighting of the terrifying flying creature took place on Nov. 12, 1966 when five gravediggers at a cemetery outside Clendenin, WV, claimed to see a man-like figure soaring above their heads-gliding just above the treetops. It was then that the Mountain State's most famous legend began, and the massive winged creature, dubbed the Mothman, was seen repeatedly thereafter in the Point Pleasant area-alarming the local citizenry-between the winter of 1966 to late 1967.

The creature, often described as being a flying, seven-foot monster with red eyes, was widely covered by the press and was even connected by some with the tragic collapse of the Silver Bridge on Dec. 15, 1967, causing the death of 46 people. For some time afterwards, there were a select number of sightings around the world of a similar winged creature; but, for the most part, in-state sightings eventually diminished.

However, the new book brings the evil, red-eyed monster back to its old stopping grounds — this time making its appearance not in Point Pleasant, but to the most southern reaches of the state, in the rugged coalfields of Logan County, West Virginia.

According to Knost, "Return of the Mothman" had actually been in the making for the last three years or so, and that many of the elements and characters in the tale hit very close to home.

"At the time I was writing, one of my main characters in my book was undergoing a life-threatening health crisis," he said. "It just so happened that at the same time my own dad became ill, making it all an especially personal and heartrending experience for me," Knost said, noting that his father eventually responded to treatment and recovered.

"Although the book is a horror/thriller, the story also has a number of tender and touching scenes, with rich, realistic characters and personalities, actions, and language that are identifiable to the people of Ohio and neighboring West Virginia," Knost said.

"And, at the same time, the main character is ready to deliver a full dose of red-eyed-fright and winged-terror during his sudden return," he added, “and I’m especially excited about this weekend’s book event, since it’s my first appearance in St Clairsville.”

The volume, "Return of the Mothman" is Knost’s first novel, although he has published numerous short stories and edited a number of national bestselling and critically acclaimed anthologies, such as "Legends of the Mountain State," "Specters in Coal Dust," "Appalachian Winter Hauntings." and others. In 2010 he accepted the international Bram Stoker Award for non-fiction for the work, "Writers Workshop of Horror."

For more information about the book party, contact Books-A-Million at St. Clairsville Mall, 67800 Mall Rd #310, St Clairsville, O, phone 740-695-3680; or go online at www.woodlandpress.com.