Monster of the Month w/ Colin Dickey: The Mad Gasser of Mattoon, IllinoisMembers Only
What's hiding in those woods? Is there something under your bed? Have you heard the stories about the creature in the water?
Join Atlas Obscura, and author Colin Dickey for Monster of the Month, for an online show where we'll explore various cryptids, ghosts, and other creatures that lurk just below the surface of polite debate. Is there any truth to the stories? And why are we drawn to them in the first place? During this hour-long event Colin will share the lore and the history, the myth and the science of the world of the monstrous!
In the mid-1940s, the residents of Mattoon, Illinois became convinced a person was trying to poison them by secretly pumping toxic gas into their homes. Who was this curious fellow, and was he even real? Was the whole thing just mass delusion? Join us as we inhale deeply of this strange, strange tale.
Colin Dickey is the author of four books, including The Unidentified: Mythical Monsters, Alien Encounters, and Our Obsession with the Unexplained; and Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places. He is a cultural historian who has traveled the country in search of ghosts, aliens, and monsters, and whose work focuses on the morbid and the macabre, as well as the fringe beliefs that linger at the margins of culture.
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