This experience is part of Halloweek (Oct. 26–30) at Atlas Obscura, a full five days of terrifying tales, wicked games, and creepy crafts. Via Zoom, join us as we gaze into Victorian divination mirrors, glimpse the scarier side of spelunking, unearth stories of stolen bones, and more. Find a trusty nightlight and book your tickets now, lest they disappear into the night!
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, an new 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!
For our inaugural show on October 26, Colin will be digging into The Legend of Lawndale! What exactly happened over the skies of Lawndale, Illinois, on the evening of July 25, 1977? Do giant, carnivorous birds really prowl the skies of North America? Colin will dive into the strange story of the Lawndale Incident, as well as the history and mythology surrounding the flying cryptids of North America.
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.
Once registered, you can access the Zoom room for this experience through your confirmation email or Eventbrite account. Atlas Obscura online experiences are recommended for attendees age 13+. Following the experience, we’ll send you a recording of your Halloweek experience, which you’ll be able to view for up to five days after the event. Head to Atlas Obscura to see more of our upcoming online experiences.
This event is one of Atlas Obscura’s Online Experiences. At Atlas Obscura, our mission has always been to inspire wonder and curiosity about the incredible world we all share. Now, more than ever, there’s a need to stay connected—not only to our sense of wonder, but to each other.
We encourage you to follow and share the hashtag #AOExperiences for more incredible online experiences and our newest addition of Online Courses with Atlas Obscura and our friends. And check out AtlasObscura.com, the definitive guide to the world’s hidden wonders, to keep virtually exploring the world through the website’s atlas of amazing places, unique stories, and videos.