Saturday, 31 October 2015

Brian Regal, monster 'historian

Brian Regal The truth is out there, but according to one local expert, it’s just not as crazy as some of the more conspiratorially minded folks may think. Brian Regal is a Ph.D. from Kean University in Union, New Jersey, and the author of “Searching for Sasquatch: Crackpots, Eggheads, and Cryptozoology.” His areas of interest include human evolution, monster studies, pseudoscience, obscuranta and more. In other words, he’s a perfect fit for a Halloween Eve interview. Last year, he spoke to Philadelphia Association for Critical Thinking (PhACT) members about “cryptozoology,” which is the study of animals only rumored to exist. (Said PhACT’s Ray Haupt, “The audience reacted very well, as the discussion was light-hearted, dealing with pure myths that were devised with no factual basis.”) RELATED STORIES Philly artist designs U.S. mythical creature map Has the Jersey Devil been spotted? Haunted Hotels: Eight area hotels with histories of paranormal activity As such, he was a natural fit to lend a critical eye for the History Channel’s new series “True Monsters,” where he weighs in on, among other topics, the Jersey Devil. Regal spoke with PhillyVoice about his areas of interest and just why people-READ MORE-

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