My special guest tonight is author and cryptozoologist Lyle Blackburn who's here to discuss an upright walking creature that resembles a lizard terrorizing a town in South Carolina.
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From the swamplands near Bishopville, South Carolina, come reports of a seven-foot-tall, scaly humanoid creature the locals call the "Lizard Man." Over the years, the creature has been seen by numerous witnesses, including a teenager who claimed it attacked him one night near a remote area called Scape Ore Swamp. The young man's testimony and physical evidence was so compelling, it not only launched a serious investigation by the local sheriff's office but an all-out monster hunt that drew hundreds of people to the small town.
This real-life "creature from the black lagoon" has inspired major national news coverage, even a call from the famous CBS news anchor, Dan Rather, as he and the rest of the world clamored to know more about Bishopville's elusive monster. The case is often mentioned in books, websites, and television shows, but the full story has never been told... until now. This book provides unprecedented documentation for one of the most bizarre and hair-raising cases of an unknown creature. The witnesses are convinced they've seen it, and the local law officials are backing them up. This is their story.
Follow Lyle Blackburn, author of the bestselling book "The Beast of Boggy Creek," as he and his partner, Cindy Lee, revisit the sighting locations, speak to the living eyewitnesses, and consider all possible theories in their search for the truth behind the legendary Lizard Man.
Lyle Blackburn is a native Texan known for his work in writing, music, and film. He is the author of several acclaimed books, including "The Beast of Boggy Creek" and "Lizard Man," whose subject matter reflects his life-long fascination with legends and sighting reports of unknown creatures. Lyle is also the founder of the rock band, Ghoultown, and narrator/producer of documentary films such as "The Mothman of Point Pleasant" and "Boggy Creek Monster."
Lyle is a frequent guest on radio programs such as Coast To Coast AM, and has been featured on various television shows airing on Animal Planet, Destination America, Travel, Discovery Science, and Shudder. In his work with Monsters and Mysteries in America, he served as both consulting producer and special episode host.
As a musician, Lyle has achieved similar success. His band Ghoultown has released eight albums, which have not only earned a loyal worldwide following, but found their way into movies, video games, and numerous live venues across the United States, Canada, and Europe. Highlights include an invitation to write a theme song for iconic horror maven, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. The song's music video - featuring Elvira herself - was aired on her nationally syndicated show, Movie Macabre.
When Lyle isn't writing books, hunting monsters, or performing with his band, he can be found speaking at various cryptozoology conferences and appearing at horror conventions around the United States. Just look for the trademark black cowboy hat.