Goatman: Author J. Nathan Couch Explores the Bizarre Legend in His New Book

Wisconsin author J. Nathan Couch explores goatman legends, sightings and campfire stories from across the US in his new book Goatman: Flesh or Folklore?
Goatman book cover art by Wisconsin artist Amber Michelle Russell
Rendering of goatman by Wisconsin artist Amber Michelle Russell

Here in the small Wisconsin town of West Bend, where Cult contributor and paranormal investigator J. Nathan Couch and I both call home, there are a several creepy back roads where legends abound of gruesome murders at the hands of the vile Goatman. If you spend enough time here, you will inevitably stumble upon the stories that have likely sent curious teenagers into the woods for decades in search of the bizarre creature.

Couch first documented accounts of goatman sightings while gathering local stories for his first book, Washington County Paranormal. But as it turns out, Goatman has been terrorizing people all over the backwoods of America for a long time.

On the Trail of Goatman

Nate spent the last couple years collecting stories and hunting down legends of the mysterious creature known as Goatman. Amongst the more famous legends, such as the Pope Lick Monster in Kentucky, the Beast of Billiwhack, Sheepsquatch and the Lake Worth Monster, he also explores a “hoard of minor hooved horrors” from across the US as he tries to separate fact from fiction.

Dig into the history of this strange cryptid, as well as the stories of those who have died trying to encounter it, in the new book Goatman: Flesh or Folklore?

For the latest on Goatman and more, head over to www.jnathancouch.com

Explore the legends and sightings of Goatman in the new book by J. Nathan CouchGoatman: Flesh or Folklore? by J. Nathan Couch

Legend says that all across America, a monster lives in the darkness. It lurks on the boundaries of suburbia mere miles from our homes. Huge, foul-smelling, and murderous, it has many regional names but most people refer to the creature by a simple, straightforward name – Goatman. Join author J. Nathan Couch as he explores the Goatman legends and sightings in search of the bizarre creature’s origins.


Goatman: Flesh or Folklore? is part of the Cult of Weird fall reading list.

Update: Goatman named best weird cryptid book of 2014

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