Josh Gates, host of the smash Syfy series “Destination Truth” releases his new book “Destination Truth: Memoirs of a Monster Hunter”. Sharing stories of his travels to hunt for creatures of legend and things of the paranormal, Gates reminisces on some of his more memorable travels.
Article by Suzanne Philips. Photos copyright Syfy Channel and Tafriha Ahmed
Fans of the Syfy show “Destination Truth” know that Josh Gates and his team get into some pretty wild predicaments while filming their show. The show takes viewers across the globe in search of answers to some of the most burning questions in the fields of cryptobiology and paranormal investigation. With “Destination Truth” currently in production on Season 5, Gates is releasing a new book “Destination Truth: Memoirs of a Monster Hunter” on October 11th.
The book, published by Simon and Schuster, gives readers a behind the scenes look at some of the more memorable travels of the “DT” team as well as documenting some of Gates’ own personal adventures. The book is extremely entertaining, to the point of laughing out loud. The author’s rapid-fire delivery, which is evident on the show, really comes across in the book. There is an especially entertaining chapter on advice for travelers which is worth the price of the book alone.
CFM Entertainment News got the chance to speak with Josh Gates about his upcoming book and the future of “Destination Truth”.
Why did he decide to write a book? “The experience of being able to travel for a living over the last 4 or 5 years… I have been fortunate enough to visit almost 100 countries.” says Gates. “A big part of travelling is storytelling and when you travel you collect a lot of stories. I really wanted to be able to share some of the experiences of making the show both with our loyal viewers and people who might be finding the show for the first time. ”
With all of that travel, what does Josh think are the best and worst places he has ever been? “That’s tough. I really am a nut for Southeast Asia. I love Thailand and Vietnam and Laos and Cambodia. I feel really kind of at home there. I think that really is kind of my corner of the world. So anytime we get to touch down in Southeast Asia I am usually pretty excited.” Gates goes on to say “I tend to find some value in almost anywhere we go. But there are some places that are really difficult to film the show. We went to Antarctica last year to film which is certainly tough but it was incredibly beautiful. I don’t know if there is any one place that I would never go back to.”
“Destination Truth” films in some out of the way locals and hard to get to places. How difficult is it to film the show with such a demanding production schedule? “It is really hectic. The show is made by a very small group of people. There are only 8 of us out there in the field. It’s really what you see is what you get. When you watch the show, you get the feeling that you are kind of riding shotgun with a small group of people on an expedition and really that is what it is. It’s built to be rough by design so we can really bring the viewer with us. We want it to feel like an authentic adventure.”
Josh continues “When we leave the country to film we typically go out for 3 months without coming home. That is a long time to be jumping around in difficult environments and in developing nations. That is kind of what we love about it as well and we tend to hire people to work on the show that eat that kind of thing for lunch, they really like it!”
Gates has also been the host for the past several years of the very successful Syfy “Ghost Hunters Live” events which is a live paranormal investigation from a notoriously haunted location on Halloween. What is that experience like for Gates when compared with his day job on “Destination Truth”?
“It’s a totally different animal. I have been doing it for the channel for the past 4 or 5 years and I am going to be doing it again this year, and I love it.” says Gates. “It’s really challenging. It’s a high wire act. Doing anything live is obvi0usly a whole different level of stakes and it’s a long show. I am live on the show for the entire night. It’s a really challenging night. It’s completely different than making “Destination Truth” but I wouldn’t say it’s any easier. It’s in one place and I don’t have to travel into the jungles to do it. It’s still a difficult enterprise but I really love it.”
Josh’s new book “Destination Truth: Memoirs of a Monster Hunter” will be released on Tuesday, October 11th. What one thing does he hope that people will take away from the book when they read it?
“I hope that they take away from the book how excited I am about travelling and that they become excited to travel. At the end of the day I think the reason that we make “Destination Truth” is to get people excited about the world. Both about destinations and about cultures and stories. I think if you are a fan of the show, I think it is a nice companion piece to the series. You can learn how the show began and go behind the scenes a bit to some of the episodes that maybe you are familiar with” says Gates. “If you are just finding the show for the first time or you are not as familiar with the show, there are also a lot of travel anecdotes in the book and stories about life on the road and hopefully that gets people excited about their own travels.”
“Destination Truth” is in production on its next season. What can viewers expect from upcoming shows?
“We just shot 7 new episodes that we are in the process of editing right now. There are some really amazing destinations in there. We go to Central America, spend the night of the Mayan ruins of Tikal, we go to Kazakhstan for the first time and there are episodes in Fiji and deep in the jungles of Vietnam. So we have some really exciting destinations coming up” says Gates.
Pick up your copy of “Destination Truth: Memoirs of a Monster Hunter” at your local bookseller or www.amazon.com when it is released on Tuesday, October 11th. It’s a funny and informative read and enjoyable from start to finish.
For more information on “Destination Truth” or Josh Gates, check out www.syfy.com.