Crypto Flicks and Curious George

From fictional Skunk Ape fatal attacks to real deaths of cryptohorror movie stars, it’s a mixed bag of cryptozoo movie news today. Tuesday’s death of the co-author of the Curious George books is just very strange. Plus, is Curious George a cryptid? Beginning February 28th through March 5th, The Backseat Film Festival cruises into Philadelphia, with a lineup of new movies straight out of the drive-in days. The festival runs at the Triangle Theater (1220 N. Lawrence Street, between 4th and 5th St, Philadelphia, PA 19122). Our attention was especially attracted to this feature Philly premiere (although, of course, I’m [...]

Lost Worlds in New Guinea and Madagascar

The discovery of a "Lost World" in New Guinea is the breaking story of the day. I guess you just never can tell what you’re find if you look on the upper slopes of the Foja Mountains, in the easternmost and least explored province of western New Guinea, humm? Due to a technical breakdown here last night when Cryptomundo went offline, I wasn’t able to post on this exciting development. In the meantime, I see this morning, the internet is screaming about the "hundreds of species" found. One of the best items on the findings is at Boing Boing; they [...]

Old Bad Yeti Tales

There is old Yeti news beginning to circulate as a new wire service story on January 15-16, 2006. It is all about Sir Edmund Hillary and his 1960 search for the Abominable Snowmen. +++ Harry Trumbore’s drawing of the Himalayan “Yeti,” from the forthcoming The Field Guide to Bigfoot, to be published by Anomalist Books. Copyright 2006, Loren Coleman and Patrick Huyghe. +++ See, for example, the new Australian article, “Hillary’s Abortive Hunt for Yeti Left Sherpa Myth Undisturbed”. They begin with Hillary’s conclusion that the Yeti is a cultural myth, and then they build the case on the retelling [...]

How Not To Search For Yeti

Queensland, Australia’s Courier-Mail on January 12, is carrying a selection from a new book on the life of Sir Edmund Hillary that is not yet available in the USA or the UK. The focus of their article is on Hillary’s 1960 search for the Yeti. But theirs is a softball examination. Hillary’s “Yeti expedition” has been critiqued in other books, from Ivan T. Sanderson’s Appendix E, “Sir Edmund Hillary’s Scalp – A News Story from Nepal” in Abominable Snowmen: Legend Come to Life (1961) to “Hillary’s Assassination of the Yeti” in Tom Slick: True Life Encounters in Cryptozoology (2002). But [...]

Solving A Sea Serpent Mystery of Heuvelmans

Solution d’un mystère de serpent de mer de Heuvelmans In Bernard Heuvelmans’s classic In the Wake of the Sea Serpent, he revealed a minor mystery to keen readers. Specifically, on pages 114, 144 and 575, of the 1968 English edition of the book, Heuvelmans briefly mentioned a Sea Serpent sighting from 1782, by British troops at "Bagaduse." Heuvelmans, within the text of his book, sourced the story with the Reverend Abraham Cunningham. Cunningham related an account, wrote Heuvelmans, of the "British on their expedition to Bagaduse" having seen a "Sea Serpent" reportedly "300 feet long." Heuvelmans considered that size exaggerated, [...]

Top Cryptozoology Books 2005

The Top Cryptozoology Books of 2005 by Loren Coleman, Cryptozoologist and Author of Bigfoot! and Tom Slick: True Life Encounters in Cryptozoology It is time for my annual overviews of all things cryptozoological. Here’s my top picks for the best cryptozoology books of 2005, in order of the books’ rankings of importance, plus the books’ individual achievements noted in recognition of each of their unique niches within the cryptozoological literature this year. If you are looking for “The Top Cryptozoology Stories of 2005,” please click here. (1) The Best Historical Book on Cryptozoology in 2005 The Lady and the Panda: [...]