“Batman” (starring Adam West) premiered on January 12, 1966 – 40 years ago! Which reminds me that this will be the 40th anniversary of all things Mothman. The large bird-like cryptids were said to be “first” seen in the Ohio River valley area around Point Pleasant, West Virginia, in Mason County. After the initial sightings, they were given the name “Mothman” by a copyeditor at an Ohio newspaper who was a big fan of the new Batman television series. The first Mothman sightings that received widespread media attention occurred on November 15, 1966. As it turns out, TNT broadcast The [...]
The Top Cryptozoology Stories of 2005 by Loren Coleman, Cryptozoologist and Author, Bigfoot!, Cryptozoology A to Z, and other books. Welcome to this year’s Top Stories in Cryptozoology. It was quite a year, and perhaps captured best by the headline used on Mark Baard’s article in the November 1st issue of Wired News, "America Goes Cryptozoology Crazy." From the Associated Press to Downeast Magazine, from Boing Boing to Business Wire, from Maine Things Considered to Coast to Coast AM, from Giant Robot to G4tv’s Attack of the Show, from the Maine Sunday Telegram to Fox TV News, from the Southern [...]
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: [...]
“Chupacabras: It’s sort of like Jennifer Lopez, kind of cross-cultural.” – Loren Coleman, as quoted by ABC News, 1999. “What’s unique about the Chupacabra is that it’s crossing languages, which I think shows how small our world is getting,” says Coleman, reached by phone from his home in Portland, Maine. “It’s sort of like Jennifer Lopez, kind of cross-cultural.” – as misquoted, well at least the employment of the moniker “Chupacabra,” by a reporter on Discovery.com in 2000. It is “Chupacabras” but people keep using, er, misusing it as “Chupacabra.” Is this the final word on the question of what [...]
Went to see Peter Jackson’s incredible film King Kong. I’m not going to spoil it for anyone but there’s an inside humorous reference to a cryptozoological creature before King Kong is actually encountered by most of his pursuers. Someone had repeated to me that this cryptid was a recent beast (thus out of place in King Kong), as it turns out incorrectly. I was happy to see that King Kong quite correctly mentions a contemporary (1930s) cryptid. See if you can pick it out.
I will be on Attack of the Show on the g4tv network on Tuesday, December 13, 2005. The program is an innovative popular culture talk show for the video and computer gaming folks, who happen to include my two elder adolescent sons (Caleb and Malcolm). Perhaps unknown to older cryptozoologists, the gaming world is populated by all kinds of creatures based upon cryptids. For some reason, the Yeti or Yeti-like creatures seem to be extremely popular. What most people furthermore might not realize, as opposed to the myth that only boys are playing games on their Playstation 2s, X-Box 360s, [...]
If you live in San Antonio, Texas, you may know there is a new Tom Slick book out. If you live in San Antonio, you might also know there have been two other books published about Tom Slick in 1989 and 2002, and supposedly some movie rumors. What you might not know is there is a back story to the movies linked to these books. Catherine Nixon Cooke’s new Tom Slick biography is entitled Tom Slick, Mystery Hunter. The name of the book is tied to the film that was supposedly going to be made by Nicolas Cage’s Saturn Films [...]
Creature From the Black Lagoon and Coelacanths You know that cryptozoology is having a culturally significant impact when a movie 50 years old, inspired by a cryptozoological event, is being remade. Variety announced last week that Universal has hired Breck Eisner, the director of last spring’s "Sahara," to steer "Creature From the Black Lagoon" into the mainstream, for a new era of movie viewers, many who are fascinated by real-life cryptids. The original concept for the movie developed from the excitement in the early 1950s that surrounded the Comoros Islands (near Madagascar) discovery of a "living fossil," the coelacanth. After [...]