As Cryptomundo readers might recall, I named Carnivorous Nights: On the Trail of the Tasmanian Tiger, one of the "Top Cryptozoology Books" of last year, specifically bestowing it as "The Best Cryptozoological Expedition Book of 2005." The book is by Margaret Mittelbach and Michael Crewdson (with illustrations by Alexis Rockman). The well-written record of three people tramping about on their quest is certainly an important volume for any cryptozoologist to read. For those especially interested in the Thylacine (a/k/a Tasmanian Tiger), of course, it is a must for your collection. You might be able to win a free copy. Now [...]
I am a lifelong baseball fan. No denying it. I’ve been a card-carrying member of SABR for decades (if you don’t need to ask what SABR stands for, well, you understand). My two sons inherited the passion and they have become successful players. One is a winning leftie relief pitcher, now a junior in high school; my other son is the starting third baseman, a sophomore, on a college team, after being the MVP at that same high school, as their starting shortstop and relief pitcher. Gladly, I see a lot of all kinds of games, and read a good [...]
It is preparation crunchtime here for the forthcoming “Cryptozoology: Out of Time Space Scale” exhibition, at Bates College’s Museum of Art, showing from June 24 to October 7, 2006. The exhibition travels to the H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute, from late October to December 2006. For insights into how this exhibition’s symposium somewhat symbolized the “kick off” to the last six month’s incredible interest in cryptozoology and cryptids, see David Pescovitz’s Boing Boing posting on October 3, 2005, and Wired News reporter Mark Baard’s oft-quoted “America Goes Cryptozoology Crazy” of November 1, 2005. At Bates, I [...]
It is Friday, March 31 (a day I predicted on Wednesday we would hear about earthquakes). This day will see the hardcover and paperback editions of Mysterious America from Paraview go out of print. No more hardback copies of Mysterious America again. Famed natural history artist Alexis Rockman painted the cover depicting a real encounter he and his associates had with a giant catfish. Your last day to buy either paperbound or hardbound copies of Mysterious America online is today.
Review of The Field Guide to Bigfoot and Other Mystery Primates by T. Peter Park Cryptozoologist Loren Coleman and science writer & Fortean researcher Patrick Huyghe have now updated their classic The Field Guide to Bigfoot, Yeti, and Other Mystery Primates Worldwide (New York: Avon Books, 1999). They have just published The Field Guide to Bigfoot and Other Mystery Primates (New York & San Antonio: Anomalist Books, 2006; xvii, 205 pp.; ISBN # 1933665122; US $14.00, UK £ 8.50). It’s a revised edition of their 1999 book, with a slightly shorter title, a complete index, a Preface serving as an [...]
Regarding the ongoing Mysterious America, which goes out of print Friday, here’s a review of it from Bob Rickard, editor of Fortean Times: MYSTERIOUS AMERICA Loren Coleman Paraview Press, New York; 2001. 334pp, index, illus, appendix. A fortean’s view of forteana. Essential reading. This book was first published in 1983; at that time is was the most important and detailed snapshot of forteana in modern America. In this revised edition, veteran fortean investigator and FT columnist Loren Coleman brings the picture up to date. Included here are classic reports on the Dover Demon, the Mad Gasser of Mattoon, Phantom Clowns, [...]
What and where are your favorite cryptozoology and Bigfoot museums throughout the world? Scotland’s cryptozoology collection at the National Museums of Scotland was recently highlighted in the Scotsman. The easiest exhibits to record, unfortunately, are often the hoaxes. Shown here are a Japanese-made mermaid and a Canadian-created furred trout, both taxidermy fakes. Dr. Geoff Swinney (below), Curator of Lower Vertebrates, Fish, Amphibians and Reptiles, National Museums of Scotland, examines the vertebrae of the Beast of Stronsay, from the carcass of the beast found on an Orkney island beach in 1808. Swinney, who is the resident cryptozoologist, in 1987, confirmed the [...]
In today’s release of Sub Rosa Magazine, Issue 4, March 2006, there’s a kind biotreatment of your Cryptomundo blogger, in their “Profiler: In Search of Loren Coleman.” The journal is available as a PDF download from the Sub Rosa website. Enuf said.
Four newly republished, updated Bigfoot-oriented books are hitting the bricks & mortar and online stores this spring. If you want an autographed copy of The Field Guide to Bigfoot and Other Mystery Primates and/or a copy of The Unidentified & Creatures of the Outer Edge, send along $25 each postpaid to Loren Coleman, PO Box 360, Portland, ME 04112.
Here’s a first look at the cover of The Field Guide to Bigfoot and Other Mystery Primates, due out at the end of March 2006.