You are an explorer, an adventurer, and a traveler. Your interest in the study of hidden, as yet- to-be verified new animals, new species, and newly rediscovered extinct fauna has resulted in you finding your way here. Thank you for trekking to Cryptozoo News.
This free standing blog is the result of decades of evolution and adaptation to various venues and technologies. The time for transformation from my wonderful years at Cryptomundo, a great idea by Craig Woolheater that kindly provided me with forum to talk to you, has come. As I have mentioned recently, Cryptomundo has done some of its own changing of late, and it will be best sorted out without me there, I feel. It is Craig Woolheater’s blog, and the writers, the membership, the style, and the topics are no longer in alignment with my desire to unscramble confusions about who is writing what or about my goals, schedule, and needs.
Evolution is just what it says it is. It is a process of formation, growth, and development. It is change that is incomplete in itself, without some metamorphosis that results in intriguing adaptive awakenings. Cryptomundo will survive. I thank Craig and the site, and I appreciate it. But growth cannot occur in stasis. And the time for a big change is now.
The unfolding that took place to reach here has been gradual.
My travels in chronicling cryptozoology began a long time ago, and quickly developed more so when I began writing letters to fellow research associates and correspondents around the world in 1960.
While an author of articles (in Fate, Beyond, and similar magazines) dating back to the late 1960s and of books since 1975, I began also writing regular columns in magazines during the 1970s.
My cryptozoology columns have included “On the Trail” in the London-based Fortean Times and “Mysterious World” in Fate Magazine, as well as frequent contributions to publications like The Anomalist, San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Magazine, Fortean Studies, and Dark Lore.
My unique, copyrighted signature column, “The Cryptozoo News,” was first published in the 1980s in Strange Magazine (beginning in Volume 1, No. 2).
I was the author of “Coleman’s CryptoCorner” at TAPS Paramagazine, for some time.
I wrote the “Cryptozoo News” in Mysteries Magazine.
Then I took “Cryptozoo News” to Cryptomundo (from 2005-2013), as the major weblogger there, turning that site into the place to go for your cryptozoology news.
But I have left blogging there, regularly.
So why do you see some select postings from Cryptomundo here? Cryptomundo was only given the first online posting rights, and I retained the copyrights of all my writings. Here you will be able to find my longer essays, especially of the ones I find are more thoughtful. I am beginning a long editing process to weed out the postings I am not interested in seeing or sharing any longer. Items from the past may still be at Craig Woolheater’s Cryptomundo. That site may contain most of my old postings, although they can’t reprint or publish those in print or online anywhere else. My old postings will remain there (although an editing out of old non-significant time-limited items might wisely occur), as long as Craig wishes, until Cryptomundo ends. [UPDATE: This has already changed. My password and access to Cryptomundo has been withdrawn. Within hours of this blog going live, I see Craig Woolheater has disallowed editing and access possibilities for me to my postings on his site.]
I plan to now continue my journey over here, to clearly set my course as mine. I wish CM well, actually; I’ll stay there pointing to ones I might wish you to see here, as is the current practice there, and I will clean up items there too.
You will see here, of course, news, views, and reviews, with zoological emphasis on cryptozoology and an unapologetic location for information on my future talks, books, and appearances.
Also, needless to say, the future legacy of the International Cryptozoology Museum, as a nonprofit educational and scientific entity, is important to me and I’ll talk about that too.
But I’m no longer going to post daily. I want to move back to a reflective mood. No more will I frantically search for a cartoon, notices of a movie repeating on cable television, or random photos of dead dogs said to be Chupacabras, just to keep posting. I want, also, to conceptualize and consider the place my past writings exist in the eyes of the next generation’s new cryptozoologists.
I wish to get back to writing books, and more routinely, traveling, and getting out in the field more often. For blogs, I want to return to longer, thoughtful, less-often posted essays that mean something to me. And hopefully to you.
Thank you for coming abroad for the trip.
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