The ten best books produced on cryptozoology in 2017 were dominated by personalized discussions of Bigfoot-type creatures, with a sprinkling of skeptical, popular culture, and unusual cryptid topics. This is as opposed to the 2016 volumes that seemed to review, with a broader brush, collections of cryptids, globally or regionally.
Here are this year’s top ten books in cryptozoology.
The Best Cryptozoology Book of the Year
Beyond Boggy Creek: In Search of the Southern Sasquatch by Lyle Blackburn
Best Personal Bigfoot Hunting Books of the Year
Monster Hike: A 100-Mile Inquiry Into the Sasquatch Mystery by Avrel Seale
Hunting Apes in America: My Life as a Bigfoot Hunter by Jerry Hestand
Witnessing Bigfoot by Glen S. Boulier
The Quantum Bigfoot by Ronald Morehead
Northern California Sasquatch Stories by Dan Lindholm and Cody Fredericksen
Best Popular Culture Cryptid Book of the Year
Stephen R. Bissette’s Cryptid Cinema: Meditations on Bigfoot, Bayou Beasts & Backwoods Bogeymen of the Movies by Stephen R. Bissette, Intro by David Coleman
Best Skeptical Cryptozoology Books of the Year
Yeti: The Ecology of a Mystery by Daniel C. Taylor
The Loch Ness Mystery Reloaded by Ronald Binns
Several good books that appeared in 2017 are not on the list because they are
Revised editions…such as
The Inhumanoids by Barton M. Nunnelly
Because they are journals, like…
Wood Knocks Volume 2: A Journal of Sasquatch Research by David Weatherly
International Cryptozoology Society Journal: Volume One Editor, Jenny White Coleman
Or a review copy never received..and perhaps a bit too paranormal…
Shapeshifters: Morphing Monsters & Changing Cryptids by Nick Redfern
Also, if you are going to travel to the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine, it is recommended you pick up ICM supporter’s Vacationland, to learn a bit about the state before and after you visit.
Plus, for your humble consideration….
The Best Mothman Book of the Year
Mothman: Evil Incarnate by Loren Coleman
Other 2017 Lists
[Caveat lector: As with my past “top book lists” on cryptozoology, the chosen books are picked from review copies received or titles bought. These are strictly nonfiction adult books. This list does not contain juvenile, comedic, fictional, supernatural, paranormal, contactee, and/or speculative titles, nor does it include exclusive ebook and wireless volumes. Journals (such as the notable Animals & Men, Journal of Cryptozoology, and Wood Knocks II), revised editions, pamphlets (such as Jeff Meldrum's two-page foldout Sasquatch, Yeti and Other Wildmen of the World), and similar items are excluded from this book list.]