The ten best books produced on cryptozoology and Bigfoot in 2016 were dominated by volumes that review, with a broad brush, collections of cryptids globally or regionally. Whereas 2015 seemed to be about the “who” in the field, the cult of personality was less important than a return to examinations of the universe of undiscovered animals, or as Ken Gerhard called them, the menagerie in the field.
As with my past “top book lists” on cryptozoology, the chosen books below 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), pamphlets (such as Jeff Meldrum’s two-page Sasquatch, Yeti and Other Wildmen of the World), and similar items are excluded from this book list.
Here are this year’s top ten books in cryptozoology.
Cryptozoology Book of the Year 2016
Other extremely worthwhile collections of creatures and cryptids are…
A Menagerie of Mysterious Beasts by Ken Gerhard
The Monster Book: Creatures, Beasts and Fiends of Nature by Nick Redfern
A triad of watery cryptid books surfaced in 2016.
Water Monsters South of the Border by Denver Michaels
Here’s Nessie: A Monstrous Compendium from Loch Ness by Karl Shuker
The Monsters of Loch Ness: The History and the Mystery by Malcolm Robinson
The most important historical hominology volume of this year was from one of the Godfathers of Cryptozoology.
Neanderthal: The Strange Saga of the Minnesota Iceman by Bernard Heuvelmans, translator Paul LeBlond
The best regional Bigfoot book of 2016 was…
Tracking the Stone Man: West Virginia’s Bigfoot by Russ Jones
There is one surprise final choice, a historical mystery, for this list.
by Gustavo Sanchez Romero and S. R. Schwalb
Other “Best of 2016″ items:
The 2016 Lists: