Midwestern Mystery Cats

Phantom Felids Roam the Country…Still Whether you call them Phantom Panthers, Black Panthers, Mystery Felids, or Mystery Cats, sightings and reports from North America’s Midwest and East continue to roll in. The Associated Press’ Jim Suhr, with a dateline out of Carbondale, Illinois has written a good summary article of recent happenings. Carbondale was my old stomping grounds in 1965-1969, when I was being educated as an undergraduate Saluki, at Southern Illinois University. It was a hot spot from which to study reports of cryptid felines back then, so there’s no reason to think it would change now, what, forty [...]

Black Lagoon Creature Returns

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 [...]

New England Sea Serpents

The Search Continues for Cassie and her friends The coast seems a little bit lonelier these days. Cassie, the name I coined long ago to characterize these cryptids seen near Portland, Maine, was bestowed in the same tradition that all of these watery creature monikers are given – with location, location, and fun in mind. But it’s been a few years since anyone has seen Cassie, the Casco Bay Sea Serpent. As it turns out, of course, Portland is not alone in missing its New England Sea Serpents. "All Things Maine" blogger Christopher Dunham gives a historically good overview of [...]

Dover Demon still in the news

Off to the Boston area for a little trip down memory lane. Fox 25 News is interviewing me for a Halloween feature on the Dover Demon. The name, a moniker I coined to denote this small, weird, orangish creature seen by four witnesses in late April 1977, is one that stuck. The drawings by the eyewitnesses and the encounter itself have traveled down through the years as vivid images that appear to well up the closer we get to Halloween every year. The iconic Dover Demon even has been made into tiny Japanese figurines, and I’ve heard, characters in computer [...]

Michael Ward has died

English newspapers are reporting today, October 18, that Michael Ward has died at the age of 80. Ward was the expedition doctor on Sir Edmund Hillary’s expedition to explore routes up Mt. Everest. Ward, more importantly, to cryptozoology, was the doctor who was along with Eric Shipton when the now well-known Yeti or Abominable Snowman tracks were taken in 1951. “Michael Phelps Ward was born on March 26 1925 in London, and educated at Marlborough….Michael Ward, who died on October 7, married Felicity Jane Ewbank in 1957. She survives him with a son,” reported the London Telegraph, in today’s editions.

Hobbits

The media interest in the “Hobbits,” which I still enjoy calling by their more formal name, the Flores people or Homo floresiensis, is finally touching more seriously on their possible affinity to Australopithecus afarensis (“Lucy’). What’s interesting about this to cryptozoologists, of course, is the link to a continuous range of reports of little, upright hairy people from Indonesia, through India and the ancient Ceylon (Nittaewo), over to the homeland of “Lucy.” The reports of Sehite (West Africa) and Agogwe (East Africa) are especially intriguing for matching those of the Ebu Gogo of Flores Island. In the 1940s, there were [...]