Monsters of the States: The Stackpole Series



For the record, as these books are vanishing into the digital world and beyond, Stackpole’s short-lived “state monsters” series (2010-2013) are listed here. For historical reasons, I have jotted down notes on how some of my investigations were included in these books, along the way.

The high quality trade paperbacks are all collectibles, as of 2020, and some are downright rare. Enjoy.

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Monsters of New Jersey: Mysterious Creatures in the Garden State (2010)

by Loren Coleman and Bruce G. Hallenbeck

• Stories of the best known of the Garden State’s cryptid population
• From the bustling cities and Down the Shore to the creepy Pine Barrens
• Research from the world’s leading cryptozoologist
• Extensive section on the state’s most infamous creature, the Jersey Devil
• Also includes Big Red Eye of the Great Swamp in Somerset County, Hoboken Monkey-Man, Lake Hopatcong Monster, Cape May Sea Serpent, the Wooo-wooo, and the Lizardman of Great Meadows


Monsters of Pennsylvania: Mysterious Creatures in the Keystone State (2010)

by Patty A. Wilson

Investigations of Broad Top Snake, Bessie, and more by Loren Coleman and others.

Pennsylvania is home to an assortment of odd creatures, and this volume features the best of the bunch. Bigfoot looms large here, trudging the wilds all throughout the state. Other cryptids featured are the gigantic Broad Top Snake, the bizarre Dogman of Westmoreland County, and Bessie, Lake Erie’s resident monster. Reports of big cats, giant attacking thunderbirds, bloodsucking wolfmen, and mischievous, mine-dwelling–Tommyknockers are included.


Monsters of Illinois: Mysterious Creatures of the Prairie State (2011)

by Troy Taylor

Illinois investigations from the 1940s-1970s by Loren Coleman are covered, including Swamp Monsters, the Mattoon Gasser, Thunderbirds, Alligators-in-the-Sewers, Phantom Panthers, Giant Snakes, and more.

  • Bigfoot
  • Big Muddy Monster
  • The Piasa Bird
  • The Mad Gasser of Mattoon
  • Other strange creatures, including vampires, alligators in the sewer, out-of-place panthers, thunderbirds, and lake monsters


Monsters of Wisconsin: Mysterious Creatures in the Badger State (2011)

by Linda S. Godfrey

Phantom Kangaroos, Black Panthers, and Sasquatch investigations by Loren Coleman.


  • The Beast of Bray Road
  • Sasquatch in Dairyland
  • Rocky of Rock Lake
  • Dragons of Green Bay
  • Other bizarre creatures, including werewolves, flying lizard men, out-of-place kangaroos, goat men, and lake serpents


Monsters of West Virginia: Mysterious Creatures in the Mountain State (2012)

by Rosemary Ellen Guiley

Investigations of Mothman, Wampus Cat, and more by Loren Coleman and others.

Features . . . Mothman, The Grafton Monster, The Wampus Cat, White Things, other bizarre creatures, including Bigfoot, lizard people, and out-of-place panthers.


Monsters of Maryland: Mysterious Creatures in the Old Line State (2012)

by Ed Okonowicz

Bunnyman, Chessie, Snallygasters, and other investigations by Loren Coleman.

Features . . .

  • Bigfoot
  • Sea Serpent Chessie
  • The Snarly Yow
  • The Bunnyman
  • Other stange beasts, including goatmen, swamp monsters, and others


Monsters of Virginia: Mysterious Creatures in the Old Dominion (2012)

by L. B. Taylor Jr.

Devil Monkeys, Bunny Man, Chessie investigations and more by Loren Coleman.

In Monsters of Virginia, Taylor presents readers with guaranteed chills as he details documented encounters with Bigfoot, vampires, werewolves, winged monsters, even Devil Monkeys that prowl Virginia’s country roads, mountains, valleys, and marshes and even surface occasionally in Chesapeake Bay.

Features . . .

  • Bigfoot
  • The Wampus Cat
  • Chessie, the sea serpent
  • The Snallygaster
  • Other strange phenomena, including vampires, werewolves, thunderbirds, goatmen, and out-of-place animals



Monsters of Massachusetts: Mysterious Creatures in the Bay State (2013)

by Loren Coleman

Massachusetts mysteries like the Dover Demon and the Bridgewater Triangle have names because Loren Coleman discovered and named them. His years of research gathering the cryptid sightings, physical evidence, and details of these strange creatures and legends have paid off in a big way in Monsters of Massachusetts.

Bizarre beasts of the Bay State featured in this volume include . . .

  • Dover Demon
  • Gloucester Sea Serpent
  • Hockomock Swamp’s Beasties
  • Pukwudgees
  • Bigfoot
  • Bridgewater Triangle



Monsters of New York: Mysterious Creatures in Empire State (2013)

by Bruce G. Hallenbeck

The cover highlights New York City’s “alligators-in-the-sewers,” primarily researched by Loren Coleman. Also, Coleman’s self-named Montauk Monster is here too.

From the Adirondacks and the Catskills to the depths of Lake Champlain and the shores of Montauk–from aliens in the skies above to gators in the sewers below–Bruce Hallenbeck takes the reader on a journey with accounts of cryptids around every corner. Awareness to this realm offers us an important glimpse into a reality often overlooked by modern mainstream science.

Bizarre beasts of the Empire State featured in this volume include:

  • Champ, the Lake Champlain Monster
  • Adirondack Bigfoot
  • The Kinderhook Creature
  • Sewer Alligators
  • The Montauk Monster
  • Catamounts



Monsters of North Carolina: Mysterious Creatures of the Tar Heel State (2013)

by John Hairr

Sasquatch, Santers, and other investigations by Loren Coleman.

The book is a trek into the mysterious realms where the strange and diabolical creatures of the Tar Heel State lurk. From supernatural lake monsters to giant snakes, Bigfoot to big cats, and wild men to strange, flying things, John Hairr covers them all and more.

Bizarre beasts of the Tar Heel State featured in this volume include Skunk Apes, Mystery Primates, Santers and Vampire Beasts, Monstrous Snakes, Giant Insects, Mermaids and Mermen, and Sea Serpents.