Searching for mysterious creatures around the world.
STRANGE CREATURES SELDOM SEEN
Full Color Paperback, 244 pages
People see strange things up North, and John Warms has collected stories of some very strange creatures in his travels throughout Manitoba. From well-known mystery animals like Sasquatch and lake monsters to lesser-known cryptids like giant beavers, “beaver ducks,” and “underwater moose,” these tales add breadth and depth to Canadian zoological folklore with plenty of material for cryptozoology enthusiasts to investigate. Strange Creatures Seldom Seen includes both eyewitness sketches and full color illustrations by artist Jarmo Sinisalo. Author John Warms lives in Manitoba’s north interlake region, where he is collecting stories for his next book.
Still in Search of Prehistoric Survivors is the long-awaited update and expansion of Dr. Shuker's most popular book. This massive tome (over 600 pages) is the most comprehensive documentation and analysis ever published of those diverse mystery beasts that at one time or another have been postulated to be bona fide prehistoric survivors.
If these elusive beasts do indeed exist, could they really be creatures that time forgot? From sea serpents and lake monsters to living dinosaurs and surviving pterodactyls, from bunyips and behemoths to Nandi bears, devil-pigs, thunderbirds, and many many more, read Dr Shuker's meticulous, objective, and always scrupulously scientific assesssments of each and every cryptozoological case presented in this fascinating book, and judge for yourself.
SHADOWS IN THE WOODS: A CHRONICLE OF BIGFOOT IN MAINE
DANIEL S. GREEN
Paperback, 518 pages
Ever since the first pathways were cleared through Maine’s forested wilderness, something we now call Bigfoot has haunted the edges of civilization. The difference between a contemporary cryptozoological sighting and an encounter with a Wild Man in the eighteenth century is the modern presence of a popularly shared conception of Bigfoot. Whatever one may think of Bigfoot—an extant relict hominid, pure bunk, or something tantalizingly possible—the idea of a large, hairy, man-like creature roaming North American forests is ingrained in our culture.
Shadows in the Woods chronicles Maine’s rich Bigfoot record in Native American traditions and beliefs, Wild Man sightings, modern Bigfoot encounters, literary appearances of hairy man-like creatures, and strange somethings in tales and stories suggestive of Bigfoot. Whether physical or ethereal, the mysterious presence behind the legend of Bigfoot casts a significant shadow in the Pine Tree State.
The Encyclopaedia of New and Rediscovered Animals is the third, wholly-updated edition of the very first—and still the definitive—book to be devoted to the spectacular zoological discoveries and equally amazing rediscoveries of the 20th century, which attracted international acclaim and exemplary reviews following its original publication in 1993 (when it was entitled The Lost Ark), and its subsequent republication in 2002 as an updated, greatly-expanded second edition (entitled The New Zoo). This latest edition also contains an in-depth survey of the 21st century’s most celebrated discoveries and rediscoveries made during its first decade, plus an exhaustive, significantly-increased bibliography, as well as the only comprehensive collection of colour and b/w illustrations of these spectacular animal species ever published (including new, previously-unpublished photographs, and several exclusive, specially-commissioned full-colour paintings).
Unquestionably, The Encyclopaedia of New and Rediscovered Animals provides good reason indeed for believing that our world continues to holds many more animal surprises in store for future revelation.
There are a wide range of mystery carnivores reported in North America. Strange felines are most common (black, striped, spotted, maned, or brindle), but there are also reports of hyena-like animals, oversized polar bears, miniature grizzlies, huge white wolves, and more.
Varmints explores the diversity of sightings and folklore of unknown predators, and also examines what we know about the oddities (phenotypic and behavioural) of our known carnivore species.
There is a lot of material here for both the beginning cryptozoology enthusiast and the seasoned researcher. With reports spanning North America, there are plenty of leads for future investigation.
Bill Gibbons provides fascinating insight into several expeditions that have set off in search of suspected living dinosaurs, including several he has undertaken himself. Here you will read about amazing eyewitness testimonies and surprise encounters with these remarkable creatures. This book will take you on a journey into a true “lost world” of pygmy tribes, dense unforgiving jungles, hidden unexplored lakes, and rivers that run for hundreds of miles into a land that time has literally forgotten. No armchair explorer, Gibbons also details several other incredible creatures that by all accounts should have been extinct eons ago, yet are still encountered today.
Join Bill as he continues on his tireless quest in search of an animal that could well be the most important scientific discovery of this century!
DRAGONS IN ZOOLOGY, CRYPTOZOOLOGY, AND POPULAR CULTURE
DR. KARL P. N. SHUKER
Full Color Hardcover, 216 pages
Of all the countless legendary beasts that have been conjured forth from the seemingly limitless capacity of the human imagination, none can remotely compare with the dragon for its sheer diversity of form, its symbolic significance, and its cross-cultural presence. Dragons are everywhere—still glimpsed in the living, breathing beasts around us that inspired and engendered their birth in our far-distant ancestors’ dreams, and nightmares; perennially encountered in the myriad of traditional myths and folklore woven into the fabric of every creed and culture around the world; and ever-visible within the innumerable outpourings of artistic creation that have graced and enhanced our species’ existence across all temporal, political, social, and geographical boundaries.
Many diverse cultural themes are all fully explored in this spellbinding book's uniquely comprehensive coverage, and provide ample confirmation that there is no sign whatsoever of waning interest for what must surely be the most vibrant, tenacious, and fascinating creature that has never existed—the dragon.
Kenneth Gandar Dower (1908-1944) wrote a classic African expedition memoir based on his adventures in search of a beast known only from rumors and stories, the marozi, a lion with a spotted pelt. Gandar Dower describes the many obstacles incurred with difficult terrain and bad weather in Kenya’s Aberdare Mountains. His findings are still considered significant within cryptozoological studies, though we are still left with many questions about whether the marozi is a distinct species or not.
The Spotted Lion was published in 1937. Kenneth Gandar Dower was killed in 1944 when the ship he was traveling on was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine, leaving behind the fascinating legacy of this mystery feline.
This is an international edition, so is not available from US booksellers.
"In the fore part of August, 1812, a party of hunters found in a mountainous region now known as Rabun county, Ga., a being nearly eight feet high covered with bluish hair and having a human face adorned with immense ears resembling those of an ass. ..."
This different kind of Bigfoot book takes a look at stories of large hairy manlike apes in North America, before the term "Bigfoot" was even coined. From the early 1800s to the 1940s, sightings of Wild Men, Yahoos, Gorillas, and What-Is-It's were published in newspapers or passed along as strange wilderness stories. Many were based on hermits or outcasts, others were misidentifications of known wildlife, and a few were hoaxes or fabricated stories. There were reports, however, that point to the presence of an as-yet unidentified primate in North America.
Cryptozoology examines reports of puzzling creatures that do not fit nicely into the recognized scheme of described species. This book on cryptozoology as methodology examines the principles and procedures underlying the pursuit of possible unknown species in the Animal Kingdom.
This book is for anyone who wants to move beyond stories to the scientific examination of mystery animals, and reclaim a methodology that is is already in use in mainstream zoology: the targeted search for ethnoknown, but unconfirmed, species.
"Two Miamians came in from the Everglades recently with a report they had seen a huge snake, at least 15 feet long, 10 inches in diameter, which looked like a log lying across the road. Experts believed it was a Gopher snake, but the discoverers temporarily called it 'Glade Snake.'" (1931)
Big snakes have been reported in Florida, and elsewhere, for over a century. Boss Snakes collects stories of giant snakes from across North America. Some are tall tales, newspaper hoaxes, pranks, misidentifications, exaggerations, or exotic introductions. Some suggest that historically, at least, some native species reached larger maximum lengths. A few might just point to something new, whether a population-level variation or even a new species. State-by-state accounts are given for giant "typical" snakes and for giant rattlesnakes.
Clues to undiscovered species have been left by missionaries and clergy throughout the world, and explorer William J. Gibbons is hot on their trail. Bill travels to remote parts of the world investigating stories of cryptozoological mysteries still remaining in God's creation.
Here, Bill collects reports of mystery animals from missionaries and others, with chapters on lake monsters, sea serpents, unknown apes, and the possibility of living dinosaurs. Some of these cryptids look like species from the fossil record, while others (like the "Nepal Dragon" sighted in 1980) don't resemble known species at all. Accompanied by illustrations from cryptozoology artist William M. Rebsamen, these stories are enjoyable for older children and adults.
Does Champ Exist? was created to preserve the transcript of the (so far) only cryptozoological conference held to discuss the possible existence of a lake monster in the waters of Lake Champlain.
Speakers at the conference included Dr. William H. Eddy, Jr., J. Richard Greenwell, Dr. Roy P. Mackal, Dr. Philip Reines, Joseph Zarzynski, and Dr. George Zug. Several witnesses to Champ phenomena also spoke briefly, including Sandra Mansi, Mary Carty, Elsie Porter, Joan Petro, and Eugene Viens, Jr.
The transcript was created (with cooperation from the speakers) from a series of audio cassettes that Gary Mangiacopra (a conference attendee) used to tape the activities. Audio quality in some spots made clear transcription impossible, but this book preserves the bulk of the proceedings. Also included are limnological notes on Lake Champlain, a chronological listing of Champ sightings, and reprints of several historical Champ-related newspaper accounts.
Harry R. Caldwell was a Methodist missionary to southern China. In Blue Tiger, first published in 1924, he writes about several of his adventures in that country. An avid hunter and amateur naturalist, he notes the challenges of hunting big-game like serow, big-horn, wapiti, boar, and tiger. He describes how his hunting of man-killing tigers paved the way for effective mission work, and spends several chapters discussing the political landmines of trying to affect peace between soldiers and bandits in an effort to spare the villagers caught between their fighting. Of particular interest, Caldwell offers the description of a fascinating creature, a blue-morph tiger, that he attempted to capture for science. Only a few blue tigers have been reported in the archives of cryptozoology.
SCULPTURED ANTHROPOID APE HEADS FOUND IN OR NEAR THE VALLEY OF THE JOHN DAY RIVER
Paperback, 30 pages
Several rocks carved into apelike head sculptures have been discovered in the John Day River region of Oregon. Bigfoot and cryptozoology enthusiasts have suggested these may be ethnozoological evidence for an unknown primate in North America.
THE DOHENY SCIENTIFIC EXPEDITION TO THE HAVA SUPAI CANYON, NORTHERN ARIZONA
Paperback, 22 pages
In 1924, a privately-sponsored scientific expedition visited the Havasupai region of the Grand Canyon, and discovered strange petroglyphs that appeared to depict animals either considered extinct or only known to exist in other parts of the world.
Whether or not these strange pictographs actually depict a "dinosaur," an "elephant" or mammoth, or ibex, they have stirred the imagination of explorers and natural mystery enthusiasts for decades.
Archaeologist, artifact collector, and craftsman H. C. Mercer studied a broken bannerstone found in 1872 in a Bucks County, Pennsylvania, field that had a carving of a mammoth with human figures. Was it a truly legitimate Native American artifact, or a later fabrication? He also surveys artifacts from other parts of the world with mammoth-like figures.
Perry Austin Armstrong (1823-1904) was an Illinois historian, lawyer, and politician. His interest in local history, including Native American history, led him to write several books. This particular booklet involves the Piasa petroglyphs. Armstrong includes the Native American tradition of the Piasa monster, a man-eating flying creature. Armstrong suggested that these traditions may have related to flying reptiles in the fossil record.
This classic cryptozoology text (1892) was one of the first to systematically compile and analyze reports of an alleged animal to determine whether it could feasibly be explained by an unknown species. Oudemans theorized that many of these reports of sea serpents suggested the presence of a large marine pinniped. The text covers hoaxes, misidentifications, and other theories about sea serpents which had been put forward previously by various writers and researchers.
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SEA MONSTERS UNMASKED
Henry Lee's short work is one of the earliest analyses of sea monsters and sea serpents from a biological perspective. Published in 1883 in conjunction with the International Fisheries Exhibition in London, Henry Lee treats the subject seriously and with enthusiasm.
Lee was open to the possibility of large unknown marine animals, but felt that many, if not most, could be explained as sightings of rarely encountered giant squids of the deep ocean.