What is Cryptozoology?

Cryptozoology, in general, is the investigation of mystery animals, or creatures that may or may not exist, but have been reported by explorers, travellers, missionaries, scientists, and local people groups.

From a scientific perspective, cryptozoology is a targeted-search methodology for ethnoknown species that may not yet be scientifically described.

Mystery animals, also called cryptids, range from the well-known (Bigfoot, sea serpents, Yeti, and lake monsters) to the lesser-known, like bioluminescent spiders, the giant fish of Lake Iliamna, and giant snakes. Hoaxes, misidentifications, and dead ends are commonly encountered in cryptozoology, but do not reflect on the validity of the methodology itself.

Coachwhip Publications offers a number of books that examine the methods of cryptozoological research and discuss a wide range of mystery animals. More are on the way...

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Cryptozoology: Science & Speculation

This book covers the scientific and logical basis behind cryptozoology as an investigative methodology.

Manitoba Mystery Animals

John Warms collects stories of strange animals from Manitoba and beyond.

Bigfoot in Maine

Daniel Green examines the cultural image of wild men and hairy unknowns over the centuries in the Pine Tree State.

Varmints: Mystery Carnivores of North America

A state-by-state survey, including "black panthers," dwarf grizzlies, giant polar bears, maned felines, spotted felines, and more.


Dr. Karl Shuker looks at the roles of dragon-like creatures living and alleged, and the dragon's role in popular culture through the ages.

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The Historical Bigfoot

Yes, Virginia, there were sightings and stories of Bigfoot-like creatures in North America before anyone ever used the term "Bigfoot."

Spotted Lion

A reprint of Kenneth Gandar Dower's hunt for the spotted lion.

Mokele-Mbembe: Mystery Beast of the Congo Basin

Explorer Bill Gibbons recounts his adventures searching for a dinosaur-like creature in the Congo Basin, over multiple expeditions.

The Encyclopaedia of New and Rediscovered Animals

Dr. Karl Shuker's extensively revised encyclopaedia covers all significant zoological discoveries and rediscoveries from 1900 to the present day.

Boss Snakes

Stories of giant snakes in North America, with a state-by-state survey and description of the larger known species of snakes.

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The Great Sea-Serpent

Oudemans was the first to systematically organize sea serpent sightings in an attempt to determine their cause.
(Classic Reprint)

Sea Monsters Unmasked

Henry Lee believed that some sea monsters could be explained by known phenomena, particularly as sightings of the giant squid.
(Classic Reprint)

Does Champ Exist?

This is a rare transcript of the first lake monster conference held at Lake Champlain in 1981.

Blue Tiger

A reprint of missionary Harry Caldwell's adventures in China, particularly his search for an elusive blue tiger morph.

Missionaries & Monsters

A short but interesting look at stories of unexpected creatures reported by missionaries in distant parts of the world.

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Sculptured Anthropoid Ape Heads

A facsimile reprint of a rare 1891 booklet describing several ape-like carvings found near the John Day River in Oregon.

The Doheny Scientific Expedition to the Hava Supai Canyon

A facsimile reprint of a 1925 booklet discussing strange petroglyphs found in this Arizona canyon.

The Piasa

A facsimile reprint of a scarce 1887 booklet discussing folklore surrounding Mississipp River petroglyphs of a strange flying creature.

BioFortean Notes

Two volumes of cryptozoology and strange biology available.

Vol. 2 has supplement to Historical Bigfoot.

Cryptozoology and the Investigation of Lesser-Known Mystery Animals

Anthologized articles by multiple authors on a variety of strange mystery animals.