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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

New Book News and More on Cryptid U.S.

Some of you reading this may have seen some of my earlier posts about my book Cryptid U.S.: Tales of Bigfoot, Lake Monsters, and More from Across America. Here's an update on that: I'm currently looking at a new publisher that I think I'm going to go with. If I do, Cryptid U.S. could be out in early 2015!

I've also started working on a few other books: another book on monsters in the United States(which will cover more than the first book), a book on Ohio monsters, a cryptid guidebook, and a book on flying things like Mothman and thunderbirds called Point Pleasant's Terror. 

I'll post more on these books later, and hopefully you'll see at least one of them in 2015!

Click here to see all my posts on Cryptid U.S. 
Mothman statue, Point Pleasant, WV

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

New Monsters and Mysteries in America Next Month


Season 3 of Destination America's Monsters and Mysteries in America is premiering next month, starting Saturday, January 17, 2015. Creatures featured will include Bigfoot and the government and the Mill Race Monster.

Mill Race Monster

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Did Finding Bigfoot see a Bigfoot in the New Jersey Episode?

No, they didn't, like always.... :(

Book Review: Bigfoot in New Jersey

Yesterday I finished Bigfoot in New Jersey: The Garden (State) Variety Sasquatch by WR Matts, which came out in 2013.

At first Matts talks about how he became interested in Bigfoot and some traits of the creature. When he gets to chapter 5 he covers tons of Bigfoot reports in New Jersey. There's more than you'd expect! He also discusses some of his personal investigations and what to take with you if you go looking for a Sasquatch.

This was a very good book, 5/5 from me.

Minerva Monster

This is the trailer for the documentary Minerva Monster, about the Bigfoot sightings in Minerva, Ohio in the 1970s. The documentary is made by Small Town Monsters and will premier at the Ohio Bigfoot Conference on May 16, 2015.

Finding Bigfoot: Squatchers Take New Jersey

The two hour Finding Bigfoot episode "Squatchers Take New Jersey" is on right now, until 11 pm. The team is investigating sightings of the Bigfoot called "Big Red Eye" seen in the 1970s and sightings recently. Cliff takes Bobcat Goldthwait on a squatch hunt. This is the second New Jersey episode.

Tune in to Animal Planet to watch Finding Bigfoot. According to Cliff on his Twitter account, he will be live tweeting during the episode. Click here to check it out.

Check on this blog later for my review of WR Matts' book Bigfoot in New Jersey: The Garden (State) Variety Sasquatch. 

Friday, December 26, 2014

Two Dogman Reports in a Month!

There's a Mysterious Universe article from last month about werewolves. According to the article, there was a sighting in Michigan and another in Texas.

FIRST REPORT

A video was posted by Christine Dela Parker, author of the book 100 Bigfoot Nights. The video was posted on YouTube and she says it shows a dogman, not a bigfoot. You can watch the video here.

SECOND REPORT

A man sent in a picture that showed what he said was a Dogman or a Bigfoot in Texas. He said it was holding a dead animal, possibly a deer or wild boar. You can see the picture by clicking here.

If you looked at the video and picture, what do you think? Dogman? Bigfoot? Hoaxes?

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Cryptozoologist of the Year: 2014

As he always does, Loren Coleman has named one person the Cryptozoologist of the Year on his blog CryptoZooNews. The Cryptozoologist of the year for 2014 is William "Bill" Munns, because of his research into the Patterson-Gimlin film. Earlier this week, Coleman named his book When Roger Met Patty the best cryptozoology book of the year.

Congratulations Bill Munns, and Merry Christmas!

New 2-Hour Finding Bigfoot This Sunday!

Two episodes of this season of Finding Bigfoot have already aired, and after them Animal Planet took FB off the schedule. It was due to ratings, Matt Moneymaker said. New episodes, though, are returning this Sunday, starting with a 2-hour special with the team in New Jersey, and they might actually see a Sasquatch this time! Later, they will be in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Scotland.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The Best Cryptozoology Books of 2014

*This list was made by Loren Coleman on his blog CryptoZooNews, not me!*
Loren Coleman

As he always does, Loren Coleman has posted his top Cryptozoology books of the year on his blog. Here's how it starts:

"The Best Cryptozoology Books of 2014
The 2014 books produced on cryptozoology topics were overwhelmed with a long list of Bigfoot titles, apparently trying to continue the recent trend to take advantage of the popularity of the Animal Planet television success of Finding Bigfoot. Out of all this fog, the year’s best book does happen to be a Bigfoot book, and this year, besides the top ten, I include a list of ten “honorable mentions” heavily weighed with Bigfoot books.
As with my past “top book lists” on cryptozoology, all of the books listed are strictly nonfiction adult books. It does not contain juvenile, comedic, fictional, and/or speculative titles."
To see the list click here
When Roger Met Patty
by William Munns

Monday, December 22, 2014

Jersey Devil Sketch - 200th Post!

Sketch I did of the Jersey Devil

9 Days left to Vote on Polls

There are only 9 days left to vote on the polls Is Bigfoot Real? and Which of These has the Highest Possibility of Being Real? Vote now if you want to! I'll put the results up when they are over.

Book Review: The Beast of Bray Road by Linda S. Godfrey

Yesterday, I finished The Beast of Bray Road, a 2003 book by Linda S. Godfrey, author of many cryptozoology books including Strange Wisconsin and American Monsters. 

As you can tell from the title, this book is about the Beast of Bray Road, a dogman/werewolf seen in Wisconsin. Lots of sightings occurred in the early 1990s and Linda was the reporter in the area who covered the stories. Later, older sightings came in, along with those from other states, including some of the Michigan Dogman.

Godfrey also discusses possible connections between werewolves and ancient sites, artifacts, names, etc, and also how many TV companies searched for the monster.

I have read some of Linda's other books and enjoyed this one just as much as I enjoyed them. 5/5.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

What the heck is this thing?

Once again, here's something that's not really on a cryptid, but this was just too strange for me to pass up!

A few days ago, On December 12, a man in the Mt. Carmel, Ohio, area reported seeing a very strange thing. The man is a 60 year old former marine who saw a seven-foot creature with muscular legs that walked with its knees bent backwards. The thing was grey, had no arms, and ran with its body bent forward.

The man's drawing of the thing he saw
The man's wife said they had just bought a property in the area and they always have one patch of their yard that is always green, "no matter what weather." She continued: "He is a skeptic….. he wouldn't have admitted to seeing it if he hadn't been in shock."

She said her husband thinks it was an alien. Maybe it lands its UFO in their yard and that's why its always green!

For more on the sighting of the creature, see here.

What do you think this thing is???

Are these Werewolf Tracks?

In 2011, a man who lives near Columbus, Ohio, took pictures of strange tracks he found in his yard. The man was frightened for his safety, as well as his wife's, because the tracks came from something big.

Here's a picture of one of the tracks:

Photo of a 9 to 10 inch track found in Ohio in 2011

Notice that there's drops of blood at the top of the picture. The man thought that whatever made them had a hurt foot.

Ohio researcher Joedy Cook has also found tracks just like the ones pictured above. Joedy was kind enough to let me use so pictures of those tracks in my book Cryptid U.S. in the section on Dogman sightings in Ohio and are also discussed in his book Werewolves Myths and Legends. 

To see the original post about the tracks, click here.

What do you think made these tracks? A Dogman? Let me know in the comments.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Are Werewolves Becoming the new "Big Thing" in Cryptozoology?

Yesterday I watched an episode of Just Sayin on YouTube where the hostesses had Joedy Cook on. Instead of talking Bigfoot, they decided to talk about the dogman/werewolf phenomenon. They discussed sightings and books about the dogman, but also TV shows as well. Joedy works with Monsters and Mysteries in America and he talked about the episode with the segments on the Beast of Bray Road and the Michigan Dogman, which was apparently the most watched episode of he series so far. They also talked some about the  MonsterQuest episodes "American Werewolf" and "America's Wolfman", which were also apparently very popular.(Just start typing "MonsterQuest" on Google search, one of the things that will come up will be "MonsterQuest Werewolf!")
Joedy Cook, cryptid investigator/author from Ohio

Joedy kinda mentioned this, and I'm going too as well, and its that werewolves/dogman seems to be the "new" cryptid everyone is getting interested in. Lots of cryptozoology blogs, shows, etc. are now posting about and running segments on werewolves. People are starting to investigate them more, and more people are telling their stories. Now if you look at a book covering general cryptozoology it will probably have a chapter or at least a section on werewolves. When I was writing my book, Cryptid U.S., which I'm still in the process of publishing, I decided to write a whole chapter on werewolves, and it's actually one of the longer chapters in the book! Other authors, like Joedy and Linda Godfrey, have written entire books on Dogman sightings. Joedy's book is called Werewolves Myths and Legends, and he is currently working on another werewolf book called The Ohio Dogman: Werewolf Sightings in the Northeast. The first issue of his magazine, Cryptid Seekers, was mostly on werewolves.
Linda Godfrey has written many books on werewolves and other cyrptozoological topics including The Beast of Bray Road, Hunting the American Werewolf, The Michigan Dogman, Real Wolfmen, American Monsters, and many others.
Joedy Cook's book
Werewolves Myths and Legends

Monster of Wisconsin, one of Linda Godfrey's
books that discusses Dogmen

Even Destiantion America's series Mountain Monsters has had episodes on werewolves(Season 1: Wolfman of Wolfe County, Season 2: Werewolf of Webster County.)
Mountain Monsters has had episodes on werewolves….

…. and Monsters and Mysteries has, too

There is even a group dedicated to investigating werewolf sightings called the Dogman Field Research Organization or DFRO(obviously named after the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization or BFRO.)

What do you guys think? Are Dogmen/werewolves the new "Big Thing" in the cryptozoology world? Leave your answers in the comments if you want to.
One of
Linda Godfrey's
 Dogman Drawings


Black Shuck & Other Ghostly Devil Dogs

Since at least the 1500s, a "Ghostly Black Dog" called Black Shuck(also called Old Shuck, Shuck, or Old Shock) has been seen in the countryside of East Anglia and surrounding areas.
Illustration of a black ghost dog from
The Hound of the Baskervilles

Black Shuck is said to be a large black dog(sometimes said to be as large as a horse!) that has flaming red or green eyes(sometimes only one eye.). Sometimes it is said to be headless, and sometimes it is surrounded by mist or is floating.
Some say Black Shuck only has one eye

In 1577, black Shuck was said to have appeared at a church in Blythburg, England. Some connect him to a demon.

Other dogs like Black Shuck are seen all over the world, but some are said to be good, but most, like Black Shuck, are said to be demon or devil dogs.

Earlier this year, a giant skeleton of a dog was found in East Anglia. Some think it is the skeleton of Black Shuck.

For more on the skeleton find, see here.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Cryptids of the Week: 12/14-12/20, 2014

Welcome to the 6th Cryptids of the Week! These are the two Cryptids chosen for December 14 thru 20, 2014.


Michigan Dogman

The Michigan Dogman is a creature that is described as looking like a werewolf. This creature is sighted in Michgan(duh), but other creatures that look like it are seen all over North America. Another well known Dogman is the Beast of Bray Road, which was featured in the first Cryptids of the Week. 
The Michgan Dogman became well known in 1987 when disc jockey Steve Cook created a song about encounters with it called "The Legend." After the song came out, on April Fools Day 1987, people started calling and saying they had actually seen the creature or knew someone who had! After Cook's soy came out, it was the most requested song on the radio! Over the years, Cook has updated it. The song is based on sightings of the creature, saying it appears every seven years, so this year it would be back!
Linda S. Godfrey has written many books on cryptozoology, including some fully on Dogman/werewolves(The Beast of Bray Road, 2003, Hunting the American Werewolf, 2006, The Michigan Dogman, 2010, Real Wolfmen, 2012, and others.) 
The Michiagn Dogman book by
Linda S. Godfrey


Ogopogo 

Ogopogo is called "Nessie's cousin" and is supposed to live in Okanagan Lake, in Canada. It is normally described as a serpent-like creature, said to be 40 to 50 feet long(a little bigger than your average lake monster!) Natives that lived by the lake case Ogopogo n'ha'a'tik, the "lake demon." Eventually people decided to give it a nicer name than lake demon so they called it Ogopogo, after a 1926 song called "The Ogo-Pogo."
The monster has been seen many times over the years. In 1968, Art Folden caught it on video. It has since been caught on video other times. 
Multiple TV shows have searched for Ogopogo, including MonsterQuest. Arlene Gaal has written three books on the monster, Beneath the Depths, Ogopogo: The True Story of the Okanagan Lake Million Dollar Monster, and In Search of Ogopogo


Ogopogo Statue

Those are the two Cryptids for this week. The next CotW will be posted sometime next week.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Book Review: The Journal of Cryptozoology, Volume 2

The first Journal of Cryptozoology came out in November 2012. This a review of Volume 2, which came out in December 2013.

This volume discusses (1.) unknown hominids from Flores island, (2.) King Cheetahs in old paintings, (3.) Spain's lake monsters, and (4.) the koolookamba. The entries were written by: (1.) Gregory Forth, (2.) Karl P.N. Shuker, (3.) Ulrich Magin, and (4.) Don Cousins.

This journal was longer than volume one, at about 80 pages. 5/5 from me.



This is one of the worst fake Bigfoot pictures I've ever seen

The Ohio Bigfoot Conference Facebook page, Bigfoot Evidence, the SOSBI Facebook page, and probably others have all posted  a "new bigfoot picture" today. The person who sent it to the OBC said they "have no idea what it is or who it is."

Update: December 18, 2014: Cryptomundo has now posted about the picture as well. See Game Camera Photo of a Bigfoot?
Who would actually think this is real?
CREDIT: OBC

Seriously though, this is one of the worst faked Bigfoot photos I've ever seen. You can tell its a costume or something of the sort just by looking at it, and the only thing that is blurry is the "Bigfoot!"

For the original check out the Ohio Bigfoot Conference.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Jeff Meldrum/Todd Standing Issues

As always, there's been a lot going on about Todd Standing in the cryptozoology world lately, and now Jeff Meldrum has been thrown in, too. This year, Jeff has been supporting Todd at bigfoot events, and apparently called Standing his "colleague" on Coast to Coast AM last night. According to the news, many people who have supported Meldrum are not doing that any longer. Kathy Strain and Henry May  have already posted how they will not be supporting Meldrum anymore.
Jeff Meldrum

I have to admit that I think Todd Standing is a hoaxer too, and also don't really like Jeff Meldrum teaming up with him(the same goes for Les Stroud), but I'm still supporting Meldrum with everything else(and Les, too.)

from Todd Standing's "Blinking Bigfoot" video, I can't believe people think
this is real

For More on Jeff Meldrum:

More Bigfooters Breaking Ranks After Jeff Meldrums Interview on Coast to Coast AM - Cryptomundo

Henry May Lets Jeff MEldrum Go, we Wept A Little - Bigfoot Evidence

Which Footage is Dr. Jeff Meldrum Watching? - Bigfoot Evidence

More on Todd Standing:

Who is Todd Standing, and Can he Find Bigfoot? - Tyler's Cryptozoo

Watch: U.S. Government knows Bigfoot is Real - Bigfoot Evidence

Todd Standing Explains how He got the Bigfoot Hair - Bigfoot Evidence

Todd Standing on Cryptomundo

I'll be posting more about Todd Standing and his "Bigfoot videos" later.


Saturday, December 13, 2014

BFRO Sightigns Database

Check out the BFRO(Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization) sighting database on their website. There's TONS of Bigfoot reports on there!

A Recent Sighting of a Goatman near Herrin, Illinois

J. Nathan Couch, author of the new book Goatman: Flesh or Folklore?, has a new post on his blog about a recent Goatman sighting.

J. Nathan Couch

The sighting occurred in Herrin, Illinois. The witness saw a creature with gray skin, hairy legs, hooves, horns, and an extremely  muscular upper body. Couch also discusses the Greek god Pan, because the witness panicked when he saw the creature. To figure out how those two things are tied together, read the full thing here….



More on Goatman:

Goatman: Flesh or Folklore? Reviewed

Goatman: Flesh or Folklore?

Friday, December 12, 2014

Cryptozoology Books of 2014 (V. 2.0)

This post is a list of the cryptozoology books that have been released this year, 2014. If anyone knows about any books on cryptids that have come out this year that I have missed, be sure to let me know in the comments! Since the original post was posted months ago, I decided to update it here.

These are all non fiction!

Bigfoot: Exploring the Myth and Discovering the Truth By Tom Burnette and Rob Riggs

Mothman Casebook. By Joedy Cook

American Monsters. By Linda S. Godfrey

When Roger met Patty. By William Munns

Bigfoot in Linn County Oregon. By Ray Crowe

Man-Otang: Bigfoot Myth or Reality. By Pearl J. Prihoda

Encounters: True Stories of the North American Bigfoot. By Dina M. Palazini

My Life With the Hairy People. By Arla Collett Williams

Sasquatch for Sale: Death, DNA, and Duplicity. By Mr. Michael Dana Greene

Wood Knocks & Tossed Rocks: Searching for Sasquatch with the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization. By Blain McMillan

Pepie: The Lake Monster of the Mississippi River. By Chad Lewis and Noah Voss

Bigfoot: The West Virginia Foothold. By George Dudding

The Beast of Bray Road: Tailing Wisconsin's Werewolf. By Linda S. Godfrey. Originally came out in 2003, now available as an e-book

Searching for Ropens and Finding God. By Jonathan David Whitcomb

Strange Creatures(The Creatures of Cryptozoology). By Dino Brancato

Cryptid Creatures of Florida: Second Edition. By Scott C. Marlowe

Sea Monsters. By Melissa Higgins

Cryptid Casebooks. (Include the Marozi, Patterson Film, Beast of Bodmin, and more). By Larry Jaffer

Water Horse of Lake Champlain II. By Katy Elizabeth

Goatman: Flesh or Folklore? By J. Nathan Couch

Manbeasts: A Personal Investigation. By Adam Davies

The Menagerie of Marvels: A Third Compendium of Extraordinary Animals. By Dr. Karl Shuker

The Tasmanian Tiger: Extinct or Extant? By Michael Williams

Sasquatch: North America's Enduring Mystery. By Rupert Matthews

Gray Baker's Bigfoot Shootout!  Terrifying Tales of Interspecies Conflict. By Gray Baker, edited Andrew Colvin

UPDATE: DECEMBER 23 2014

Lost Animals: Extinction and the Photographic Record. By Errol Fuller

Handbook for the Amateur Cryptozoologist. By brian D. Parsons

Hoaxed! Media Failueres in the Field of Cryptozoology. By Michael Newton

The Mystery Animals of Pennsylvania. By Andrew Gable

Chasing After Bigfoot: My Search for North America's Most Elusive Creature. By Rusty Wilson

In Search of the Kushtaka. By Dennis Waller

A Canadian Bestiary. By Todd H.C. Fischer

Bigfoot and Eastern Cousins. By Patricia Keech

Legend Tripping: The Ultimate Family Experience. By Robert Robinson.

Those are the cryptozoology books for 2014 that I have found that are out so far. If anyone knows of any other please let me know. Like the list of my favorite Bigfoot books, this list will be updated over time.

New 2 Hour Finding Bigfoot Returning Later This Month!



If, like me, you like to watch Finding Bigfoot, you may have noticed that there have not been any episodes on after the second episode of the season that started last month. Do not fear! The show is returning on December 28 with a two-hour special with the team in New Jersey.

You can watch the preview here. 

Top Cryptozoology Deaths of 2014

This list is by Loren Coleman and is from his blog CryptoZooNews. I did not make this list.
These are the top Deaths in Cryptozoology in 2014.

"Top Cryptozoology Deaths of 2014
by Loren Coleman, Cryptozoology A to Z.
PM-obit
The passing of Peter Matthiessen during 2014 was the cryptozoology-related death that obtained the most mainstream media attention. But others died who had significant impacts on the field. They should be remembered too at the year’s end. Let’s recall a few of those folks.
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Here is my list of the recently departed who have been touched by cryptozoology, Bigfoot, especially, and cryptids, in general. And then by extension, they touched us.
All deaths are deeply experienced. I pause to recall those who have passed away in 2014, with respect for them, their families, and for all they shared and created. These individuals are noted here in my annual goodbye and celebration of their lives.
Twenty-fourteen was a year many of us lost several loved ones. I honor them all, whether mentioned here or not.
They are listed chronologically, by date of death.
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Dan Gordon ~ January 20, 2014
Former New York police officer Dan Gordon, 54, passed away on Monday, January 20, 2014.  Gordon was a Whitehall, N.Y. police officer who, along with another officer, reported having a sighting of a Bigfoot-like creature while on duty in February 1982. Gordon kept his identity secret until 2003, when he appeared on an episode of Mysterious Encounters’  ”The Creature of  Whitehall.” In a segment as an unnamed witness, Dan appeared briefly on camera.
His sighting was re-enacted for the History Channel’s Giganto documentary in 2005.  Gordon took and passed a polygraph for a 2008 episode of MonsterQuest, “Bigfoot In New York.”  (For more, please seehere.)
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Mark Vergeront ~ March 18, 2014
Bigfoot enthusiast named Mark “Verg” Vergeront, in his 50s, died from heart failure on March 18, 2014. Verg, as he was known to many of his friends, students, and others, online, lived for his entire life in Riverside, California. (For more, please see here.)"

For the rest of the list, see here. 
It's sad to see so many faces in the Cryptozoology world disappear this year….

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Cryptids of the Week: 12/7-12/13, 2014

Welcome to the 5th Cryptids of the Week! The are the two cryptids chosen for December 7 thru 13, 2014.

Fouke Monster

The Fouke Monster(s) is a Bigfoot-like creature seen mainly near Boggy Creek, near the town of Fouke, Arkansas. It was first reported when settlers arrived in the areas, but sightings really took off in the 1900s. In the early 1970s, sightings gained a lot of publicity after it attacked the home of Bobby and Elizabeth Ford. In 1972, a dock-drama movie about the monster called The Legend of Boggy Creek came out, and is well known by almost all Bigfoot researchers, including myself.
Sightings of the monster have continued to this day, and in 2012, cryptozoologist and author Lyle Blackburn published a book about it called The Beast of Boggy Creek. 

Fouke Monster

Mothman

In the 1960s, residents of Point Pleasant, West Virginia, and surrounding areas reported seeing a strange flying monster. Most sightings occurred between November 15, 1966 and December 15, 1967. On December 15, the Silver Bridge that connected Point Pleasant to Ohio collapsed, killing 46 people. Many think the Mothman or Men In Black had something to do with it.
The most famous sighting of Mothman occurred on November 15, 1966, when Roger and Linda Scarberry and Steve and Mary Mallette saw the being. Linda Scarberry saw it several times afterward.
Many think Mothman sightings stopped after the Silver Bridge collapse, but people still see strange things that match the description of Mothman!
John Keel investigated the sightings in the '60s and wrote a book called The Mothman Prophecies. In 2002 a movie of the same name came out.
There is a Mothman Museum in Point Pleasant today, along with a Mothman Statue. The town hold a Mothamn Festival every year.

Mothman
By kalessaradan on DeviantArt


Those are the two Cryptids of the Week for this week. The next CotW will be posted sometime next week.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Hexham Heads, The Sheep-Man, and The Werewolf

This is probably one of the few times you will see a post about something of paranormal nature on this blog, but I thought this story was really interesting.

The Hexham Heads were a pair of 6cm tall stone heads discovered by two boys in Hexham, England, in 1971.

After the boy's discovered the heads, their family(the Robsons) started reporting strange things happening in and near their home. Sometimes, they said, the heads would mysteriously move when no one was in the room with them. The same thing happened with bottles. The family living next to the Robson, the Dodds, also reported strange happenings. One night, one boy's hair was pulled by something, and, shortly afterward, his mother saw a "half-man half-sheep" leave the house!

After all these things happened, the heads were given to Anne Ross, who was an expert in Celtic artifacts. After she got the heads, Ross said, she also woke up one morning and saw a "part-man part-animal" figure walking through her house. She followed the figure downstairs and saw it go towards the kitchen, but she then lost track of it.

A few days after Ross saw the animal-man, her daughter told her she had seen a "werewolf" when coming home from school. The "werewolf" was on the stairs and jumped over the banister, and then vanished! Ross also reported seeing a dark figure and having other strange things happen in her house. Knowing that the Robsons had the same things happen to them when they had the Hexham Heads, she got rid of them.

Later, a man said he had created the heads and scientists said they were not carved and were fake, but what about all the strange things that happened to the people who had them in their possession? Along with the other things, the Dodds reported glass raining down on one of their beds!

Eventually the heads were lost.

Do you think the Hexahm Heads were cursed, or had some connection to paranormal activity?

A Review of the Journal of Cryptozoology: Volume 1

The Journal of Cryptozoolgy first came out in 2012. The journals are published by cfz press and they have decided to publish at least ten volume, no matter of sales, reception, etc. The journal's editor is Karl Shuker(author of many books, including the new book The Menagerie of Marvels), who some of you who have looked at this blog before will know If you have ever clicked the links to his blog.

There were four entries in the first volume of the journal, all written by different people. Subjects discussed were digital search assists in Cryptozoological expeditions, Queensland tiger footprints, the  "scapasaurus" carcasses, and the "jaws" carcass in Australia.

The journal was very short(only about 60 pages, a quick read) but was very good. Ill review the second volume later.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Please Give Condolences and Donations to Loren Coleman and His International Cryptozoology Museum

Loren Coleman

Loren Coleman of the International Cryptozoology Museum and author of many great cryptozoology books has had a hard year. This past winter he was in the hospital with medical problems. Now he's trying to find the money to pay the bills, and keep his museum open.

He had a post on his blog today asking anyone to donate, but I can't, because I don't have any money to do so, so I'm trying to help out by letting everyone here know.

Also, please give your condolences to Loren, as this is the day his Father died.

To see Loren's blog post or donate click here to go to CryptoZooNews. 

Book Review: Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science by Jeff Meldrum

Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science originally came out in 2003 as a TV documentary, created by Doug Hajicek, who later created History Channel's MonsterQuest. The book Sasquatch was written by Jeff Meldrum, a professor of anatomy and anthropology at Idaho State Univertsity. Meldrum is also author if the Sasquatch Field Guide and is currently working on another book on Bigfoot and other creatures in that category.
Jeff Meldrum 

Meldrum's book covers things from the original Bigfoot "flap" of 1958, the Skookum cast, footprint evidence, DNA evidence, Native American stories and beliefs, the Patterson-Gimlin film, and many other things.

This book does not deal so much with actual eyewitness accounts of Sasquatch but more with what evidence there is for the existence of the creature, and there is actually quite a lot that would match what an ape or hominid creature would do if it were living in the wilds of North America.
DVD and Book cover

Great  book on Bigfoot, 5/5.

ShukerNature: Horned Gophers and Other Paleontological Mysteries

Karl Shuker has a new post on his ShukerNature blog about ancient gophers with horns, fossilized tunnels, giant snail-like creatures, and other weird Paleontological specimens. I've read part of the article and it seems very interesting.

Ceratogaulus, the horned gopher.
Wikipedia


You can check it out here.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Ohio Bigfoot Conference 2015: Speakers So Far

The Ohio Bigfoot Conference is happening May 15, 2015. These are the four confirmed speakers so far:


John Kirk, author of In the Domain of the Lake Monsters
and cryptozoologist

Loren Coleman, author of many books
and director of the International Cryptozoology Museum
in Maine


Jim Sherman, BFRO Investigator from Michigan
Bob Gimlin, who was with Roger Patterson when
he filmed Patty in California in 1967

I Know it'll be great to see Bob again and meet everyone else, I've wanted to meet Coleman for years. We already got VIP tickets, too, so I'm all set!

Do You Think Megalodons are Still Alive?

On October 23, an article appeared on the Daily Mail Online  about the giant shark Megalodon. Those of you who have looked at this blog before probably have seen some of my earlier posts about this shark, and if you haven't you can see them by clicking here.
Megalodon size, compared to a 40 foot T-Rex!

The article was about a research group in Florida who say Megalodon became extinct 2.6 million years ago. The group says they want to clarify confusion that Megalodon is really dead, because apparently the Dicovery channel special Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives, actually fooled a lot of people in to thinking it was real. The Russian Yeti special that was on in June did the same thing, and I know that Aniaml Planet's Mermaids special have done the same thing. I really can't believe anyone thinks those are real; the "videos" of the creatures are CGI, the "Scientists" are actors. But I still have people at school who insist they are real.

… Is FAKE 

…. Is Also FAKE

…. Is Still FAKE!


I think the Florida scientists are really just trying to get people to not be scared that Megalodon could still be in the ocean. I for one think that Megalodon is still alive, and there are other giant creatures hiding in the ocean, too, like the Bloop, even though the scientists said it was an iceberg! Again, they probably did it so people wouldn't panic.

To see the article on Megalodon, click here.

My question for the reader: Do You think that Megalodons still live in the Earth's oceans?

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Cryptids of the Week: 11/30-12/6, 2014

Welcome to the 4th Cryptids of the Week! These are the two cryptids picked for the week of Nov. 30 thru Dec. 6, 2014.

Bishopville Lizard Man

The Bishopville Lizard Man is a strange creature supposedly living in Scape Ore Swamp, near Bishopville, South Carolina. It is also known as the Lizard Man of Scape Ore Swamp or the Lizard Man of Lee County. Most witnesses say the Lizard Man is about seven feet tall. Some witnesses describe a scaly reptilian humanoid, but others describe something that looks like a Bigfoot, so no ones is really sure which description really describes the creature, if it exists. The most famous encounter with he creature occurred at around 2 AM on June 29, 1988. Christopher Davis had stopped his car in Scape Ore Swamp to fix a flat tire when something attacked him. He jumped back in the car and sped away, but the thing jumped on top of his car! He swerved and it fell off, and he escaped. He said the thing was humanlike, with green skin, three fingers on each hand with black fingernails, and glowing red eyes.
The Lizard Man seems to be especially fond of chewing on people's cars, In the 1980s and even as recently as 2013. Also in 2013, Lyle Blackburn published his second book, Lizard Man: The True Story of the Bishopville Monster, which covers the creature and was also named the Best Cryptozoology Book of 2013. 


Bishopville Lizard Man


Jersey Devil 

This monster is said to live in the Pine Barrons of New Jersey.  The Jersey Devil Legend dates back to 1735, when a woman, called "Mother Leeds", had her thirteenth child. She did not want another child, and cursed it, saying "Let this one be a Devil!"Supposedly, the baby turned into a hideous monster and flew out the chimney, to live the rest of its days in the Pine Barrons. The creature was supposedly sighted several times over the next couple hundred of years. In 1909, sightings really took off. Hundreds of people from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and other states reported seeing the monster. Some think it was all mass hysteria. There have been later sightings of the Jersey Devil, so maybe it's really out there. Even if it's not, it has a hockey team named after it!


Jersey Devil


Those are the cryptids for this week. The next CotW will be posted sometime next week.
Have a good day everyone. 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Is this a Photo of a White Bigfoot?

I saw a new post on Bigfoot Evidence today about a photo of a possible white bigfoot! Here's the photo!

Is this a Bigfoot? New photo  of possible Sasquatch taken in NC


I don't know what to think. It could be a white Bigfoot, but I can't be sure. It could also be a plastic bag. What do you think?

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Destination Truth Today

Destination Truth, "King Tut's Curse; Swamp Ape" is on right now, until 3 PM.

Destination Truth, "Ghosts of Chernobyl; Sal'awa" is on from 3 PM to 4 PM.

Destination Truth, "Alien Mummies; Van Lake Monster" is on from 4 PM to 5 PM.

- On SyFy Channel.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

400 Pound Sasquatch Statue Stolen, Then "Reunited" With Family

There's an article from last week on Fox19.com about a Sasquatch statue. It kinda surprised me, because you don't usually see articles on bigfoot statues. Apparently, a man in Delhi Township owns a sasquatch statue nicknamed "squashy", and it was stolen recently. Later, the 4-ft. tall, 400 pound statue was returned, wearing a green sweater and a baseball cap.

For he whole story, click here. 

The Beast of Bladenboro, Part 2

*This post is a continuation of a post I wrote yesterday. For that post, see The Beast of Bladenboro, Part 1*

After the Kinslaw incident, newspapers picked up the store about the beast and hunters rushed to Bladenboro. Some people thought the beast was a panther, others thought it was a stray dog. No one went out a night. On January 13, a local farmer shot a very large bobcat, and hung it on a flagpole in the middle of town, with a sign under it that said "THIS IS THE BEAST OF BLADENBORO."
The mayor of Bladenboro(right), the bobcat
said to be the beast, and the farmer who shot it(left)

It seemed that the beast was gone. Was it really only a large bobcat that had terrorized the town? Maybe, except that strange attacks started up again fifty years later!

In 2003, goats and dogs started showing up dead and drained of blood. People thought the beast was back. This time, however, animals were found dead in a 120 mile radius of Bladenboro. People started finding strange tracks.

In 2007, 60 goats were found dead with their blood drained and their heads crushed near Lexington. In Bolivia, Bill Robinson found his Pit Bull dead. He buried it, and the next day it was  moved back to the spot where he found it dead the day before! Four days later, Leon Williams found his Pit Bull, also dead. Other places found ten dogs dead in just two weeks!

In 2008, the History Channel show MonsterQuest did a search for the creature on the episode "Vampire Beast". They thought the beast may be a cougar(although cougars aren't supposed to live on this side of the country), but they didn't really find anything, like always.
The Beast of Bladenboro on MonsterQuest
Whatever the Beast of Bladenboro is, it remains a mystery, and probably won't be solved anytime soon.


Saturday, November 29, 2014

Happy Birthday to Cliff Barackman!

Today is apparently Cliff Barackman's birthday. Happy Birthday Cliff!

Cliff giving a casting demonstration at the
Ohio Bigfoot Conference back in April


I had the great chance to meet Mr. Barackman at the Ohio Bigfoot Conference back in April. This guy is seriously into Bigfoot.

Here's the links to his blog and Website.