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SOSBI Bigfoot Conference Schedule

The schedule for the SOSBI Burr Oak Bigfoot Conference, which is only two weeks away, has been posted.

Here it is.

Friday, September 11:

SOSBI will be hosting a meet and greet in the lobby of the Burr Oak State Park lodge from 6:00 to around 8 or 8:30 PM. Nice chance to meet the speakers!

Saturday, September 12:

Vendor set up and sales/ticket sales start at 9:00 AM.

Conference room will open up at 12:45 PM.

The conference will start at 1:00 PM with Doug Waller opening.

1st Speaker - Peter Wiemer will speak from 1:15 to 2:15. After him is a 15 minute break.

2nd Speaker - Paul Bartholomew will be speaking form 2:30 to 4:00. After him is a 15 minute break.

3rd Speaker - Scott Carpenter will be speaking from 4:15 to 6:15.

After Carpenter's talk there will be an 80 minute dinner break.

Raffle winners will be announced from 7:35 to 7:45.

After the raffle winners are announced, David Paulides will be speaking. There may be a panel discussion after him if time allows.

I will be there Satur…

A Manifestation of Monsters - Out September 4

A few days ago I had a post about Karl Shuker's new book A Manifestation of Monsters: Examining the (Un)Usual Suspects. Just yesterday, Shuker had a post on his blog about the book.

A Manifestation of Monsters is available now for pre-order on Amazon and will be out on September 4, in just a few days!

Here's the description of the book from Amazon:

"The spectacular front-cover painting by American artist Michael J. Smith, depiction 17 astonishing mystery beasts and other controversial entities, was the inspiration for this latest book by leading cryptozoologist Karl Shuker. Ever since seeing it in 2012, Shuker has wanted to prepare a book incorporating this painting's eclectic company of creatures, but the fundamental problem that he faced was how to categorize them collectively. "What single term could be used that would encompass this exceedingly diverse array of farms, plus the many additional creatures also to be included in the book? 'Cryptid' was not…

A Monstrous Commotion: The Mysteries of Loch Ness

Yet another new cryptozoology book, and another one on the Nessies.

There have already been a couple of books on the Loch Ness Mosnters out this year, and A Monstrous Commotion: The Mysteries of Loch Ness is one to be added to the forthcoming list (it will be out in November.)

Gareth Williams is the author of said new book, which is about the Loch Ness Monsters, but is also about the monster hunters.

Here is the description from Amazon UK:

"The Loch Ness Monster: a creature that should have died out with the dinosaurs, or a legend built on hoaxes and wishful thinking? "Sir Peter Scott, internationally renowned naturalist and president of the World Wildlife Fund, was convinced that the Monster existed. So were senior scientists at London's Natural History Museum and Chicago University; they lost their jobs because they refused to renounce their belief in the creature. For decades, the scientific establishment was determined to quash attempts to investigate Loch Ness - unt…

A Manifestation of Monsters: Examining the (Un)Usual Suspects

Nick Redfern isn't the only crypto-author with new books coming out next month…

Karl Shuker's 22nd book, A Manifestation of Monsters: Examining the (Un)Usual Suspects, is now on the presses and will be out in September, published by Anomalist Books. There really isn't much out on the book yet, but you can check out the cover below.

Cover art is by Michael J. Smith and there is a forward by Ken Gerhard.

Shuker's books are some of the best. If you like cryptozoology books, this one is not to be missed!

Cynocephali, Wolf-Men, and the Dogman

In modern times, there are reports of creatures that look like werewolves. These creatures are commonly called Dogmen by cryptozoologists. Most people will probably think that all the Dogman stories are fake, but a lot of people (including me) believe they are true. This post is about Dogmen, but not really the ones seen today. You see, reports/stories of Dogman like beings go back thousands of years.


THE CYNOCEPHALI 

First, we will start of with a history of the cynocephali for those who may not know what they are. According to the Cryptid Wiki, the Cynocephali existed in the mythology of Europe, India, and China. They were said to exist in modern-day Iran. In European mythology, they were described as dog-headed people. Sometimes they were said to be hairy giants.

One theory to explain the Cynocephali is that they are just baboons. That could be the explanation, but, as we shall see, stories of werewolf like creatures continued, and still do in today's world. The Cryptid Wiki has…

Thanks to Karl Shuker!

My greatest thanks goes out to Dr. Karl Shuker for adding Tyler's Cryptozoo to his list of links on his blog ShukerNature. Dr. Shuker is one of my favorite authors/cryptozoologists and I check out his blog all the time. Today he had his 500th post on said blog. You should definitely check it out by clicking here. You can also find all his great books on Amazon. 

Thanks again Dr. Shuker! You have no idea how cool this is for me. : )

You can check out Shuker's official website at karlshuker.com. 


Squatch Fest 2015 is This Weekend

Russian Artist says he saw and drew a Yeti

Andrey Lyubchenko claims he had a close encounter with a yeti.

The Russian artist says he came face-to-face with a "friendly yeti" and even claims he talked to it. He claims the yeti told him its name was Ta Ban. He did not have a camera with him, so he drew a portrait of the creature he was looking at on a piece of bark. 

Lyubchenko claims the yeti was eight feet two inches tall, had hair like a bears but softer, and was holding a wooden stick "with bits of hair wrapped around it." "It happened so unexpectedly and fast that I had no time to get scared." He said. He says the eyes looked like "light colored human eyes." 

His drawing of the yeti is below.



I have doubts about this story. Lyubchenko says the encounter happened "quickly and unexpectedly", and yet he had time to talk to the yeti and draw a picture of it, and then have the yeti sign it!!! While it is a good drawing, I don't think Lyubchenko sat down and talked to a yeti. The…

Chupacabras, Velociraptors, and Other Strange Beasts in Puerto Rico

All people who like Cryptozoology know about the Chupacabras. In 1995, many animals began being found dead and drained of blood in Puerto Rico. Soon, people started reporting encounters with the attacker - a four to five foot tall creature, with back legs like a kangaroo, red eyes, a lipless mouth, three fingered hands, furry or leathery skin, and spines or quills on its back. The creature was quickly dubbed the "Chupacabras," which is Spanish for "goat sucker." If you look up Chupacabras on google, is will say it is "an animal said to exist in parts of Latin America, where it supposedly attacks animals, especially goats."



Many people probably don't know, however, that Puerto Rico has many other monsters besides the Chupacabras. These other cryptids are the subject of one of Nick Redfern's Mysterious Universe articles from last week. I hadn't even heard about most of this stuff!

What are some of the other cryptids of Puerto Rico that Redfern d…

Selling Stuff at the SOSBI Conference

I will be selling cryptid paintings and copies of my book (For $15) at the SOSBI Burr Oak Bigfoot Conference on September 12, 2015, three weeks from now.

Happy Birthday Peter Byrne

Today is Peter Byrne's 90th birthday. He was born August 22, 1925.


Peter went on early expeditions to search for the Yeti and Bigfoot in the 1950s. He is the author of a few Bigfoot books, including The Hunt for Bigfoot, which came out earlier this year.

Happy birthday Peter Byrne, and I hope you have many more, too!


A Flying Humanoid May Have Been Spotted in Los Angeles

On August 9, several people in Sequoia Park in Los Angeles looked up in the sky and spotted what appears to be a flying humanoid. Three witnesses also caught the thing on video.

Whatever the thing is, if it is real, it is flying and certainly looks like a human shape. On Mysterious Universe, Paul Seaburn says it appears to be in some sort of space suit. To me it kind of looks like the Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters. 

What do you think? Is it a real flying humanoid? An alien in a space suit? Or a hoax?


For more on Flying humanoids, be sure to check out Ken Gerhard's excellent book by clicking the first link.



New Nick Redfern Books Next Month!

If you are someone who knows me or checks out this blog you probably know that Nick Redfern is one of my favorite authors/cryptozoologists. He has lots of books out on cryptids/Men in Black/UFOs and other things, and has three new ones coming out in September.

1st is Chupacabra Road Trip: In Search of the Elusive Beast, and you can probably guess what it's about.


The 2nd is The Bigfoot Book: The Encyclopedia of Sasquatch, Yeti, and Cryptid Primates , a 400 page encyclopedia of all things Bigfoot.


The 3rd is Men in Black: Personal Stories and Eerie Adventures.I have his other MIB book, The Real Men in Black (2011), and I bet this one will be just as good.



I know I will definitely be getting all three books, and if you are someone interested in cryptozoology, MIB, and the like, you should definitely get them, too!

"I've Seen Bigfoot"

I've Seen Bigfoot is the name of a new documentary being made by Peter Wiemer, Joseph Glarner, and Mark Robinault. It is a "feature-length documentary featuring eyewitnesses and researchers telling real stories of their own encounters of the elusive Bigfoot."

It is premiering at the Boonies Ineternational Film Festival at the Stuthers Library Theatre in Warren, Pennsylvania this Saturday, August 22nd.

You can check out the trailer for the documentary below.



Gremlins in Cryptozoology

Gremlins, you ask?

Yes, but not the ones from the 1984 movie.

Most people probably don't know that gremlins are not just something from movies. During WWII, many pilots claimed they were harassed by small beings that caused trouble in their airplanes.

Most people think the name "gremlin" comes from an Old English word, "greme," which means "to vex or annoy."

Early stories of gremlins show them as helpful little creatures and even helped man create technology like steam engines. Some even say they helped Ben Franklin discover electricity!

By the early 1900s, however, gremlins weren't viewed as something nice.

British pilots (and pilots from the USA and other places as well) began reporting small, impish creatures  that seemed interested in their aircraft and caused malfunctions on the craft. Reports of them can be found all the way back to the early 1900s, in the British newspaper the Spectator: 

"The old Royal Naval Air Service in 1917 and th…