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A Menagerie of Mysterious Beasts...

Here's a new book by Ken Gerhard, coming in 2016…

A Menagerie of Mysterious Beasts is Gerhard's 4th book, his others being Big Bird! Modern Sightings of Flying Monsters (2007), Monsters of Texas (2010, with Nick Redfern), and Encounters with Flying Humanoids (2013.) It will be published by Llewellyn, who also published that latter book on the list.

A Menagerie of Mysterious Beasts will be about Gerhard's investigations of cryptids around the world, with some never-before published eyewitness accounts, of cryptids like Bigfoot, werewolves, thunderbirds and pterosaurs, black panthers, aquatic monsters, and more.

Find Ken's other books here. 

"Top Cryptozoology..." Lists for 2015

On his CryptoZooNews blog, Loren Coleman has posted his lists of the top cryptozoology stories, cryptozoology books, and cryptozoology deaths of 2015.

You can check them out by clicking the links below.

Top Cryptozoology Deaths of 2015

The Best Cryptozoology Books of 2015

The Top Cryptozoology Stories of 2015

Alligators in the Sewers?

Alligators living in the sewers a some of America's largest cities? This is an urban legend that has circulated for many years.

Every once and a while, someone reports an alligator in a sewer. Some of the most famous sewer gator stories come from the 1930s.

Probably the best known of these incidents occurred on February 10, 1935. A group of teenage boys was shoveling snow into a New York City sewer when they saw something moving in the water ten feet below them.

The boys soon realized that they were looking at a live alligator! They decided to get it out of the sewer, so they lowered a rope and lassoed the animal. The boys managed to pull the gator out of the sewer, which snapped at them once it was on the pavement. The boys beat the animal to death with their shovels.

They took the gator to a repair shop nearby, where it was measured and weighed. The animal was 7 1/2 feet long, and weighed 125 pounds. Soon the police were notified of the discovery, and came and incinerated the bo…

Ohio Bigfoot Conference 2016 Speaker Update

The fourth of five speakers for the 2016 Ohio Bigfoot Conference at Salt Fork State Park, OH, was announced today.

So far, speakers for next year's conference are Bob Gimlin, Guy Edwards, Cliff Barackman, and Sybilla Irwin.

Next year's conference looks like it's going to be great. The conference will be taking place May 14, 2016. If you like Bigfoot and can make it, this event is not to be missed!

Sasquatch Pizza

Bigfoot is popular today, and you can find it on just about anything - shirts, socks, hats,… beef jerky,… and now, there's Sasquatch Pizza, too.

Sasquatch Pizzas are available at Walmart. They are "The Huge Pizza with a Big Stompin' Crust." These things are pretty big - the box says it weighs 3 pounds!

New Season of Mountain Monsters Coming Jan. 23

Destination America had a Mountain Monsters marathon on yesterday. Why? Because there's going to be a new season of Mountain Monsters: Bigfoot Edition will premiere on January 23, 2016!

Bigfoot on Television - The Good and The Bad

A while back I had a post about Bigfoot on TV and in movies from the '70s to the present day. I recently got to write some newspaper articles about Bigfoot and cryptids, so I am also posting them on this blog. This post will be somewhat like that, but today I'm just focusing on Bigfoot and other cryptids on television today, for example - shows like Finding Bigfoot, Mountain Monsters, Missing in Alaska, MonsterQuest, Mermaids, Bigfoot Captured, etc.

Here's my article.

Whether you believe in it or not, you probably have at least heard of the hairy, 8-foot tall, man-like monster called Bigfoot.

The name "Bigfoot" first appeared in The Humboldt Times, a California newspaper, in 1958. For many years, only cryptozoologists, those with an avid interest in the subject of Bigfoot and other unknown creatures, looked into the subject.

In recent years, however, Bigfoot has become quite popular on television and in other media. In the past decade, shows like MonsterQuest an…

Missing Person Cases and Hairy Ape-Men - Is There A Connection?

Lots of people who are interested in Bigfoot have heard of David Paulides' Missing 411books. After writing two books on Bigfoot, Paulides began looking into missing persons cases in National Parks. Soon his research spread to other places as well.

Some people think there is a connection between Bigfoot and missing persons cases (although Paulides probably doesn't.) Earlier today, while reading Tony Healy and Paul Cropper's  2006 book The Yowie: In Search of Australia's Bigfoot, I found a passage that reminded me of the Missing 411 reports.

The following is from The Yowie: In Search of Australia's Bigfoot, in a section about a man who lives right next to a huge wilderness area, and who claims Yowies frequent his property:

"Neil, logically enough, sought advice from the Aboriginal community. 'Eventually a well-known tribal elder [name withheld by request] from the south coast phoned me a couple of times. He started describing out place without ever having be…

My Favorite Cryptozoology Books of 2015

I've gotten a good number of cryptozoology books that have come out in 2015. This is a list of some of my personal favorites from this year. To qualify for my list, books have to have been published or re-issued this year.

A Manifestation of Monsters: Examining the (Un)Usual Suspects. By Karl Shuker

In Search of Lake Monsters (2015 edition). By Peter Costello

The Bigfoot Book: The Encyclopedia of Sasquatch, Yeti, and Cryptid Primates.By Nick Redfern

Chupacabra Road Trip: In Search of the Elusive Beast.By Nick Redfern

Monster Hunters: On the Trail with Ghost Hunters, Bigfooters, Ufologists, and other Paranormal Investigators.By Tea Krulos

Shadows in the Woods: A Chronicle of Bigfoot in Maine. By Daniel S. Green

Cryptozoology Anthology. By Bob Deis, David Coleman, and Wyatt Doyle

Discovering Cadborosaurus.By Paul LeBlond, John Kirk, and Jason Walton

Men in Black: Personal Stories & Eerie Adventures.By Nick Redfern

Strange Creatures Seldom Seen.

Books on Australian Cryptozoology?

For some reason, animals of Australia fascinate me. This fascination also spills over into my interest in cryptozoology. For some reason (maybe it's just the names!) I just love Yowies, Bunyips, and other mystery animals of Australia.

I'm currently reading Paul Cropper's and Tony Healy's 2006 book The Yowie: In Search of Australia's Bigfoot.I know there are several other books out there fully on Australian cryptids.

If you know of any good Australian cryptid books, please comment. I'd like to know which ones you recommend, because I hope to get some others sometime.

Sasquatch Hunting Permit

Got this yesterday….

Not a real Sasquatch hunting permit (I'm on the "no-kill" side of Bigfooters anyway), but its still something neat to add to my collection of all things cryptid!

Japan's "River Child" - The Kappa

Kappas are legendary creatures said to live in Japan. Although Kappa (which means "river child", or something similar) is the most common name, they are also called by many other names, including Kawako and Hyosube.
Kappas are usually said to be about the size of a child and have a humanoid form. They have scaly skin like a reptile, and are sometimes said to be green, yellow, or blue. They are also said to have apelike faces and hair. They have webbed hands and feet because they supposedly live in rivers and ponds.

The strangest feature about a Kappa, however, is probably this. They are said to have indentations on the top of their heads that holds water. Some say that if they don't have water in the bowl on their head they can't move or do anything.

Some people think Kappas are just a legend used to scare kids of the dangers in water. Whatever the case, they certainly are weird!

Nick Redfern and Paranormal Nessie...

Here's a new book from Nick Redfern, coming out in 2016.
Titled Nessie, it will be published by Llewellyn, who published his Chupacabra Road Tripearlier this year, and also Ken Gerhard's Encounters with Flying Humanoidsin 2013. Redfern's new book will be about "exploring the supernatural origins of the Loch Ness Monster..."

Should be interesting!

The Boston Yeti is Back

Last winter, Boston, Massachusetts had a record 9 feet of snow. During that time, the "Boston Yeti" appeared. No, he was not a real Bigfoot, but he was quite helpful, trying to cheer up everyone and even helping dig some cars out of the snow as high as a real Bigfoot. Nobody knows who he really is.

Apparently the Boston Yeti has come out of hibernation and was recently interviewed by the Associated Press, via email.

"A.P.: We haven't heard much from you since the snow melted in spring. How did your hibernation go? "B.Y.: Hibernation provided all of the relaxation and rejuvenation I had hoped for! Believe it or not, I spent a lot of time at the movies, catching up on comedies and documentaries at the Brattle Theater. Under the dark of night I would also occasionally escape to a midnight movie at the Coolidge Theater. (Aside from that mostly just playing solitaire in the woods."
See more: The Weather Channel: "The Boston Yeti had Returned, Just in Time …

International Cryptozoology Conference - Jan. 4-6, 2016

The International Cryptozoology Museum is hosting a cryptozoology conference from Jan. 4 to 6, 2016, in St. Augustine, Florida. It just hit me the other day that the event is less than a month away (and so is 2016!)

Speakers at the International Cryptozoology Conference are as follows:

Cliff Barackman (Finding Bigfoot)Lyle Blackburn (author of The Beast of Boggy Creek and Lizard Man)Michel Raynal (author of Tentacules)Loren Coleman (Director of the International Cryptozoology Museum, author of many great books)Jerome Hamlin (Founder of Dinofish)Paul LeBlond (author, Cadborosaurus: Survivor from the Deep and Discovering Cadborosaurus)Kathy Strain (author, Giants, Cannibals, & Monsters: Bigfoot in Native Culture)Patrick (Pat) Spain (host of Beast Hunter)Matt Bille (author of Shadows of Existence and Rumors of Existence)Robert Robinson (author of Legend Tripping) There's also going to be a ton of cool stuff going on at this conference. It would be an awesome event to got to. I…

Something in the Woods Available on DVD

Something in the Woods is a Bigfoot film that premiered at the Ohio Bigfoot Conference in May 2015. Unlike most Bigfoot movies, it is actually very good, and will keep you hooked from the very start.

In the months since the conference the final edits to the movie have been made, other showings have happened, and trailers have been released.

Now, finally, the movie is available on DVD. If you are someone who is seriously interested in Bigfoot, I would definitely recommend it. It doesn't have a bunch of crazy crap or terrible CGI or anything of that sort. It is based on true events and the Bigfoots in the film act like what most witnesses and researchers say Bigfoot acts like. If you aren't interested in Bigfoot, its still a good movie to watch.

You can get Something in the Woods on DVD (and get T-shirts and other things) here.

You can watch the trailer for the film below.

Finding Bigfoot Season Premiere - Jan. 3, 2016

Finding Bigfoot will be returning for another season at 9 PM on January 3 of next year. The season premiere will be a 2-hour episode.

A recent press release has all the info on the new season.

In the premiere on Jan. 3, the BFRO team of Matt Moneymaker, Cliff Barackman, Ranae Holland, and James "Bobo" Fay are splitting up. Matt and Cliff investigate the Canadian wilderness and Bobo and Ranae stay in the States too see which country has better Sasquatch habitat.

Here's where they'll be the rest of the season:

Jan. 10 - Maine. "A cornucopia of Bigfoot artifacts exists in the Pine Tree State, so the team takes its first trip to Maine and heads deep into the woods to learn more within this east-coast squatting haven." (NOTE FROM TCZ: This would be the episode that was filmed earlier this year but didn't air with the earlier season. They will be at Loren Coleman's International Cryptozoology Museum.)Jan. 17 - New Hampshire. "In picturesque Mount Wash…

Big Sky Bigfoot Conference - T-Shirt

Received in the mail today my Montana Big Sky Bigfoot Conference t-shirt…

Thanks to Sarah from the conference for the cool shirt!

Why Bigfoot "Doesn't Have a Neck"

One thing most Sasquatch witnesses report is that the creature they saw had no neck, and that the head was set square on the shoulders.

Sasquatch Central II - Video Evidence recently posted a video on YouTube on this subject. They have quotes from Dr. Jeff Meldrum explaining why the Sasquatch would appear to have no neck. And it makes a lot of sense.

You can watch the video below.

The Mysterious Story of Nellie the Lion

There have always been reports of mysterious cats in the United States. Some of these stories come from hundreds of years ago, and some occur in the present day.

One famous story of a mystery Alien Big Cat (ABC) occurred in 1917. This specific ABC was nicknamed "Nellie the Lion."

The sightings happened near Decatur, Illinois. The first report to gain media attention came in after a man named Thomas Gullett was attacked on July 13 while working in a garden. Gullett only suffered some minor wounds, but after word spread people started to panic.

The attacks on Gullett sparked the press' interest in the Nellie story, although the first sightings had actually happened a few days earlier.

The report on the attack led to a 300 person hunt on July 15, 1917. While the hunters were our looking for Nellie she appeared a quarter of a mile away, when she was sighted by a Mrs. Shaw who described what she saw as a "African Lioness."

On July 17, five-inch tracks were found ne…

New Nessie Photo?

Loch Ness Monster sightings are "at their highest in more than a decade," according to the Daily Mail

One of these sightings occurred in July.

Crystal Ardito, an American tourist, claims she took a photograph of something strange in the Loch.

Here's what she said:

"I went to Scotland to go on the Loch Ness boat ride on July 1. I took photos of the loch and I was just looking at my photos and I found one photo where I saw a grey thing sticking out of the water, so I zoomed in."
Ardito claims she "did not notice the grey object in the photo until months later." It seems no one ever knows they have a photo of a monster until months later.

 Gary Campbell, who is the keeper of the Official Loch Ness Monster Sightings Register, said of the 2015 sightings:

"This is the first time in 13 years that there have been this number of sightings reported by people who saw something while they were at Loch Ness. It also includes a multiple witness sighting whic…

"Men in Black…" Reviewed

A while back, I got Nick Redfern's newest book on the mysterious dark suited men, Men in Black: Personal Stories & Eerie Adventures.Like I promised, I now have a review of said book up on my UFO Zone blog.

You can see it here. 

Ohio Bigfoot Conference 2016

The Ohio Bigfoot Conference will be taking place May 14, 2016.

Tickets went on sale at 10 AM yesterday, and VIPs sold out in less than an hour and a half! (I got mine! ;) )

So far, three of the five speakers have been announced. Next year's OBC is going to be a good one - the speakers so far are Bob Gimlin, Guy Edwards, and Cliff Barackman.

As more information and speakers are announced in the future I will have updates on this blog about the Ohio Bigfoot Conference 2016.


While at World Market last night looking for Christmas ornaments, I stumbled upon Yowie candies.

Most of you reading this blog probably know that the Yowie is Australia's version of Bigfoot. 

Yowie candies first came out in 1995 and were hugely popular in Australia. Ten years ago, however, problems arose between the companies that made them and they were discontinued.

But, last year, the Yowie candies came back, and this time were released in the United States.

I had no clue these things were being sold in the U.S. Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised to find them!

Small Town Monsters Releases Official Trailer for "Beast of Whitehall!"

Below is the official trailer for Small Town Monsters' second documentary, titled Beast of Whitehall. The film is about the Bigfoot sightings around Whitehall, New York. Paul and Robert Bartholomew will be featured in it.

Beast of Whitehall will be released April 1st, 2016.


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11 Unbelievable Ohio Monsters

The "Akron Ohio Moms" website has a post from November 29 about... monsters. Their list of "Ohio's 11 Unbelievable Monster Sightings"  (a couple of which I hadn't even heard of before!) starts like this:

"Ohio has its fair share of monster sightings. With its extensive river systems, large contiguous forests and the encroachment of man, there's no wonder that things that go 'bump in the night' do indeed go 'bump in the night' near people that can hear them! Here's our researched list of monster sightings in Ohio over the past two centuries."
You can check out the list here.  

When Men in Black go after Cryptozoologists

Anyone who is interested in UFOs and other unexplained things knows about the Men in Black, the mysterious, dark suited men (if they are humans, that is!) that appear to witnesses and researchers and pretty much scare the bejeezus out of them.

The Men in Black may have an interest in more than just Unidentified Flying Objects, though.

There are some cases with MIB-type encounters involved with cryptozoology.

One such encounter occurred in the 1970s, when one of the world's leading cryptozoologists, Loren Coleman, met a possible Man in Black.

Early in the decade, Coleman was investigating the mystery of the Mad Gasser of Mattoon, a mystery man who attacked people in Mattoon, Illinois, with gas in the 1940s (Coleman has a chapter about the weird saga in his book Mysterious America.)

The visit happened in Decatur, Illinois. Coleman was looking into the mystery of the Enema Bandit to see if there were any similarities with Mad Gasser attacks. Late one night, there was a knock on his d…