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Book Review: A Menagerie of Mysterious Beasts by Ken Gerhard

While at the Mothman Festival earlier this month, I picked up a copy of Ken Gerhard's new bookA Menagerie of Mysterious Beasts: Encounters with Cryptid Creatures.

This is Ken's 4th book, and in it he discusses a variety of strange creatures, many of which he has personally searched for.

Throughout A Menagerie of Mysterious Beasts, Ken discusses accounts of sea serpents and lake monsters, thunderbirds, living pterosaurs, werewolves, the Beast of Gevaudan, the Minnesota Iceman, Bigfoot and other man-like cryptids, Black Eyed Children, mermaids, giant toads and frogs, and much, much more.

This is an excellent book. The author covers quite a few cases that I'd never heard before and many cryptids I hadn't heard of either.

If you are someone (like me) who liked Ken's previous books, you'll definitely enjoy this one.

Mark A. Hall Has Died

Sad news for the cryptozoology community… Mark. A. Hall has passed away. Hall, 70, was a researcher for many years and had books out on Bigfoot, thunderbirds, true giants, and living fossils.

More can be found out by clicking the links below…


Rest in Peace Mark Hall.

And, one thing Colin Schneider said in his post is definitely true - "It seems too often these days the cryptozoological community is effected by the passing of one of our own." Very true, Colin, very true. So many great researchers have left us within the past year…

Exploring the Unknown - An Interview with Colin Schneider

Colin Schneider is another kid my age who is interested in cryptozoology and all things unexplained. He runs the Paranormal101 blog and posts about a variety of topics. I met him at the Mothman Festival in Pt. Pleasant, WV earlier this month.

For this post, I decided to do an interview with Colin about his interest and research of unexplained creatures, events, and other odd things.

First, how did he become interested in things like cryptozoology and other unexplained things?

He said:
"I have always been interested in mysteries and unusual things, especially monsters. I remember watching Scooby Doo on television and actually rooting for the bad guys because I loved monsters so much. The first book I read that discussed these 'monsters' as actual possibilities was Mysterious Monsters by Robert and Frances Guenette. The book gave a rundown of a variety of well known Bigfoot cases such as Ape Canyon and the Patterson Film, as well as some Yeti information like the Shipton e…

Capture of a "Sea Serpent" in Lake Erie - A Monstrous Hoax!

Lake Erie is said to be home to monsters akin to those seen in Loch Ness, in Scotland. The creature(s) is nicknamed "Bessie" and has been seen in the lake for years.

In 1931, it was reported that a monster had been captured in the lake!

The New York Times reported:

"REPORT OF THE CAPTURE OF BIG 'SEA SERPENT' "Two Fishermen Crate Up 'Monster' in Sandusky, Which they Say is Twenty Feet Long "SANDUSKY, Ohio, July 21 (AP) - Inside a tightly boarded box beside the lakeshore tonight was locked what several persons said was a large marine animal having specifications that might qualify it as a serpent, claimed to have been captured by two Cincinnati fishermen in Sandusky Bay.  "The fisherman, Clifford Wilson and Francis Cogenstose of Cincinnati, said that the 'serpent,' measuring about twenty feet long and about twelve inches through at the thickest place, arose late today out of the Lake Erie waters beside their boat. "Although frig…

Wessie Fest Coming in October

Wessie the snake has not been seen since late June, but the town of Westbrook, Maine has not forgotten about it.

"Wessie Fest" will be held in Westbrook on October 22nd.

You can find out more here.

The Butler Bigfoot

In 1978, there were several Bigfoot sightings around the Ohio town of Butler. It all started on July 8, when Eugene Kline and his sister, Kathy, heard strange noises coming from the woods near their home, which was located on Elm Street in Butler. When they looked over, the two claim they saw, only five feet from them, a creature that they said was about seven or eight feet tall, with a head that was three feet in diameter, and red eyes.

The pair claimed that the creature looked at them while making growling noises. The children ran to their house and told their father, who called the police.

Police arrived and searched the area, but found nothing. After the police arrived, the children's father told them that the kids had seen the same thing two weeks earlier, but did not give any details on that sighting.

It was four days later, on July 12, that another one of the children in the Kline family, Teresa, saw to "large red eyes" looking at her from the woods after dark. Te…

Book Review: Nessie: Exploring the Supernatural Origins of the Loch Ness Monster by Nick Redfern

While at the Mothman Festival earlier this month, I picked up a copy of Nick Redfern's new book Nessie: Exploring the Supernatural Origins of the Loch Ness Monster. 

As you can probably tell from the title, this isn't your "typical" Loch Ness Monster book.

In Nessie, Redfern delves into the theory that the Loch Ness Monsters are not just mysterious, flesh-and-blood creatures, but they are actually something paranormal. So, if you are someone (who believes the creatures exist!) who thinks that the Nessies are definitely flesh-and-blood creatures, you might not like this book. But, if you are someone who thinks that strange creature sightings and paranormal phenomena could be connected, you'll enjoy it quite a lot.

Throughout the book, Redfern shows that the monsters are not the only strange things seen around Loch Ness. Over the years, there have been many strange things, like sightings of ghosts, mysterious cats, and there have been quite a few people who have be…

Upcoming Book Reviews...

I've gotten a number of new cryptozoology books over the past few weeks, which I will be reviewing on here in the future.

I already have a review up of Robert Robinson's Legend Tripping, which you can see here.

Other upcoming reviews are:

Nessie: Exploring the Supernatural Origins of the Loch Ness Monster by Nick Redfern
A Menagerie of Mysterious Beasts by Ken Gerhard
Werewolves: Encounters with the Black Dog by Joedy Cook
The Tantanoola Tiger and Loch Ness: Back into the Depths by Patrick Gallagher
The Monsters of Loch Ness by Malcolm Robinson

Also, a book from last year, Stan Gordon's Astonishing Encounters. And I'm going to be getting Karl Shuker's new book Here's Nessie!, so it will be reviewed on here in the future too.

Book Review: Legend Tripping by Robert C. Robinson

A few weeks ago I got Robert Robinson's book Legend Tripping: The Ultimate Adventure, which was published earlier this year by Adventures Unlimited Press.

Robinson defines legend tripping as "to go on, or participate in, a quest or adventure for something that is defined as a mystery or legend and is not verified or explained by science." So, basically, if you go out looking for Bigfoot, ghosts, or something else of that nature, you are legend tripping.

This is not just a book for someone interested in cryptozoology. Those interested in UFOs, ghosts and paranormal things, and other mysteries will love this book as well, because Robert covers all of those things in his book.

Some chapters cover the legends themselves, which include Bigfoot, lake and river monsters, UFOs, ghosts, hidden treasure, etc. Following these chapters are some about a legend trip in search of whatever mystery was discussed in the chapter before it. There are also chapters on what to take with you i…

Another Loch Ness Photo - The Seal Monster?

Lots of photos of the Loch Ness Monster (supposedly, at least) have been appearing online this year, and it doesn't seem like they will stop coming in anytime soon.

This is evidenced by the photo below, which is supposed to show a multi-humped monster in Loch Ness.

Fox Newsreports:

"A picture snapped by an amateur photographer in Scotland has created a huge splash because it appears to show the fabled Loch ness Monster. "The photographer is 58-year-old Ian Bremner, a worker in a whiskey warehouse who was in the area looking for red deer, Britain's South West News Service (SWNS) reported. On Saturday, he snapped the photo of what some say is Nessie when it - or whatever is in the picture - was close to the coast between two villages on the southeast side of the long lake. "While there's no definitive word on what's in the image, it certainly shows something: perhaps a single creature of some kind, or maybe three seals, as some have suggested. The Scotsman …

More on the Mothman Fest

The Mothman Festival was a few days ago, and now some more is up about it. Check it out…

Nick Redfern has a post up on his blog, which you can see here. I got his new Nessiebook at the festival, and it will be reviewed on here in the future.

Colin Schneider also has a post up about the festival on his blog… check it out here.

Nessie is Here

Yet another new Nessie book… This one is Karl Shuker'sHere's Nessie! A Monstrous Compendium From Loch Ness.

Here's some info about the book:

"Nessie the Loch Ness monster (LNM) is not only the premier mystery beast of the United Kingdom, it also vies with the bigfoot or sasquatch as the most famous one anywhere in the world. Little wonder, therefore, that during his many years as a world-renowned cryptozoological researcher and writer, Dr Karl Shuker should have documented it and all manner of aspects relating to it in a wide range of publications. "Now, however, for the very first time and in direct response to popular demand, all of Dr Shuker's most significant but previously disparate Nessie-themed writings have finally been brought together, and in expanded, updated form whenever possible too, to yield the present LNM compendium, covering a fascinating, extremely broad spectrum of pertinent topics. "These include: a comprehensive review of the histor…

15th Annual Mothman Festival

Took a trip down to the 15th annual Mothman Festival in Pt. Pleasant, West Virginia today. It was the first time I've gotten to go to this event, and I had a blast.

The AIMS team from Mountain Monsters was there, but since the line for them literally went down the whole street, we didn't go see them. I did, however, get a photo when they went by at the beginning of the festival.

There were lots of vendors and speakers at the event, and I got to see plenty of people I'd met before at other events. I also met Colin Schneider, who runs the Paranormal101 blog (definitely check it out), Ken Gerhard, Robert Robinson, and Stan Gordon.

Of course, I got a picture by the Mothman statue…

And, had an encounter with the Men in Black! (Not the real ones, though!)

And in front of the "Mothman Diner" (Harris Steakhouse).

We also went on a tour of the TNT Area, and drove down the road where Roger and Linda Scarberry and Steve and Mary Mallette were chased by the Mothman 50 years …