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Mystery Creatures of China

A new book by David C Xu, coming very soon...

Mystery Creatures of China: The Complete Cryptozoological Guide is set to be published by Coachwhip Publications on January 9, 2018. The first cryptozoology book of next year looks to be quite interesting.

Below is the book description from Amazon:

"David C. Xu's Mystery Creatures of China is one of the most exciting additions to the cryptozoological literature in years. For the first time, cryptozoology researchers and enthusiasts will be able to access information about some of the most intriguing mystery animals on the planet. The author has collected sighting reports and historical data from across all of China to bring the English-speaking world new accounts of fascinating encounters with strange and curious beasts. "Many of these mystery animals have never before been presented in Western cryptozoological books or articles. From lake monsters to man-apes, mystery cats to dinosaur-like beasts, the four-winged bird to the …

Prespa Lake Monster Filmed?

Lots of news sites are reporting on a new video from the European country of Albania that supposedly shows Nessie "on vacation."

The Daily Mail says:

"Could freaky Albanian lake creature be the new nessie? "A central European version of the Loch Ness Monster has been caught on camera. "The creature was filmed in the Albanian section of the Great Prespa Lake, which is shared by Albania, Greece and Macedonia. "The footage appears to show the head and neck of a large creature emerging from the water. "A previous video said to show the monster was filmed in the Greek section of the lake, near the village of Nivica, five years ago. "The new footage sparked an investigation by a party of journalists who were led on a tour of the lakeside by retired geography professor, Sima Jonoski. "However, they failed to see any further sign of the monster in the area where it was seen, near the Albanian tourist village of Pretor. "While many locals belie…

Loch Ness Monster Spotted on Google Maps?

There have been lots of Nessie sightings reported this year, and it appears as though they aren't going to stop just because 2017 is coming to a close.

Last Thursday, the UK Expressreported on claims that a monster had been found on Google Maps:

"GOOGLE MAPS footage of the Loch Ness Monster, also known as Nessie, has shown an image of the creature with its distinctive humps traveling through the famous Loch Ness lake in the Scottish Highlands. "Google Maps footage of the Loch Ness Monster has been discovered by users searching on street view. "Map users are convinced the image, which portrays a long humped figure, is the famous Scottish creature. "The long, narrow shape and four humps visible above the water's surface are consistent with previous sightings of the monster. "It even resembles a photograph of Nessie taken in 1934, known as the 'Surgeon's Photograph.'

"What is the Loch Ness Monster? "The Loch Ness Monster is believed …

El Chupacabras: ¿Un Ente Extraterrestre?

This is a book on the Chupacabras published in the late '90s, soon after the sightings of the creature first started. It was written by Carlos Resendiz Segovia and the only version I've been able to find is a spanish version. The title translates to "The Chupacabras: An Extraterrestrial Entity?"

So far I haven't found the book available anywhere and its out of stock on Amazon.

If anyone reading would know where a copy of the book is available, and if it is only in spanish or if it was ever translated, I would love to hear from you.

Book Review: Mothman: Evil Incarnate by Loren Coleman

Published earlier this month was Loren Coleman's new book Mothman: Evil Incarnate. The book is marketed as "the unauthorized companion to The Mothman Prophecies," that being John Keel's classic 1975 book on the same subject. I got the book today as a Christmas gift, directly from Coleman's museum and signed by him, numbered out of the 100 he personalized for pre-orders before the release.

Coleman doesn't look at the actual sightings of Mothman in this book as much as he looks at the people who were involved and the effects the activity and sightings had on them. Howeer, he does start off by dedicating a chapter to the 2017 "Chicago Mothman" sightings, of which there have (supposedly) been over 50. Some reviewers of this new book have said that Coleman "stole" the information on the 2017 sightings from Lon Strickler (who has been collecting and publishing them), but that is not the case. Coleman properly credits Strickler in his book.

The …

New Books!

It's been awhile since there's been a book review on this blog, but that will change soon, because I just got 4 new cryptozoology books today.

They are:

Mothman: Evil Incarnate by Loren Coleman

Shapeshifters by Nick Redfern

Hunting Monsters by Darren Naish

And Lake Monster Mysteries by Ben Radford and Joe Nickel


Three of the four are from this year, so we'll see how they place on my list of favorite books of this year which will probably come sometime next month...

"Film Introducing Bigfoot To World Still Mysterious 50 Years Later"

OPB has a recent article on the Patterson-Gimlin which celebrated its 50th anniversary in October. It's titled "Film Introducing Bigfoot To World Still Mysterious 50 Years Later:"

"Although it's been decades since the Patterson-Gimlin film turned a Northwest legend, Bigfoot, into a household name, the footage and stories behind it still remain fascinating 50 years later. "The filmmakers, and namesakes of the film, are two former rodeo been from Yakima County in Washington. One, Bob Gimlin, still lives there. Roger Patterson died in 1972. They shot the footage off the banks of Bluff Creek in Northern California. "Bigfoot is seen on film for less than a minute, but one frame - 352 - has pretty much become the universal symbol for Sasquatch. And that famous giant walking ape is actually a she; her name is Patty. "But what might be most surprising - after a half century of advancement in film and costume technology - is that this footage has yet to be…

Mothman Dynasty: Chicago's Winged Humanoids

There's a second new Mothman book out. This one is by Lon Strickler and covers the Chicago sightings of 2017.

The book is called Mothman Dynasty: Chicago's Winged Humanoidsand the description from Amazon can be found below:

"The presence of strange winged beings is probably as old as the human imagination. In the late Summer of 2011, reports of Mothman-like flying humanoids began to surface in the city of Chicago. After three brief sightings, there were no further accounts. Then unexpectedly in early 2017, a smattering of encounters emerged from different locations throughout the Chicago metro area; until the number reached near fifty sightings before the end of the Summer. Why Chicago? Why now? This book will examine the witness accounts and the investigators thought processes, as these incidents were brought to our attention. The sightings continue… but we are determined to find the truth."

Cryptid-Kid: Loren Coleman Tonight

The final Crypto-Kid (of 2017) is on tonight at 8 o'clock on WCJV Radio.


"Tonight on the Crypto-Kid, Colin will be joined by the one and only Loren Coleman. Colin and Loren will discuss his new book Mothman: Evil Incarnate as well as discuss the surreal life of John Keel. This is going to be the last Crypto-Kid of the year and is going to be a great episode."
It should be a great finale for 2017!

Loren's new book Mothman: Evil Incarnate (published Dec. 15th) is available on Amazon.


Small Town Monsters Casefiles - Ep. 5 and 6

Two new episodes of Small Town Monsters' Casefiles series are up on YouTube.

The first is called "The Mothman's Lair:"

"In 1966 and 1967 a red-eyed, winged being was seen over 100 times near the town of Point Pleasant, WV. Many of the most infamous sightings occurred in and around an abandoned munitions manufacturing facility known as the TNT area. Now, learn about the truly bizarre history of this locational from its hidden native burial sites to its ties to Area 51!"
Episode six is called "Traces of the Boggy Creek Monster:"

"In the late 60's and early 70's, reports of a hairy, bipedal 'monster' stalking the swamps of Southern Arkansas began to surface. Thought by many to be  little more than a fable or folktale, the Boggy Creek Monster has become one of the south's most famous legends. But what does it mean, when a legend leaves behind evidence of its existence?"

"Frozen Bigfoot Head" and Some Musings on Skeptical Cryptozoology

Peter Caine is back in Bigfoot news again, with his supposed "severed head" of a Bigfoot. Sometime earlier this year (or around that time) he had a bunch of stuff on other frozen Bigfoot body parts he says he has, but I didn't put anything up on here because it was so stupid.

But now, he has apparently revealed his Bigfoot "head." The Sun is reporting on his claim, and their article is below:

"Peter Caine, from New York, released the questionable clip on YouTube - where believers thanked him for 'vindicating' them. "A COMEDIAN is insisting he has proof of Bigfoot's existence - as he shows off a furry lump that he claims is the creature's severed head. "Peter Caine, from New York, released the questionable clip on YouTube - where believers praised and thanked him for 'vindicating' them. "Sasquatch-hunters even suggested conducting a 'DNA test' on the hilarious-looking object to finally silence the doubters. &qu…

Silver Bridge Collapse at 50 Years, And Coleman's New Mothman Book

Today, December 15, 2017, marks the 50th anniversary of the Silver Bridge collapse. The Silver Bridge spanned the Ohio River and connected Gallipolis, Ohio to Point Pleasant, West Virginia. Take a moment to remember the 46 people who lost their lives on the bridge.

 Point Pleasant is, of course, famous for the sightings of Mothman throughout 1966-67. That is why today also happens to be the publication date of a new book by Loren Coleman - Mothman: Evil Incarnate.


"'Loren Coleman has taken a hard look at one of America's most haunting monsters and discovered that it's more terrifying than we ever knew. Read this book now - before it's too late. You've been warned.' - Richard Hatem, screenwriter, The Mothman Prophecies "Mothman: Evil Incarnate, by cryptozoologist Loren Coleman, is a brand new companion title to the late John Keel's The Mothman Prophecies (1975), which investigated the sightings of a winged creature called Mothman and became popula…

Hawkesbury River Creature?

The Daily Star has a recent article up on a mystery "HUMAN-LIKE CREATURE" that was filmed in an Australian river.

The article reads:

"FOOTAGE has emerged of an unknown human-like creature floating in a river popular among fishermen. "In the clip, recorded by 65-year-old Fethi Ada, you see a dark-looking object appearing to float along the river. "It dunks its head under the surface before appearing again. "The video then cuts before we can get a closer look at what this could possibly be. "The footage was recorded during a family fishing trip on the Hawkesbury River in Australia. "Speaking to 7News, the man who recorded the clip said: 'It looked human the way it lifted its head up. "'It looked over towards us like who are these people. "'My brother threw some bait in and then it just got scared off. "But, Secretary of Hawkesbury River Rescue, Felicity Brownrigg, viewed the video and was not as convinced about what it w…

"Sea Monsters" of 2017

That's the title of a new article I have in Cryptid Culture Magazine #7... go to Blurb now and check out the new issue!


Crypto-Kid: Jon Downes and Prehistoric Survivors Tonight

From Colin Schneider:
"Tonight on the Crypto-Kid I will be joined by Jonathan Downes once again. Jon is a fan favorite guest and is always my go-to-guy when I need a guest. We will be discussing the idea of surviving prehistoric creatures tonight."



Yetis are Bears (Again)

Recently published: DNA analysis regarding samples of "yeti hair."

The Denver Post reports:


"The yeti, or abominable snowman, is one of the most sought-after animals that does not exist. A long line of explorers, including mountaineers Sir Edmund Hillary and Reinhold Messner, reported seeing strange figures and footprints in the Himalayas. Said to walk on two legs through the Tibetan Plateau, the yeti is described as a hairy and humanoid primate, partway between gorilla and David Letterman's beard. "If you wish to hunt a yeti, there are just three rules to follow. If you find one, no talking to the press, not without permission from Nepali government officials. You can take the animal alive, but you cannot harm it: Shooting is to be done with camera's only, per a 1959 State Department memo (an exception is carved out for self-defense). And you must pay Nepal 5,000 rupees ($48.50) for a yeti permit. "We would encourage you to spend those 5,000 rupees el…

American Monster Tour

Coming in 2018!


"Join cryptid investigators Ken Gerhard and Lyle Blackburn as they examine amazing legends and mysterious creatures across the American landscape."

"Top" Cryptozoology Lists of 2017 (UPDATED)

As he does every year, Loren Coleman has started putting up his "Top… 'things' of 2017" lists on is blog CryptoZooNews.  

Check them out:
Cryptozoologist of the Year - Seth Breedlove
Top Ten Cryptozoology Deaths of 2017

Top Ten Best Cryptozoology Books of 2017

Top Ten Cryptozoology Stories of 2017


Crypto-Kid: Joshua Cutchin Tonight

From Colin Schneider:

"Tonight on the Crypto-Kid, I will be joined by author and Fortean extraordinaire, Joshua Cutchin. Joshua and I will discuss cryptids, folklore, and faeries. There isn't a big plan; we are going to see where the conversation goes. This is going to be a fun and fascinating episode, so don't miss it. You can listen in at www.wcjvradio.com/live and don't forget to check out the chatroom!"

The Flatwoods Monster: A Legacy of Fear - Full Trailer

Below is the full length trailer for Small Town Monsters' upcoming documentary The Flatwoods Monster: A Legacy of Fear. The film takes a look at the famous Flatwoods UFO/monster case from the 1950s and will be released in April of 2018.


Peddling the Paranormal (Guest Post)

GUEST POST BY ANDY MCGRATH


PEDDLING THE PARANORMAL
A DEFAULT EXCUSE FOR UNCOMFORTABLE TRUTHS!


1 Born Every Minute
In our present age of tweets and memes, fake news and social media witch hunts, one can be forgiven for thinking that the generations that spring forth from this new cultural self-over-exposure, will be buffeted about on the winds of opinion, no strangers to a change in direction, if only enough righteous tweets and screets are aimed in their direction. It is this culture of amnesiac emotional and moral shifts where we currently find both judge and jury in full swing, operating outside of the authority and safety of the courtroom, where evidence is no longer king and the accused is guilty until proven innocent! This is now our de facto reality in our trail by Twitter world!
It is therefore no surprise that the philosophy one ascribes to, even in our very own slightly 'south of heaven' genre of the unknown, can make or break your acceptance into the higher echelons of…