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Update on Ohio Monster Guidebook...

It's been awhile since I had an update on my upcoming book, so here is one now.

The book is finished, although I haven't worked on anything with it for awhile as I've been busy with other things. But, soon I am going to start the publishing process again and I hope to be able to have it out within the next few months or so…

And here's a little preview from the book about a Sasquatch sighting in Salt Fork State Park:

"One [Bigfoot] sighting that has gotten some publicity occurred in 2013. On Memorial Day weekend, the Eddy family decided to go hiking at Salt Fork State Park. They probably never dreamed that they would encounter what they did that day.  "The group consisted of Bob and Melissa Eddy, and their children, Sarah (16), Andrew (14), Emily (11), and Jersey (5). They were hiking on Morgan's Knob Loop Trail, and about 30 minutes into the hike Bob, Melissa, and Sarah decided to take a break at a picnic table that sits on top of a hill on the path. The …

Search for the Sea Serpent

Last week I put up a post about an old documentary on some aquatic cryptid I haven't seen in years. While doing some searching for suggestions from others I think I may have found it - and I think it is Search for the Sea Serpent, a Discovery Channel production from 1999.

So far the only places I've found it available online are DVDs in Europe and a VHS tape on Ebay…

The description of the doc is:

"For two hundred and fifty years, residents living around the small Seljord Lake in Norway have reported sightings of a strange, serpent-like creature. Reports began on the Norwegian coast in the seventeenth century, when sailors, terrified by the monster which rose up by their ships, cried out for help and plunged into the sea to escape the threat of death. An international group of investigators has arrived in Seljord to study the breath and length of the lake, trying to fathom exactly what it is that has been frightening local people. The mystery deepens when finally, a membe…

Small Town Monsters Mothman Kickstarter and Film #5

On February 2nd, Small Town Monsters is launching a Kickstarter campaign for their 4th film The Mothman of Point Pleasant and their 5th film, Invasion on Chestnut Ridge. 

"2017 will see the release of TWO Small Town Monsters films! In June we'll be releasing The Mothman of Point Pleasant, and in late October, we'll be unleashing our fifth film titled, Invasion on Chestnut Ridge! You can have your name in the credits of both films when you help fund their production by backing through our upcoming Kickstarter campaign!"
Some cool exclusive rewards can be gained through the Kickstarter too, such as the Creatureplica Mothman figure and a Small Town Monsters logo t-shirt.






Tassie Tiger Photographed?

Has a Tasmanian tiger been caught on camera? A new photo from Australia is purported to show one of the thought-to-be-extinct marsupials.

The Daily Mail reports that a trail camera has recorded a thylacine:

"A trail camera has captured an image that has sparked a debate whether one of Australia's lost animals has a sub-species living in Perth. "The footage was captured on the outskirts of Perth and shows a dog-like animal with an extremely long tail. "The cameras were placed in the property after the owners said their pet dog was killed by an unknown animal. "With recent sightings reported of the extinct Tasmanian Tiger roaming around just an hours drive from Perth, an online debate is raging whether the animal could be a fox or a mainland species of thylacine. "The Tasmanian Tiger or thylacine officially became extinct in 1986, despite the death of the last known thylacine in Herbert Zoo in 1936. "The Tasmanian Tiger looked like a long dog with str…

Destination America's Terror in the Woods

From a Destination America press release comes news of a new show:

"FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 23, 2017 "CONTACT: Charlotte Fletcher, 240-662-3125 "Charlotte_Fletcher@discovery.com "A DESCENT INTO DARKNESS: TERROR IN THE WOODS (WT) "COMMISSIONED BY DESTINATION AMERICA "-New series explores terrifying true stories of wilderness adventures gone very wrong - "(Silver Spring, Md.) - Destination America today announced that it has commissioned an all-new series Terror in the Woods (wt) (8 x 60') with award-winning UK production company Wild Dreams Films. Production is currently underway. " Terror in the Woods (wt) investigates the most shocking unexplained paranormal encounters in the wild. From gator hunting in Louisiana's bayou to ice fishing in Illinois, and deer hunts in Montana, these are the real-life stories of people who embarked on an outdoors adventure - only to be scared out of the woods by ghosts, monsters, and other unexplain…

Big Scratches on a Tree - Must be Bigfoot!

"Bigfoot hunters say claw marks likely evidence of 'Alabama Booger Monster,'" Al.com reports, in an article about some people from the Gulf Coast Bigfoot Research Organization, whose showKilling Bigfootwill premiere on Destination America Feb. 2nd:

"It was a memorable Friday the 13th for Donald McDonald of the Gulf Coast Bigfoot Research Organization. When he was invited to speak at the annual Collard Green Festival in Evergreen earlier this month, he had no idea he'd discover evidence of the legendary creature in Conecuh County. "But when a resident of the Pine Orchard community pointed out claw marks on a tree in his yard, McDonald determined they couldn't have been made by humans, and it's unlikely they were made by any other animals. "'Some of those claw marks start at about 8 feet off the ground and go to almost 12 feet,' McDonald said. 'Yes, there are bears in the area but a bear, if it would have made those marks, there w…

Inside the Goblin Universe - Robert Robinson and the State of Cryptozoology - Tonight

Episode three of Inside the Goblin Universe, hosted by Colin Schneider and Ron Murphy Jr, is on tonight on Paranormal UK Radio. Tonight Colin and Ron have Robert Robinson as their guest. Last year Robinson wrote the excellent book Legend Tripping. 

During the second half of the show Colin and Ron will discuss issues in cryptozoology and other similar fields.

Check out Inside the Goblin Universe tonight on Paranormal UK Radio.


A New Search for an Old Nessie Film

Roland Watson is on the hunt for a very old Loch Ness Monster film.

The Daily Maverick reports:

"Last weekend, a curious notice appeared in the classified advertisements of the Sunday Times. It was an appeal to the public for information on a South African man who may have taken film footage of one of the most mysterious mysteries - or myths - of all time. REBECCA DAVIS was sufficiently intrigued to investigate further. "'Rsearcher seeks information on Mr G. E. Taylor who took a film of something in Loch Ness in 1938,' ran a tiny advertisement in the 'Personal' section of the most recent Sunday Times classifieds. It was accompanied simply by an e-mail address. "The man who placed the ad has never been to South Africa. Roland Watson, 54, lives over 9,000 miles away, in Scotland's capital Edinburgh. By day, he works as a software engineer. By night, however, he pursues his real passion: doggedly seeking information to prove the existence of the Loch Ne…

Beyond Boggy Creek - Cover

Below is the cover of Lyle Blackburn's book Beyond Boggy Creek: In Search of the Southern Sasquatch, which will be published by Anomalist Books February 1st…

I've been waiting for this book for a very long time… ever since Lyle told me about it at the 2014 Ohio Bigfoot Conference...

Shapeshifters - Coming in September

Coming from Llewellyn Publications this September - Nick Redfern's Shapeshifters: Morphing Monsters & Changing Cryptids.

"While Most people think of shape shifters nothing more than the werewolves and vampires of mythology and pop culture, the truth is much more fascinating and dangerous. Shapeshifters are real, they come in all kinds of sizes, and they have existed for countless millennia.  "This enthralling guide presents a menageries of otherworldly creatures and half-human monsters, from were-cats to aliens. Discover legends and lore from around the world, experience first-hand encounters with shape-changing beasts that lurk in the night, and much more. Nick Redfern invites you on a supernatural journey into the domain of shape shifters, where you'll meet them in all their savage and sinister glory."

"Killing Bigfoot" Premieres in February

In February, a new show called Killing Bigfoot will be premiering on Destination America. The channel put out this information:

"(Silver Spring, Md.) - Deep in the heart of Texas, Bobby Hamilton has been on the hunt for Bigfoot ever since encountering the monster as a child. Decades later, the world still doesn't have definitive proof of Bigfoot's existence. That's where Bobby, his friend Jim Lansdale, and their team of monster hunters, known as the Gulf Coast Bigfoot Research Organization (GCBRO), have decided to take matters into their own hands. Down south, the hunters believe a sleeker, faster and more aggressive type of Bigfoot is attacking people's homes, farm animals and pets. In the all new series KILLING BIGFOOT, GCBRO is on a mission to help families terrorized by Bigfoot and prove once and for all that the fables creature exists by killing one specimen - and providing a body of definitive scientific proof. The six-episode first season of KILLING BIGFOO…

Finding Bigfoot "Return to Four Corners"

A new Finding Bigfoot is on tonight at 9 on Animal Planet.

Tonight's episode is "Return to Four Corners:"

"The team returns to the Four Corners of America to find all their previous witnesses have been plagued by recent activity. A wide search of all four states, leads to their most intricate strategy yet in hopes of capturing footage of a bigfoot."

The Mysterious Lake Monster Documentary?

If anyone could help me recall what this show was it would be greatly appreciated....

Back about 5-6 years ago when Destination America was Planet Green, they used to play some documentary on a lake monster (and I can't remember which one). They also would play America's Loch Ness Monster and The Loch Ness Monster Revealed and I know it isn't either of those. I never really saw it because it was always on around midnight or in the early morning although I do remember seeing part of it once but all I remember from it is the group out investigating the creature getting in some huge argument about something, and I think they were in a cabin or something of the sort. I think it was made sometime in the late '90s or early 2000s and the title had something to do with searching for a lake monster or sea serpent, but that is it. I cannot remember what it was and haven't seen it on in years. So, for years I've been wondering what it was and would like to watch it if I c…

Beyond Boggy Creek - Coming Feb. 1

Lyle Blackburn's new book, Beyond Boggy Creek: In Search of the Southern Sasquatch, will be published by Anomalist Books on February 1. The book is a follow up to his Beast of Boggy Creek from 2012 but covers sightings in various southern states.

Below is a short promotional video for the book, (complete with a Lyle voiceover with his voice deepened a bit probably so you wouldn't recognize it. But I do!)


Vote for the Best Destination America Show

You can go to Ranker.com and vote for which Destination America show you think is the best... Mountain Monsters and Alaska Monsters got my vote 'cause they're entertaining! Monsters Underground, though... not so much. Didn't see Monsters and Mysteries on the list or it would have gotten a 👍 Too!






Inside the Goblin Universe: Jonathan Downes and Chupacabras - Tomorrow

The second episode of Inside the Goblin Universe, the new podcast hosted by Colin Schneider and Ronald Murphy Jr., will be on tomorrow from 10 pm to midnight on Paranormal UK Radio. This week's episode features Jon Downes of the Centre for Fortean Zoology during the first half and chupacabras during the second.


An Old Book...

Received in the mail today - Roy Chapman Andrews' 1926(!) book On the Trail of Ancient Man. About his fossil expeditions to the Gobi Desert and somewhere in it he mentions the Mongolian death worm.


Small Town Monsters - Mothman of Point Pleasant Trailer

Below is the trailer for the fourth Small Town Monsters film - The Mothman of Point Pleasant. A Kickstarter campaign starts February 2nd.

Coming in June…

"Small Town Monsters returns for their fourth cryptozoology documentary! The Mothman of Point Pleasant chronicles the historic happenings that took place over the span of 13 months in 1966-67 in West Virginia. After a late-night run in with a freakish flying 'thing' near an abandoned munitions factory, four people report their sighting to local police which sparks a 'media frenzy'. Over the following year more strange happenings take place as Men in Black and UFOs descend on the town. "But what actually happened in Point Pleasant? Learn the true story behind the infamous Mothman accounts from the people who lived them in this follow-up to STM's award-winnng 'Boggy Creek Monster.'"


Finding Bigfoot: "Hawaii's Little Foot"

A new Finding Bigfoot is on tonight. The episode is "Hawaii's Little Foot."

"The team makes a special journey to Hawaii where they hope to say 'aloha' to the islands' little foot: the Menehune. Taking their investigations across the beautiful Hawaiian Islands, they hope to find one of these legendary 3-foot tall creatures."

2017 Ohio Bigfoot Conference Update #1

The Ohio Bigfoot Conference is scheduled for May 20, 2017. The conference takes place at Salt Fork State Park and is always a blast.

At the time of my last post on this year's conference, three speakers had been announced - Lyle Blackburn, Jeff Meldrum, and Thom Powell. Since that time Robert W. Morgan has been added to the list as well.





Also, the documentary film The Back 80 will be premiering at the conference. The doc is about "one woman's journey from a life-changing Bigfoot sighting." Alan Megargle and Jesse Morgan from Fathom Frontiers are producing the film.


Strange Underwater Sounds

A while back I wrote a post about the 52 Hz Whale, and this post is going to be like that one, on the subject of strange underwater sounds.

BLOOP

In 1997, the NOAA recorded an extremely strong underwater sound with an ultra-low frequency. Today, it is known as the "bloop" because of the sound of it. The sound was recorded off the west coast of South America. The NOAA said of the sound: "It rose rapidly in frequency over about one minute and was of sufficient amplitude to be heard on multiple sensors, at a range of over 5,000 kilometers (3,000 miles)." The NOAA did not believe that something man-made created the sound. So what was it, being several times louder than the sound of a blue whale, the largest recored animal?

The official answer is that it is nothing more than an icequake. But, there are some who think it may be a massive animal, a true leviathan. Dr. Christopher Fox of the NOAA has said that it may actually be from an animal. David Wolman, a journalist, d…

Inside the Goblin Universe - Premieres Tonight

Ronald Murphy Jr. and Colin Schneider are hosting the new podcast Inside the Goblin Universe, premiering tonight from 10pm to midnight on Paranormal UK Radio. Colin posted some info about the show on his blog:

"The first episode of Inside the Goblin Universe (hosted by Ronald Murphy and myself) airs at 10 pm to Midnight EST tomorrow [now today] on the Paranormal UK Radio Network. We discuss how Ron and I met, our research, and what the Goblin Universe is as well as have Timothy Renner, the author of Beyond the Seventh Gate. I am extremely excited to hear what everyone thinks about the show. Ron and I are extremely proud to be the hosts of a show, especially being on such an excellent network. If you are unable to listen to the episode when it airs, you can listen to it on any of several archives which can be found on the website. After the episode airs, I will post a link to the episode."

Check out the show tonight!


Book Review: The Monster Book by Nick Redfern

Nick Redfern is my favorite author, so it should be no surprise to those who read this blog that I got his The Monster Book: Creatures, Beasts and Fiends of Nature. Earlier today I finished said book, and this is my review.

The Monster Book is similar to his Bigfoot Book from 2015, in that it covers a wide variety of creatures from across the globe. But, unlike The Bigfooot Book, this one focuses on all types of creepy cryptids, not just big ape-men.

The book is split into parts, each focusing on a different "type" of cryptid, which are 1.) Unearthly Cats, Deadly Dogs, Werewolves, 2.) Nature Gone Mad, 3.) Reptilians, Amphibians, Dinosaurs, and Worms, 4.) Lake, River, and Ocean Menaces, 5.) Cryptic Apes and Wild Men, 6.) Not So Human, 7.) Flying Beings, 8.) Vampires and Bloodsuckers, 9.) Monsters of Magic and Mind, and 10.) UFO Creatures. Everything from the Loch Ness monsters, to the Flatwoods Monster, yowie, dragons, Dogman, El Cucuy, Mothman, black panthers, and chupacabras…

Coelacanths and Secrets...

Not new by publication date, but new to me as I just got them today… A 2001 book, A Fish Caught in Time(about the Coelacanth) by Samantha Weinberg and Nick Redfern and Andy Roberts' 2003 book Strange Secrets: Real Government Files on the Unknown.

Both look quite interesting!


"Milwaukee Lion" Filmed on Security Camera

Security camera footage captured January 1st has led some to believe that a mysterious cat is roaming Milwaukee.

UPI.com reports:

"MILWAUKEE, Jan 4 (UPI) -- A Wisconsin resident's outdoor security camera captured some mysterious feline footage that has reignited rumors about a so-called 'Milwaukee Lion.' "Isaiah Hair said he received an alert on his phone early Jan. 1 alerting him to movement detected by the security camera in his front yard, leading him to check the footage. "The video revealed what appears to be a large feline strolling across Hair's yard. "'People gonna say it's like a regular house cat,' Hair told WISN-TV. 'I've seen house cats on my camera before, and they didn't seem that long, that tall.' "The footage reignited rumors that stemmed from a July 2015 video that showed what looks like a mountain lion wandering Milwaukee's Brewer's Hill neighborhood. Police and the Wisconsin Department of Na…

Finding Bigfoot Returns Tonight

Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot is returning tonight at 9pm with a new season premiere. The BFRO team of Matt Moneymaker, James "Bobo" Fay, Cliff Barackman, and Ranae Holland are back, with some help.

Tonight's episode is called "The Family that Squatches Together:"

"With the help of family and friends, the team is investigating sightings along the Appalachian Trail. With a possible squatch in their midst, the group descends on a location along the trail, hoping for a squatchy night in the wilds of Appalachia."
 Recently, Bobo also posted a photo of what may be a Bigfoot on his Facebook page. The return of the Jacobs creature?

Book Review: Monsters Among Us by Linda S. Godfrey

Linda Godfrey is one of my favorite authors, and in October of 2016 her most recent book Monsters Among Us: An Exploration of Otherworldly Bigfoots, Wolfmen, Portals, and Odd Phenomena was released.

This book focuses on the idea that portals and other things of the sort might have some connection to sightings of Bigfoot, Dogman, and other strange creatures, and things like "ghost lights" and UFOs.

There's many an odd story in this book, including some about shape shifters (yes, people turning into Dogman-like monsters), underground monsters in caves and tunnels, the Skinwalker Ranch in Utah, mysterious, disappearing lights and UFOs, shadowy, home invading things, and invisible beings. It all makes for an excellent read.

I must say that this book is definitely one of the creepiest I've read in a long time. I've been interested in this kind of stuff for years and something has to be really creepy to,.. creep me out at all. And some stories in this book did. So, wit…

Jacobs Bigfoot or a Bear?

The other day James "Bobo" Fay from Finding Bigfoot posted this photo on Facebook. The return of the Jacobs creature?

Here's what he had to say:

"The return of The Jacobs Creature? Trail cam photo from Clara Country PA. Date was actually Fall 2015. I think it's a bear but others not so sure. What do y'all think? PS 2 hr Season Premiere of all new Finding Bigfoot this Sunday 1/8/17 9pm!! Update: Not a hoax. It's a living animal in PA. super solid witness."
Some people, like Bobo, are saying a bear, others think its a hoax, and others think it looks like the Jacobs Bigfoot, caught on  a trail camera in Pennsylvania in 2007. Some think the creature is a juvenile Bigfoot. Below are the Jacobs photos for comparison to the new one.

What do you think?