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Friday, August 25, 2017

Werewolves and Dogmen - A New Book



There's a new book out from FATE edited by Rosemary Ellen Guiley called Werewolves and Dogmen
Below is the book description from Amazon:

"Are werewolves real? Find out the chilling truth about werewolves and their kin - dogmen and spectral black dogs - in this unique collection of 31 well-researched articles by leading writers and investigators, including Loren Coleman, Brad Steiger, Mark Chorvinsky, Scott Corrales, and many others. Learn about: The bizarre history of werewolf origins; real cases of bloodthirsty beasts; how humans transform into wolves; modern cases of deadly supernatural werewolves; and the dogmen and black dogs that roam lonely landscapes. This stellar collection from the best of FATE magazine will have you looking over your shoulder the next time you are out in a full moonlit night."

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Three Book Reviews

I haven't done a book review in a while, though I have read several great books, so here's a three-in-one of what I read over the summer.

Dragons: A Natural History
By Dr. Karl Shuker

Karl Shuker is a world famous cryptozoologist and one of my favorite authors. Dragons: A Natural History is his first book on the subject and was published in 1995. He also has another, called Dragons in Zoology, Cryptozoology, and Culture from 2013. 

This book looks at many dragon stories and legends from around the world, including tales of "worms," dragonets, battles with knights, etc, etc. Creatures like sea serpents and mokele-mbembe that could be considered dragon-like are also mentioned, and "known" animals like the komodo dragon as well.

Now if you are someone who wants a very thorough examination of dragon legends, this might not be the book for you, but its a quick read with some good info on many of the dragon legends of old.

Out of the Shadows:
Mystery Animals of Australia
By Tony Healy and Paul Cropper

This is one of my favorite books I have ever read. I found one in fantastic condition at a Half Price Books that is even signed by both authors! Now these authors, both researchers from Australia, have also written a book called The Yowie published in 2006 that is available on Amazon, though this older one is extremely hard to find.

The book has six chapters on six different cryptid creatures of Australia: surviving thylacines, mainland thylacines, anomalous/alien big cats, the Queensland tiger, the yowie, and the Bunyip. Now while there is lots more on the Yowie in their book fully on that, this book has the most info on the Queensland tiger, Bunyip, and Australian big cat sightings that I have ever found.

This is a fantastic book and it is a shame that it is so rare. If you ever find a copy of it for a reasonable price, don't pass it up!

Beast:
Werewolves, Serial Killers, and Man-Eaters:
The Mystery of the Monsters of the Gevaudan
By Gustavo Sanchez Romero and S. R. Schwalb

This is the most recent book on the list here, published in 2016. It is an examination of the Beast of the Gevaudan, which terrorized France in the mid-1700s. From 1765 to 1767 it killed many people in that region of France and was hunted by scores of people, but to no avail. It seemed as though the Beast just could not be killed, and some thought it was a werewolf of a "scourge from God."

Once the Beast was thought to be killed, but attacks still continued. A "second Beast" was killed in 1767 and that is where the story really stops. But what were these "Beasts?" The authors discuss many possibilities, including a hyaena, man-eating wolves, possible prehistoric survivors, or human serial killers dressed as wolves or using animals to do the dirty deed. 

This is the most thorough examination of the Beast of Gevaudan that I have ever seen and I definitely recommend it to anyone interested in the subject.


Monday, August 21, 2017

"Sarah the Sea Hag" - Cousin of Caddy?

The remains of this "sea monster" were fond on Kitsilano Beach, Vancouver, Canada, in 1941. The press dubbed it "Sarah the Sea Hag" and said that it was a Cadborosaurus, the legendary sea serpent seen on the west coast of Canada and the USA.

"She had a large horse-like head with flaring nostrils and eye sockets; a tapering snake-like body 12 feet long; and traces of long coarse hair on the skin."

Dr. W.A. Clemons and Dr. Ian McTaggart-Cowan went to examine the remains and Clemons stated that "We're not sure if it's a basking shark, but there is no doubt that it is of the shark family."

G.V. Boorman, a whaler who had taken photographs of a supposed Caddy carcass before was then a private in the army, and was stationed nearby. He had seen close to 4,000 whales in 10 years, and was familiar with sharks in various degrees of decomposition. "If that's a shark," he said, "I'll eat my uniform. I've seen the skeletons of scores of varieties of sharks and they had no resemblance to these remains."

Boorman said that the "marine monster discovered in the stomach of a sperm whale in 1937 [the Naden Harbor carcass] was the twin sister of odoriferous Sarah."

Just like the remains of the Naden Harbor carcass of 1937, "Sarah's" remains were not preserved either, so what "she" really was remains unknown.


This post is excerpted from my future book Global Globsters, which examines reports of "sea monster" carcasses from around the globe...

Crypto-Kid: Ken Gerhard Tonight



Tonight at 8 on WCJV Radio, Colin Schneider has cryptozoologist Ken Gerhard on his Crypto-Kid show.

"Tonight on the Crypto-Kid, Colin is joined by the one, the only, Ken Gerhard. Ken is one of the stars of the show 'Missing in Alaska' and is the author of several books including 'Big Bird! Modern Sightings of Flying Monsters' and 'A Menagerie of Mysterious Beasts.' Ken and Colin will discuss his research into the Thunderbird and the Beast of Gevaudan.

Advisories on Bigfoot and Lizard Man Sightings During Eclipse

The South Carolina Emergency Management Division is advising people to be aware of lizard man and Bigfoot sightings during today's solar eclipse.
(Post and Courier)

The Post and Courier reports that "SCEMD does not know is Lizardmen become more active during a solar eclipse, but we advise that residents of Lee and Sumter counties should remain ever vigilant."

The NASA Scientific Visualization Center also published a "sunsquatch" map showing the eclipse's path with locations of sasquatch sightings…


Sunday, August 20, 2017

SC Police: "Do Not Shoot Bigfoot"

People has a new article up on a statement from South Carolina police who are saying "don't shoot bigfoot."



"Please do not engage with the man or woman - or thing - with the big furry coat.
"A South Carolina police department cheekily issued just such a warning against firing at the mythical backwoods creature Bigfoot after a supposed sighting one state over.
"'After watching this video from nearby Boone, North Carolina, Facebook followers and friends, I think we can say with some confidence that proof of Bigfoot still eludes us,' the Greenville Police Department wrote on Facebook Tuesday.
"'If you see Bigfoot, please do not shoot at him/her, as you'll most likely be wounding a fun-loving and well-intentioned person, sweating in a gorilla costume.'
"The humorous post linked back to a 2015 video attached to a recent article from the Charlotte Observer, with covered the claims of a group of Sasqatuch hunters, Bigfoot 911.
"According to the Observer, Bigfoot 911 - a group that investigates so-called sightings of the creature - purports they saw a 'large bi-pedal animal covered in hair' on Friday while stalking out an area in McDowell County, North Carolina.
"Group member John Bruner claimed he chased the ape-like animal before engaging it in a stare-off, according to the Observer
"'Its face was solid black, no hair on it,' Bruner said. 'The hair looked shaggy all over.'
"But some commenters to the Greenville police Facebook post this week were less than impressed. One wrote, 'Let me break it down for you… someone bought a costume on Amazon. Story solved.'"

 

Yeti: The Ecology of a Mystery



Coming out soon… a new book by Daniel C. Taylor called Yeti: The Ecology of a Mystery. Currently priced at $45 on Amazon, though it is over 400 pages and hardcover.

"This book explains the mystery of the Yeti or Abominable Snowman, the creature that has left mysterious footprints in Himalayan snows. The book also explores why people are so fascinated with the possibility that a wild hominid might still reclusively live (the idea of a wild humanity alive in people's hopes.) Here also is the extraordinary story of one man's conservation impact-a quest for a mysterious animal caused him to lead in creating two massive national parks around Mount Everest, one in China/Tibet and one in Nepal.
"This book narrates how the author explores much of the 2,000-mile breadth of the Himalaya, from his childhood in India to his work years in Nepal, China/Tibet, and Bhutan. From 1956 until 2015 he visited almost all valley systems. The book recounts his ascents of Himalayan summits and even a first descent of a major river, Nepal's Sun Kosi.
"This book not only explains scientifically the Yeti and describes a range of Himalayan animals and plants, it also brings forward a wide scope of ecological understanding. Significant among these is the author's postulate about bioresilience as a parallel dynamic to biodiversity. Additionally, the author explores what it means (and how important it is) for people to be part of 'the wild' in today's increasingly domesticated world. Taylor's breadth of Himalayan knowledge is massive, the story captivating and full of surprise-and what he has accomplished includes 'discovering' the Yeti as well as creating two huge national parks." 

Friday, August 18, 2017

The Central Asiatic Expedition and the Mongolian Death Worm

In 1920s, Roy Chapman Andrews and others from the American Museum of Natural History went to the Gobi Desert in search of fossils of ancient man, which the team thought they would find there. While they didn't find that, they did find the first ever fossilized dinosaur eggs.
Roy Chapman Andrews in Mongolia, 1920s

In 1926, Andrews published a book on the adventures called On the Trail of Ancient Man, which I am lucky to have a copy of.

Along with their discoveries, Andrews also recorded something else in that book, something of a decidedly cryptid nature. He wrote:  

"Then the Premier asked that, if it were possible, I should capture a specimen of the allergorhai-horhia. I doubt whether any of my scientific readers can identify this animal. I could, because I had heard of it often. None of those present ever had seen the creature, but they all firmly believed in its existence and described it minutely. It is shaped like a sausage about two feet long, had no head nor legs and is so poisonous that merely to touch it means instant death. It lives in the most desolate parts of the Gobi Desert, whither we were going. To the Mongols it seems to be what the dragon in to the Chinese. The Premier said that, although he had never seen it himself, he knew a man who had and had lived to tell the tale. Then a Cabinet Minister stated that 'the cousin of his late wife's sister' had also seen it. I promised to produce the allergorhai-horhai if we chanced to cross its path, and explained how it could be seized by means of long steel collecting forceps; moreover, I could wear dark glasses, so that the disastrous effects of even looking at at so poisonous a creature would be neutralized. The meeting adjourned with the best of feeling; for we had a common interest in capturing the allergorhai-horhai. I was especially happy because now the doors of Outer Mongolia were open to the expedition."

Anyone with an interest in cryptozoology will notice that what Andrews describes sounds exactly like the Mongolian Death Worm, said to be poisonous and also to be able to electrocute people! (So maybe grabbing it with steel forceps wasn't the best idea!)

A cool cryptozoological tidbit from an author I already liked!

And - if anyone is interested in checking this out in Andrews' book itself, the relevant portion can be found on pages 103-104. But be sure to be very careful with the old book! (91 years old now.)

Monday, August 14, 2017

Cryptid-Kid: Tyler Houck Tonight

I will be on Colin Schneider's Crypto-Kid show tonight at 8 on WCJV Radio. We will be discussing USA Cryptids and Globsters.

Friday, August 11, 2017

The Tecoluta Monster

In March, 1969, a 35-ton carcass was found washed up on the beach of Tecoluta, Mexico. The creature had a "serpent-like body," which was covered in "hard jointed armor," and had a 10-foot bone tusk protruding from its head that was estimated to weigh one ton. Biologists examined the carcass, and though they thought it could be a narwhal, "could not match it with any sea creature known to man."

On April 20, 1969, a seven-man team of scientists reported that the monster was actually a finback whale. Finback whales are the second largest mammals on Earth, only behind the blue whale. But the scientists' explanation did not explain the giant horn on the animal's head.

The Tecoluta mayor allowed the carcass to remain on the beach as a tourist attraction despite the horrible stench that emanated from it.

The monster was never identified, though it may have been some kind of cetacean. Bones of it are on display at the Marine Museum in Tecoluta.


This post is excerpted from my future book Global Globsters, in which I examine discoveries of "sea monster" carcasses from around the world...

Big Cat Sightings - Gloucestershire

The mystery big cat sightings coming from England are almost getting too numerous to keep track of, though I'm going to as best as I can.

So in this post, here are three new reports from Gloucestershire.

First, a report of a "growling big cat" reported on Gloucestershire Live on Aug. 4th. "It was pretty scary - and they all saw the creature, said a witness."

"Seven people were stalked by a 'growling' big cat for more than a mile - and they are all adamant about what they saw.
"The 'panther'-like creature followed the group from Woodchester Park boathouse to the car park, a distance of 1.3 miles, after they became lost.
"One of the group contacted Gloucestershire big cat tracker Frank Turnbridge after we ran a story last week of what appeared to be a big cat roaming near Stroud.
"'I have seen the big black panther - it was a panther, it was as clear as day,' she said.
"'Myself my partner and about five others were walking up Woodchester Park and we got lost in the woods and found ourselves back at the cars at 11pm.
"'On our way back up the drive we saw yellow eyes in the trees, like it was following us. There was a growl the closer we got to the cars at that point we got scared and ran to the cars and put the lights on - there it was right in front of us. It then jumped over the fence in to the long grass where it seemed to be stalking us, growling.


"'We were trying to get a picture but it was just too dark. This was only four weeks ago and again last week we saw the same eyes in the tree line, deeper in by the lakes. It was not a puma, as it was too small 0 it was black with yellow eyes and slinked like a moggy.
 "'It was a big cat - no other animal can move like it.'"

 The cat was first spotted when the people were in the boat house, and proceeded to follow them back to the car.

Mr. Turnbridge, the big cat tracker, said: "It was probably just seeing them off. It could have had cubs, who knows? They were there late at night and the cat would have laid low during the day."
Frank Turnbridge
(GloucestershireLive)
In July, a photograph was taken at Gloucestershire that may show the tail end of a big cat.

Gloucestershire Live said:

 "Cameras set up to catch an elusive big cat near Stroud have captured the moment an animal appears to return to the area a year later.
"Andy Rule and wife Claire set up the trip camera at a secret site near Stroud and caught several fleeting images of what could be the elusive massive moggy - and this week, it seems to have returned.
"'It is only the hind quarter but the typical hook tail is obvious,' said Andy. 'It's the same camera but this time at 4am.'
"The couple put up the cameras three-and-a-half years ago and in July last year captured three images at 10.30pm one evening.
"The contacted big cat tracker Frank Turnbridge after reading about an image he captured on a similar camera near Stroud.
"'It's quite a good picture,' said Mr Turnbridge, who has been tracking big cats across Gloucestershire and beyond for decades.
"'It does appear to be the same creature which was pictured last year and it has the tell-tale hooked 'hockey stick' tail.
"'The only dog which has that is a greyhound and this animal is too big for that.
"'It's most probably a hybrid, perhaps a cross of a leopard and a puma. I think it's a convincing still shot.
"'Put it like this - if it's not a cat, what is it?'
"He said fellow big cat tracker Rick Minter recorded 16 possible sightings from visitors to Stroud Country Show on Saturday.
"Hundreds of suspected big cat sightings have been reported to Mr Turnbridge over the years, including a black cat-like creature captured on video near Stround after deer kills nearby in Woodchester Park and Dursley.
"The remains were tested for DNA by Warwick University for the National Trust but academics said no cat DNA was found, just foxes'.
"Woodland near Taynton in the Forest of Dean between Cinderford and the Speech House are areas a suspected sightings.
"Anyone who believes they may have seen a big cat can contact Mr Turnbridge on 07711 476 715 or send an email to frankturnbridge@hotmail.co.uk."
Tail of a big cat?

An lastly, another sighting, in the same general area near the Forest of Dean, reported on Gloucestershire Live on August 9th:


Susan Pearl, witness
(GL)

"Care worker Susan Pearl claims she saw a black panther sunning itself in the undergrowth near a Gloucestershire visitor attraction.
The 65-year-old, from Churchtown, says she was shocked when she whistled at what she originally thought was a large black Labrador in a small area of trees and bushes and it turned its head to reveal the face of a big cat.
"She says she was so frightened that she ran down the path and into the cafe at Clearwell Caves in the Forest of Dean where a ranger in a 'Crocodile Dundee' style hat tried to calm her down and showed her images on the interned to try and identify what she had seen. 
"'I thought it was a black Labrador but when it turned round it had a flat face like a cat and a tail shaped like a hockey stick,' said Susan who was brought up on a farm near Hartpury.
"'It was about 200 yards away and I had whistled at it so I panicked and ran like hell down the path.
"'When I told people what it had happened, somebody in the cafe asked if I was sure it wasn't a boar, but I'm a farmer's daughter so I know what a pig looks like. I can tell a cat from a boar.
"'After looking into it, I'm 99 percent sure its as a panther. And before you ask, no, I'm not mad and the only thing I had drunk on that particular day was coffee.'
"After the stranger told her three had been many sightings in the Forest and it was probably an adolescent male panther forced from the park, she contacted big cat man Frank Turnbridge from Gloucester.
"'It's a very credible sighting but I don't think people visiting the caves have anything to panic about because they stay on the move,' he said of the sighting about two weeks ago. 'It has probably long gone by now.
"'There have been lots of sightings in the Forest over the years because it has all the prey, water and cover they need. Not many people see them because they are very elusive and silent. Those that do don't like to say anything in case they are mocked.
"'As far as I am concerned there is no doubt about it. There are big cats in the Forest of Dean and I understand that in 2003 rangers using thermal imaging for a deer census caught a big cat on camera.'
"Mr Turnbridge recently dealt with two sightings near Stroud and says he gets reports at least once every three months.
"He believes they are hybrids of the dangerous animals released into the wild decades ago following strict laws banning them from domestic settings and that the authors stay silent because they don't want to frighten the public.
"Only last year he had a report of a big cat chasing a dog near the Dilke Hospital at Cinderford and another of a sighting near a picnic spot.
"Jonathan Wright of Clearwell Caves said: 'We do have a feral black cat at the caves, but it's quite a small one. When they were clearing the barns out after foot and mouth seven cats came up here and those that could no be re-homed lived in our railway carriage for a time.
"'There's only one left now. He's called Sid. He's black but he's certainly not a panther or Lynx. However i accept people do see things in the Forest of Dean that cannot be explained and a lot of people say they have seen big cats in the past.
"'Who knows? However I don't think people should be worried because I'm around that area a lot and I've never seen one.'
"Susan said: 'It was very exciting exhilarating. The last time I saw something nearly so exciting was when I went to the Grand Canyon.'
"Anyone who believes they may have seen a big cat can contact Mr Turnbridge on 08811 476 715 or send an email to frankturnbridge@hotmail.co.uk."

It seems as though the big cat sightings in England show no sign of stopping anytime soon…


Thursday, August 10, 2017

International Cryptozoology Society Journal Vol. 1



Out now is Volume 1 of the International Cryptozoology Society Journal. The ICS was formed last year by Loren Coleman at the International Cryptozoology Conference which took place in St. Augustine, Florida. The current president is Paul LeBlond.

Below is what you will find in Volume 1:

"A collection of papers presented at the first International Cryptozoology Society Conference, from January, 2016, in St. Augustine, Florida. As affiliated with the International Cryptozoology Museum, Portland, Maine."

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

St. Albans Big Cat - Skeptic Convinced After Sighting

There has been another sighting of a big cat in St. Albans, this one from the end of July.

The Herts Advertiser reports:

"A disbelieving sceptic has been persuaded that the St Albans big cat is real after it darted out in front of his car.
"At about 5.30am on July 27, the motorist, who would prefer not to be named, was driving his car to work through Jersey Farm - when a large brown or sandy colored feline crossed his path.
"Dash-cam footage of the journey was unfortunately too blurred to show the cat in action.
"He contacted his ex-wife, who told the Herts-Ad: 'He said it definitely wasn't domestic. The tail was massive, very big, he had never seen anything like it.
"'When I first heard about the big cat I had a bit of a panic actually because I walk my dogs around there and there's no way my dogs are protecting me.
"Someone has suggested to her that he may have seen a male Maine Coon pet, which are one of the largest breeds of domestic cat and recently a 35lbs one went viral on the internet.
"She said he used to doubt the validity of reports, but although he is now convinced she remains a little skeptical: 'It's not that I don't believe him, I know he wouldn't lie and I believe he saw something, but like everyone else in this world it would be good to have photos.
"'He may not have seen what he thinks he seen.
"The legitimacy of big cat sightings around St Albans, Redbourn, Wheathampstead, Welwyn, and Sandridge has divided opinion - even when a taxi driver obtained footage of his sighting on London Colney last month.
"Some viewers claim the video shows a large pet cat, others it is hard evidence for a wild breed.
"But witnesses have poured in to the Herts Ad over recent months to share their experiences.
"In January two Oaksland College staff members saw 'a large, sandy-colored cat', scratch marks were found on a tree after a 'huge animal' was seen near Welwyn, and a big 'muscled' cat bounded in front of a car across a road near Redbourn.
"A Wheathampstead dog-walker recently found the mutilated corpse of a muntjac deer, stripped of meat, and large paw prints were found in an Aldwickbury golf bunker, preserved after a night of rain. 
"Herts Police have received about 30 big cats reports in the last five years - they advise a safe distance is keep and any sightings are reported on 101." 
 
 
Sightings of the big cat(s) continue and it seems as though they really are there. There have also been some other big cats reports from places like France recently as well, posts on them will probably be up later.

Another Crypto-Kid Show



A heads up to TCZ readers - this coming Monday, August 14th, I will be returning to Colin Schneider's Crypto-Kid podcast. The show is live at 8pm on WCJV Radio. Don't know yet what we will be discussing this time but it should be a great time once again.

Another reminder coming on Monday, and more info when it comes...

Crypto-Kid: Jon Downes Archived



On Monday Colin Schneider had Jon Downes of the CFZ on his Crypto-Kid show, and the archived show can be listened to here.

They discussed the Almasty, hyaenas in Russia, sea serpents, and upcoming stuff from the CFZ.




***Readers of this blog have probably noticed the lack of posts lately… that will probably continue for at least a couple more days as I have been very busy this month.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

The Lowe Files: "Haunted Boys' Reformatory"

Rob Lowe's paranormal Show premieres tonight on A&E.

Below is the synopsis for the first episode:

"The guys visit a condemned former boys' reformatory in Ione, Calif., believed to house vengeful spirits."