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Buckeye Beasts and Ramblings of Teenaged Cryptozoologists Named Two of the Best Crypto Books of 2018

It's been quite a while since I've posted anything on here, and there are quite a few reasons for that. I explained most of them in a post a few months back that you can find here. But, something from last week is very newsworthy, I think.

I published two books this year - Buckeye Beasts, which examines old "wild man" accounts from Ohio, and Ramblings of Teenaged Cryptozoologists, a collection of cryptid-themed articles by myself and Colin Schneider.

Well, last week I was extremely surprised (in a good way) to find both of these books on Loren Coleman's list of the best cryptozoology books of 2018! Out of 12 books total, two are mine. Even though I have distanced myself from the cryptozoology field since they were published, it is still a great honor to have both of them on the list.

Coleman gave Buckeye Beasts the "top regional Bigfoot book" of 2018 and Ramblings the "best youth cryptozoologist training book" of the year (which is it's p…

UFO and Bigfoot Hunters Gather in Massachusetts

The Greater New England UFO Conference took place last weekend in Massachusetts, and the Sentinel & Enterprise News ran a story covering the event this week.

It reads:

LEOMINSTER -- Aliens, Bigfoot, and the paranormal descended on City Hall over the weekend for the sixth year of the Greater New England UFO Conference. 'It's a place for us around here to gather instead of flying out to California,' said Tennie Komar of Shirley. She was one of hundreds who attended the two-day conference that began Friday and featured a lineup of speakers who covered topics including the science of potentially life-sustaining planets, paranormal filmmaking, and cryptozoology. Organizer Susan McNeill Spuhler said the conference attracts people from the region and sometimes as far out as Arizona and Canada. Over the years, the number of attendees has grown. 'It's a comfortable environment to talk about their experiences,' she said. Spuhler, who grew up in Leominster, said the c…

TCZ Creature Feature: “America’s Loch Ness Monster” (2003)

This is an older documentary on Champ, the supposed monster of Lake Champlain. It is called America's Loch Ness Monster, since that is what Champ is commonly called.

This has always been one of my favorite cryptid documentaries. Part of that is probably due to the nostalgia factor since this is the first documentary on Champ that I ever saw; in fact, it was the first time I ever heard of the legend of Champ. In the clip below it appears as an episode of Wild Discovery, though every time I saw it (on Planet Green, now Destination America), it had a different title sequence and didn't appear to be part of any series. On the TV it always says it was produced in 2003. If anyone knows anymore about this, if it was part of a series, please let me know in the comments.

The documentary follows several investigators and we get to hear about their experiences and theories about the monster. Several skeptical investigators and featured as well and I think that makes a good balance. We al…

Three Ogopogo Reports in September

Ogopogo, the legendary monster of Canada's Okanagan Lake, was reported three times in September 2018.

Two brothers, David and Keith Halbauer, were with their families on October 12 when they saw a "black form" that was "cylindrical" come out of the water. They said the object they saw looked like a "giant snake" and was 50 feet long.

Another report came after someone spotted something from the lake from the 22nd floor of a highrise downtown. The third witness saw something from a balcony on Lakeshore Road in Kelowna. They recorded "what appears to be the creature's head."


TCZ Creature Feature: Best Evidence: “Bigfoot”

This is an episode of Best Evidence, a series that aired on the Discovery Channel in 2007. This episode is about Bigfoot and the potential "evidence" for its existence that has been found over the past 50 years (at the time). I recently re-watched it and I thought it was pretty good for a TV documentary. Mostly everyone interviewed is a scientist, which is very good.

Watch it below:

I remember when Destination America used to air lots of crypto-documentaries (not Mountain Monsters or such) and one day I spent all morning watching this one, Crop Circles: Mysteries in the Fields, American's Loch Ness Monster, and The Loch Ness Monser Revealed. It's a good memory.

Where Have I Been?

Regular readers of Tyler's Cryptozoo will have noticed that I have not been on much lately. I only had three posts up in August - all concerning news about my new book that I wrote with Colin Schneider, Ramblings of Teenaged Cryptozoologists.

So what's with the absence?

If you are a regular reader of the blog, you may recall a post from a few months ago (July I believe) in which I said I might not be on as much anymore. Well, that's obviously what's happening. In this post, I thought I would let my readers know why I haven't been on that much.

There's really one big reason - my interest in cryptozoology has died down. Now, that doesn't mean I'm not at all interested in the subject anymore. But, over the past year or so, a lot of stuff in the field has really turned me off. I'm still interested in looking at this stuff from a scientific standpoint. But, that's the main problem again: much of what goes on in cryptozoology is not scientific. Most …

Checking Out "When Roger Met Patty"

I just finished reading Bill Munn's excellent book, 'When Roger Met Patty.' It decisively proves the Patterson-Gimlin film was not and could not have been a hoax of any kind. As a professional special effects make up artist and creature maker for Hollywood, Munns is uniquely qualified to do the science in the book, and is logical and transparent in his approach. For those interested in the film and the forensics done to prove the film is genuine, and therefore the species is real, this is definitely worth your time.
So said Cliff Barackman (you all know who he is) in 2014.

That's the year Bill Munns published this book on the P-G film. I got the book back in 2014, but I've never read it. I decided to change that, so today I started said book. My views on cryptozoology have drastically changed since 2014, though, when I probably would have said similar things to the above. But now, after only reading the intro and acknowledgements in the book, I'm not so sure.

New Book - Now on Amazon

Ramblings of Teenaged Cryptozoologists, my new book that I wrote with Colin Schneider, is now available on Amazon as well as

Amazon link here.

Lulu link here.

Here's the contents of the book:

Introduction by Colin SchneiderIntroduction by Tyler HouckThe Ohio Dogman by Colin SchneiderMonsters of the Fay by Colin SchneiderJumping to Conclusions by Colin SchneiderA (Not So) Diminutive Look at Cryptid Dwarves by Colin SchneiderMemories of the Megalodon by Colin SchneiderThe Chupacabras Cronies by Colin SchneiderCanine Creeps by Colin SchneiderThe Beast that Bladenboro Feared by Colin SchneiderSo, You Want to be a Cryptozoologist by Colin SchneiderWhy Modern Pterosaurs Make No Sense by Tyler HouckWessie, the Monster Snake of Westbrook by Tyler HouckNessie, Landbound! by Tyler HouckFinding Nessie by Tyler HouckCapturing Cadborosaurus by Tyler HouckSearch for the Sea Serpent by Tyler HouckDinosaurs, Giant Lizards, and Bunyips by Tyler Houck"Sea Monsters" of 2017 by Tyler…

Ramblings of Teenaged Cryptozoologists - Available Now

Colin Schneider and I have been working on a collaborative project that is a collection of articles by both of us on a variety of cryptozoological topics. It's taken the form of a book called Ramblings of Teenage Cryptozoologists, and it's now available!

My previous books have been published through CreateSpace, but this time we decided to go through Lulu publishing. The book will also be available on Amazon in the near future, though I would ask, if possible, you get it straight through Lulu's store - we still get a percentage of the money when it is sold through Amazon, but not nearly as much as we would get if it was bought through Lulu. And, believe it or not, writing books on cryptids does not make you rich, so the extra couple bucks would really help out…

Anyway, I hope readers check out the book, and tell your friends about it too!

Ramblings of Teenage Cryptozoologists is now available on

Here's the book's contents:

Introduction by Colin SchneiderIn…

Ramblings of Teenage Cryptozoologists

Colin Schneider & I have finished up our book we were working on together. It will be available very soon, and is called Ramblings of Teenage Cryptozoolgists: A Collection of Articles from Two of the World's Youngest Monster Hunters. 

I will post an update when the book is available on Amazon, but for now, here's the contents:

Introduction by Colin SchneiderIntroduction by Tyler HouckThe Ohio Dogman by Colin SchneiderMonsters of the Fay by Colin SchneiderJumping to Conclusions by Colin SchneiderA (Not So) Diminutive Look at Cryptid Dwarves by Colin SchneiderMemories of the Megalodon by Colin SchneiderThe Chupacabras Cronies by Colin SchneiderCanine Creeps by Colin SchneiderThe Beast that Bladenboro Feared by Colin SchneiderSo, You Want to be a Cryptozoologist by Colin SchneiderWhy Modern Pterosaurs Make No Sense by Tyler HouckWessie, the Monster Snake of Westbrook by Tyler HouckNessie, Landbound! by Tyler HouckFinding Nessie by Tyler HouckCapturing Cadborosaurus by Tyler Ho…

Announcement - New Book Coming Soon!

Colin Schneider and I are putting the finishing touches on a book we have been working on together. It is a collection of articles by both of us covering all sorts of cryptid creatures, including sea serpents, bigfoot, dogmen, dwarves, mystery predators, and much, much more. It should hopefully be out before too long, so check back sometime for an update!

Raw Story: Bigfoot is a Demon

Raw Story is reporting that Bigfoot was recently brought up on a "Religious-right radio show." Hostess Janet Mefferd apparently asked guest Tim Dailey "how Christians should view Bigfoot."

And here's how Tim Daily explains Bigfoot:

It's real. It's a projection. It's a demonic virtual reality, but it's not nuts-and-bolts, in this case, flesh-and-blood creatures. It's part of the devil's modus operandi. He has always used this kind of phenomena to, once again destabilize, to engender fear, to open us up to the possibilities of other realities and other beings and then we begin getting involved with demonic spirits. So yeah, all through history there have been many, many different varieties of beings that are primarily spiritual beings that have terrorized civilizations and peoples and non-Christian cultures are very aware of this.
SOURCE: Raw Story 

Any fake Shark Week shows this year?

Shark Week kicked off it's 30th year on Discovery Channel today. It'll be interesting to see if there are any fake "documentaries" this week (we all remember Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives from a few years ago…) or if they're just all "tag that shark" shows.

Cryptid News Round-Up: 7/15-7/21

Article Ideas, Anyone?

Colin Schneider and I are now collaborating on what will be a book that is a collection of articles on various cryptozoological topics from both of us. We're aiming to have the book out sometime in August (or around there). I'm writing this to reach out to any readers - are there any certain topics you would like to see in a book that you would like Colin or I to write an article on?

If so, comment and let me know and we might put it in the book!

Delta Discovery: "Legendary Bigfoot sighted near Kasigluk"

"A family out egg hunting last spring near their village of Kasigluk came upon an incredible sight - a large, dark, hairy creature walking upright was heading towards them."

So starts an article from June 16th on The Delta Discovery, Inc. It continues:

They - two teenaged brothers and their mom - were on the outskirts of the village riding their 4-wheeler when they saw it. It was approximately around 3pm, and the weather was beautiful, although slightly cloudy. School was out for the summer and the date was May 29th, 2012.
This part I find kind of odd, since in the beginning of the article it says "last spring" and I could find no indication that this piece had been previously published…


"We came across it by the lagoon here in Kasigluk [Alaska]. It was back there southeast of Fox Lake," one of the witnesses (unnamed) is quoted as saying. "After it passed, we looked at each other and thought, 'we just saw Bigfoot.'"

At first the …

Bigfoot attacks person taking selfie?

"Bigfoot Mauls Wyoming Tourist Who Wanted Selfie" is the headline of an article on KGAB AM 650 from July 13th.

It reads:

It was bound to happen sooner or later. These tourist in Wyoming just can't seem to get it through their heads that these wild animals don't want to take selfies with them. This case makes it even worse. Folks have been trying to get a decent photo of Bigfoot for decades. Finally someone gets close enough to get a good photo. What do they do? Blow it by trying to get a selfie with Mr. Big and hairy. Maybe it was Mrs. Big and Hairy. It's hard to tell. Why this woman thought turning her back to the beast and making a fish face into her cell phone was a good idea is another mystery. Clearly this irritated the monster. Anyway, she's in the hospital, recovering. She is awake and will make a full recover. She does not seemed to be too worried about her bashed skull or broken ribs. All she talks about is what a big Sasquatch jerk is for breaking …

10 years later, Montauk Monster still causes controversy

The infamous "Montauk Monster" was discovered just over 10 years ago, on July 12, 2008, in Montauk, New York. Jenna Hewitt took a photo of the strange-looking animal remains that soon after, as quoted from the website Dan's Papers, which posted a new article on the creature on the anniversary, "broke the internet."

The story first broke on July 23, 2008 when The East Hampton Independent gave it the headline "The Hound of Bonacville." On July 29, the website Gawker ran the story and it became viral news. Also on July 29th, cryptozoologist Loren Coleman put up a post on Cryptomundo and asked "what is this animal?" Coleman also coined the name "Montauk Monster."

No one really knows what happened to the carcass after it was discovered, though it has remained a very popular "modern cryptid," with people still speculating as to its origins today, 10 years later.

Was it a real monster? A secret experiment? Probably not. More li…

Cryptid News Round-Up - 7/08-7/14

Man who claims he’s survived yowie attacks knocked man unconscious

Zoe Zaczek writes on The Daily Mail: "A man who claims he has been attacked by a yowie on two occasions has pleaded guilty to assaulting his neighbour."

On Wednesday, Yowie researcher Dean Harrison pleaded guilty to punching his neighbor in the face several times and knocking him unconscious, after Harrison complained about the neighbor's noisy dogs. The man visited Harrison with his mother on January 20th to have a calm conversation about the noise problem.

"The trio engaged in calm conversation before Harrison suddenly bashed the victim. The attack was captured on video footage and played for the court. Following the altercation, the victim was taken to Gold Coast University Hospital for treatment."

Harrison's defense lawyer Angus Edwards argued that he was struggling "with emotional stress as his 17-year-old daughter was experience issues at the time of the out-of-character assault." Edwards also told the court that Harrison had written an apo…

“Popular podcast highlights Lake Champlain monster”

The Adirondack Daily Enterprise is running a new article concerning Champ the lake monster:

A podcast which about 5 million people listen to each month recently gave the history of a local legend sandwiched between the Green Mountains and the Adirondacks. In his 'Mind the Gap' episode released Monday, Lore podcast host Aaron Mahnke details the terrifying history of a monster many in the North Country affectionately know as Champ, the Lake Champlain equivalent to the Loch Ness Monster.  Mahnke explains that Native Americans who inhabited Vermont and the Aidrondacks in the 1600s already had a version of the Champ story, but it's a far cry from the friendly, souvenir-selling Champ known today. 'If anyone found themselves on the water [of Lake Champlain] in a boat, they were prohibited from shouting or cursing,' Mahnke says in the episode. 'Why? Because a monster lived in the waters there.' Mahnke goes on to explain that the threat of the lake monster had beco…

AiPT!: Why does belief in Bigfoot and Nessie Persist?

Adventures in Poor Taste has a new article up on their website about why people continue to believe in cryptids even when there is no evidence, which reads:

Of course by now you've heard about the 'environmental DNA' research recently conducted in Loch Ness. It's a neat, new technique that sifts through the stuff that sloughs off organisms to find out what's living in a particular place. If something novel and undocumented turns up in the Loch - that would be pretty great.But what if it doesn't? Will that make Nessie believers give up the ghost? Not likely. We reached out to AiPT! contributor and Board-Certified psychiatrist, Richard Schloss, to find out why.  The Loch Ness monster. Bigfoot/Sasquatch. The Yeti. El Chupacabra. The Mothman. The Jersey Devil. These mythical creatures, or cryptids, are quite literally the stuff of legends. And yet, millions of otherwise (presumably) rational people believe in them, study them, and in many cases claim to have seen th…

Cryptid News Round-Up - 7/01-7/07

Roland Watson on Conspiracy Unlimited

On July 4th, Nessie author Roland Watson was on Richard Syrett's Conspiracy Unlimited podcast. You can listen to it here.

Richard welcomes a researcher and author describe his search for the elusive Loch Ness monster. For centuries, people have claimed to have seen a strange creature swimming in the murky waters of Britain's biggest body of water - Loch Ness. However, a small but sensational number of these witnesses have claimed to have seen the same creature lurking on the beaches, and on land surrounding the Loch. In ancient folklore, there were descriptions of supernatural 'water horses' on land near the Loch. In the modern ere, these type of reports of 'Nessie' began in 1933, he noted, when on a hot summer's day in July, a witness said he saw what looked like a 'prehistoric creature' crossing the road in front of him. GUEST: Resident of Scotland Roland Watson has been a long-time researcher of the legends and evidence for the Loch Ness Monster…

Daily Mail: "What to do if you catch the Loch Ness monster"

In 2001, the Scottish National Heritage created a "partly serious, partly fun" code of practice to be used if a Nessie is ever actually caught at Loch Ness.

Since interest in the creature has been growing thanks to the recent DNA study of the loch by a team of international scientists, the plan is begin brought back up.

The Daily Mail says that "[The code] states that a DNA sample should be taken from any new creature, so that scientists can study it."

"Then it should be released back into the loch with measures put in place to make sure it is not disturbed - as it would be an extremely rare species needing conservation."

Nick Halfhide, a member of SNH, said: "There was a lot of activity on the loch at the time about Nessie [2001]. So, partly serious and partly for a bit of fun, we drew up a contingency plan about how we would help Nessie if and when she was found. Some of the lessons we learned then have been relevant when we have reintroduced speci…

Whitehall Declares Sasquatch its "Official Animal"

Whitehall, NY is famous in the cryptozoological community for supposed Bigfoot sightings that occurred there in the 1970s, and is sometimes called "Bigfoot Capital of the East Coast." Over the years, Whitehall has embraced the stories and has also been featured on documentaries. And now, this news comes from the town:

An Upstate New York community this month declared Sasquatch - commonly known as 'Bigfoot' - the community's official animal. The Whitehall Village Board unanimously passed the resolution at its June meeting. The resolution notes that there are four prominent Bigfoot statues in the community and that the 'annual Bigfoot Half Marathon and a Sasquatch Festival draws people from 200 miles around the Northeast U.S. and Canada, all making Whitehall [a] tourism destination-point for Bigfoot searchers,' reported the Albany Times Union.
 The resolution also declared that the last Saturday of September will be "Sasquatch Appreciation Day" i…

Believers Gather at First ECBRO Bigfoot Conference

FISHERSVILLE - Sasquatch. Yeti. Wendigo. Grassman. What you call him depends largely on where you live. But one name seems to reign supreme for the hairy ape-like man that has been the subject [of] legends, myths, and alleged encounters for centuries: Bigfoot.
So starts an article on the Daily Progress website of Virginia. Over the weekend the first annual Virginia Bigfoot Conference was held in Fisherville, VA, hosted by the East Coast Bigfoot Researchers Organization.

 Daniel Benoit, the founder of the ECBRO, said those who were skeptical of Bigfoot's existence were welcome to the conference as well. "If a nonbeliever wants to come out, they [need to] be respectful - that's all we ask. Nobody is telling you to believe in this or that. That's not what it's about."

However, from the article it seems that believers made up the majority of the attendants.

The 'She Squatchers,' one of a number of groups and individuals speaking at the event, kicked thin…

Folklore/Urban Legend Series - Moving to a Book

For the past several months, I've done a series of posts on this blog looking at folklore and urban legends from around the United States. Recently I decided to change some things on this blog and make it fully about news in the cryptozoology world.

I still wanted to do something looking at urban legends, however. So, I've decided to take the posts I've already written on the blog (10) and add forty others to compile all 50 into a book on urban legends in the USA. I'm planning on hopefully having the first draft finished up by the end of the summer, and hopefully having the book itself out by the end of the summer or early this fall.

I will post more updates when it gets closer to being finished!


Cryptid News Round-Up - 6/24-6/30

Four Reasons People Believe in Bigfoot

California Magazine recently posted an article on their website examining why people believe that Bigfoot could be roaming the forests of the United States.

Reason 1: They think they saw Sasquatch, and they want to prove to themselves and the word that they're not "crazy."
Reason 2: Their tribe believes in Sasquatch, so it would be weird if they didn't.
Reason 3: Believing in Bigfoot keeps hope alive that people can be self-sustaining - and that humans haven't totally destroyed the environment beyond repair.
Reason 4: Lack of proof doesn't disprove that Bigfoot exists, so it's hard to declare - with certainty - that Bigfoot is fake.
Read more into their reasoning on their website.

BBC: "Nessie 'not encountered' by researchers"

Earlier this month, an international team of scientists took to the water at Loch Ness to conduct DNA research, taking samples from the loch between June 2 and June 16th. The scientists suggest there may be a "biological explanation" for the monster said to live in the lake, but they had no sightings of anything out of the ordinary.

"Environmental DNA is reasonably new so still has some form of novelty," said Prof. Neil Gemmell of the Universtiy of Otago (New Zealand), who headed the project. "But, when you link its power to documented life in a given system, with the world's most famous body of water, within which a monster 'Nessie' is reputed to reside, people really take notice."

The DNA team is hoping to find new bacterial life in the lake and possibly identify invasive species that may be in the lake.


Small Town Monsters Releases ‘On the Trail of… Champ’

REGION - On Saturday, June 16, Small Town Monsters and filmmaker Aleksandar Petakov released 'On the Trail of… Champ;' an examination of the legend and the ongoing search for a bizarre, aquatic creature said to live in the depths of New York and Vermont's Lake Champlain. 'On the Trail of… Champ' is a five episode mini-series filmed during the summer and early fall of 2017. Petakov was on and around Lake Champlain for one of the largest, most well funded searches for Champ in history. 'On the Trail of… Champ' chronicles North America's most infamous lake monster, affectionately known as 'Champ.' Centuries of lore, sightings, and mystery surround this creature as well as the lake it calls home. Shot on location at Lake Champlain, 'On the trail of… Champ' dives deep into the rich history of the region in connection with Champ, as well as Champ's cultural impact on many of the rural communities that border the lake. While definitive proo…

Off For a While?

I may be off of this blog for awhile. Interests are kinda changing right now so don't be surprised if you don't see many posts or don't see any new posts at all. I will most likely be back sometimes but not as frequent. If anything changes about this, I will let readers know.

Book Review: The Black Diary by Nick Redfern

I recently got a review copy of Nick Redfern's newest book The Black Diary from publisher Lisa Hagan Books. This is Nick's third book in a series on the subject. The other two are Men in Black and Women in Black. This book focuses on both subjects (along with other related ones) and Nick's experiences over a roughly three-year period.

In the book, Nick covers all sorts of stories he has received from people concerning MIB, WIB, black-eye children, and all manner of things dark and mysterious. Are they from the government, something paranormal, or just creepy guys in black suits?

The story starts in 2014, and continues to late last year. Nick relates some personal experiences he's had (of the very odd kind) and lots of other creepy tales. It is formatted like a diary - in each chapter, certain dates are mentioned and Nick then goes on to explain what happened on that date, be it an odd experience or a new report he received. Lots of subjects are involved as well, not j…

My Books

Cryptid U.S.: Tales of Bigfoot, Lake Monsters, and More Across America 2015
On October 20, 1967, Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin encountered a large, man-like creature in Bluff Creek, California. Point Pleasant, WV, was terrorized by a flying monster in 1966. Sandra Mansi saw a "monster" rise out of Lake Champlain in 1977. A strange creature called the "chupacabras" attacked many helpless farm animals in Florida, Arizona and Texas in 1996. 
These are just a few examples of sightings of strange monsters, called cryptids, seen in the United States. Reports of these creatures, which range from Bigfoot, to lake monsters, black panthers, thunderbirds, werewolves, and even an occasional live pterosaur, come from every state. This book is a compilation of five years of research on strange, unidentifiable creatures.
Other creatures covered include: The Ohio Grassman - The Bishopville Lizard Man - The Dover Demon - The Beast of Bray Road - Giant Snakes - The Green-Clawed Beas…

"Wildman" Accounts - America and Australia

Many people look at historical accounts of "wild men" and point to them being sightings of Bigfoot. Is this really the case? There are, at least, similar accounts from different parts of the world. We'll take a look at a few below.

The following account is from the June 10, 1897 Marion Daily Star (Ohio). The headline was "Wild Man Seen Again - He Wears Nothing But Hair, Which is Long and Curly." It read: "The wild man who created so much terror among the inhabitants near Rome, O., several weeks ago by his strange actions has again been seen. Charles Lukins and Bob Forner, while cutting timber a few miles from Rome, claim they encountered a wild man and after a severe struggle say they were about to drive the gorilla-like object into his supposed retreat among the cliffs."

It continued: "They describe the terror as being about six feet tall and his only covering, apparently, a mat of long, curly hair. From their description of the supposed wild m…