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Book Review: Shadow Cats: The Black Panthers of North America by Michael Mayes

At the end of January, Anomalist Books published a new title from cryptid investigator Michael Mayes, who runs the Texas Cryptid Hunter blog. The book is Shadow Cats: The Black Panthers of North America, and, as the title suggests, it is an examination of sightings of anomalous big cats in the United States, primarily focused on the American South and the author's home state of Texas.

Mayes starts off his book by going over the anecdotal history of "black panthers" and the history of the term. He notes that, in the South, the term "panther" is always used to describe black cats, and differentiates from normal-colored pumas or jaguars. Several chapters are also devoted to historical and contemporary sightings and reports of large black cats in the American South.

Chapters 6-10 examine the possible suspects. Mayes goes over the biology and diversity of several cat species that could possibly be misidentified by witnesses as black panthers. These cats include pum…

Crypto-Kid - Jon Downes Tonight

From Colin Schneider:

"Tonight on The Crypto-Kid I will be joined by the one and only Jonathan Downes. We aren't sure what we will be discussing so if any listeners have a topic they want discussed, please comment below."
Tune in live on WCJV Radio. 

"King-Sized Hares" in England?

The UK Express is running a new article on gigantic rabbits… and magic...

It reads:

"EXCLUSIVE: King-sized hares could be stalking the British countryside, it has sensationally been claimed.  "Louise Hodgson is convinced she saw a hare the size of a roe deer surrounded by normal-sized hares in a Dorset valley. "Louise, who now runs sacred site tours in Dorset, said she was on the nearby downs when she met a small group of Romany Gypsies with some lurcher dogs. "She said: 'We came to a blind valley and it was early September, so it was an unusual sight for that time of year, but there was a group of 10 to 13 hares with what we thought was a deer. "'But it wasn't, it was a hare the same size as a deer. It was a wonderful experience. It shows there are still some secrets in nature.' "Louise said the 'magical' experience was in 1976, during a country trek she took from the Cotswolds to Dorset, but the vision has haunted her ever since…

The Flatwoods Monster - Movie Review

One of the most famous UFO cases of all time is one that occurred in Flatwoods, West Virginia, in 1952. The witnesses at the time claimed to have seen a strange craft land, and then encountered a terrifying being that has become known as "The Flatwoods Monster" when they went to investigate.

Small Town Monsters is tackling the story in their new documentary The Flatwoods Monster: A Legacy of Fear. The film will be released in April, and I recently got an opportunity to check it out early.

The tone of the film is like that of a 1950s B-movie sci-fi film. When scenes are filmed in this way it really works well since the case occurred during the time when UFOs and aliens were a popular thing on the silver screen.

The Flatwoods case occurred on September 12, 1952. On that day, many UFOs were seen flying over the US and Canada and the state of West Virginia. Witnesses saw one of these UFOs land. Two of the original witnesses, Ed and Fred May, are interviewed about the incident i…

Crypto-Kid: Donald Ross Prothero Tonight

A new episode of Colin Schneider's Crypto-Kid is on tonight at 8.

Here's some info about tonight's episode:

"Tonight on the Crypto-Kid, I am joined by paleontologist and author Donald Prothero to discuss his controversial cryptozoology book 'Abominable Science' and his new book 'UFOs, Chemtrails, and Aliens: What Science Says.'"
Tune in live at 8 on WCJV Radio. 

New Book to Review

Received in the mail today… a review copy of Michael Mayes' brand-new book Shadow Cats: The Black Panthers of North America from Anomalist Books. Looks very interesting! I will have a review up soon.


Next Generation Initiative is Live!

The first post on the CFZ's Next Generation Initiative is up!

We now have things rolling. The Facebook page should be up very soon, too.

Check out the blog here.

Crypto-Kid - Michael Mayes Tonight

Colin Schneider's show is back tonight at 8.

Here's info on tonight's episode:

"Tonight on the Crypto-Kid, I will be joined by the Texas Cryptid Hunter Michael Mayes to talk about the various cryptids of Texas and his new book Shadow Cats." Tune in live on WCJV Radio. 

Centre for Fortean Zoology Next Generation Initiative

The Next Generation Initiative is a new subgroup of the CFZ for young people who are interested in getting involved with the cryptozoological field. The NGI is codirected by Colin Schneider and myself. Colin will be running the social media for the group (which should be up
Soon) and I will be running the new blog with news about our work, new discoveries, and lots of advice to people our age and younger getting into the field. Right now nothing is up but the first post will be up soon.

The NGI blog can be found here.
I will link to the social media account when it is up.

If you know any young kids or teenagers seriously interested in cryptozoology, please share!!!

Small Town Monsters 2018 Kickstarter

From a press release on Dread Central:

"In 2018 three legendary monsters get the documentary treatment when award-winning production company, Small Town Monsters, unleashes The Flatwoods Monster, The Bray Road Beast, and On the Trail of… Champ. Turning to Cryptid enthusiasts and lovers of the strange and spooky alike, the studio has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund production of the three projects which will be released beginning with 'Flatwoods Monster' in April, 'Champ' in June, and 'Bray Road Beast' next Fall. Small Town Monsters has successfully funded all their films through Kickstarter, with last years' 'The Mothman of Point Pleasant' breaking records when it secured its initial funding goal in under two hours. "The Flatwoods Monster is a short-form documentary which takes a look at a bizarre encounter between residents of the town of Flatwoods, West Virginia and a mechanical, fire-breathing 'thing' on a wooded hill i…

Old/Rare Book Collection

Since 2010, I've amassed a collection of over 200 books on cryptozoology and the unexplained. While I now mostly get new releases to review, I have quite a few very old and/or very rare books as well. In this post I thought I'd share some of them.

The Mystery of the Loch Ness Monster
By Jeanne Bendick
This was the first book I read on any cryptozoological subject and the reason I became interested. It is also the first book that started my collection back in December 2010. Published 1976.

Champ: Beyond the Legend
By Joseph W. Zarzynski
This 1984 book was my 4th book in my collection, and also happens to be a first edition hardcover, with a nice dust jacket, and signed by the author!


Sasquatch: The Apes Among Us
By John Green
A book I have a few copies of… this is a first edition 1978 hardcover.

The Mothman Prophecies
By John Keel
A first edition hardcover of John Keel's classic, still with a dust jacket.

Champ Quest 1999 & 2000
By Dennis Jay Hall
Two extremely rare books by…

New Mailing List

To TCZ readers and those interested,

I've created a new mailing list you can sign up for to get updates about the blog. The link can be found at the top of the right sidebar on this page when viewed on a computer (if on a mobile device, check 'view web version'). I'll be sending out updates about the blog and rundowns of posts for each week once I get it going.

Sign up and tell others too!

Beasts of the Bush - Arrived

Got a copy of Patrick Gallagher's new book Beasts of the Bush today. It is a collection of old newspaper accounts concerning yowies, bunyips, and other Australian cryptids.

Look for a review within the next few weeks!


David George Gordon Talks Sasquatch - Can Citizen Science Really Prove Anything?

A new article is up on Key Peninsular News on a recent talk David George Gordon, author of The Sasquatch Seeker's Field Manual, gave on the existence of Bigfoot. It reads:

"A standing-room-only crowd spilled out of the Brones Room and into the lobby of the Key Center Library on Jan. 20 for a presentation on Sasquatch, aka Bigfoot, given by author David George Gordon. The talk was part of the Humanities Washington's Speakers Bureau program. "Gordon is the author of 'Sasquatch Seeker's Field Manual: Using Citizen Science to Uncover North America's Most Elusive Creature,' as well as nearly two dozen more books about the outdoors and its denizens. "The word 'Sasquatch' comes from the Salishan, a native language of the Pacific Northwest, and first appeared in print in a Canadian magazine in 1929, Gordon said. The article described Native American stories from the Fraser River Valley of a race of huge, hairy man-monsters who inhabited remote fo…

Bigfoot: West Coast Wild Men

Bigfoot: West Coast Wild Men is a new book by Timothy Renner. It is a collection of old newspaper reports of "wild men" in California, Oregon, and Washington state.

Below is the book description from Amazon:

"Whether presented comedically in popular culture or explored as a serious scientific curiosity, giant, hairy, manlike creatures have become well known entities in these modern times. These bipedal monsters have been called by many names - most commonly 'Bigfoot' and 'Sasquatch' - but these terms have only been in our popular vocabulary since the 1950s. Long before that time people were seeing and documenting the creatures. Many old newspaper accounts tell of encounters with 'wild men,' 'gorillas,' 'ape-men', and 'hairy giants,' issuing unearthly howls and leaving mysterious footprints in their wake. No matter the names given to the creatures, from the descriptions of their appearance and behavior, consistent from the …

"Impossibly Large Bird" Spotted in Alaska

Has a thunderbird been seen in Alaska? Yesterday, Juneau Empire reported on a sighting that occurred in Mendenhall Valley last month…

The article reads:

"According to several eyewitness reports, a bird with a wingspan nearly the width of Mendenhall Loop Road has been spotted in the Mendenhall Valley. "The cryptozoological curiosity stems from a post in the popular Facebook page 'Juneau Community Collective,' brought to the attention of the Empire by several readers. The Empire couldn't track down a clear explanation of what the bird was, but we did talk to some bird experts and did a little digging on similar sightings around Alaska. "Here's the original post, from eyewitness Tabitha Bauer: "'Attn; I was just driving by the movie theater in the Valley and there was a huge black bird flying above the road. The wingspan had to be at-least 20 feet, it was almost as wide as the read. I have lived here all my life and have never seen anything like th…

Walking with Dinosaurs

An old favorite to rewatch…


"Bigfoot as Big Myth"

I recently saw this article on Bigfoot up on the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry's website by Joe Nickell that is worth a read...

Check it out here.


Capcom Offering $70,000 for Proof of Famous Monsters

Capcom, a video game developer, has partnered with Jon Downes of the CFZ to offer £50,000 (approximately US $71,000) to anyone who can bring in conclusive evidence proving the existence of various famous cryptids.

The UK Express recently published an article on the offer, which reads:

"THE Loch Ness Monster, Yeti and Bigfoot are creations of legend and myth but a real-life monster hunter has partnered with Capcom to uncover concrete evidence of their existence. "Hopeful monster hunters all across the globe have until June 30th, 2018, to collect a staggering £50,000 bounty for genuine evidence of the world's most talked about beasts. "The bounty was put up by veteran games developer Capcom to celebrate the release of its latest title Monster Hunter: World. "The Japanese company behind Mega Man, Street Fighter and Resident Evil is certain that renewed interest in real-world monsters could lead to exciting new discoveries. "This is why Capcom partnered with J…

Shadow Cats: The Black Panthers of North America

Yet another new cryptozoology book! This one is by Michael Mayes who runs the Texas Cryptid Hunter blog and is on sightings of "black panthers." It's title is Shadow Cats: The Black Panthers of North America. It was published within the last week by Anomalist Books, which almost guarantees it will be very good.

Below is the book description from Amazon:

"For generations residents from coast to coast have reported encounters with large, black, long-tailed cats. These black panthers have left a trail of dead livestock and confused witnesses in their wake. These are animals that are not supposed to exist; animals that are not recognized by science. Despite the reluctance of wildlife officials to accept the reality of these cryptid cats, anomalous tracks continue to appear, pets and farm animals continue to disappear, and sightings continue to be reported. "In this full color book, author Michael Mayes examines historical sightings, interviews contemporary witness…