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Emu Plains Black Panther Sighting

A possible black panther has been reported out of New South Wales, Australia. The Illawarra Mercury is running a new article called "'As big as a German Shepherd': Black 'panther' sighting near Emu Plains." It reads:

There's been another reported sighting of the elusive black panther, this time near Emu Plains. Greg Culley and his 13-year-old son Samuel were walking in bushland north of Knapsack Reserve by Lapstone Creek on April 14 when they heard a tree branch rustling about 20 metres away. 'There was a thud like something came out of the tree. We thought it was a roo. But it was a  large, shiny, black animal as big as a German Shepherd,' Mr Culley said. 'It was a big mass of black, flying at stealth mode along the ridge. Sammy saw the tail. It moved like a cat.'  Mr Culley believed it was too big to be a feral cat, nor did he think it was a kangaroo. He took a photo of leaf litter he believed was scattered on the ground as the panther …

Biscardi and Bigfoot, Again

Stories of Bigfoot in Lee's Summit, Missouri are circulating, and KMBC News is running a new story on what has been going on.

It reads:

LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. - One of the world's most famous Bigfoot searchers says there's evidence the creature might be in the Lee's Summit area. 'We heard the chattering at night,' said Jeff Newhard, who's a Boy Scouts leader. 'Of course, I was curious but I wasn't curious enough to run on down there.' Newhard said his troop woke up to large footprints outside their campsite near Lake Jacomo three weeks ago. That's why he called in nationally known Bigfoot hunter Tom Biscardi. On Friday, Biscardi, Newhard and others walked the trail, and searched the caves a crevasses. They installed night-vision cameras in an effort to explain a picture taken by Newhard and his troop showing the footprints. Biscardi said his hotline gets more than 10,000 calls a year on Bigfoot sightings. But he said the one in Lee's Summ…

Texas' Terrible Donkey Lady

Donkey Lady Bridge is located on Applewhite Road in San Antonio, Texas. While San Antonio may not spring to mind when people think of places with legends of monsters, the bridge is supposedly the haunts of a terrifying mutant monstrosity called, as you may have guessed, the donkey lady.

"Her name might sound somewhat comical, but there is nothing to laugh about when it comes to a certain supernatural entity that haunts a particular part of San Antonia, Texas," writes author and paranormal investigator Nick Redfern. "For decades, she has provoked both fear and intrigue in the residents of the city and its surroundings."

Though the dates sometimes vary (as they often to with folklore like this), the story goes that late one night, a woman in the area was horribly disfigured in a fire. Some say that a man who had beat the family's donkey was the one who burned her house down. The woman's husband was shot and her children burned in the house fire. She, however…

My New Book

Yesterday I got some copies of my new book Buckeye Beasts in the mail...

Here's the book description:

Throughout the 19th and early 20th Centuries, encounters with 'wild men' were commonly reported in newspapers around Ohio. Many cryptozoology researchers think these reports of wild men, 'gorillas,' 'hairy men,' and 'anthropoids' could be historical accounts of Bigfoot-like creatures. In this book, author Tyler Houck examines these reports spanning from 1869 to the 1940s. Many are presented here as they originally appeared and are then compared to modern Bigfoot reports and other historical and contemporary reports of strange, man-like cryptids from around the world. Is this all something to do with mythology and folklore, hoaxes on slow news days or misidentifications, or is there something else behind the stories?
And here's the contents of the book:



1. "A Gorilla in Ohio" (1860-1879)
2. Early Stories of Wild Men…

The Black Diary

Coming in June is a new book by Nick Redfern called The Black Diary: M.I.B., Women in Black, Black-Eyed Children, and Dangerous Books.

'His skin was strange' 'She had total black eyes' 'You could almost taste the menace' 'The impulse to burn the book is mighty interesting' Nick Redfern reveals the very latest information on the sinister Men in Black, the chilling Women in Black, and the creepy Black-Eyed Children. Highlights include: dozens of never-before-seen stories of encounters with these creatures; Nick's own sighting of an MIB; the ability of these multi-dimensional entities to invade our space in hostile fashion; and how and why writing, reading and even thinking about them can be hazardous.
The Black Diary will be available on June 5th.

"Monster Week" Cryptid Shows

2018's Monster Week is kicking off on May 27th with the final episode of Finding Bigfoot on Animal Planet. Of course, it's not the only "monster" show on that week. Below is a list of some of the new shows premiering, most of which feature cryptid creatures.

Finding Bigfoot - "The team of investigators returns for the 100th episode! In a two-hour 'Monster Week' special, the team travels to Willow Creek California to help celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the most famous piece of Bigfoot footage, the Patterson Gimlin film. The discovery of a new copy of the film brings forth the biggest Bigfoot discovery in decades, showing the clearest image of the creature in 50 years. Immediately following is a one-hour special that features the 'Finding Bigfoot' investigators and crew as they share their own stories and experiences together which spans a decade." Premieres Sunday, May 27 at 8 o'clock.

The Lost Kingdom of the Yeti - "From the Bhuta…

Animal Planet "Monster Week" to Feature Final Episode of Finding Bigfoot

"Monster Week" is coming next month on Animal Planet and it's starting off with the final episode of Finding Bigfoot.

The Wrap reports:

Animal Planet's 'Monster Week' 2018 will kick off with the 100th and final episode of 'Finding Bigfoot,' TheWrap has learned exclusively. Not a bad way to get things going, or to finally bid adieu to a fan-favorite TV series. The week-long celebration will be hosted by Rhys Darby ('Flight of the Concords'), Dan Schreiber and Buttons of podcast 'The Cryptid Factor,' and it also includes new episodes of 'River Monsters,' 'Expedition Unknown,' 'Deadliest Place on Earth' and 'World's Scariest Animal Attacks,' along with a slew of specials, we're told. We've got the trailer for the annual event posted above and more details below - the news and footage is all ours, not that we're trying to be monsters about it. 'Monster Week' premieres Sunday, May 27 -…

Crypto-Kid Off the Air for now

I was apparently the last guest on Colin Schneider's Crypto-Kid podcast, at least for now. After the show last week, WCJV Radio, the station Colin did his show from, shut down. What that means is the show is off the air until Colin can find another station or work something else out.

If you can think of any stations that may be interested, let him know here.

I will put up another post if there are any updates on the show.

Claims of a Nessie Cover-Up on Google Maps

Google Maps has been a favorite of conspiracy theorists, UFO hunters, and cryptid hunters for a long time. Many people have also tried to use it to find a Loch Ness Monster. Now, there are apparently more claims of Nessie on Maps going around, and this time, people think Google is trying to cover it up!

According toSputnik International:

Sightings of what is affectionately referred to as 'Nessie' climbed to a record-breakking number of 11 last year, with many partaking in contests for the best visual proof of its existence. According to The Daily Star, Google Maps has been blamed for blurring the spots where the elusive Loch Ness monster allegedly popped up.  The popular navigation app and service has been used by conspiracy theorists to prove that many phenomena, including those connected with Nessie sightings, really exist. At some point, conspirators believed they 'had struck gold' while searching the mountainous Scottish land, The Daily Star wrote. Legends around L…

A Cool Nessie Coin

Today I received one of the new British 10p alphabet coins. This one is “L” and features the Loch Ness monster!

Many thanks to Andy McGrath for sending it over!

"Wild Men" = Bigfoot? Comparing Old and New Reports

Many researchers think that old newspaper accounts of "wild men," "wild women," "gorillas," and "anthropoids" throughout the United States could be historical accounts of Sasquatch. But do these accounts really have anything in common? I examined many old wild man accounts from Ohio, and there are a few comparisons that can be made.

Besides being mysterious and hairy, many old accounts do not have much in common, appearance wise, with modern reports of Bigfoot. Most of the time, the only description is just "ape," "wild man," or "gorilla." However, in several accounts [in Ohio], the appearance of the creature is somewhat similar to today's Bigfoot.
The June 7, 1930 report of the Norwalk "ape" from the Coshocton Tribune adds the detail that witness John Landoll saw the shape of "what appeared to be a man" as it lumbered away "in anthropoid fashion" into the night. Today…

A New Yowie Statue

The Sydney Morning Herald has a new story up on their website about a Yowie returning to Queensland, Australia. It's not the actual cryptid, however, but a famous statue instead.

Queensland's 2 1/2-metre yowie statue, inspired by the reported sightings of the strange creatures, has returned after a three-month absence, taking pride of place in the state's south-east once again. Yowie sightings claim to have been made in the forests of the Somerset region from 1742 to 1971 and the local community embraced the reports by erecting a life-sized statue. Somerset Regional Council mayor Graeme Lehmann said a local vineyard owner has dressed up as a yowie, local businesses sell a yowie burger and visitors can buy yowie postcards and pins.  'When you talk to people involved in the sightings, they're convinced it (yowie) exists . . . one person  in the Kilcoy community has a plaster cast footprind of a yowie,' he said. Cr Lehnmann said the wooden statue of the mythical c…

Book Review: Abominable Science by Daniel Loxton & Donald Prothero

In 2013, Daniel Loxton and Donald R. Prothero's book Abominable Science! Origins of the Yeti, Nessie, and Other Famous Cryptids was published.  This book caused quite a bit on controversy within the cryptozoological field at the time of its release and continues to do so today.

Loxton is someone who became interested in cryptids as a kid and believed in the existence of Bigfoot, Nessie, and other monsters at the time, but then became skeptical of their existence, but still interested. Prothero is a paleontologist.

I decided to get Abominable Science! after hearing Donald Prothero on Colin Schneider's Crypto-Kid podcast a few months ago. I thought Prothero made some really great points about cryptids and the people who search for them, and he and Loxton both do in this book.

But then, why do so many people in the cryptozoological community hate it so much?

I decided to look into this while the book was on its way. So, I went to the best place to find out what people think abou…

Chupacabras on the Loose? Two New Stories Surface

It's not that often I see any news items on chupacabras, but just this week there have been two stories about the cryptid floating around. One is a definite hoax, and the other is not a chupacabra either...

The Express reports in typical sensational style:

A TERRIFYING beast of unknown origin has been pictured prowling the streets of Santa Fe, Argentina after the blood-thirsty creature reportedly savaged two dogs to death. The mysterious 'half-man, half-animal' creature was pictured earlier last week in the dead of night on the streets of Totoras, Argentina.   Horrifying footage of the nightmarish beast has now emerged to revel a monster unlike anything known to mankind.  Local media reports claim a Totoras resident snapped the candid picture of the beast with spindly legs, shortly after mauling two dogs to death.  The creature of the night is understood to have killed a Pitbull and a German Shepherd dog in a raging frenzy. The beast has since vanished but the shocking ima…

Crypto-Kid Show Archived

If you missed me on Crypto-Kid with Colin Schneider Monday night, you can listen to the full show below. We talked about my new book Buckeye Beasts and "prehistoric survivor" cryptids like mokele mbembe and living pterosaurs.

Buckeye Beasts is available as a paperback and Kindle on

Crypto-Kid - Tyler Houck Tonight

I will be on Colin Schneider's Crypto-Kid tonight at 8 pm, talking my new book Buckeye Beasts.

Tonight on The Crypto-Kid, I am joined by Tyler Houck. Tyler is the author of several cryptid books and co-director, with me, of the Centre for Fortean Zoology's Next Generation Initiative. We will be discussing his new book Buckeye Beasts which examines historical Bigfoot stories around Ohio.
Be sure to tune in live on WCJV Radio.

Buckeye Beasts is available as a paperback and on Kindle on Amazon.

Article on “Bessie,” The Lake Erie Monster has a recent  article up on "Bessie," the supposed monster of Lake Erie.

It reads:

On a warm September day, Harold Bricker, his wife, Cora, and their son, Robert, set out from Ohio's Sandusky Bay to go fishing on Lake Erie. While Bricker was baiting his hook, he noticed something moving in the water about 1,000 feet from their boat. Peering in that direction, he saw what looked like a long, sleek sea serpent swimming through the choppy waters. The creature was 'black and about 35 feet long with a snakelike head,' Bricker told the Los Angeles Times in 1990. He wanted to investigate, but his son was too nervous to get closer, astutely pointing out that whatever the thing was, it was certainly bigger than any of them. the Brickers weren't sure what they saw that day, but their story was corroborated by at least five other witnesses. For many Ohio residents, it was just the most recent sighting of the Lake Erie monster, or Bessie, the American cousin of S…

Upcoming Crypto-Kid Appearance

I will be on Colin Schneider's Crypto-Kid this coming Monday, April 16th. We will be talking my new bookBuckeye Beasts: Historical Accounts of "Gorillas," "Wild Men," and Other Hairy Monsters in Ohio. 

I will post a reminder when it gets closer...

“Champ” Photographer Sandra Mansi Dies

On March 31, 2018, Sandra Mansi, famous for photographing "Champ" at Lake Champlain in 1977, passed away after her battle with cancer. Mansi's photo has been promoted by many as the best piece of evidence for any lake monster… while I don't necessarily agree with that, this is very saddening, since Champ was one of the first three cryptids I heard about when I got interested in the subject…

An obituary can be found on Loren Coleman's CryptoZooNews.

RIP Sandra.

An Ohio "Wild Man?"

My new book Buckeye Beasts: Historical Accounts of "Gorillas," "Wild Men," and Other Hairy Monsters in Ohio is available now on Amazon… below is an account from the book of a story that ran in the Newark Advocate (Newark, Ohio) on October 12, 1902.

New Philadelphia, O., Oct. 12 - The people of this community are greatly exercised over the stories related by wayfarers that a wild man, who[se] haunts are the woods, is at large. Mothers have warned their boys and girls to keep within calling distance. While their fathers are on the lookout for the creature that has suddenly become a menace to hickory nut parties. Th wild man is said to be a giant in stature and to roam about without a stitch of clothing on his body. As fleet as the wind and lithe as the deer he has so far outdistanced the swiftest hounds that have been put on his trail by their masters. Some men all but cornered him Monday night, but were afraid to tackle him. He tore up a handful of grass and munche…

Crypto-Kid: Tim Renner and Josh Cutchin Tonight - Fairy Discussion

Tonight on WCJV Radio, Colin Schneider has Josh Cutchin and Tim Renner on Crypto-Kid to discuss fairy lore and how it connects to cryptozoology.

Tonight on the Crypto-Kid, I will be joined by two of my favorite researchers: Joshua Cutchin and Tim Renner to discuss faery lore and how it might relate to cryptozoology. Considering how much this topic has been mentioned in the past on the show, this show is going to be a can't miss. It will also be a two hour special to ensure that the topic is covered in enough detail.
Listen live at 8 o'clock.

The Cryptid ABCs

A friend of mine showed this to me the other day, it looks really neat and like something great for young kids interested in cryptozoology.

The Cryptid ABCs is a book by Kiernan Sjursen-Lien, and is currently looking for backers on Kickstarter. The book has a $6,000 goal to be produced and it only will if it is met. There are only 19 days left, so if you could, go and back it!

Book Review: When Monsters Come Ashore by Roland Watson

In February, Roland Watson published his second book on the Loch Ness Monster - When Monsters Come Ashore: Stories of the Loch Ness Monster on Land.As is evident from the title, the book examines sightings of Nessie on land. Some of these encounters are very famous within cryptozoological circles (such as the Spicer and Grant sightings), and some are more obscure. Watson includes stories from the late 1800s to 2009.

I recently got and read this book. I have always found the land reports of Nessie quite interesting, and this is the only book that focuses fully on this aspect of the mystery.

However, while I wanted to like this book, I found that hard to do. And I will explain why.

Roland Watson is definitely on the "believers" side of Nessie-hunters and says so in the book. His description of his blog on the subject is "reclaiming the Loch Ness Monster from the current tide of debunking and skepticism."

I think that is what ruined this book. While I find the report…

Abominable Science!

Received in the mail today - Daniel Loxton and Donald Prothero's 2013 bookAbominable Science! Origins of the Yeti, Nessie, and Other Famous Cryptids. Looks very interesting and looks like it takes a much more well-rounded approach than the book I'm reading right now…

Expect a review soon!

Flatwoods Monster Documentary Premieres This Weekend

Small Town Monsters’ excellent documentary The Flatwoods Monster: A Legacy of Fear premieres this weekend at the Elk Theater in Sutton, West Virginia on Saturday. This is one of STM's best films so far. You can check out my review of it here.

WOAY TV has a new article up covering the release of the documentary, which starts like this:

SUTTON, WV (WOAY) - Did a UFO crash land in a  rural West Virginia town in 1952? New eyewitness testimony obtained by a film production crew would seem to indicate it did. In a new documentary titled, The Flatwoods Monster: A Legacy of Fear, two of the only living witnesses to a strange, mechanical being exiting a bizarre craft will have the chance to feel their story when it is released on April 6th. The Flatwoods Monster: A Legacy of Fear is a new documentary from director, Seth Breedlove, which will unlock a decades-old mystery that included a government-ordered military examination of a purported alien crash-site, and multiple UFOs seen by count…

Nessie - Under the Boat?

Yesterday on the Loch Ness Monster blog I saw something about this Letter to the Editor sent to the National, a Scottish paper, on March 6th of this year, regarding an odd experience the sender had a Loch Ness many years ago...

It reads:

I AM intrigued by Pat Kane's new piece on a new the pence coin bearing an image of Nessie (Here's to Nessie! Why we're all in thrall to Scotland's mystic monster, The National, March 3). While not putting forward any theory, I did have a strange experience on Loch Ness. We were spending a holiday weekend with friends in Turriff, and were invited to visit another friend who had a cabin cruiser, the Rubicon, on Loch Ness.  It was a lovely day and we cruised down the loch to Drumnadrochit, where we had lunch.  In the late afternoon we cruised back and just off Foyers the boat's owner, Jim Hunter suddenly said: "We're running out of water!". He switched the depth sounder from fathoms to feet and it was as if we were appro…

Crypto-Kid: Matt Bille Tonight

Colin Schneider's Crypto-Kid returns tonight, and he has cryptozoologist Matt Bille as his guest. You can listen live at 8 o'clock on WCJV Radio.

From Colin Schneider:
"I am back from my two week hiatus/trip to Ireland with a new show tonight. I will be joined by Matt Bille to discuss his research into mystery cetaceans, cats, and bears (oh my). Don't miss this, sure to be a fascinating episode."
**A NOTE/UPDATE - I have decided to post announcements of Monday's shows on this blog. I will now be posting the archived shows on the CFZ NGI blog afterwards.**

When Monsters Come Ashore - Review Coming Soon

Today I got a copy of Roland Watson's new book When Monsters Come Ashore: Stories of the Loch Ness Monster on Land.This is the first book to focus fully on this aspect of the Loch Ness Monster mystery.

Expect a review sometime soon…

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, lying on the fields and crossing the roads surrounding the loch. What are we to make of these extraordinary accounts of a normally aquatic beast? Hoax, misidentification or the real deal? What do they tell us about the nature and habits of this most mysterious of animals? In this first work dedicated to this aspect of the Loch Ness story, Roland Watson takes a fresh look into this mystery within a mystery.