Cryptozoology, BioForteana, and Remarkable Species
Monday, February 15, 2010
Science Fiction Cryptids
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Mokele-Mbembe Book Title Poll
Monday, January 18, 2010
OT: Raptors of the Northeast
Monday, January 04, 2010
Bigfoot in Georgia
The publisher recently sent me a copy of Jeffery Wells' Bigfoot in Georgia, so I'll note a few things here for potential readers. First the basics:
Bigfoot in Georgia
Pine Winds Press (Idyll Arbor); 2010
165 pp., retails for $18.00
Let me start off pointing out that Amazon currently has the book discounted (on pre-order) to a bit over $12, so don't be afraid of the $18 price tag.
The book covers Bigfoot sightings in Georgia, including regional Native American tales, some early newspaper accounts, and other stories up to the present day. There is discussion in the first chapter on the overall history of Bigfoot sightings, another chapter discusses the Elkins Creek cast, and he devotes a fair bit of text to specific organizations or researchers (for example, a chapter on journalist Wayne Ford).
The author is a professor at Georgia Military College (Atlanta campus), and his ability to write is certainly above par for the subject. This is a decent state guide on the topic, and the author handles it objectively. It looks like most of the reports come from other researchers and organizations, so the scope of sightings may be familiar to the more well-versed Bigfoot enthusiasts. That's not a bad thing -- if anything, more regional Bigfoot organizations need to seek out individuals like Wells to organize and write up their files in a professional manner. Too many guides (or websites) are haphazard or don't convey an objective approach to the subject. I would have liked to have seen a more thorough survey of sightings in this book, but I suspect it would be too difficult to manage that while dealing with the various personalities in Bigfoot research. That's one reason I don't bother with this topic much myself.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Books: Anthro/Archaeo Mysteries
Slightly OT, but two books I recently published of interest to Fortean readers:
The Dwarfs of Mount Atlas: Collected Papers on the Curious Anthropology of Robert Grant Haliburton
This book collects the papers and letters to publications that Haliburton (a Canadian lawyer) wrote while building a case for a legendary tribe of pygmies in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco. (Letters by critics and supporters are also included.) Haliburton used the folklore he collected to theorize generally on dwarf survival elsewhere, including Europe and South America.
Iron Age America Before Columbus, by William D. Conner
Conner has continued the legacy of the late Arlington Mallery (author of Lost America) in investigating the origins of the unusual iron furnaces found in southern Ohio and elsewhere. Conner argues that the evidence points to a pre-Columbian Old World visitation as a source for these sites.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Sea Serpents in Academia
Sort of... Ran across a mention of this book, published by the State University of New York Press:
Species, Serpents, Spirits, and Skulls: Science at the Margins in the Victorian Age
Sherrie Lynne Lyons
Published October 2009, $75
Blurb says: "Science permeates nearly every aspect of our lives, and yet, as current debates over intelligent design, the causes of global warming, and alternative health practices indicate, the question of how to distinguish science from pseudoscience remains a difficult one. To address this question, Sherrie Lynne Lyons draws on four examples from the nineteenth century--sea serpent investigations, spiritualism, phrenology, and Darwin's theory of evolution. Each attracted the interest of prominent scientists as well as the general public, yet three remained at the edges of scientific respectability while the fourth, evolutionary theory, although initially regarded as scientific heresy, ultimately became the new scientific orthodoxy. Taking a serious look at the science behind these examples, Lyons argues that distinguishing between science and pseudoscience, particularly in the midst of discovery, is not as easy as the popular image of science tends to suggest. Two examples of present-day controversies surrounding evolutionary psychology and the meaning of fossils confirm this assertion. She concludes that although the boundaries of what constitutes science are not always clear-cut, the very intimate relationship between science and society, rather than being a hindrance, contributes to the richness and diversity of scientific ideas. Taken together, these entertaining and accessible examples illuminate important issues concerning the theory, practice, and content of science."
Monday, September 28, 2009
Kevin Stewart passed along that Dr. Glen Chilton is currently writing a book, The Return of the Ferret Zombies, on the black-footed ferret (and maybe other rediscovered species?)
But, it also appears that Dr. Chilton has just published The Curse of the Labrador Duck, about his quest to find all the stuffed specimens of this extinct bird and visit locales formerly important to the species.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Sea Serpent Book Coming?
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Another Cryptofiction Anthology
Forgot to mention another recent reprint anthology for those who prefer their cryptofiction in book form, Volume 1 of Fantasies of Science, Romance, and the Weird by Robert W. Chambers includes the cryptofiction stories found in Chambers' books In Search of the Unknown and Police!!! Details at Coachwhip Publications.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Ivan T. Sanderson's Cryptofiction
Long before Jurassic Park, cryptozoologist Ivan T. Sanderson had his own vision of a world where dinosaurs and other fossil saurians came back to battle with mankind. In a short novella (or better, a long short story), Report on the Status Quo, published as a stand-alone book, Sanderson (under his fiction-writing pseudonym, Terence Roberts) offers an alternate history of a post-WWIII world that finds itself under siege by monstrous creatures from the past.
Sanderson's fiction is not well-known; he wrote a trio of military espionage stories set in the Caribbean and a children's adventure book or two, but despite his wide interest in both cryptozoology and Fortean subjects, this appears to be his only foray into speculative fiction. (I'd be interested in hearing about any that I've not seen.)
Report on the Status Quo is one story (with full illustrations by Sanderson) now collected in my latest cryptofiction-oriented anthology: Sauria Monstra: Dinosaurs, Pterosaurs, and Other Fossil Saurians in Classic Science Fiction and Fantasy. Further details, contents, and more samples of Sanderson's accompanying sketches at Coachwhip Publications.
Monday, March 02, 2009
Cryptofiction author Lee Murphy has come out with a book in a different genre altogether: YGOR.
The book's description: "Casting new light upon the oft-told story, YGOR is not so much a horror novel, as a character piece depicting the co-dependent relationship between the insane scientist and the famous deformed lab assistant. Told first-person by Ygor, this novel chronicles the four-year odyssey from the moment these two men first meet, to the fruition of their ultimate goal: to resurrect human life from dead bodies. Ygor suffers countless abuses and many run-ins with evil through his years of tireless service, ultimately to discover the great value of his own unacknowledged sensibilites and intelligence."
Friday, January 09, 2009
Birdwatcher: The Life of Roger Tory Peterson
For those of you who get up way too early in the morning, put on your hiking boots, grab your binoculars, and set out to look for flashing wings and trills in the tree tops, a new book will be just your cup of tea. Elizabeth J. Rosenthal has interviewed his friends, family, and colleagues to introduce us to the genius, drive, and humanity of a singular individual, Roger Tory Peterson. Birdwatcher shows the foibles and insecurities along with his love of nature and the determination behind his conservation efforts.
Birdwatcher: The Life of Roger Tory Peterson
The Lyons Press
$29.95 / hardcover / 464 pp.
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
Now available, Invertebrata Enigmatica, a collection of classic science fiction and fantasy stories involving insects, arachnids, and other invertebrates. Some are straight-forward fantasy, mystery, or supernatural stories, but many qualify as cryptofiction (involving encounters with unknown species). Details and contents available at CoachwhipBooks.com.
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
Sea Monsters in Fiction
Now available, Cetus Insolitus: Sea Serpents, Giant Cephalopods, and Other Marine Monsters in Classic Science Fiction and Fantasy. This 391-page anthology has 26 stories of strange creatures from the deep, ranging from humorous to horrific. Some will be familiar to those who have seen my online cryptofiction collection, while other stories are more difficult to find. Many are of interest to cryptofiction fans, though a few are just sci-fi/fantasy or adventure with monstrous protagonists. (Out of the Deep, for example, is an apocalyptic story of attacks by intelligent man-eating fish.)
A few gems: From the Darkness and the Depths, a discussion of photography leads to the story of an encounter with an invisible octopus; The Tail of the Big Sea-Serpent, a very early story in comedic "tribute" to the well-known Daedalus sea serpent sighting; The Finless Death, a fantastic twist on dangerous creatures from the bottom of the ocean.
Available at your favorite online bookstore, contents at Coachwhip Publications (retails $14.95, but is showing up a bit cheaper for B&N members).
Saturday, November 08, 2008
Boss Snakes Book Sighting
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Academic Press Meets Bigfoot
Two forthcoming books on Bigfoot are being published by University of Chicago Press and University of California Press.
Bigfoot: The Life and Times of a Legend
Joshua Blu Buhs
University of Chicago Press
Wildmen through History
The Abominable Snowman
The Life and Times of Bigfoot
2 Yeti: 1951–1959
The Yeti, Science, and Zadig’s Method
Britain Hunts the Yeti
America Hunts the Yeti
What the Evidence Told
3 Sasquatch: 1929–1958
The Great Sasquatch Hunt
The Kidnapping of Albert Ostman
“Occam’s Razor Cuts on the Side of the Sasquatch”
Slick Eyes the Sasquatch
4 Big Foot: 1958
The Folkloric Origins of Bigfoot
Big Foot Makes the Papers
The Confirmed and Converted Confront Bigfoot
“Maybe Bigfoot is Lost Relative of Old ‘Sasquatch’”
5 ABSMery: 1959–1961
The (Weird, Wacky) Wonderful World of Ivan T. Sanderson
The Pacific Northwest Expedition
Enter Peter Byrne
The Wipe: Or True’s Trouble with Truth, and Ivan Sanderson’s
6 Melting the Snowman: 1961–1967
Melting the Snowman
Sanderson’s Failed Debunking of the Debunking
The Quiet Years
Big Foot Daze
7 The Return of Bigfoot: 1967–1980
Making Sense of the Movie
The Return of Bigfoot
Bozo, the Minnesota Iceman
Bigfoot on Tour
The Secret of Sasquatch
8 A Contest for Dignity: 1969–1977
The Bigfoot Community
The Center that Wasn’t
Hoaxing, the Unconquerable Problem
The Laugher Curtain
9 Cryptozoology: 1978–1990
Grover Krantz, Sasquatch Scientist
Anthropology of the Unknown
Arrested by the Science Police
10 The Death of Bigfoot? 1980–2002
The Green Man
The Death of Bigfoot
“The Most Abominable Hoaxer”
Bigfoot is Dead! Long Live Bigfoot!
Not The End, but An End
Curse of the Sasquatch
University of California Press
"Part history, part road trip, and part biography, this is the true story of a remarkable group of men whose obsession with Bigfoot turned the giant hominid into an American icon. Award-winning journalist Michael McLeod tells of Bigfoot's rise to tabloid stardom in a fast-paced account that begins with his own journey to investigate a famous 1967 film clip of a Bigfoot in a California forest. McLeod proceeds to uncover a trail of clues reaching from the late nineteenth century, when a few ambitious, imaginative naturalists and explorers synthesized historical and indigenous folklore with Darwinian ideas and speculated that a proto-hominid 'missing link' might still be alive in remote areas. That speculation would eventually inspire a colorful cast of loggers, hunters, con artists, and businessmen in the twentieth century to create the modern myth of Bigfoot, all of them angling for a piece of a monster that the media and the public still can't get enough of. Told through vividly narrated interviews and anecdotes, Anatomy of a Beast offers a unique perspective on the deep roots of counterfactual thinking—and how obsession and myth are created out of it."
Thursday, September 04, 2008
Flora Curiosa: Cryptobotanical Fiction
For those interested in literary cryptobotany, I've put together an anthology (Flora Curiosa) of 20 classic short stories involving all sorts of strange plants and fungi in science fiction and fantasy. An additional story by Louisa May Alcott that I came across too late for this collection was included in my anthology of Egyptian-themed sff stories, Out of the Sand.
Also, I've put together a two-novel collection, Pym, that includes Edgar Allan Poe's The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket, in which you'll find Poe's zoological speculation on the fauna of the Antarctic (at that point unexplored).
Tuesday, June 03, 2008
Now available: Beyond the Great South Wall, by Frank Savile. This is a classic romantic-adventure novel involving mysterious clues to an ancient culture that lead to the frozen south (and a prehistoric horror...) First published in 1901, it has a decent (if corny) storyline, interesting characters, and plenty of escapades.
Ordering info at CoachwhipBooks.com.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Recently published, a collection of almost 100 of Maryland naturalist Bob Chance's long-running newspaper columns. Stories of local history, wildlife, and friends offer a backdrop to Bob's message of environmental responsibility. There's even a chapter on Bigfoot, Bob being one of the early researchers of East Coast sightings. (Bob will be speaking at the 2008 Pennsylvania Bigfoot Society conference.) Buy an autographed copy of Earthline direct from Bob here.
Monday, January 14, 2008
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Cryptofiction on Kindle
I've been fooling around with the new Kindle ebook format that Amazon is now pushing. I've put up three anthologies of classic cryptofiction, two relating to cryptozoology, and one on cryptobotanical stories. Details here. I haven't decided whether to bother putting some of the larger nonfiction works out in Kindle editions, as I don't know that there's going to be a real market there, but it's a possibility.
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Ebay: Historical Bigfoot 20-Lot
Friday, September 14, 2007
The Cage (Cryptofiction Novel)
A new horror tale involving a number of cryptozoological and mythical creatures: The Cage, by Jason Brannon. Involves a traveling caravan ("Captain Omaha's Cryptozoological Fair and Freak Show"), a zoo, and a storm that traps visitors in a deadly situation. Quite a few of the well-known cryptids (the dangerous ones, at least) make an appearance.
Not for the faint-of-heart, but a quick skim shows that it is readable and imaginative. (At some point, when I've had time to catch up on my reading, I'll put reviews of this, and a few other cryptofiction novels, up on BFR.)
Sunday, September 09, 2007
Florida's Unexpected Wildlife
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Does Champ Exist?
The published transcript of this historic 1981 conference in Shelburne, Vermont, is now available. Gary Mangiacopra and Dwight Smith have edited the transcript, created from audio tapes of the conference, with the cooperation of the speakers. Included along with the transcript is a chronology of Champ sightings, notes on the limnology of Lake Champlain, and some reprints of historical newspaper accounts involving Champ-related phenomena. More details at CoachwhipBooks.
Friday, August 10, 2007
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Two (2) New Books - Big Cats and Zooform
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: cfz (June 13, 2007)
MONSTER! - THE A-Z OF ZOOFORM PHENOMENA by Neil Arnold
Paperback: 396 pages
Publisher: cfz (May 23, 2007)
Both authors may sound familiar to cryptozoology readers based on their work in England dealing with big cats and other zoological phenomenons.
The books are available from various retailers such as Amazon.com
Thursday, June 07, 2007
Homo Floresiensis Book
Thursday, May 03, 2007
New Ivorybill Book
Saturday, April 28, 2007
Elementum Bestia - RELEASED
ELEMENTUM BESTIA has now been released!!
A compilation book by authors from around the world, edited by Craig Heinselman.
This book marks the return of the CRYPTO Presents series of books last done in 2002. The previous versions are available online at Strange Ark . The difference this round is the book will be a standard oversized paperback of over 275 pages in length. The book is available through LuLu.com at http://www.lulu.com/content/811102
Segmented into sections as diverse as Unknown Aerial, Aquatic and Terrestrial Creatures to Cultural Impacts and Fictional Representations (Cryptofiction).
The American Sârâph: An Unnatural History of Winged Snakes in North America by Scott Maruna
The Case of the Grey Ghost by Craig Heinselman
Littlefoot – The Junjudee by Tony Healy and Paul Cropper
The Hobbits of Flores: A New Genus of Hominid - Parahomo by Dr Dwight Smith and Gary Mangiacopra
Maned Mystery Cats and Panthera atrox by Loren Coleman
Antediluvian Forms in South America? by Phillip O’Donnell
In Search of Rare Carnivorous Marsupials: An Examination of the Evidence for Their Survival by Chris Rehberg
New Zealand Mystery Biped? by Tony Lucas
“Aye, and behind the Cameroon’s there’s things living” by Scott Norman
Sasquatch Hoaxes by Diane Stocking
Bigfoot in Art History: Prehistoric to Early Medieval Period by Scott Marlowe
The Genesis of the Annual Bigfoot Conference / Expo by Don Keating
The Western Bigfoot Society – A History by Ray Crowe
To the Credulous Reader by JP O'Neill
A Classification System for Large , Unidentified Marine Animals Based on the Examination of Reported Observations by Bruce Champagne
Cryptofiction – One Reader’s Thoughts by Matt Bille
The Chupacabra by DL Tanner
Remember the Coelacanth by Lee Murphy
Cleve Hopper’s Goat by Gerry Bacon
Stick Doll by Blake Templeton
Creatures of the Fire: Cryptozoology in Ancient and Contemporary Perspective by Dr. Peter Dendle
The Global Search for New Species by Matt Bille
Artwork by William Rebsamen, Jim Harnock and Rick Spears
Sunday, April 22, 2007
ELEMENTUM BESTIA - MAY 2007 RELEASE
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Friday, February 16, 2007
Big Bird Book
Fantagraphics CZ Art
Monday, February 05, 2007
Alice McKenzie and the Moa
Now the moa is officially extinct, being gone since the 12th century, with some lingering possibly into the 1500's. There have been reports of moa like birds throughout the years, including a number in the 19th century. The most "popularized" account coming in 1993 when Paddy Freaney and two others reported seeing a 2-meter bird and snapping its picture (the picture is not distinct however, and the account is still debatable).
Friday, February 02, 2007
Book: Great Auk
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
New Book by Mark Opsasnick
Got a notice today that Mark Opsasnick is releasing a paperback of several of his investigative articles. I think (but not certain) these were originally published in Strange Magazine. These investigations have all been rewritten for the book, and if they are anything like the rewrite on Mark's Maryland Bigfoot Digest, should be excellent reading. The book is titled, The Real Story Behind the Exorcist: A Study of the Haunted Boy and Other True-Life Horror Legends from Around the Nation's Capital. Of particular interest to cryptozoology enthusiasts will be the chapter, Horror on Fletchertown Road: The Goatman of Prince George’s County, Maryland. You can order the book now at XLibris, and it will be available on Amazon shortly.