Friday, January 29, 2010
"In one of my earliest blogs I wrote about cryptid material turning up in museums and the possibility of unlabelled or ‘lost’ material in collections around the world. In the state of Wisconsin some strange material, possibly related to a lake monster, was uncovered not once but twice. The Winnebago Indians believed in two distinct types of dragon-like monster inhabiting lakes. The Wak Tcexi was a paranormal entity and was evil. The Winnebozho was flesh and blood, and benign. There are a number of ‘monster lakes’ in the state but this story is linked to two in particular. Lake Mendota is close to Wisconsin’s capital, Madison. Sightings of the creatures date back to the 1860s. W.J. Park and his wife were boating on the lake when they came across what looked like a large log. Mr Park poked the ‘log’, which dived, churning up the water. Lake Mendota is linked to Lake Monona via the Yahara River. Monsters are seen here too. In July 1892 the wonderfully named Darwin Boehmer and a friend were boating on the lake when they saw the monster swimming off towards Ott’s Spring with an undulating motion. It showed 14 feet of its back above the surface."
And here's the rest of Rich's post...
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Also: take a look at The Anomalist of the last two days. You'll find links to posts on such critters as ghostly black-dogs; rock-apes; Bigfoot; the Chupacabras; and what sound very much like wild wolves in England.
Hopefully, by sometime next week I will have finally wrapped up 2 of the 3 books for which I'm fast approaching deadline-day; and so after that I'll have more time to devote to posting lengthier stories here, and to get things back on an even-keel!
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
2010 Big Cats in Britain Conference.
4th 5th 6th June, Glasgow, Scotland.
Loren Coleman (USA)
Ruby Lang & Mike Williams (Australia)
Di Francis ( Scotland)
Dr David Hetherington (Scotland)
Jonathan McGowan (England)
Shaun Stevens (Scotland)
Additional speakers to be confirmed.
Tickets for Friday night, Saturday and Sunday £40. One day £25.
Full details can be found here: http://www.bigcatsinbritain.org/2010conference.htm
Lindsay Selby: Lake Voronta Beast Cryptozoology Online. Beginning a search for lake monster tales, Lindsay Selby starts with reports that are extremely difficult to determine, since they deal with a lake in Siberia that's situated 100 miles from the nearest town. Nonetheless, some serious individuals, possessing impeccable credentials, have reported the presence of a large creature of indeterminate species in the waters of this remote lake. Selby chronicles the reports of the elusive...and isolated...monster reported to inhabit a remote lake in an area of Russia still vastly under-explored. Elsewhere, Mike Dash has something to say about lake monsters, too, as well as the proliferation of certain local legends concerning bodies of water, in 'The Lake That Has No Bottom...'. Meanwhile, another type of monster, long relegated to the halls of myth and legend, has inspired another search, as reported in Richard Muirhead: Muirhead's Mysteries: The Dragons of Sussex - Part One.
Starting Monday February 8th - 7:30pm to 9:30pm - Neil Arnold will be conducting 'Monster Walks' around parts of London. With the help of London Paranormal who run regular ghost and history walks throughout the capital, the London 'Monster Walks' will see full-time folklorist Neil Arnold introduce us to a menagerie of mysterious beasts within the concrete jungle. The tour will stop off at various points in the City which are ornamented with monstrous images, and with each image a story will be applied.
Neil will speak of serpents, big cats, griffins, giant fish, bears, phantom hounds, all sighted throughout the capital. He'll also speak of the Highgate 'vampire', Spring-Heeled Jack and the London 'mermaid' hoax. A surreal safari indeed.
Just when you thought it was safe to not go in the woods, the London 'Monster Walk' will bring the beasts of London lore into the streets.
PRESS RELEASE 2010
From the people who bring you THE LONDON GHOST FESTIVAL
Tours of terror, spill the beans on London’s dark, gruesome and haunting past
Woven into London’s vibrant and bloody history is a plethora of ghosts and supernatural creatures hiding within its shadows of folklore and legend. Scratch the surface and the stories come to life as they bleed into our modern culture. Phantasmagoria events are pleased to introduce a series of three specifically devised "Haunted History Walks" around some of London's most haunted and historical areas exploring some of the capitals most horrid history, petrifying ghost stories and mythical beasts.
FOR FURTHER DETAILS: www.londonparanormal.com/monsterswalk.html
Friday, January 22, 2010
And here's Tim himself to tell you more:
Extreme Expeditions of 2009
1 Hour, 31 Minutes
Extreme explorer Adam Davies returns to BoA:Audio to give us an update on his two big expeditions from 2009: a trip to Nepal searching for the Yeti and to Sumatra looking for the Orang Pendek. We'll cover the perilous conditions of the Himalayan trip which was showcased as a two-hour MonsterQuest special, the responsibilities of leading a massive expedition, how the trip changed Adam's views on the Yeti, and behind the scenes notes on the trip and special. Then we'll cover his Fall 2009 journey to Sumatra in search of the Orang Pendek. We'll find out how the trip came about, the amazing Orang Pendek sighting that members of his team had, the Sumatran culture in relation to the mystery cryptid, and tons more.
One of cryptozoology's most daring researchers, Adam Davies, provides an up close and personal look at his ground-breaking research of the past year.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Do, I think these are the same things roaming around Puerto Rico? No, I do not. Why not? Keep checking in here for an important update on the subject of the Texas Chupacabras...
Monday, January 18, 2010
Here's the link to the Q&A at the CFZ's UK blog. Check out the rest of the blog, too, for previous and forthcoming Q&A's!
Friday, January 15, 2010
Here's the link to the complete article on this particularly intriguing story...
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Of course, in the 5 days I have been away, a number of good and intriguing crypto stories have surfaced, so I urge you to check out the CFZ's blog; Cryptomundo; and The Anomalist for the latest news.
There's a wealth of material, so going direct to the sources is probably going to be quicker than you having to wait for me to do separate posts on everything that's afoot!
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
The End of Nessie: Researchers Fear Loch Ness Monster May Be Dead DR. Reports from Scotland indicate the rumors over the past several years that the Loch Ness Monster may have gone on to the big lake in the sky have tourism officials worried. Members of the official Loch Ness Monster Fan Club are dismayed over the declining number of Nessie sightings. Only one credible sighting was reported in 2009, but some sonar readings of a large body moving through Loch Ness have been made on several occasions. There's more on recent Nessie sightings in Loch Ness Monster Death Rumours Denied. Elsewhere on the cryptozoology scene, famed cryptozoologist and author Loren Coleman injects a bit of naughty into the "Noughties" with The Top Ten Sexiest Cryptomundo Images of the '00s. With many images.
Monday, January 4, 2010
Sylvanic Bigfoot, What's the Story? GhostTheory. Some videos, claims of a secret valley in the Rockies and a claim the valley is peopled by Bigfoot. Javier Ortega carefully avoids any strong opinion of the claims made by Todd Standing that he and his companions know the whereabouts of a multitude of Bigfoot creatures in North America's most storied mountain range. Could Standing's claims be true? Why won't Standing take biologists to this mysterious valley? With videos. Elsewhere, curious remains lead to the report Demon Cat Possible Goat Sucker. With photos.
Cryptid Sighting - Garrett County, MD - 12/16/09 Phantoms & Monsters. A woman living near Grantsville in western Maryland describes what she saw while returning from a holiday party in the early post-midnight hours on December 16. What could the creature be that this lady encountered in western Maryland? That's a question for cryptozoologists, of course. But cryptozoologists don't always get to check out exotic beasts like the one prowling 'round a garbage can in Maryland.
Canadian in Utah to Seek 'Strange Creatures Seldom Seen' Deseret News. Meet John Warms, a retired school teacher who resides in Manitoba, Canada. Warms is on a quest to discover some of the many anomalous creatures he has heard about so he can write a book about them. He also says he once observed a giant beaver in a Canadian waterway and thinks he has discovered some of the 445-pound creatures' lairs. Does a giant beaver, relic of the Pleistocene, inhabit Canadian lakes and streams?
1. The first on a phantom ape-man;
2. And the second on Neil's new-year's resolution. And what, you may ask, is that resolution? Click here to find out!