Monday, November 30, 2009

Monday's Anomalies

From today's Anomalist:

The Strangest Felines Scotsman. From Scotland comes Peter Ross' story of Mark Fraser, "who has spent his adult life searching for some particular beasts - black panther-like creatures which he believes are roaming Scotland." Five big cat investigators research the prevalence, hunting grounds and characteristics of the forty large black cats believed to be slinking through the heather and gorse of the highlands, or making their way into some towns. Fraser, a member of Big Cats in Britain, describes himself as a cryptozoologist, meaning, of course, big cats aren't the only creatures that pique his curiosity. Here Ross accompanies Fraser as the cryptid seeker makes his rounds. Are the big cats of Scotland former pets released into the wild, or are they, as some suggest, a relic population left behind after the last Ice Age? Elsewhere, Loren Coleman's International Cryptozoology Museum wants you to decorate your Christmas tree with cryptids this year, as shown in Bigfoot & Yeti Ornaments, while BoingBoing picks up on the idea, with some raucous commentary, in Bigfoot and Yeti Christmas Tree Ornaments.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Neil Arnold on Coast to Coast

Here's a show you won't want to miss! Neil Arnold will be on Coast to Coast this coming Monday night, where he will be speaking about his crypto-research, his books Monster! and Mystery Animals of the British Isles: Kent, and much more. This promises to be an excellent show!

And also on the subject of Neil, check out his new post: Beware the Stick-Man - truly a very weird saga indeed!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Holidays!

Well, there's not much for me to report on today, and I'll be offline tomorrow and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday; so I'll now take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy holiday! I may very well surface from my darkened lair at some point over the next few days; so keep a look out for any new blog-posts!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

From The Anomalist...

Two good new posts from The Anomalist:

A Lake Is a Lake Is a Lake...Isn't It? ShukerNature. Questions concerning the identity of a Tibetan lake reportedly filled with monsters leads Dr. Karl Shuker to examine the changing names of some lakes, especially those lakes within the confines of mainland China. One such lake in the northwestern Xinjiang Autonomous Region was previously referred to as Lake Hanas, but a new appellation has been bestowed on that body of water. Now it's referred to as Lake Kanasi. In 1985, however, when it was still Lake Hanas, imminent Chinese biologist Professor Xiang Lihao and a group of students observed some monstrous salmon-like fish in the lake that they say were at least 33-feet long. What happened to these huge fish? Has anyone captured one? Elsewhere, there are more lake cryptids in the news, as you'll see in Muirhead's Mysteries: Lake and Sea Monster Archives Part Three.

New Look of The Little Lady of Flores Cryptomundo. Dubbed "The Little Lady of Flores" by the scientific team that uncovered her bones in a cave on the Indonesian island of Flores, the diminutive creature otherwise known as LB1 has received a full-body reconstruction by renowned Parisian paleoartist Elizabeth Daynes. Loren Coleman shares images of Daynes' recreation of the female Hobbitt as well as other such work offered by Daynes, including a female Neanderthal reconstruction. Also at Cryptomundo today, Brent Swancer continues a recent report in Japanese FeeJee Mermaids, Part II; and Coleman offers a cautionary tale in The Bear Lake Monster.

Neil Arnold Interviewed

Here's an excellent new interview with - and profile on - Kent, England-based cryptozoologist and good friend, Neil Arnold. The interview covers a lot of ground and reveals the details of some of Neil's upcoming books, how he got interested in cryptozoology and much more. Well worth reading!

Bigfoot Quest: Tonight

From the guys at Bigfoot Quest radio:

Hello All:

It's now been two years since the Bigfoot Quest radio show first debuted on BlogTalkRadio. So please join your hosts Bob Coyne and Mike Killen for this special show as we celebrate the anniversary of our second year on internet radio. Over these past two years we’ve had some great guests that have helped make this show a success and we’ve also enjoyed the support of our audience. If not for all our guests that have been gracious enough to accept our invitation and find the time to appear on the show and our loyal listeners who join us in chat each Tuesday night or download and listen to the show through the archives, this show would not be possible! So in gratitude we want to say a special thank you to all of you who make this show possible and hope many of you can join us in our live chat this week for this special show!


When: Tonight, Tuesday November 24, 2009

Time: 9:00 P.M. Eastern

Duration: 90 Minutes

Bob Coyne
Mike Killen

Friday, November 20, 2009

Reviewing Bigfoot

Over at the website of the Texas Observer, you can find a new review of the recent conference at Tyler, Texas of the Texas Bigfoot Research Conservancy. And if you scroll down the page, you can see a video-link that includes interviews with me, Craig Woolheater and several other attendees.

Here's the link.

Blogsquatcher Latest

The Blogsquatcher has a good, new and thought-provoking post, which is summarized below by The Anomalist:

Reliability in Old Reports The Blogsquatcher. A researcher into the Bigfoot phenomenon, and the oft-reported case where UFOs and Bigfoot appeared almost simultaneously, gives several examples of reports that meet the critical parameters that make him believe the story, as well as those that don't. In each case the researcher, the Blogsquatcher himself, goes to great lengths to point out what makes these tales believable...or unbelievable. Meanwhile, a very useful sidebar provides a chronological series of articles from the files at this cryptozoological website that often digresses to consider other cases of high strangeness.

Bigfoot News

This just in from Eric Altman:

Hello friends,

I will be interviewed about Bigfoot in PA today at 530 on KDKA TV 2news along with Stan Gordon and one of the witnesses who had a sighting in September. Watch for it this weekend to be aired., and go to the video section. Also I will be down in Farmington PA for the Unity, Paranormal Fundraiser today and tomorrow. Tickets are still available and they have a stellar paranormal line up. I'll be there not speaking. hope to see some of you there!

Eric Altman Pennsylvania Bigfoot Society Director
Beyond The Edge Radio Host/Producer
live Sundays 9:30 et/8:30 cst on
Official website at
Call in 1-724-824-1494

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Dance of the Chupacabras!

Today is turning into something of a Chupacabras special! While prowling around the Net earlier, I came across this new book: Dance of the Chupacabras, written by Lori Lopez. I have to confess that I haven't read it; however, the write-up looks like it will be an entertaining read:

A dark Wonderlandish "Odyssey" that merges and contrasts elements of humor and horror; fantasy, reality, and literary nonsense; legends, myths, and history; Pop, Mexican, and American Culture; wordplay and swordplay. It is a modern legend, a rumpus of revelrous rompery about being lost and choosing the road least traveled . . . the path unknown. In Tome One of the whimsical epic adventure, a Mexican-American brother duo of folklore dancers and a desert farmer - along with a diverse band of mortals, angels, and ghosts - battle supernatural forces to protect an oracle-princess as well as past, present, and future times from an Aztec serpent god's wrath. (Read sample chapters at the author's website:!)

WARNING: Contains big words and inventive language. What is an Author's Draft? This edition represents the author's pure and untampered vision!

About the Author

Lori Lopez is the mad scientist of writing. She delights in taking Literary (as well as Poetic) License to conduct bizarre experiments with the fundamental nuts and bolts and D.N.A.A.A. (Do Not Alter, Amend, or Ameliorate) conventions of Literature. This author's abnormal brain is constantly sawing and splicing and sewing oddball inconsistencies, while brewing tubes of syllabillic bubbly broths, formulating preposterous plots, mixing batches of garbly mumbled metaphors, conjuring jars of frothsome notiony potions, and zapping to life a lurching legion of eclecticly antic eccentrically assembled characters. Tome One began in 1996 as a rather simple idea for a screenplay based on and written for Lori's sons. The concept has evolved into not only one trilogy of intricate tales, but a trilogy of trilogies. Further details about her oddness and strange otherworldly projects can be gleaned by visiting her website: - but beware the consequences . . .

Chupacabras News

Over at the CFZ blog, you can find a two-part article on Puerto Rico's most famous mystery animal: the Chupacabras, courtesy of Dale Drinnon.

Here's part one;

and here's part two.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Bigfoot Quest - Tonight

This just in from Bob and Mike at Bigfoot Quest:

Hello Everyone:

Please join your hosts Bob Coyne and Mike Killen as we welcome Sasquatch sighting eyewitness Ted to the show. Ted has been an avid outdoorsman his whole life and lived in upstate NY for more than 30 years. He was a New York State licenced fishing and hiking guide for 10 years and has had encounters with a number of different animals, including Sasquatch, in the many years he's spent exploring the forests. If you can, please join us in our live show chat. It's always a lot of fun and we love to interact live with our listeners.


When: Tonight, Tuesday November 17, 2009

Time: 9:00 P.M. Eastern

Duration: 90 Minutes

Bob Coyne
Mike Killen

Monday, November 16, 2009

Mothman News...

This just in from Andy Colvin, author of The Mothman's Photographer series of books:

Dear Paranormal Pardners:

Due to some skillful prodding by Vyz, I have done three new interviews on Think or Be Eaten, which delve into my 2nd recent return trip to Ohio and West Virginia. These are some of the more wide-ranging of the shows we have done. The first show (Think or Be Eaten #47) looks at, among other things, my own family history and how it seems to tie directly into the Egyptians via the Pharaoic Montauk Indians (whom the Colvins married into). In the second show, we go into Masonic symbolisms - how they evolved from the Moors/Egyptians, and how they undergird the history of America and Europe. Go here and scroll down:

In the third show, which turns out to be Vyz's all-time longest interview, we go further into the evolving 11:11 mystery which, in addition to tying into key symbolisms of ancient Egypt, now includes a synchronistic Mothman sighting in early October, only a week before I left for Ohio. This sighting was only a mile or two away from our 1111 Independence Ave. address!

If you don't have time to listen to the entire two hour show, make sure you skip to the end so you can hear our new song, "Flying High With the Mothman." The song, which is somewhat tongue-in-cheek, tells the story of Indrid Cold and Apol, the famous MIBs of the Mothman story.

For details of that recent Mothman sighting, go here:

To read more about these events, check out my recent blog on the subject:


Yowie News

Lawrie Williams with a good, new post on the Australian equivalent of Bigfoot: the Yowie...

Chinese Monsters - Part III

Neil Arnold, with the latest entry in his study of the strange creatures of China...

Two Monsters

Today's Anomalist highlights two distinctly different (but no less fascinating!) monsters:

Special Assignment: Wisconsin Werewolf NBC15. Television reporter Chris Papst interviews several Wisconsin residents who claim to have seen a towering creature, all covered with hair and sporting a wolflike visage. Among those Papst interviewed is Linda Godfrey, author of The Beast of Bray Road, who has been researching the reports of the creature or similar creatures for over 17 years. Video of an interview with Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources worker Steve Krueger, who had an encounter in November of 2006, is linked. Elsewhere, a different creature from a different state is the subject of Mothman's Legend Lives On.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Neil Arnold at the Weird Weekend 09

At this year's Weird Weekend gig in August, mate Neil Arnold gave an excellent lecture on the subject of the truly Fortean and Zooform-type creatures that inhabit the world of Cryptozoology.

Jon Downes has now posted the lecture to YouTube, and which can be found below. Check it out - it's a good one!

Raven & Fort

Over at her Mysterious Haven blog, good friend Raven has a good post on Charles Fort - without who none of us would probably be doing the sort of work we're doing right now!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Crypto Round-Up

As always, I take a few days off, and all crypto-hell breaks loose! But, that's a good thing as it means there's much to report on.

From The Anomalist: "Cryptids in Suburbia – Part 1 The Paranomalist. The idea of a Garden State Sasquatch, living in the highly populated northeastern part of the NJ, only a few miles outside of New York City, seems preposterous. But reports of the creature do occur here."

And, coincidentally, on the subject of cryptids and NYC, there's this new post from me at my Lair of the Beasts column at

And then there's this (also from The Anomalist) on all-things hairy and man-like: "Does Dauphin County Man Have Bigfoot Footage? WHTM. A man from Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, who wishes to remain anonymous, says he may have caught images of Bigfoot with his flip-cam while hiking the Appalachian Trail last month." Meanwhile, a giant-eel is apparently on the loose in Australia; and Neil Arnold gives us the latest on Chinese monsters. And, then there's this one on...wait for it...Bigfoot and breasts!

Thursday, November 5, 2009


I'm going offline now, as I'll be speaking at Ryan Wood's annual UFO Crash Retrieval Conference this coming weekend, but will be back to normal service Tuesday. See you then!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Entities of the Temporal Kind

Here's a new posting over at today's edition of The Anomalist, which I believe could have a major bearing on the overwhelming elusive and seemingly near-spectral nature of Bigfoot:

"Gnomes - A Sustainable Population? The Heavy Stuff. Are gnomes temporal beings? In an article comparing the evidence, and lack thereof, of gnome populations to that of possible Bigfoot populations, the theory that both these beings are temporal entities, visible here for only a short time to the witness, is a compelling one. There is no solid evidence of the existence of either gnomes or Bigfoot. Years of research into the Bigfoot phenomenon have never yielded solid proof, say like a captured specimen, or remains of a deceased creature, and as the argument of the theory goes, it never will be found due to the beings ability to shift in and out of our realm, either due to multidimensional manipulation or another factor of their abilities not even comprehensible to us. "

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Robert Rines RIP

Sad news: Robert Rines, one of the most well-known and legendary characters in the search for the Loch Ness Monster, has died, as Loren Coleman reveals.

Bigfoot Quest Radio Tonight

I'll be on Bigfoot Quest radio tonight (at 8PM Central) with hosts Bob Coyne & Mike Killen. Here's the link if you want to listen in. I'm sure we'll cover a lot of ground of a crypto nature!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Crypto Anomalies

Good stuff at The Anomalist - as always:

Fowler's Bog Ghostwoods. The dark forests of Maine hold many secrets. Natives to any of the smaller towns in its vast wilderness know the land well and its creatures. Fowler's Bog in Albion, Maine, may indeed hold a secret of its own and a young boy playing hooky with some friends may have stumbled upon it years ago. During their walk home, as darkness descended, an enormous black creature emerged from the tree line and into the bog with a terrifying sound that has haunted the witnesses to this very day. Upon returning the next day with parents and sheriff in hand, clear evidence of the sighting was obvious. Suspiciously, however, the sheriff was quick to determine it was a pair of bears and told them to forget the incident but their parents knew well it must have been something else.

Bigfoot: Legend or ... Petoskey News. After encountering "the thickest wall of live human body odor that you could ever imagine" and later hearing "three faint taps like two pieces of wood being hit together, then a slight pause, then one more" while in Wilderness State Park in Michigan last July, Ron Kostrubiec believes he may have encountered Bigfoot. Later he discovered a set of footprints including one of "a right foot print about 16 inches long and really wide... with a little rise of dirt between the little and next toe." Kostrubiec spoke to the local police as well as the state police, both of whom said they had not had Bigfoot reports in the area. Elsewhere, Man hopes to prove Bigfoot exists in W.Va. and in Pennsylvania, they're asking, is there a Sasquatch in our woods?. And the first day of the newly opened International Cryptozoology Museum was quite a success as reported in If We Build It, They Will Come.

More Mothman

And, while we're on the subject of Mothman today, here's another post on the Mothy one - this time from Micah Hanks.

The Texas Blue Dog

Here's an excellent new video that details the great work that Richie and Naomi West are doing with respect to the Texas "Blue Dog" controversy. I'm very pleased to say that Naomi and Richie have become major figures in the CFZ and are doing excellent work to build up the group in the US. Many thanks, guys!

Regan, Mothman & More

Regan Lee says:

Mothman Like Being at Blueberry Lake?

Half listening to Coast to Coast last Halloween night. C2C was having its annual “Ghost to Ghost” show, with callers sharing their ghostly experiences. One caller had an interesting story about a winged, humanoid creature following a friend of his at Blueberry Lake. (I seem to remember the caller mentioning the Bellvue area of Washington state, where lots of weird things have been going on for some time, but as I said, was half listening and so not sure of the location. I know there’s a Blueberry Lake resort back east in Vermont, for example…if anyone was listening to the program last and remembers, I’d like to hear from you.).

I was a little surprised the host, Ian Punnett, didn’t mention Mothman, nor did the caller, but Punnett did reference Thunderbirds.

It was a good story; person walking alone, at night, in a lonely part of Blueberry Lake, and hearing the dsitinct sounds of someone following him, or tracking him, from within the brambly blueberry bushes lining the lake. The caller described the sounds as bare feet slapping down on the pavement. When he ran, the unseen creature ran, when he slowed down, so did the creature. When he got away from the bushes and closer to home, he heard a tremendous whoosing sound of wings above his head.

Here's the original link.

Cats of London

Neil Arnold updates us on the latest news concerning sightings of big-cats in London...

Also: I received in the mail a couple of days ago from Neil a copy of the popular newsstand magazine, Chat, which includes a cool article from Neil that details his work, his research, how he got interested in mystery animals, and much more.

Congrats, Neil!

Monsters of Vermont

A couple of weeks ago, I received in the mail a review-copy of the book, The Vermont Monster Guide by Joseph A. Citro, and with artwork from Stephen R. Bissette. And, I'm pleased to say, the book is a highly entertaining look at strange creatures in the Green Mountain State. You can find my review of the book at my weekly Lair of the Beasts column at