Thursday, December 29, 2011

Profiling Stan Gordon

If you have followed the work of researcher/writer Stan Gordon - and particularly so his excellent book, Silent Invasion, which addresses a wealth of truly high-strangeness in relation to Bigfoot - you will want to read this new piece on Stan's work, which provides some excellent insight.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The Terror Tower

On England's Cannock Chase woods, stands a tower of terror. It is one populated by a bizarre menagerie of strange beasts. And if that has caught your attention, for more information, click right here...

The Lone Star State Bigfoot

Over at the My San Antonio site, there's an excellent new feature that profiles various Texas-based Bigfoot researchers, as well as their work, findings and theories on the legendary beast. Here's the link.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Unbelievable: A Monstrously Good Tale!

Unless someone shoots a Bigfoot, or a Nessie washes up on the shore of Loch Ness in the next few days, this will likely be my final post before the holidays. Fortunately, the subject matter is a very good one!

Available right now is a brand new graphic novel written and illustrated by a friend of mine who lives in Wales: Simon Wyatt. Its title is Unbelievable: The Man Who Ate Daffodils.

If you have read my book, The Real Men in Black, you will have seen Simon's artwork contained within its pages. Specifically, the drawings of two Men in Black and of the legendary Mothman of Point Pleasant, West Virginia.

So, with that said, what is Simon's book all about? Well, I'll tell you! And probably the best way for me to do that is by including here the Foreword I wrote for Simon's book, and which reads as follows:

"Not only is Simon Wyatt a highly-skilled artist and a gifted story-teller with a fine imagination, he's also a mate. And so, when Simon asked me if I would be willing to write a foreword for his latest mighty, monstrous tome, my answer was a quick and enthusiastic 'Yes!'

"So, after a copy of the manuscript made its way across the Atlantic to my home in Dallas, Texas, I sat down on what was an appropriately dark, stormy and windswept night to read Simon's story. And, I'm very pleased that I did!

"Simon has skilfully weaved together a swirling tale of magical, Gothic, cryptozoological and sinister proportions that rather reminds me of a perfect combination of those classic old Hammer horror-films of the late 1950s and 1960s; The Hound of the Baskervilles; Primeval; Scooby-Doo; The Secret Seven; and a good old adventure tale of the type that are sorely missed today. And all told in Simon's own unique style and brand, too, of course.

"Hideous killer-beasts roaming around the darkened, shadowy streets of a small Welsh town; creepy and eccentric characters with black secrets and hidden agendas; a few adventurous kids who are at the heart of the puzzle; fantastic myths and tales of centuries past; and much more all combine to create a suspense-filled story that will appeal to anyone and everyone with an appreciation of all-things weird and ominously atmospheric.

"Part-detective story, part-monster hunt, and part-whodunit, the story Simon tells will keep you entertained right up to (and including, of course!) the absolute last page.

"And the very good news is that more volumes - and more dark goings-on - are destined to follow! Keep 'em coming, Si!"

And, if that has caught your attention (and hopefully it has!), here's a bunch of links where you can find more about Simon's work, his new book, Unbelievable, and how and where to purchase your very own copies. Click on the links for all the info:

Markosia's Website listing and order details:

A review by Starburst magazine:

Free preview:

Official Facebook page:

And last but not least, Simon's blog, StrangelyDrawn;

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Offline/Online/Offline/Online Etc, Etc...

Due to the Christmas season, work, deadlines etc etc, posts may be intermittent-to-zero here until the New Year, so I'll take this opportunity wish all of you a very Merry Christmas, and a happy and healthy 2012!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Brad Steiger's The Werewolf Book Reviewed

Over at the Magonia blog, you can find a good, new review of Brad Steiger's The Werewolf Book. Check it out!

The Yeti and the Government

Now and again, stories surface within the realm of Cryptozoology concerning official interest in, and secret knowledge of, hairy man-beasts, such as Bigfoot and the Abominable Snowman. And, now, as Loren Coleman notes over at Cryptomundo, there's a a fascinating development in this curious saga...

Monday, December 12, 2011

Fortean Fiction

This is very good news: the Center for Fortean Zoology has set up yet another publishing company (alongside CFZ Press and Fortean Words). The new one is called Fortean Fiction and, as its name suggests, it's solely dedicate to publishing novels on matters of a Fortean nature.

You can find out all about Fortean Fiction at this link at the CFZ's blog, including a new title from the CFZ's Richard Freeman, and a title on the Loch Ness Monster.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Top Cryptozoological Books of 2011

Over at Cryptomundo, Loren Coleman provides us with info and images on his favorite cryptozoological books of 2011, and also gives us some insight into what's coming next year. In fact, 2012 looks to be an excellent year for crypto-titles!

Here's the link.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Bigfoot/Chupacabra Secrecy

A couple of days ago, I made mention here of my new book from New Page Books(Keep Out!), and noted that it contains a number of stories relative to Cryptozoology, including one on Bigfoot and another on the Chupacabra.

You can find out more about these two weird accounts - that combine Cryptozoology and conspiracies in truly controversial fashion - in a new post from me at the New Page Books blog.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Creature Secrets

My latest Lair of the Beasts column at Creatures, conspiracies, secrets and more...

Sky Beasts

Over at his Shuker Nature blog, Dr. Karl Shuker has an excellent new post on the theory - most famously suggested by Trevor James Constable - that some UFOs may actually be unknown forms of life in their own right. The whole "Sky Beast" mystery is a fascinating one, and if you aren't aware of it, check out Karl's post, which makes for great reading!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Strange Creatures and Keep Out!

Area 51, Hangar 18, the Montauk facility, and the Dulce Base.

These are just a few of the select, highly classified installations about which governments prefer that we, the general public, remain steadfastly ignorant.

And those same governments have excellent reasons for wishing us to remain in the dark. It is at these secret facilities that for decades clandestine research has reportedly been undertaken into crashed UFOs, deceased alien entities, bizarre creatures and unknown animals, lethal viruses, biological warfare, mind-control experimentation, and much, much more.

Whether situated deep under the oceans, far below the ground, or within the heart of remote, fortified desert locales, these and many other super-secret places are guarded with a near-paranoid zeal by those in power who wish to keep their secrets buried and locked far away from prying eyes.

And you can find all the information in my new book, Keep Out!, published right now by New Page Books.

But, why, you may ask, am I promoting my new book at this, my Cryptozoology-themed blog?

Simple: the book contains a number of stories of a crypto-nature that are linked to secret installations.

Stories of Sasquatch, the Chupacabra, big cats, cave-dwelling monsters and more are all part and parcel of Keep Out!