Many books have been written about cryptozoological topics.
I've listed a few that I believe you'll find interesting and
informative. I add more titles as I come across new books or
I reread old books so I can summarize them.
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For a more comprehensive listing of titles about
cryptozoological topics, see
Karl P. N. Shuker's bibliography.
Bigfoot and Other Hairy Hominids
- Big Footprints
(1992) by Grover S. Krantz offers a scientific
inquiry into the existence of the Sasquatch. Krantz, a
professor of anthropology at Washington State University, has
been studying Bigfoot for over thirty years. Includes
extensive discussion of footprints, the Patterson film, the
fossil record, Bigfoot hunters, and much more.
- Field Guide to the Sasquatch
(1992) by David George Gordon and the Society of
Cryptozoology offers a short 48 page summary of the history of
Sasquatch encounters. Includes conjectures about the
creature's behavior, living habits, and relationship with
- In Pursuit of the Abominable Snowman
(1971) by Odette Tchernine synthesizes reports (up
through 1970) about the Yeti and similar "remnant hominds".
An appendix lists 131 names and terms for such creatures from
around the world.
- Sasquatch & Bigfoot
(1993) by Don Hunter and René Dahinden is an updated
version of the 1973 book entitled Sasquatch.
The authors provide a good compilation of Bigfoot sightings
and an analysis of the Patterson film.
- The Field Guide to Bigfoot, Yeti and Other Mystery Primates Worldwide
(1999) by Loren
Coleman offers a comprehensive look at reports of
ape-like and human-like creatures throughout history. Coleman
suggests a new nine-category classification system for such
creatures. The book includes fifty case studies and
illustrations for each. A few excerpts
from the book are available online.
- Where Bigfoot Walks : Crossing the Dark Divide
(1995) by nature writer Robert Michael Pyle relates his
search for Bigfoot. Pyle was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship
to investigate the Sasquatch legends. Includes interviews
with Native Americans and a number of well-known names in
- Cryptozoology A to Z: The Encyclopedia of Loch Monsters, Sasquatch, Chupacabra
(1999) by Loren
Coleman and Jerome Clark provides an up-to-date look at
two hundred famous and not-so-famous cryptids. Includes
drawings, photographs, eyewitness accounts, and much more.
- Dragons in Amber
(1951) by Willy Ley discusses unusual living
creatures such as the Giant Panda and the Milu as well as the
extinct American camels, mammoths, insects in amber, and more.
A chapter entitled "The Islands of Adventive Fauna" will
appeal to anyone interested in volcanos. In it Ley talks about the
repopulation of the islands of Krakatoa by a variety of plants
and animals -- without human assistance -- after the great
volcanic explosion of 1883 completely denuded the islands.
- In Exotic Zoology
(1959) Willy Ley updates some of his essays on
zoological and cryptozoological topics from his earlier books
The Lungfish, the Dodo, and the Unicorn;
Dragons in Amber; and Salamanders
and Other Wonders.
- From Flying Toads to Snakes with Wings : From the Pages of Fate Magazine
Karl P. N. Shuker compiles articles about cryptids he
wrote for FATE
magazine. Includes winged feathered serpents, possible
living dinosaurs, giant Chinese toads, mystery bears, blue
horses, giant jellyfish, and many more.
- In Search of Prehistoric Survivors
(1995) by Karl P. N.
Shuker offers a modern review of the search for "living
fossils," particularly large unknown reptiles and
- Monster Hunting Today
(1983) by Daniel Cohen is a book about cryptozoology
aimed at younger readers. The text is printed in large type
and so may also be useful for the vision impaired. Cohen
offers a brief introduction to cryptozoology and chapters on
Mokele Mbembe; Lake Monsters like Champ and Chessie; search
efforts at Loch Ness; the giant octopus; the Alma and other
wildmen; and Bigfoot. Includes photos of the gigantic octopus
remains washed ashore at St. Augustine, Florida in 1896.
- On The Track Of Unknown Animals
(1995) by Bernard Heuvelmans is a reissue of the
classic work on the subject of cryptozoology. The 1958
edition has been reprinted with a new introduction by
Heuvelmans detailing some of the most important finds in the
last forty or so years, as well as some new photos. This book
is a "must have" if you are interested in
- Rumors of Existence : Newly Discovered, Supposedly Extinct, and Unconfirmed Inhabitants of the Animal Kingdom
(1995) by Matthew A. Bille concentrates on the most recently
discovered and rarest animals.
- Salamanders & Other Wonders
(1955) by Willy Ley includes sections on the
Abominable Snowmen; fabulous trees such as the upas, the
Javanese Tree of Death; and animals which were once near
extinction such as the Bermuda Cahow and the Swiss Waldrapp.
- The Complete Guide to Mysterious Beings
(1994) by John Keel covers some cryptozoological
entries along with vampires, werewolves, aliens, and other
oddities. Includes many eyewitness accounts of strange
- The Encyclopedia of Monsters
(1989) by Daniel Cohen covers Bigfoot and friends, land
monsters, monster birds and bats, phantoms, lake and river
monsters, sea monsters, alien and supernatural visitors, and
weird creatures in folklore. Includes helpful commentary on
hoaxes and an annotated bibliography.
- The Field Guide to North American Monsters : Everything You Need to Know About
(1998) by W. Haden Blackman catalogs many of the bizarre and
elusive creatures said to inhabit North America, including
hairy hominids, lake and sea serpents, and a variety of
- The Lungfish, the Dodo, and the Unicorn
(1948) by Willy Ley is the first in a classic series
of books by Ley on zoological and cryptozoological topics.
Willy Ley, space scientist with a deep interest in zoology,
ignited my interest both in astronomy
and cryptozoology when I was very
young. As a youngster, I found the chapter on the "Dragon of
the Ishtar Gate" of Babylon to be the most intriguing. I was
fascinated by the idea that the animal depicted by the
Babylonians, which they called the Sirrush (Mushrushu), might
have been a "living fossil" from the age of the
- Unexplained! : Strange Sightings, Incredible Occurrences & Puzzling Physical Phenomena
(1998) by Jerome Clark is the second edition of his
collection of "Forteana" including
sea serpents, merfolk, the Jersey Devil, bigfoot,
Chupacabras, and many more items which will tickle the fancy
of cryptozoology lovers and Forteans alike.
- In Search of Lake Monsters
(1974) by Peter Costello discusses the evidence for
lake monsters all over the world, including of course the Loch
Ness monster. Includes sections on the Highland water horses
of Scotland, the Pooka and Piast of Ireland, the Soe-Orm and
Skrimsl of Scandinavia, Ogopogo and others in Canada, Slimey
Slim and others in the United States, the Waitoreke and
Bunyip of Australia, the "Patagonian Plesiosaur," and others.
Costello suggests that the Loch Ness monster and many others
are sightings of a large long-necked grassigrade pinniped,
i.e., a long-necked seal.
- In the Domain of the Lake Monsters
(1998) by John Kirk discusses the search efforts by the
author and others for Ogopogo, provides an overview of the
large number of lake monsters reported about the world,
examines the relationship between Ogopogo and Cadborosaurus
Willsi of British Columbia, and studies the apparent
comparative physical differences between Ogopogo and the Loch
Ness Monster. Kirk is president of the British Columbia
Scientific Cryptozoology Club.
- Monster Hunt
(1972) by Tim Dinsdale traces the history of
appearances of the Loch Ness monster and similar creatures
around the world. He discusses the scientific expeditions to
investigate Loch Ness which took place in the 1960s and 1970s.
Dinsdale was a photographer on some of these
- Search at Loch Ness
(1977) describes the 1976 expedition undertaken by
The New York Times and the Academy of Applied Science, to
search for the Loch Ness monster.
- The Great Orm of Loch Ness
(1969) by F. W. Holiday suggests the Loch Ness
Monster is a giant vermiform invertebrate.
- The Loch Ness Monster : The Evidence
(1997) by Steuart Campbell examines eyewitness evidence,
reports, photos, and sonar evidence with a critical eye. He
concludes the evidence fails to support the existence of the
Loch Ness monster (and by extension, other lake monsters).
Campbell suggests many sightings at Loch Ness have been
natural phenomena such as standing waves, otters, or swimming
- The Loch Ness Mystery Solved
(1984) by Ronald Binns suggests that there is no
scientific evidence of monsters in Loch Ness. He suggests
most if not all sightings are actually of birds, roe deer,
large fish, otters, and wave wake phenomena.
- The Monsters of Loch Ness: The First Complete Scientific Study
(1976) by Roy P. Mackal includes a review of
eyewitness accounts, photos, and sonar data.
- A Living Dinosaur : In Search of Mokele-Mbembe
(1987) by Roy P. Mackal reports on his travels to
central Africa to look for Mokele-Mbembe, a large
sauropod-like creature supposed to inhabit the Congo. Mackal
didn't find the creature but he did uncover lots of
interesting native lore about it.
- Claws Jaws and Dinosaurs
(1999) by Kent Hovind and William J. Gibbons offers an
introduction to cryptozoology for younger readers. The authors
write from a Christian Creationist point of view so some of
their statements about religion and evolution may not appeal
to all readers.
- Drums Along the Congo : On the Trail of Mokele-Mbembe, the Last Living Dinosaur
(1993) by Rory Nugent details his travels on the
trail of the supposed river-dwelling living dinosaur. Nugent
spots what might be the creature from a distance, but his
guides restrain him from approaching more closely out of fear
for their lives. Nugent offers lots of fascinating detail
about the Congo and the people who live there.
- No Mercy : A Journey to the Heart of the Congo
(1997) by Redmond O'Hanlon recounts his trek to the Congo to
search for Mokele-Mbembe, a purported living dinosaur. This
book is actually much more of a travelog, autobiography, and
commentary on life than a strict cryptozoological work.
- The Great New England Sea Serpent: An Account of Unknown Creatures Sighted by Many Respectable Persons Between 1638 and the Present Day
(1999) by J. P. O'Neill discusses the sightings of the
unknown marine creature which appeared off the Massachusetts
coast during the early 1800s. O'Neill's book contains many
newly discovered contemporary accounts which have not been
reprinted since the early 1800s. She also corrects a number
of errors which have been propagated in previous books and
articles on the subject. O'Neill's essay
on the Great New England Sea Serpent offers an
introduction to the subject of her book.
- Hydra and Kraken, Or, the Lore and Lure of Lake-Monsters and Sea-Serpents
(1996) by Noel Peattie is a short 56 page introduction to the
"lore and lure of lake monsters and sea serpents."
- In the Wake of the Sea-Serpents
(1968) by Bernard Heuvelmans covers over 500
sightings of sea serpents and giant squid through the middle
1960s. Heuvelmans suggests the sea serpent sightings break
down into nine different types of animals. He doesn't cover
fresh water monsters like the Loch Ness monster in this
- Monsters of the Sea
(1994) by Richard Ellis discusses sea serpents, leviathans,
mermaids, krakens, and other legendary sea creatures. He
offers plausible referents in known existing animals for many
of these creatures. Ellis includes a lot of information about
sharks, squid, octopodes, and marine mammals like the manatee.
Ellis also covers "globsters," those mysterious rotting
carcasses that have sometimes been taken as dead sea monsters.
One of the appendices lists historical sightings and
strandings of the giant squid.
- Sea Serpents
(1991) by Charles Bright provides a short introduction to the
history of sea serpent sightings, from early times to the
present day. Includes a discussion of sea serpents in
mythology, famous hoaxes, and the possible identity of some of
- The Search for the Giant Squid
(1998) by Richard Ellis provides a solid introduction to this
unusual creature. In addition to the natural history of the
giant squid, Ellis describes its appearance in fiction and
cinema. The book includes a fine collection of rarely before
seen images of the giant squid.
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