Cryptozoology for Beginners

Posted by: Loren Coleman on February 17th, 2008


B.T. Makishima has kindly published on Sunday, February 17, 2008, a new blog entitled “My recommendation for a book for beginners.”

Makishima writes:

My recommendation for beginners in the field of cryptozoology who want a book to read about is Cryptozoology A to Z. I know, I know, it sounds like a little kid’s book. But, if you don’t believe me, check out this info. First of all, it is 258 pages long, second, it alphabetizes the names and histories of the cryptids, and third, well, I think no little kid would understand ANY of it.

(Read the rest here.)

Thanks B. T. ~ whom I don’t know.

I appreciate the nod.

Actually, of course, adolescents, at least, do understand the book. Many teachers, librarians, and parents recommend Cryptozoology A to Z: The Encyclopedia of Loch Monsters, Sasquatch, Chupacabras, and Other Authentic Mysteries of Nature for all ages, and especially, I’ve been told, for “resistant readers.”


I am doing several talks at libraries in Maine this spring and summer because Cryptozoology A to Z has been mentioned in association with a 2008 statewide list of “books of interest” for public libraries.

The book was chosen for the 2001 “Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults List” by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and American Library Association (ALA).

Digging through some old boxes, I recently ran across several forgotten brand new copies of this book, which was published in 1999. If you want one autographed, send along $25 (plus $5 postage) PayPal to or via snail to Loren Coleman, PO Box 360, Portland, ME 04112. Thank you.

If you have an ABSM book on order, I could bundle them and send them together in the coming days, before the postal rates go up.


Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

6 Responses to “Cryptozoology for Beginners”

  1. morexs110 responds:

    I know it

  2. Christoph responds:

    I started with this book too, Loren!

    It’s great for beginners and also a fast source for “pro’s”.

  3. planettom responds:

    My girlfriend just gave me this book as a Valentines gift. 🙂 I can now cross it off of my wish list. Unfortunately, she bought it through Amazon, and I wont have an autographed copy. At least I have the book!

  4. maslo63 responds:

    I bought that book about seven years ago and read it cover to cover. I’m actually just fishing up “Mysterious America”. Great books; both of them.

  5. easternbigfoot2 responds:

    I love this book! :patty:

  6. emeraldnymph responds:

    This is one of my favorite books!

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