Posted by: Loren Coleman on March 26th, 2010
Yes, it is true.
I think that some of the most fun in creating a new book is sharing the writing with someone skilled, intelligent, and insightful. Therefore, please meet my next coauthor, Michelle Souliere, whom I will be working with on a fun project that you can become part of, if you wish.
A few months ago, I signed on to write another book. This one I will be penning along with Michelle Souliere of Green Hand Books, who has a new book coming out this summer of 2010, called Strange Maine (with original internal art, chapter illustrations, research, writing and most of the cover art by Souliere).
Our mutual new tome will be entitled Bigfoot in Maine.
Photos by David Carkhuff, Portland Daily Sun.
Tentatively, Bigfoot in Maine by Loren Coleman and Michelle Souliere, is due for 2012, from Idyll Arbor, Inc.. The company’s publisher, Pine Winds Press has released Bigfoot in Georgia: Legends, Myths, and Sightings by Jeffrey Wells, the now-classic Bigfoot Casebook Updated by Janet and Colin Bords, Valley of the Skookum by Sali Sheppard-Wolford, and Robert W. Morgan’s two books. Pine Winds Press shall be trekking its way through other states in the near future, in search of writers of other Bigfoot books.
Needless to say, having been in New England since 1975, I have quite a file of cases and work for Maine already, and Michelle is a talented historical researcher, contemporary interviewer, and skilled artist that has much to include in this book too. But we want to be thorough. Therefore, if you would like to assist with the additional research that Michelle and I shall be putting into making Bigfoot in Maine a superb example of regional scholarly cryptozoology literature, here’s how.
Do you happen to have any information on the Pine Tree State’s unique role in Bigfoot lore, legend, and literature? Do you know of some little-referenced sightings? Have you included any Maine Bigfoot in your fiction or nonfiction work? If so, please make contact here. After all, lots of people visit the state, so you may live out-of-state and still have info on Maine Bigfoot or know something or someone we should know.
In addition to gathering historical and recent reports of Bigfoot and other Maine hairy bipeds encounters, we will also be comprehensively interviewing all the New England individuals and organizations who have formerly or are currently hunting/searching for Maine Bigfoot. Here again, you may have moved away from Maine or only have had a vacation here, but still you might have valuable data to share. If you are such a Bigfoot researcher, eyewitness, or have more information on Bigfoot in Maine, please make contact here.
Thank you, and check back for more, later.
Trivia for today: Maine is called the “Pine Tree State” to recognize the white pine tree, an officially designated state symbol. Maine possesses over 17 million acres of forests. The State of Maine’s land surface is actually covered by 95% forest and tree cover, more than any other state in the USA. Indeed, the prime area of Bigfoot-Sasquatch reports, namely the Pacific Northwest (northern California through southern British Columbia), is only covered by 80% forest cover.
(BTW, for those that are skeptical that “coming soon” should be used with a book appearing in two years, you must realize that when I put this in the context of being in the field of cryptozoology for 50 years, two years feels like the blink of the eye in publishing!)
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.