Posted by: Loren Coleman on December 2nd, 2009
Cosimo Publishing has issued the following to the news media:
Cosimo Celebrates Opening of the New International Cryptozoology Museum
NEW YORK, NY – Cosimo, a specialty book publisher in New York, joins in celebrating the recent opening of the new International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine by releasing cryptozoology classic books selected by its museum curator, leading cryptozoologist, and author Loren Coleman.
The phrase “cryptozoology,” a subdivision of zoology, which studies the phenomenon of hidden animals, was coined by the zoologist Ivan T. Sanderson in the 1930’s and appears in his 1961 classic Abominable Snowmen: Legend Come to Life. The search for hidden animals is an age-old phenomenon that includes the search for creatures such as Bigfoot, the Loch Ness monster, but also the giant panda, the okapi, and the Komodo dragon. The discovery of the latter three animals in the 20th century showed that hidden animals aren’t merely figments of the imagination.
The new cryptozoology museum, the first of its kind in the world, includes exhibits on the discoveries of “living fossils,” and special drawings and sculptures by leading cryptozoological artists. Loren Coleman, the museum curator, believes that the opening of this new museum is indicative of the growing popularity of cryptozoology, saying:
“…(since) you had…the ‘X-Files’ using the word cryptozoology for the first time on TV,…it’s over the years becoming a subject of interest and a part of our culture.”
Cosimo has partnered with Loren Coleman to publish rare and unique classic cryptozoological texts, which are selected by Coleman and include informative introductions by him in each of the over twenty editions of this growing collection. These classics include editions such as aforementioned Abominable Snowmen by Ivan Sanderson, The Great Sea Serpent by Anton Oudemans, The Book of Werewolves by Sabine Baring-Gould, Mythical Monsters by Charles Gould and many others. Many of these classics are available at the museum, and also at online bookstores.
ABOUT LOREN COLEMAN
As one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, Loren Coleman travels extensively to lecture and to continue his fieldwork. He blogs daily at cryptomundo.com, the Internet’s most popular cryptozoology news site, and regularly appears on radio and television programs, including
National Public Radio, Coast-to-Coast AM, The History Channel, The Travel Channel, and NBC.
In addition to being the author of numerous Cryptozoology books, including Mysterious America, Bigfoot! The True Story of Apes in America, and Mothman and Other Curious Encounters, Coleman is also the director of The International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine. Visit www.cryptozoologymuseum.com or his website at www.lorencoleman.com
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Cosimo Classics, based in New York, is an imprint of Cosimo, Inc., a specialty publisher of books and publications that inspire, inform, and engage readers. Cosimo’s mission is to offer unique books to niche audiences around the world.
Always available at online bookstores. Visit cosimobooks.com
Bigfoot and Yeti Christmas ornaments have now arrived at the museum and are going fast, due to them being highlighted on Boing Boing. Other popular cryptozoological items and autographed books are available. Teeshirts too.
There are many great ways to support the International Cryptozoology Museum this holiday season.
Write Loren Coleman directly about ordering autographed examples for your gift list.
The “Loren Coleman Presents” series from Cosimo Books is an exclusive.
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.