Posted by: Karl Shuker on December 18th, 2016
The second week of December 2016 is not one that I shall long remember – and for all the right reasons! Not only did it contain my birthday but it also presented me with two unique birthday presents – Loren Coleman and his International Cryptozoology Museum did me the immense double honour of presenting me with not one but TWO of their prestigious, much-coveted Golden Yeti cryptozoology awards. One was for Cryptozoologist of the Year 2016, and the other was for Best Cryptozoology Book of the Year 2016, this latter award being bestowed upon my newly-published ‘mega-book’ Still In Search Of Prehistoric Survivors, containing 612 pages, almost 260,000 words, and over 300 illustrations, mostly in colour and many never previously published. Moreover, my earlier book of 2016, Here’s Nessie! A Monstrous Compendium From Loch Ness, also made the Top Ten Best Cryptozoology Books of the Year 2016.
My sincerest thanks to Loren Coleman and the ICM for this extraordinary recognition of my contributions to cryptozoology – I am truly grateful!
My name is Dr Karl P.N. Shuker. I am a zoologist (BSc & PhD), media consultant, and the author of 25 books and hundreds of articles, specialising in cryptozoology and animal mythology. I have a BSc (Honours) degree in pure zoology from the University of Leeds (U.K.), and a PhD in zoology and comparative physiology from the University of Birmingham (U.K.). I have acted jointly as consultant and major contributor to three multi-author volumes on cryptozoology and other mysterious phenomena. I am the Life Sciences Consultant to The Guinness Book of Records/Guinness World Records (Guinness: London, 1997-present day), and was consultant to Monsters (Lorenz Books: London, 2001), as well as a contributor to Mysteries of the Deep (Llewellyn: St Paul, 1998), Guinness Amazing Future (Guinness: London, 1999), The Earth (Channel 4 Books: London, 2000), and Chambers Dictionary of the Unexplained (Chambers: London, 2007). I appear regularly on television & radio, was a consultant for the Discovery TV series Into the Unknown, and a question setter for the BBC's quiz show Mastermind. I am a Scientific Fellow of the Zoological Society of London, a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society, a Member of the Society of Authors, and the Cryptozoology Consultant for the Centre for Fortean Zoology (CFZ). I have written articles for numerous publications, including Fortean Times, The X Factor, Paranormal Magazine, FATE, Strange Magazine, Prediction, Beyond, Uri Geller's Encounters, Phenomena, Alien Encounters, Wild About Animals, All About Cats, All About Dogs, Cat World, etc. In 2005, I was honoured by the naming of a new species of loriciferan invertebrate after me - Pliciloricus shukeri.