Posted by: Loren Coleman on January 1st, 2010
Top Ten Cryptozoology Books of 2009
by Loren Coleman, Cryptozoologist and Author, Mysterious America, Cryptozoology A to Z, Bigfoot! The True Story of Apes in America, the “Loren Coleman Presents” series from Cosimo Books, and other books.
The Top Cryptozoology Book of 2009
1. Guide Des Animaux Cachés by Philippe Coudray
The new French cryptozoology book, Guide Des Animaux Cachés by author Philippe Coudray, published in October 2009, is the year’s best cryptozoology book. The volume is an almost comprehensive guidebook of the world’s cryptids, with incredibly well-done illustrations, range maps, and text, in French. Remarkably, the only shortfall is its coverage of non-hominoid North American cryptids. The exploration of the possibility of the text being translated by Patrick Huyghe and published by Anomalist Books, in English, in the foreseeable future, are in play.
Top Bigfoot Books of 2009 (alphabetical by author)
3. Sasquatch/Bigfoot and the Mystery of the Wild Man: Cryptozoology & the Mythology in the Pacific Northwest by Jean-Paul Debenat (translated by Paul LeBlond).
4. Sasquatch: True-Life Encounters with the Legendary Ape-Men by Rupert Matthews.
5. Anatomy of a Beast: Obsession and Myth on the Trail of Bigfoot by Michael McLeod.
Top Historical Hominological Book of 2009
6. The Dwarfs of Mount Atlas: Collected Papers on the Curious Anthropology of Robert Grant Haliburton by Robert Grant Haliburton.
Top Regional Cryptozoology Books of 2009 (alphabetical by author)
7. The Vermont Monster Guide by Joseph A. Citro and illustrated by Stephen R. Bissette.
8. Fearsome Creatures of Florida by John Henry Fleming.
Top Children’s Cryptozoology Book for 2009
9. Secret Saturdays: The Official Cryptid Field Guide ~ by D.R. Shealy (a pseudonym?), and illustrated by Jay Stephens.
Most Controversial Cryptozoology Book of 2009
Giant Snakes – Unravelling the Coils of Mystery by Michael Newton.
Encyclopedia of Lake and River Monsters by James Foster Robinson.
Plus a special note: Originally published in 2005, I would like to mention a wonderful book that I just discovered in 2009, for children:
The Serpent Came to Gloucester by M.T. Anderson and illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline.
To be considered for the “Best of 2010” list, please send review copies to
Loren Coleman, Director
International Cryptozoology Museum
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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.