Posted by: Loren Coleman on October 31st, 2007
One of the things that happened as I was finishing Bigfoot! (published in 2003) was that Ray Wallace died on November 26, 2002. I added some details, post-proofs, to my book, but there is much that can be said about what happened, after Wallace died. The entire landscape of Sasquatch studies was changing rapidly. Grover Krantz had died on February 14, 2002.
I surprised many people because I was behind exposing what Wallace had done, and took to heart that Bigfoot research would be better off if we began looking closely at Wallace’s legacy.
I’ve now written two examinations of what happened, post-Wallace, that ponders the Wallace impact on Bigfoot.
One of these is an essay on the Wallace tracks that is going to be included in Christopher Murphy’s new book next year. More on that in 2008.
The other is a long detailing of my thoughts on how the media reacted to the news of Ray Wallace’s death, and how contoured reporting tried to do everything from killing off Bigfoot to blaming Wallace for faking the Patterson-Gimlin footage. This essay is included in the new anthology, DarkLore Volume 1, edited by The Daily Grail’s Greg Taylor. It’s one of those treatments, as my editor friend Patrick Huyghe likes to say, where I “stretch my legs.”
Even though the book’s title makes it sound like a combination videogame and graphic novel, it is a straightforward collection of 18 essays (304 pages) by Michael Grosso, Daniel Pinchbeck, Nick Redfern, Robert Schoch, Blair Blake, Lynn Picknett, Clive Prince, others, and me.
For the collectors out there, the hardcover print run is gone, but the paperbound edition is now out. The paperback will be $US13.95 or UK£8.99. See Amazon USA or Amazon UK for the paperbound edition.
All the authors took no money upfront to support Taylor getting the book out, with the promise that future sales will be split later. So buying the book does really support several people’s research and future writings.
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading. 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.