Posted by: Loren Coleman on January 10th, 2007
The Sioux City Journal mentions a talk on January 11, 2007, by a Bigfoot cryptofiction and cryptopolitical writer.
Author Mike Palecek of Sheldon, Iowa, will provide a reading from his most recent book, Looking for Bigfoot: A Novel for America, at 7 p.m. Thursday in Meis Recital Hall on the Briar Cliff University campus.
Palecek, a peace activist and one-time candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, also will share selections from some of his other novels, including KGB, The Truth and Terror Nation. The author will sign copies of his books following the reading which is sponsored by the Briar Cliff University English Department.
A former seminarian and small town newspaper reporter, Mike Palecek’s novels typically take place in Iowa or Minnesota.
This is a chance to revisit the groundbreaking nature of this novel. I picked Mike Palecek’s journey as one of the best cryptofiction books of 2005. As it turns out, his book might have been two years ahead of itself, if what is happening in Iraq is any indication. But that’s the point, isn’t? I made these observations then:
In the new arena of cryptozoologically-inspired political novels is Mike Palecek’s Looking for Bigfoot: A Novel for America. The author’s underlying meaning for his "search" is clear. "Nobody believes in UFOs or the grassy knoll or Bigfoot…because the state, the television, Diane Sawyer…have programmed us to laugh at those things and the people who believe in them," writes Palecek.
"I can change it. I can change this country! I will find Bigfoot, and that will begin the unraveling of all the secrets of this cheesy nation," Palecek observes.
Some people won’t like this book, but that’s not the point here. It has been written and, philosophically and politically, that speaks volumes.
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.