Posted by: Loren Coleman on May 1st, 2010
Strange Maine: True Tales from the Pine Tree State has been published. This book is a great and significant addition to the growing regional literature on the unknown by new authors who are out there digging up new and old information overlooked by previous writers, investigators, and historians.
If you live in New England or visit here, you will want to obtain this book as quickly as possible.
But don’t be put off by what you read, online, about ordering it.
For example, sometimes the descriptions about delivery at Amazon.com are so disturbingly incorrect to be insane. For example, if you look there today, you will note that it says that Michelle Souliere’s new book, Strange Maine: True Tales from the Pine Tree State, which was released on April 30, 2010, “usually ships within 1 to 2 months.”
Two months? That is enough to discourage anyone taking a vacation in Maine this summer thinking they might read the book before they come.
Don’t believe everything you read from online booksellers!
Okay, a couple things about that. First of all, you can stop by the Green Hand Bookshop in Portland, Maine, and pick up a copy directly from the author, today. She’ll even autograph it. Or, if you are far away from Maine, you probably can order it from Amazon or your local bookstore, and have it next week, not next month!
Disclaimer: Even beyond the fact that Michelle Souliere did a remarkably outstanding job with that last chapter of her new book, Strange Maine, about the International Cryptozoology Museum, I would find this to be a great book for anyone to read who is seriously and/or casually interested in Fortean things, creatures, and more that go bump in the Pine Tree State! This volume is highly recommended for those who wish to wander and explore the wonder-filled world of Maine with a great guide at the wheel! And I do mean this whether it is from your favorite reading chair, your local library, your bus or train trip to Maine, or from a vehicle you actually are steering.
Here’s a little about Strange Maine: True Tales from the Pine Tree State and the author, from the History Press’s overviews.
Maine is well known as a land of fresh air and clean water, as the home of L.L. Bean and as one of the most popular camping and outdoor recreation destinations in the country. But what lies behind this idyllic facade? Freaks. Weirdos. Unmapped roads. Whispering rocks. Deadening fog. Ghost pirates. Lonely islands. THINGS in the woods. This is the great state of Maine, home of Stephen King, land of the Great Northern Woods and all the mystery that lies within their dark footprint. What better setting than this for tales of strange creatures, murderers, madmen and eccentric hermits? From the “Headless Halloween of 1940″ to Colonel Buck’s curse, from Bigfoot sightings to the “witch’s grave” in a Portland cemetery, writer and illustrator Michelle Souliere brings to life these strange-but-true tales from the Pine Tree State.
Mr. Jeff Meuse was the very first patron to buy the new book, Strange Maine, in Ms. Michelle Souliere’s Green Hand Bookshop. Here, the new author holds Mr. Meuse’s copy of that book.
About the Author
Michelle Souliere is the author and editor of the Strange Maine blog, winner of the Portland Phoenix’s “Best Blog” award in 2008 and 2009, and the Strange Maine Gazette, its print offshoot. She is the founder of the Green Hand Bookshop in Portland, Maine. Michelle spends much of her so-called free time doing research for Strange Maine, and collecting stories from friends and strangers that feed this pursuit. Another activity commanding a portion of her time is that of creating artwork for local display and publication, which includes drawing, painting, and ridiculous amounts of photography. Her bookshop is kept interesting by its adjacency to the International Cryptozoology Museum, a decor made up of curious and sometimes inexplicable knickknacks, and a constant deluge of incoming books (bring waders). She likes Maine very much.
Congratulations to Michelle, upon the occasion of the publication of her first book!
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.