Thetis Lake Monster Revisited

Posted by: Loren Coleman on October 1st, 2009

The Thetis Lake Monster issue of Junior Skeptic will be published in the next few days.

Editor Daniel Loxton (above) shares the conclusion of his investigation of the British Columbian Lizardman reports. He declares the whole thing groundless. He spoke with eyewitness Russell Van Nice, who told him the pivotal Van Nice/Gold sighting was a hoax.

But the haunting question of the day is, if Loxton reinforces the imagery of the Thetis Lake Monster, a la’ The Creature From The Black Lagoon, within the minds of his youthful readers, well, will he have no one to blame but himself? (That’s an inside joke for anyone that ends up reading his debunking article.)

I do genuinely like the art. 😉

The cover art is by Chris Wisnia and Daniel Loxton.

The Thetis Lake Monster is now part of popular culture, certainly in Japan. An example of the following interpretative figurine, imported by Clawmark, can be seen in the museum. (It is only about two inches tall, btw, thus being a little shorter that the original reports discussed, which we now understand to be imaginative fakery, according to Loxton.)

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Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
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.

5 Responses to “Thetis Lake Monster Revisited”

  1. Ulysses responds:

    Ha,ha ! What a great cover! My regards to the artist for the Jack Kirby homage. The Thetis Lake Monster is a wonderful area mythology probably more akin to folklore . The actual monster was short , below 5 feet but seemed vicious nevertheless with it’s pointed spikey head, scales and bulging eyes as recorded by the witnesses. How about a complete comic to show the ” rest of the story” ?

  2. korollocke responds:

    Reminds me of Rana the monster from Volcano lake.

  3. korollocke responds:

    Further more comics(bronze age) in 1972 had cover prices of 15 or 20 cents, 10 cent covers were 40’s and 50’s(golden age) comic prices. 12 cents was the 60’s standard, all so known as the silver age by collectors.

  4. NecroSquatch responds:

    Ha I love this little bit of local folklore and relish in telling out of town guests the story after floating out to the middle of the lake. lol, but as far as I’ve seen the only monsters at Thetis seem to be the teenagers leaving their garbage and empties all over the park.

  5. cryptidsrus responds:

    Like the artwork. Very “Tales From The Crypt”-like.

    Personally I believe in the Thetis Lake Monster.

    But I was willing to read the article. Pretty good. 🙂

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