The Top Cryptozoology Books of 2006

Posted by: Loren Coleman on December 15th, 2006

The Top Cryptozoology Books of 2006

by Loren Coleman, Cryptozoologist Author, Cryptozoology A to Z, Bigfoot!, and Tom Slick

It is time for the annual top picks for the best cryptozoology books of 2006, with attention to each book’s individual achievements noted in recognition of its unique niche within the cryptozoological literature this year.

Since 2000, I have published my annual "best of lists" in cryptozoology. Last year’s list of the best non-fiction books can be found here. For more information on each book picked below, please click on its hyperlinked name.

Congratulations to the authors, editors, and publishers. Readers, however, are the real winners, as every one of these books are special and worthy of your personal or community library, or for giving as a gift to your favorite cryptozoologist-in-training and cryptozoology, zoology, or natural history fans.

Here are 2006’s top cryptozoology books, in the noted categories:

(1) The Best Individual Cryptid Book of 2006

The Yowie Healy Cropper

The Yowie: In Search of Australia’s Bigfoot by Tony Healy and Paul Cropper

"It is destined to become an instant cryptozoological classic." – Dean Harrison, Austalian Yowie Research, October 6, 2006.

Tony Healy and Paul Cropper have written the most compelling book this year on one specific group of cryptids. It gathers the best historical and contemporary accounts, evidence, and theories on these less-than-fully-understood (outside of Australia) and little-recognized unknown hairy hominoids. In one fell swoop, this book may stand up for years as the one to consult about these creatures. What the co-authors did for this unknown "species" – Yowies, all – was this year unmatched in any other literary treatment in cryptozoology.

The Yowie is a model of organization and completeness to be followed by future authors who wish to publish their examinations of a body of data on one cryptid. The beautiful cover picked by Anomalist Books does not lie. It is a colorful door to the wonders you will find inside these 300-plus pages.

For more of what you will find inside of this #1 cz book of 2006, see here and here. See also Australian Yowie hunter Dean Harrison’s review of The Yowie.

(This book contains one of several unpaid, contributed forewords to books I wrote this year, and I deemed that no reason to disqualify this remarkable volume from the recognition it deserves internationally.)

(2) The Best General Book on Cryptozoology of 2006

Cryptozoology Out Of Time Place Scale

Cryptozoology: Out of Time Place Scale edited by Mark Bessire and Raechell Smith.

This book is a work of art, in illustrations, photographs, design, and words. It is the tome this year that captures the full impact of how cryptozoology is now a crossover into popular culture, and not merely the property of science any longer. For more about this book, see the editor of Crypto Craig Heinselman’s review.

(3) The Best Bigfoot Book of 2006

Sasquatch Legend Meets Science

Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science by Jeff Meldrum.

What can I say? This most anticipated of books on the American Bigfoot is a volume people have been waiting to see, for years, from Jeff Meldrum. It does not disappoint and covers all the material that Meldrum has been studying. His sections on footprint analyses step beyond those of the late Grover Krantz.

(4) The Best Biographical Cryptozoology Book of 2006

Valley of the Skookum

Valley of the Skookum: Four Years of Encounters with Bigfoot by Sali Sheppard-Wolford.

How would you like to have your mother write a book to explain why you are obsessed with an interest in Bigfoot? Bigfoot researcher and television personality Autumn Williams is lucky enough to have a mother who has done exactly this. The result is a fascinating and insightful book. In an era in which some rather sketchy "close contact" books have been produced with shortcomings like bad editing, this is a wonderful, well-done, nicely-presented addition to that literature from Pine Winds Press.

(5) The Best Historical Cryptozoology Book of 2006

The Historical Bigfoot

The Historical Bigfoot by Chad Arment

This is a book that I’ve wanted to write or read since the early 1960s. I congratulate Chad Arment for finally doing the hard work to produce such a valuable reference work in Sasquatch research. Anyone serious about Bigfoot should read this book early in your study of the hairy hominoids.

Honorable Mention: Shadows of Existence by Matthew Bille

(6) The Best Skeptical Lake Monster Book of 2006

Lake Monster Mysteries: Investigating the World’s Most Elusive Creatures by Benjamin Radford and Joe Nickell.

(7) The Best Fortean Cryptozoology Book of 2006

Hunting the American Werewolf by Linda S. Godfrey.

Honorable Mention: The Owlman and Others (30th Anniversary Expanded Edition) by Jonathan Downes.

(8) The Best C
ryptozoological Expedition Book of 2006

CFZ Expedition Report 2006 – Gambia by Oll Lewis, Lisa Dowley, Suzi Marsh, Karl Shuker, Jonathan Downes, Chris Moiser, Richard Freeman, and Chris Clark.

(9) The Best Flying Cryptid Book of 2006

Searching For Ropens: Living Pterosaurs in Papua New Guinea by Jonathan Whitcomb.

Honorable Mention: The Carolina Parakeet: America’s Lost Parrot In Art And Memory by Carole Boston Weatherford.

(10) The Best Cryptozoology Children’s Book of 2006

Tales of the Cryptids

Tales of the Cryptids: Mysterious Creatures That May or May Not Exist by Kelly Milner Halls, Rick Spears, and Roxyanne Young.

Honorable Mention: Little People And A Lost World: An Anthropological Mystery by Linda Goldenberg (Atkinson).

Honorable Mention: Searching the Abyss: A Beginners Guide to Cryptozoological Investigation by Mark A. Mihalko.

Copyright 2006 Loren Coleman.


A few notes about criteria: Books have to have been published for the first time or extensively revised, for 2006, to be on this list. They have to still be in print and be available for ordering as new books, thus out-of-print books, even if published in 2006, are not here. No e-books or online published books; these are books you can physically take with you to the beach or to the Congo.

Books have to be received to be noted at Cryptomundo, and to be read to be placed on the Top Cryptozoology Books for 2007. Please send your review copies to Loren Coleman, P. O. Box 360, Portland, ME 04112 USA, for future consideration. Thank you.

I have excluded any book on which I am officially listed as a co-author. However, I have included others, of course, in which I may be mentioned or to which I may have contributed, due to my involvement in the field. I routinely assist seekers, researchers and authors with their cryptozoology projects, freely.

The following books were taken out of possible contention in 2006, due to the fact I am a co-author of each of these three. This is fair, of course, but somewhat unfair to my four co-authors. My appreciation to each of my co-writers for these 2006 volumes: The Field Guide of Bigfoot and Other Mystery Primates co-authored with Patrick Huyghe; Unidentified & Creatures of the Other Edge with Jerome Clark; and Weird Ohio with Andy Henderson and James Willis.

Furthermore, so there would be no charges of family favoritism, a general Fortean book with some parts that are cryptozoological, More Strange Highways, written by my brother Jerry D. Coleman, has been left off the list of candidates too, but like all of the ones mentioned here, are highly recommended.


To find the master list of all links to every 2006 lists created at Cryptomundo about the top cryptozoology stories, the top Bigfoot stories, top mystery photographs, best cryptozoology books, best cryptofiction books, top creepy fossil discoveries, gifts, passings, top cryptids, and more, please click here.

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.

11 Responses to “The Top Cryptozoology Books of 2006”

  1. MattBille responds:

    Geez, Shadows of Existence doesn’t even rate an honorable mention? I am definitely slipping 🙂

    Congrats to all authors,

    Matt Bille

    P.S. I suggest an added category: Best Cryptozoology-Themed Fiction. The novel CRYPTID wins the inagural award, I think.

  2. MattBille responds:

    Oops, I meant to say Shadows ONLY rated an Honorable Mention. (I was a bit surprised at the History category, though, since I included no discoveries before 1990 and tried to keep everything up to date.)

    In any event, thanks to Loren for another year of well-deserved selections.

    Matt Bille

  3. fuzzy responds:

    So many books, so little time…

  4. Loren Coleman responds:

    No need for that suggested category. It is a separate list, as per last year.

    Cryptofiction’s top picks are yet to come. But the number of quality candidates this year is limited. Last year there was enough for a list full of winners.

    Congratulations again to all.

  5. Benjamin Radford responds:

    I am honored that Lake Monster Mysteries was recognized as the Best Skeptical Lake Monster Book of 2006. Small pool, eh? 🙂

  6. greatanarch responds:

    As a contributor, it’s interesting to see the Gambia Expedition Report there as Best Crypto Expedition Book. I just wonder if we placed first in a field of one?

  7. vet72 responds:

    I have two of the above mentioned books which proved to be outstanding reads. Looks as though I’ll be doing some more online ordering. Thanks for a great list!

  8. bill green responds:

    hey loren wow those are very interesting books about sasquatch & cryptozoology. the yowie in search of the austrailian bigfoot is a awesome & very informative etc book i just finished reading it. i would like like the above books someday. thanks bill

  9. mrbf2006 responds:

    Great choices this year on the top Crypto-books. I have read at least two of those books on the list, and am reading a third, the one at number 1. I have read “Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science” and “The Historical Bigfoot”. The one I am reading now, “The Yowie: In Search of Australia’s Bigfoot” is pretty good so far too.

  10. mystery_man responds:

    The Yowie is one of the cryptids which I am quite skeptical about, however the “The Yowie- In Search of Australia’s Bigfoot” is an amazing book. Lot’s of very compelling stuff in there that made me think. Still not so convinced about whether the Yowie exists or not, but this is a thoroughly entertaining and thought provoking read. Highly recommended.

  11. wenonahplace responds:

    Meldrum’s book is fantastic, cover to cover. his personal account of his first expedition is truly amazing and hair raising, no wonder he continues to follow the mystery till the end. His book is the definitive science compliment to all the over analyzed evidence of late, including a comprehensive analysis of many foot casts, and the skookum cast. I recommend this book to any one interested in the real search for, and the educated examination of the evidence of our resident hominids.

    “two thumbs way up!”

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