Posted by: Loren Coleman on June 7th, 2010
Chad Arment’s latest survey of North American mystery animals is now available from Coachwhip Publications, via online booksellers.
Varmints: Mystery Carnivores of North America (ISBN 1-61646-019-9) is 682 pages and $29.95 US.
From Black Panthers to Giant Polar Bears…
There are a wide range of mystery carnivores reported in North America. Strange felines are most common (black, striped, spotted, maned, or brindle), but there are also reports of hyena-like animals, oversized polar bears, miniature grizzlies, huge white wolves, and more.
Varmints explores the diversity of sightings and folklore of unknown predators, and also examines what we know about the oddities (phenotypic and behavioural) of our known carnivore species.
The book includes a review of the anomalies and oddities of our known native carnivores, and a state-by-state (and province) survey of sighting reports of these cryptids.
There is a lot of material here for both the beginning cryptozoology enthusiast and the seasoned researcher. With reports spanning North America, there are plenty of leads for future investigation.
I shall post a review soon after I receive a review copy. I anticipate I shall like this book a great deal. This could be quite a remarkable book.
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.