Posted by: Nick Redfern on January 8th, 2013
Over at the blog of the Center for Fortean Zoology’s Australian office, there’s a new and insightful interview with Dr. Karl Shuker.
You can find the complete Q&A right here, but below are a few extracts from it to give you an idea of it all:
CFZ-OZ: “How did you first get involved in researching strange and mysterious creatures?”
KS: “I’d always been interested in the more unusual animals as opposed to the familiar ones, so when I was bought a copy of Bernard Heuvelmans’s book On the Track of Unknown Animals as an early teenager by my mother, it sparked what has become an enduring, life-long interest in cryptozoology.”
CFZ-OZ: “What were some of the early influences in your life?”
KS: “Heuvelmans, definitely, also my mother, whose own interest in animals and nature immeasurably encouraged and directed my own.”
CFZ-OZ: “What creatures particularly interest you?”
KS: “Even with cryptozoology, I prefer the lesser-known, less-publicised animals as opposed to the more famous ones, so I have a wide range of interests in this field, including many that until I documented them had not been chronicled within the cryptozoological literature – such as the Scottish earth hound, the Sri Lankan devil bird and horned jackal, a vast diversity of mystery birds, the New Guinea devil pig, and all manner of little-known mystery cats from around the world.”
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