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Here’s Nessie!

Posted by: Karl Shuker on September 20th, 2016

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The Loch Ness Monster (LNM) is not only the premier mystery beast of the United Kingdom, it also vies with the bigfoot or sasquatch as the most famous one anywhere in the world.

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Remembering Pedro – The Missing Mini-Mummy of Wyoming

Posted by: Karl Shuker on July 31st, 2016

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Back in 2009, my article’s documentation of Pedro was fairly brief, but since then I have investigated this mystifying entity in further detail, enabling me to flesh out or highlight various aspects of its story that had previously been somewhat obscure, contradictory, or totally confused in other accounts accessed by me. Consequently, I am now presenting here a much-expanded, updated version of my original coverage of Pedro.

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Linnaeus’s Fury Worm – The History and Mystery of a Hellish Micro-Assassin

Posted by: Karl Shuker on July 7th, 2016

Can a tiny creature that doesn’t even exist inflict agonising pain and even death upon its human victims? Ordinarily, I would say no – but the history (and mystery) of a virtually forgotten yet decidedly bizarre micro-assassin known as Furia infernalis, the hellish fury worm, is anything but ordinary.

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A Frog as Big as a Goat – The Most Mystifying Loch Ness Monster Sighting Ever?

Posted by: Karl Shuker on May 11th, 2016

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Of all of the many Nessie-related subjects documented by me down through the years (and now collected together in my forthcoming book Here’s Nessie: A Monstrous Compendium From Loch Ness), few have incited as many inquiries to me from readers and correspondents as the extraordinary ‘frog as big as a goat’ supposedly sighted one day by diver Duncan Macdonald while underwater in Loch Ness during the late 1800s.

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The Yukon Beaver Eater, and Ground Sloths in New Zealand?

Posted by: Karl Shuker on March 9th, 2016

When we think of sloths, we generally picture those famously sluggish, dog-sized, tree-dwelling beasts that spend much of their time hanging upside-down from branches in modern-day Central and South America. Millions of years ago, however, there were several additional, very different morphological types – of which the most famous and dramatic were the ground sloths.

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The Tsmok Statue at Lake Lepel, Belarus – Aquatic Dragon, Flippered Water-Deer, or Long-Necked Seal?

Posted by: Karl Shuker on September 16th, 2015

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On 8 August 2015, the city of Lepel in Belarus’s Vitebsk Province hosted an international festival of mythology entitled ‘On a Visit to Lepel Tsmok’ . Among the varied array of subjects featured in this festival’s talks and presentations was Lepel’s very own legendary monster, one that was once virtually unknown to the outside world. Thanks to a wonderful statue here, however, all that is now changing, rapidly.

Read: The Tsmok Statue at Lake Lepel, Belarus – Aquatic Dragon, Flippered Water-Deer, or Long-Necked Seal? »


A Manifestation of Monsters is Here!

Posted by: Karl Shuker on September 13th, 2015

I’m delighted to announce that my latest book, A Manifestation of Monsters: Examining the (Un)Usual Subjects, is now in print, published by Anomalist Books. It contains a superb foreword by my good friend and fellow cryptozoologist Ken Gerhard, and its front cover is sumptuously illustrated with a truly spectacular cryptozoological painting by hugely-talented artist Michael J. Smith that directly inspired me to write this book.

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Investigating the Locust Dragon of Nicolaes de Bruyn

Posted by: Karl Shuker on September 1st, 2015

As a fervent browser of bestiaries, illuminated manuscripts, and other sources of antiquarian illustrations portraying a vast diversity of grotesque, extraordinary beasts that ostensibly bear no resemblance or relation to any species known to science, I am rarely surprised nowadays by any zoological depictions that I encounter in such sources. A few days ago, however, I was not just surprised but also thoroughly bemused – bewildered, even – by a truly remarkable picture that I happened to chance upon online.

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Mystery Creature Carcass Identified?

Posted by: Karl Shuker on August 24th, 2015

Has the creature in these two photos from Arlene Gaal’s book In Search of Ogopogo ever been conclusively identified and, if so, what was it and does anyone have any published sources for the identification?

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The Beast of Gévaudan – Wolf, Man…or Wolf-Man?

Posted by: Karl Shuker on August 24th, 2015

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Between June 1764 and June 1767, a hideous series of killings, as grisly as they were plentiful (somewhere around 80 to 113 human victims, plus many injured survivors), occurred in a village-speckled district of Lozère, southeastern France, called Gévaudan. Their perpetrator became known as the Beast of Gévaudan, but more than two centuries of speculation have failed to stem the controversy regarding its precise identity. Just what was the Beast of Gévaudan? An animal? A man? Or something more?

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Reviewing Dragons in Zoology, Cryptozoology, and Culture

Posted by: Karl Shuker on July 19th, 2015

After extensive research, I finally wrote my long-planned second dragons book – entitled Dragons in Zoology, Cryptozoology, and Culture – and saw it published in 2013 by Coachwhip Publications of Greenville, Ohio. It constitutes one of the most comprehensive dragon-themed factual books ever published, is sumptuously illustrated throughout in full colour, and very recently I was delighted to see not one but two positive, encouraging reviews of it.

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The Last of the Irish Elks?

Posted by: Karl Shuker on July 15th, 2015

One of the most spectacular members of the Eurasian Pleistocene megafauna was the Irish elk Megaloceros giganteus. Formally described in 1799, it is also aptly known as the giant deer, as its largest known representatives were only marginally under 7 ft tall at the shoulder and bore massive antlers spanning up to 12 ft, but did this magnificent species linger on into historic times?

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Lesser Nessies

Posted by: Karl Shuker on July 15th, 2015

Everyone has heard of Nessie, the reputed monster of Loch Ness, but fewer people realise that mystery beasts of various forms have also been reported from a sizeable number of other mainland Scottish freshwater lochs. These include Lochs Arkaig, Assynt, Awe, Eil, Feith an Leothaid, Garten, Lochy, Lomond, Maree, Morar, Oich, Quoich. Shiel, and Treig.

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Globsters Abounding!

Posted by: Karl Shuker on July 14th, 2015

Mystery beasts come in all sizes and shapes, but in the case of globsters they are most famous not just for their great size but also for their conspicuous lack of any well-defined shape. Aptly named by American cryptozoologist Ivan T. Sanderson in the early 1960s, globsters (also dubbed blobsters or blobs) are generally huge, amorphous masses of decomposing tissue, usually rubbery and covered in fibrous ‘hair’, lacking any recognisable body parts or skeleton, which are regularly washed ashore on beaches around the world.

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Marsupial Sabre-Tooths, Queensland Tigers, Blue Mountains Lions, and a Most Elusive Crypto-Cutting

Posted by: Karl Shuker on June 8th, 2015

In 1980, a very popular television series screened in the UK was Arthur C. Clarke’s Mysterious World, produced by Yorkshire TV, in which the renowned, eponymous science-fiction writer presented a wide range of unexplained phenomena. Four episodes in this series were devoted to cryptozoological subjects. One of these dealt with sea monsters, one with lake monsters, one with man-beasts, and one with a wide assortment of other mystery creatures – including giant snakes, the king cheetah, the New Guinea dragon, the mokele-mbembe, and the thylacine or Tasmanian wolf Thylacinus cycnocephalus.

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