Creature From The Black Lagoon

Posted by: Loren Coleman on September 28th, 2006

Creature From The Black Lagoon

There is a new cryptofiction novel, Creature From The Black Lagoon: Time’s Black Lagoon.

Book Description

In 1954, an expedition found what seemed to be a missing link in the evolutionary chain: an ancient, immensely powerful amphibian creature. Scientists tried to tame it, break its will, and even change its very being with surgery and torture, but the beast rebelled, killing nearly all in its way. But was the creature truly a throwback, a freak survivor of some prehistoric era — or was it something more?

Six decades later, one scientist attempts to find out, using a time machine to journey into the past. What he finds not only shatters his vision of what the Creature might be, but could change the history of the human race forever. Paul Di Filippo reinvents the Creature with a tale of time travel, horror, and mystery that blends Cold War science fiction with today’s cutting edge cyberpunk.

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.

20 Responses to “Creature From The Black Lagoon”

  1. MountDesertIslander responds:

    When I read the words ‘Time Machine’ in a sci-fi novel promotion I automatically dismiss the thing. I guess it’s just me but that vehicle is almost as worn out as a ‘dream sequence’ in a love story.

  2. eireman responds:

    That original film is one of my all time favorite “monster movies” but I have to agree with MountDesertIslander, that is a played out scenario. It’s like watching the 28th season of some Star Trek show and the stupid transporter is on the fritz again, or something has gone horribly, horribly wrong with the holodeck or they have to eject the ol’ warp core again. (I may have shown what a total sci-fi geek I can be but I digress…)

  3. Trapster responds:

    “The Creature From the Black Lagoon” was a favorite film of mine as a child, I just loved the idea of some kind of aquatic reptile man swimming around with cool webbed hands. The summery of this new one holds true to recent policies of bringing back a classic piece of cinema only to defecate upon in front of everyone.

  4. ddh1969 responds:

    I understand one of the major story points is going back to that era but like the others above, my mind did a 180 degree turnaround on this when I saw ‘time machine..’. The story is titled ‘TIME’s Black Lagoon’ so time travel became essential to the whole thing but it would be MUCH more plausible if he were to just stumble upon one in MODERN times…would the creature still not possibly be seen as the ‘throwback’. Why doesn’t he just hop in a time machine and stop the assasination of archduke Ferdinand or something useful…


  5. busterggi responds:

    I admit its my reflex to agree with the previous posters but I’ll try to withhold judgement until I read a review or two.

    I would have preferred a simple return via boat than time machine.

  6. One Eyed Cat responds:

    I will have to reserve judgment until I can read it as well. The skill of the writer will determine if the time travel is acceptible to the readers — Though I do understand the monotony of seeing the same thing over and over.

    *Whew * for a second there I thought this would be telling about a new movie of the story. I hate those remakes. The writers never ‘get it’ and dump what made the original concept a success tring to ‘update’ what should never be updated.

  7. Lee Murphy responds:

    Sadly, the time travel scenario takes a very plausible idea and “undoes” the whole thing. 1954 wasn’t so long ago that a more realistic idea might be to simply return in the present to look for more.

  8. twblack responds:

    Very cool film indeed. Also Loren saw you on the History Channel yesterday talking about Ghost Ship sightings.

  9. mystery_man responds:

    The sci-fi time machine thing could work, but it would be more interesting to me personally if it was more accessible and real. It would be a lot creepier and easier to relate to if it was a plausible setting. It might be entertaining but hard to put myself in the shoes of a cryptozoologist who travels back in time six decades. I hope to be pleasantly suprised.

  10. jhamm responds:

    I would think having a time machine would be enough to “change the history of the human race forever!” It seems to me that the time travelling angle would be a distraction from the creature story. Either make it a time travel novel or a creature novel, not both.

  11. One Eyed Cat responds:

    Hum, I took the possibility of ‘changing the history of the human race forever’ to mean the time travel went way back, like pre-history.

    Will have to hunt the book now.

  12. swol responds:

    I have it on order myself.
    I view it as an expansion of the original concept.
    Mostly I view it as a fun read about a fun character.

    Maybe it will be crap, maybe it will be good. I am hopeful.

  13. Tobar responds:

    Time Travel? UGHHHHH.

  14. Sky King responds:

    Has anyone ever seen Ron Popiel and the Creature from the Black Lagoon together? Just wondering.

  15. Karl responds:

    The time travel element can still work if it’s done well. But if it’s just another ‘military experiment’ gone awry type of tale, then I don’t have much hope for it.

    Very nice book cover though.

  16. brineblank responds:

    Just an FYI (as the original was one of my favorite movie monster flicks), I believe I read there is going to be a new big budget Creature From the Black Lagoon movie. I wonder if there some possible connection between the book and this with regards to plot elements?

  17. CamperGuy responds:

    jhamm nailed it.

    Either creature or time travel not both.

    Favorite childhood “monster” movie.

    My perception of what is a monster has changed since then.

  18. Mnynames responds:

    Jeez, aren’t any of you guys Doctor Who fans? Anyway, my take on the summary was also that he went way back in time, and the “change the history of humanity” thing would likely be that the creatures had their own civilization.

  19. Lee Pierce responds:

    I watched this flick at the drive-in with my mom. I was 9 years old. I spent 3/4 of the movie in the floorboard scared out of my wits. Later, when I had aged a bit, (12 yrs old), I watched the movie as a Satueday Matinee. It is a favorite. I think a well done remake is in order, although it would be hard to beat the original.

  20. joppa responds:

    The CFTBL is my alltime favorite monster flick. I still am nervous swimming over deep green waters. Also the actress Julie Adams is one of the hottest starlets from the 50’s. Anyone who looks that great on an Amazon expedition can trek with me anytime.

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