Cryptozoologist, Fortean, Social Scientist, Museum Director Loren Coleman: A Complete Book List

Posted by: Loren Coleman on December 31st, 2012

This 2011 coauthored book cover, which is for True Giants: Is Gigantopithecus Still Alive?, is shown here. The book is written with Mark A. Hall.

You won’t find this one at Wikipedia. But then, the list there isn’t complete. @CryptoLoren

When this book was published last year, the usual question arose, “So, what number book is this for you, Loren?”.

Let’s begin at the beginning.  After thinking I was going to grow up to be a naturalist, keeping a mult-species backyard zoo from an early age, then finally discovering “cryptozoology” in March 1960, and spending years doing fieldwork, this guy named Loren Coleman, at 20, wrote his first published article.

Then, as my general brief biography relates:  During the second half of 1975, Loren Coleman’s first book was published by Warner Books, when he was 27.  He was in the process, in August of that year, of moving from California to New England.  He found the first copy of his first book on the shelves of a bookstore in the Midwest, even before he was able to receive a copy from his New York publisher. Since then, Coleman has written, edited, and contributed to many other books, as primary author, coauthor, editor, or contributor.

But how many books does this involve, in total? How many books has Coleman “written”? One can do a search on Google or Yahoo, and you will find the weaknesses of information overload and disorganization on the web revealed.  You can discover all kinds of answers on the Internet to the question of “how many”: seven, seventeen, and over thirty are the usual biographical and bibliographical talking points.

But what is the number and names of the Loren Coleman-involved books, actually?

“How many” depends directly on how one wishes to count the many tomes, editions, revisions, series, and other products of Loren Coleman’s book-length writings.

So, let’s join in taking a literary journey. What follows is a comprehensive listing of the nonfiction books of cryptozoologist and social scientist Loren Coleman (not to be confused with the younger Loren L. Coleman who writes science fiction). Below you will discover, in chronological order from most recent to earliest, the authored and coauthored editions, and various other forms of contributions (shown in “quotation marks” after the book title) of Loren Coleman’s output in book form.

Loren Books


Monsters of Massachusetts


The Beast of Boggy Creek: The True Story of the Fouke Monster New York: Anomalist Books, 2012. “Foreword.” Lyle Blackburn.

The Encyclopaedia of New and Rediscovered Animals: From the Lost Ark to the New Zoo – and Beyond 2012. “Foreword.” Karl Shuker

The Bigfoot Filmography: Fictional and Documentary Appearances in Film and Television. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, 2012. “Foreword.” Dave Coleman.

Ritual America: Secret Brotherhoods and Their Influence on American Society: A Visual Guide. LA: Feral House, 2012. “Foreword.” Adam Parfrey and Craig Heimbichner.

Sync Book 2: Outer + Inner Space, Shadow + Light: 26 Essays on Synchronicity (Volume 2), Sync Book Press, 2012. ” On Being A Synchromystic Twilight Analyst.” Edited by Alan Abbadessa-Green


True Giants: Is Gigantopithecus Still Alive? NY: Anomalist Books, 2010. (with Mark A. Hall).

Monsters of New Jersey: Mysterious Creatures in the Garden State. NY: Stackpole, 2010. (with Bruce Hallenbeck).


An Illustrated Guide to The Lost Symbol. “Secret of the Pods” and “The Double-Headed Phoenix.” NY: Pocket Books/Simon and Schuster. John Weber, Patrick Huyghe, and Michael Bober, eds.


Abominable Snowmen: Legend Come to Life. “Introduction.” Ivan T. Sanderson.  New York: Cosimo Classics, 2008 edition. Loren Coleman Presents.

Mythical Monsters. “Introduction.” New York: Cosimo Classics, 2008 edition. Charles Gould. Loren Coleman Presents.

The Book of Werewolves. “Introduction.” New York: Cosimo Classics, 2008 edition. Sabrine Baring-Gould. Loren Coleman Presents.

Curiosities of Natural History: Third Series. “Introduction.” New York: Cosimo Classics, 2008 edition. Francis T. Buckland. Loren Coleman Presents.

Thunderbirds: America’s Living Legends of Giant Birds. “Introduction.” New York: Cosimo Classics, 2008 edition. Mark A. Hall. Loren Coleman Presents. HB edition.

The Dragon in China and Japan. “Introduction.” New York: Cosimo Classics, 2008 edition. Marinus Willem De Visser. Loren Coleman Presents.

Beasts!: A Pictorial Schedule of Traditional Hidden Creatures (Book Two). “Mainstreaming Cryptozoology.” Seattle: Fantagraphics Books, 2008. Jacob Covey, ed.

Ghosts of the Bridgewater Triangle. “Introduction.” Atglen, PA: Schiffer, 2008. Christopher Balzano.


Weird Virginia: Your Travel Guide to Virginia’s Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets. NY: Sterling, 2007. (with Jeff Bahr and Troy Taylor).

The Anomalist 13 “Between Worlds: The Three Nephites.” San Antonio, TX: Anomalist Books. 2007. Patrick Huyghe, ed.

The Great Sea Serpent. “Introduction.” Antoon Cornelis Oudemans. NY: Cosimo Classics, 2007 edition. Loren Coleman Presents.

The Romance of Natural History. “Introduction.” New York: Cosimo Classics, 2007 edition. Philip Henry Gosse. Loren Coleman Presents.

Darklore. Volume 1. “Bigfoot’s Bogus Burial.” Brisbane, Australia: Daily Grail, 2007. Greg Taylor, ed.

Mysterious America: The Ultimate Guide to the Nation’s Weirdest Wonders, Strangest Spots, and Creepiest Creatures. NY: Paraview Pocket – Simon and Schuster, 2007.

How do books change over time? The Paraview Pocket – Simon and Schuster edition (seen directly above) of Mysterious America appeared in 2007 and is a good case to examine.

Since first appearing in 1983, the entire original book has been rewritten, internally, often. New chapters have been added, some retained but expanded, and the actual text has been changed by 50%.

In the 1983 edition, for example, the two mystery cat chapters totaled just 23 pages. In the 2007 edition, there are now over 60 pages of text in those two cryptid feline chapters alone, plus the new detailed listings of Eastern and Western North American mystery cat sightings as appendices.

In the 1983 volume, there was no index, and in 2007, you’ll find about 275 people (from Arment to Zarzynski), places (from Abington, IN to Yakin County, SC), cryptids and other items in small print over the eight pages of the new index. Down through the years, the 1983, 1989, 2001, and 2007 editions appear to be different books because they actually are, inside and out, with new covers and greatly changed contents, even though various publishers kept the essence of the best-selling classic title in intact for identification and marketing reasons.


The Unidentified/Creatures of the Outer Edge: The Early Works of Jerome Clark and Loren Coleman. NY: Anomalist Books, 2006. (with Jerome Clark).

The Field Guide to Bigfoot and Other Mystery Primates. NY: Anomalist Books, 2006. (with Patrick Huyghe).

The Yowie: In Search of Australia’s Bigfoot “Introduction.”  NY: Anomalist Books, 2006. Tony Healy and Paul Cropper.

Cryptozoology: Out of Time Place Scale “Introduction.” Philadelphia: JSpringer, 2006. Raechell Smith and Mark Bessire, eds.

Strange Guests “Foreword.” NY: Anomalist Books, 2006. Brad Steiger.

Bigfoot Casebook Updated: Sightings And Encounters from 1818 to 2004 “Foreword.” NY: Stackpole, 2006. Janet and Colin Bord.

Lake Monster Mysteries: Investigating the World’s Most Elusive Creatures “Introduction.” Louisville: University Press of Kentucky, 2006. Benjamin Radford and Joe Nickell.

The Greenhaven Encyclopedias Of Paranormal Phenomena. “Cryptozoology.” New York: Greenhaven Press, 2006. Patricia D. Netzley.


Weird Ohio. NY: Barnes and Noble, 2005. (with James Willis and Andrew Henderson)


The Copycat Effect. New York: Paraview Pocket-Simon and Schuster, 2004.

Mysterious America: The Revised Edition. NY: Paraview, HB 2004.

Thunderbirds: America’s Living Legends of Giant Birds “Introduction.” NY: Paraview/Cosimo Classics, 2004. Mark A. Hall.

Alexis Rockman.  “Cryptozoology.” Rome: Monacelli, 2004. Alexis Rockman, ed.

La Gazette Fortéenne Vol. 3. “L’homme congelé du Minnesota” (“The Minnesota Iceman”). Paris: Editions de l’Oeil du Sphinx, 2004. Jean-Luc Rivera, ed.

Weird U.S. NY: Barnes & Noble, 2004. Contributor.


The Field Guide to Lake Monsters, Sea Serpents and Other Mystery Denizens of the Deep. NY: Tarcher-Penguin, 2003. (with Patrick Huyghe).

Bigfoot!: The True Story of Apes in America. NY: Paraview Pocket-Simon and Schuster, 2003.

The Beast of Bray Road “Preface.” Eau Claire, WI: Unexplained Research, 2003. Linda Godfrey.

Track of the Bigfoot “Foreword.” Greenville, NC: Booklocker, 2003. Dallas L. Tanner.

Baseball and American Culture: Across the Diamond. “Boys of Summer, Suicides of Winter: An Introduction to Baseball Suicides.” NY: Haworth Press, 2003. Edward J. Reilly, ed.


Tom Slick: True Life Encounters in Cryptozoology. Fresno: Craven Street/Linden Press, 2002.

Mothman and Other Curious Encounters. NY: Paraview, 2002.  Produced in conjunction with Sony/Screen Gems and their film The Mothman Prophecies, in a mutual publicity/marketing campaign.

The Anomalist 10 “Bigfoot Labeled: A Depression-Era Image from California Discovered.” San Antonio, TX: Anomalist Books. 2002. Patrick Huyghe, ed.

Shadow of the Thunderbird “Foreword.” Greenville, NC: Trilogus Books, 2002. Dallas L. Tanner.

“The Hunt for the Buru” “Introduction.” Fresno: Linden Books, 2002. Ralph Izzard.

Mysterious Creatures: A Guide to Cryptozoology. “Introduction: If We Don’t Search, We Shall Never Discover.” Chicago: ABC-Clio, 2002. George M. Eberhart.

La Gazette Fortéenne Vol. 1 “Le Windigo” (“The Windigo”). Paris: Editions de l’Oeil du Sphinx, 2002. Jean-Luc Rivera, ed.


Mysterious America: The Revised Edition. NY: Paraview, 2001.

Preventing Youth Suicide Through Gatekeeper Training Augusta, ME: State of Maine, 2001. (with Susan O’Halloran).

Fortean Studies Vol. 7. “Monsters of the 21st Century: The Role of Hybrids in Cryptozoology.” London: Fortean Times, 2001. Ian Simmons and Melanie Quin, eds.


Cryptozoology A to Z: The Encyclopedia of Loch Monsters, Sasquatch, Chupacabras, and Other Authentic Mysteries of Nature. NY: Simon and Schuster, 1999. (with Jerome Clark). Chosen for 2001 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults List by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and American Library Association (ALA). Bestselling cryptozoology book of all time for all titles, all authors.

The Field Guide to Bigfoot, Yeti and Other Mystery Primates Worldwide. NY: HarperCollins, 1999. (with Patrick Huyghe).


Preventing Youth Suicide Through Gatekeeper Training (1998, rev. 2003) Augusta: Medical Care Development and Maine Children’s Cabinet (with Susan O’Halloran).


The Anomalist 5. Backscatter: Reply to Letters on “De Loy’s Photograph: A Tool of Racism.” (with Michel Raynal). San Antonio, TX: Anomalist Books, 1997. Patrick Huyghe, ed.


Contemporary Legend: A Reader. New York: Garland, 1996. “Alligators in the Sewers.” Gillian Bennett and Paul Smith, eds.

The Anomalist 4. “De Loy’s Photograph.” San Antonio, TX: Anomalist Books. 1996. Patrick Huyghe, ed.

Creating Kinship. Portland: University of Southern Maine, 1996. (with Sharon Kaplan Roszia and Annette Baran).

Child Maltreatment and Abuse Investigations for Law Enforcement Officers. Portland: University of Southern Maine, 1996. (with Kris Sahanhik, Mary Colombo, and Carol Boggis).

Child Maltreatment and Abuse Investigations for Tribal Law Enforcement Officers Portland: University of Southern Maine, 1996. (with Kris Sahanhik, Mary Colombo, and Carol Boggis).


The People’s Almanac Presents the Twentieth Century. “9 Large Animals Discovered in the Twentieth Century.” Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1995; Woodstock: Overlook Press, 1999. David Wallechinsky.

The Anomalist 2. “Was the First ‘Bigfoot’ a Hoax?” San Antonio, TX: Anomalist Books. 1995. Patrick Huyghe, ed.

Popular Alienation. “Tom Slick – Man of Mystery.” Lilburn, GA: IllumiNet Press, 1995. Kenn Thomas, ed.


The Anomalist 1. “Incendiary Poltergeists, Spontaneous Human Combustion and Fire Suicide Clusters.” San Antonio, TX: Anomalist Books. 1994. Patrick Huyghe, ed.

Myth or Real Collector Cards. Chicago: America Realist Company, 1994. (with Jerry D. Coleman).

Working With Rural Youth. Portland: University of Southern Maine, 1994. (with Dan Porter and Diane Elze).


Quest for the Unknown, Vol. 10, Man and Beast. “Yeti: The Abominable Snowman,” and “Yeren: The Chinese Wildman,” London: Reader’s Digest, 1993. Peter Brookesmith, ed.


Elder Fire Safety for the 90s. Portland: University of Southern Maine, 1991. (with Kathryn Buxton). Winner of the 1992 Simmons School of Social Work Alumni Recognition Award.


Adoption and the Sexually Abused Child. Portland: University of Southern Maine, 1990. (editor, with Joan McNamara and John McNamara)


Tom Slick and the Search for the Yeti. Boston: Faber and Faber, 1989.

Mysterious America. Boston: Faber and Faber. New red cover edition, 1989.

Curious Encounters: Phantom Trains, Spooky Spots and Other Mysterious Wonders. Boston: Faber and Faber. 1989 Edition.


Working with Older Adoptees. Portland: University of Southern Maine, 1988. (with Karen Tilbor, Helaine Hornby and Carol Boggis).

Working with Older Adoptees: A Sourcebook of Innovative Models. Portland: University of Southern Maine, 1988. (with Karen Tilbor, Helanie Hornby, and Carol Boggis).


Suicide Clusters. Boston: Faber and Faber, 1987. Psychotherapy and Social Science Book of the Month Club Selection, August 1987.

Unattended Children. Portland: University of Southern Maine, 1987. (with Susan Partridge and Roy Partridge).

Teen Suicide: Coded Cries for Help. Portland: University of Southern Maine, 1987. (with Sally Brown, Robert Schroff, Carol Boggis and Anne Bernard).

Teen Suicide in Foster Care: Coded Cries for Help – Training Manual for Suicide Prevention. Portland: University of Southern Maine, 1987. (with Sally Brown, Robert Schroff, Carol Boggis and Anne Bernard).

SOS – Runaways and Teen Suicides: Coded Cries for Help – Training Manual for Suicide Prevention (1987) Portland: University of Southern Maine, 1987. (with Sally Brown, Robert Schroff, Carol Boggis and Anne Bernard).


Curious Encounters: Phantom Trains, Spooky Spots and Other Mysterious Wonders. Boston: Faber and Faber, 1985. 2nd Edition, 1986. Cover of the Year Award, State of Massachusetts Book Design Assn., 1985.


The Sasquatch and Other Unknown Hominoids “From Atshen to Giants,” (with Mark A. Hall) and “The Occurrence of Wild Apes in North America.” Calgary: University of Calgary, 1984. Vladimir Markotic and Grover Krantz (eds.)

The Book of Lists #3. “Nine Large Animals Discovered by Western Science Since 1900,” and “Eight Worst Monster Hoaxes.” New York: William Morrow, 1984. Anne Wallace, David Wallechinsky and Irving Wallace, eds.

Working Together: Community Involvement in Maine’s Foster Care Case Review. Portland: University of Southern Maine, 1984. (with Barbara Sparks).

Working Together: Community Involvement in Maine’s Foster Care Case Review – A Training Curriculum. Portland: University of Southern Maine, 1984. (with Barbara Sparks).

Adolescent Stabilization Project. Portland, ME: University of Southern Maine, 1984.


Mysterious America. Boston: Faber & Faber, 1983.

Fate Editors’ The World’s Strangest Stories. “Phantom Clowns,” and “Kangaroos From Nowhere.” Chicago: Clark Publishing, 1983. Fate Editors.


Creatures of the Goblin World. New Clark Publishing (Fate Magazine) edition, 1980. (with Jerome Clark).


The Peoples Almanac #3. New York: William Morrow, 1981. “Alligators in The Sewers,” David Wallechinsky and Irving Wallace, eds.


Creatures of the Outer Edge: What Lies Behind the Bigfoot Mystery? NY: Warner Books, 1978. (with Jerome Clark).


The Unidentified: Notes Toward Solving the UFO Mystery. NY: Warner Books, 1975. (with Jerome Clark).


Le livre de l’inexplicable by Jacques Bergier. Paris: Editions Albine Michel, 1972. “Some Bigfoot Traditions of the North American Tribes,” (with Mark A. Hall).

A Little More on the Forthcoming Titles:

Monsters of Massachusetts: Mysterious Creatures in the Bay State. NY: Stackpole, late 2012 or early 2012.

Mothman: Evil Incarnate, 2013?

Bigfoot in Maine. NY: Pine Winds Press, 2014? (with Michelle Souliere).


Was there anything left off the list of which you are aware?

Fun Image Trivia:  The following three book covers were suggested but never used or even existed. But you will find them used on eBay, now and then, unbelievably.

For autographed books, come visit the museum (ignore the phone number; disconnected to save $$$):

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.

15 Responses to “Cryptozoologist, Fortean, Social Scientist, Museum Director Loren Coleman: A Complete Book List”

  1. Mahalo X responds:

    Impressive bibliography Loren,
    I can’t wait to visit the ICM next summer! I have a couple of your first books in my collection that are in need of your “John Hancock”. ‘Creatures of the Outer Edge’ was very influencial to my developing young mind, I believe I read it in second or third grade, and have embraced cryptozoology ever since. Your ‘Cryptozoology A to Z’ is often my best resource when explaining a cryptid to a skeptical audience.
    Thank you for your devotion to this fascinating field of study.
    -Mahalo X, Deep in the Oregon wilderness : )

  2. Dr Kaco responds:

    Wow, I’ve only read 2 out of all those!

    Someone needs some homework to take care of. ;p

    And that is an awesome-creepy cover for the book “Strange Guest” that you wrote a forward in….sweet!


  3. theo responds:

    Hi Loren, I was just leafing through some Fortean Times issues of the 1980’s – a beautiful magazine, and came across a number of your articles. Perhaps you should create a bibliography of your articles as well?

    And. I want those first editions of Mysterious America, Curious Encounters, Creatures of the Goblin World and Creatures of the Outer Edge and the Mothman book, lovely covers!

    I have the reprints (except the Goblin World book which has not been reprinted), but I do like the atmosphere of the old editions. Their cover depictions were quite surrealist at times, as I fondly recall the old FT covers.

    By the way, in which issue of FATE magazine back then was your phantom clowns article? I am trying to chase that up.

    Kind regards,


  4. Adam Davies responds:

    This is an exceptional portfolio of work Loren, and I have found your research to be very helpful indeed when I have been out in the field.Well done and thank you.

  5. PhotoExpert responds:

    Holy coelacanth!

    Loren, I knew you were a prolific writer. I knew you were the author of many books. However, I had no idea that you wrote this many books!!! Simply amazing!

    I thought I have read a many of your works. I thought wrong and it looks like I have a lot more reading to do.

    A very eye-opening post!

  6. Ethologist responds:

    Loren, any insight into why the “Working with Rural Youth” cover looks like the cover to a horror novel?

  7. Loren Coleman responds:

    Dear Ethologist;

    Let me ask you the obvious:

    Have you ever been a “rural youth”? Do you know what that feels like?

    Have you ever worked with rural youth? Can you imagine how that is experienced by those workers?

    Not a real clue why the artist did it with so many emotional tones.

  8. Ethologist responds:

    Yes, I was a rural youth and came from a poor and somewhat disconnected family. But, I would never have felt like a scene from ‘Hellraiser’ would exemplify me or my emotions though.

    But hey, maybe if a social worker talked to me they would have images of an 80’s horror flick running through their cranium. Haha

    I guess some book covers will always leave me in question.

    In general (not speaking of the rural youth), I really do not get why authors do not have more input (and design control) over their published work. You would think that the publisher would see it in their best interest, as the writer should know their target audience.

    In all seriousness though Loren, I think you should get to work. You don’t have your name attached to enough literature yet. (Yes, Cryptomundo, my first and last attempt at humor on here. Don’t worry.)

  9. Sincero responds:


  10. Jonathan Poulsen responds:

    I’ve read ‘Bigfoot: The True Story of Apes in American’ and ‘The Field Guide to Bigfoot, Yeti, and other Mystery Primates Worldwide’. I enjoyed both of the books, but I’am very skeptical that all of the creatures in ‘The Field Guide’ are real, but I would say that the Patterson creature (known as a Neo Giant) is real.

  11. kryptos006 responds:

    I don’t know if any of you were counting, but, by my count, Loren Coleman stands at 8 forwards, 27 co-authored books, 22 chapter contributions (which include any articles or chapters that he wrote for any book), 14 introductions, 9 authored books, 6 additional editions of past books (at least out of the ones featured), 1 preface, and 2 co-authored chapter contributions, with known future publications at 1 authored book and 1 co-authored books. Needless to say, that is a formidable quantity of publications. I am working on my first cryptozoological publication (with only 2 publications otherwise) whereas Loren Coleman has achieved an unbelievable quantity of 89 publications! Wow.

  12. somebodyssquatchingme responds:

    Hmmm, I have 9 of these books. Loren, you recommended “Tom Slick True Life Encounters in Cryptozoology” the last time I visited the ICM, and I am so pleased. It’s wonderful. Keep up the good work. 🙂

  13. Goodfoot responds:

    Loren: Just today received a pristine, hard-cover edition of WEIRD VIRGINIA!!! A prized possession.

  14. dconstrukt responds:

    @loren…. any suggestions as far as which books you’d start reading first?

    there seems to be so many interesting ones on this list! 🙂

  15. Wolfie0827 responds:

    Loren, that is because Wikipedia is run by a bunch of self-centered idiots (most not all.)

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