DarkLore Cometh!

Posted by: Loren Coleman on October 31st, 2007

DarkLore cover

One of the things that happened as I was finishing Bigfoot! (published in 2003) was that Ray Wallace died on November 26, 2002. I added some details, post-proofs, to my book, but there is much that can be said about what happened, after Wallace died. The entire landscape of Sasquatch studies was changing rapidly. Grover Krantz had died on February 14, 2002.

I surprised many people because I was behind exposing what Wallace had done, and took to heart that Bigfoot research would be better off if we began looking closely at Wallace’s legacy.

I’ve now written two examinations of what happened, post-Wallace, that ponders the Wallace impact on Bigfoot.

One of these is an essay on the Wallace tracks that is going to be included in Christopher Murphy’s new book next year. More on that in 2008.

The other is a long detailing of my thoughts on how the media reacted to the news of Ray Wallace’s death, and how contoured reporting tried to do everything from killing off Bigfoot to blaming Wallace for faking the Patterson-Gimlin footage. This essay is included in the new anthology, DarkLore Volume 1, edited by The Daily Grail’s Greg Taylor. It’s one of those treatments, as my editor friend Patrick Huyghe likes to say, where I “stretch my legs.”

Even though the book’s title makes it sound like a combination videogame and graphic novel, it is a straightforward collection of 18 essays (304 pages) by Michael Grosso, Daniel Pinchbeck, Nick Redfern, Robert Schoch, Blair Blake, Lynn Picknett, Clive Prince, others, and me.

For the collectors out there, the hardcover print run is gone, but the paperbound edition is now out. The paperback will be $US13.95 or UK£8.99. See Amazon USA or Amazon UK for the paperbound edition.

All the authors took no money upfront to support Taylor getting the book out, with the promise that future sales will be split later. So buying the book does really support several people’s research and future writings.

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.

5 Responses to “DarkLore Cometh!”

  1. DARHOP responds:

    Kool, sounds like a great book to read. I’ll look for it at Barnes & Noble. I hate buying anything on the internet. Just can’t seem to bring myself to type my credit card #. Just scares me, I don’t care how secure things are suppose to be. To much identity theft going on out there. Hopefully it will be in the book stores. Definitely will be getting the hard back copy.

  2. red_pill_junkie responds:

    I’m not sure it’ll be available at booksotres DARHOP, as it is quite a limited edition. Purely a labor of love that Greg and the Daily Grail gang managed to pull through. I understand your doubts about typing your credit card number on the screen, but after more than 2 years of buying things by Amazon, I can assure you I have never had any problems concerning identity theft *knocks on wood* (LOL)

    And as far as the limited edition, I doubt there are more than 10 copies available by now (I secured mine last weekend, oh yeah!!)

    dailygrail.com rules! I invite everyone to go take a look. Thanks to them is why I became hooked to Cryptomundo. A nice place with a balanced look at all kind of interesting topics.

    Yeah, I’m a fan 😉

  3. AlbertaSasquatch responds:

    Sounds like an interesting read, although anything involving you Loren has to be. I am going to amazon once I finish reading the posts. I really like the fact that it will help future studies and research. Keep up the good work Loren.

  4. Greg Taylor responds:

    DARHOP wrote:

    “I’ll look for it at Barnes & Noble. I hate buying anything on the internet. Just can’t seem to bring myself to type my credit card #. Just scares me, I don’t care how secure things are suppose to be.”

    Hi Darhop,

    Darklore won’t be in bricks and mortar stores – we’re employing a fresh approach, restricting ourselves to Internet sales (and perhaps, in future, a subscription-based model), in order to maximise the royalty to contributors…this way we can offer around four times as much to the writers, as we don’t have to give all the profit to the distributors/retailers (and lose money when bookstores send returns back to us). As Loren mentions, this is a focus of our anthology – empowering the contributors, so that they see greater returns from higher book sales, rather than a flat fee. As such, I think it’s a great idea worth supporting (though I would say that, obviously!)

    In reality, it is actually a lot more secure using your credit card on the Internet than in a store, where even clerks have access to your credit card number, receipts sometimes turn up at rubbish tips etc. My only concern is that we are supporting the behemoth that is Amazon.com, to the detriment of independent bookstores, which I love (though have great fears for the future of).

    For those interested in Darklore, please note that the website has just gone live (darklore.dailygrail.com). On there, you’ll find three sample articles in their original format (as PDF files), which I’m sure you’ll enjoy, as well as further details about the contributors and their articles.

    Kind regards,
    (editor of Darklore)

  5. DARHOP responds:

    Thanks for the info red_pill & Greg. I guess I’m gonna have to come around to the real world one of these days. I might as well start will this book. Thanks again.

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