John A. Keel’s Jadoo Is Available

Posted by: Loren Coleman on January 4th, 2013

Anomalist Books has a new notice that Jadoo (2013) has been released:

Now Available: Jadoo
January 4, 2013

John A. Keel died on July 3, 2009, but his works survive. With the permission of his estate, we have just reprinted his first book, JADOO, which appeared in 1957. Whether or not it is “the greatest book ever written on the black magic of the Orient,” as it’s been called, we can say for certain that there will never again be another book like it.Jadoo, a Hindi word meaning “Black Magic,” captures a world that is now lost to us—the strange, dark, mysterious world that was once called the “Orient.” It is the story of a real-life Indiana Jones of the 1950s named John Keel, who went on to write The Mothman Prophecies, which was made into a movie starring Richard Gere in 2002. This revised edition of JADOO contains material that the original publisher deleted from the book, specifically a warm and melancholy chapter on Keel’s love life in Egypt. In this new edition you will also find a review of the book written by Keel himself under a pseudonym, a few photographs from his files, a sample of his travel notes, and a proposal for a follow-up book to JADOO. If you read the book long, long ago, it’s time to read it again. The book has aged very, very well.


Publisher/editor of Anomalist Books Patrick Huyghe was assisted in his task of seeing this book reappear by Doug Skinner and yours truly. Doug and I possess various parts of John A. Keel’s archives given to Doug, for, and to me, to be held by the International Cryptozoology Museum, which were given directly to us from John and his half-sister.

I am delighted to see Keel’s works live on.

If you have seen and read the following old versions…



you will certainly want to get this new 2013 edition, with plenty of new material in it. Pick your copy today, here: Jadoo.


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.

2 Responses to “John A. Keel’s Jadoo Is Available”

  1. Johnzo responds:

    This is great news! I’m a huge Keel fan, but I gave up on trying to track down this out of print book years ago. Going to nab this one right now. Thanks for the head’s up!

  2. openmind responds:

    Hi Loren, I’ve read this book about 4-5 yrs ago, and found it amazing. It details John’s early career, and living in Egypt and India, and elsewhere, his strong-minded determination to blaze his own trail in life and many encounters with the strange. I recommend it. But, I also want to take this opportunity to address something that has stuck in my craw from an article on the site from around the time of John’s passing. It concern’s John’s passion for eating the cans of macaroni-type products. I first read this in this book and I immediately identified with John. You see, I too, am an afficionado of these canned products. I can’t remember the exact comment, but it was something along the lines of “Yes, John had his eccentricities liked eating canned macaroni, and how can anyone as smart as he, could do this is beyond me”.Well, I have been eating certain products in this area like Spagettio’s since I was a kid and have developed a taste for them. They got me thru my low income years at college with filling, cheap, and easy to prepare meals, and I’ve eaten them my whole life. Let me explain how good they can be. First, i always add about 3/4 in of water, in the can.This makes the consistency more like a soup, or semi soup. I add olive oil, salt, spices for variety, romano/parmesan, or other, cheese, sometimes even onions, peppers, or fried ground beef-if I’m really hungry. This is fast (5 min) from can to hot presentation. For single guys, on low income, as John was in Egypt, this is great! Fast preparation, filling, roughly same portion every time (so there’s no tendency to overeat), easy to store, and you can buy a variety of cans in walmart for around $1 ea. Married guys used to grand preparations and side dishes, maybe will find this hard to understand, but I didn’t. John Keel was a smart, efficient man, and his eating canned macaroni products adds to his independent, trail-blazing, non-mainstream motif, in my book. Just wanted to set the record straight. See-ya

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