Men of Cryptozoology: Chad Arment

Posted by: Loren Coleman on June 10th, 2007

The Historical Bigfoot

Chad Arment (1972 – ) is the creator and moderator of the first specifically cryptozoology email list, founder of a publishing company, and author/editor/publisher of cryptozoology books.

His interest in cryptozoology began in the fourth grade when he read Marian Place’s On the Track of Bigfoot (Dodd Mead, 1974). He casually studied the subject until high school, then began actively to investigate reports of unusual animals wherever he was living. Specific cryptids he has tracked include a mystery cougar, giant snakes, and an unknown hairy biped, all in Maryland, and a mystery cat in Ohio.

Chad Arment self-published a pamphlet in 1995, The Search for Enigmatic Animals: A Guide to Cryptozoological Investigation Techniques.

Before he began the cz list on February 1, 1998, he had written two short articles on giant snakes and cougar sightings for the INFO Journal of the International Fortean Organization. He gave a presentation on amateur cryptozoology at a September 1998 meeting of a Bigfoot group in Ohio.

Arment is the editor/publisher of a retired publication, North American BioFortean Review (18 pdf issues), as well as his newer online publication The BioFortean Review and his current Strange Ark blog. He is the publisher of cryptozoological and other books during the 21st century, through his own small press, Coachwhip Publications.

Chad Arment is the author of Cryptozoology: Science and Speculation (Coachwhip Publications, 2004), and The Historical Bigfoot (Coachwhip Publications, 2006). He is the editor of Cryptozoology and the Investigation of Lesser-Known Mystery Animals (Coachwhip Publications, 2006). Forthcoming book projects include Boss Snake, about Giant Snake accounts in America, and the 1981 Champ Conference proceedings.

Some of Arment’s other natural history books from Coachwhip include Herper’s Life List: A Field Checklist for the Native and Introduced Herpetofauna of the Continental United States and Canada
(2004), Herper’s Field Survey Journal: A Field Notebook for Herpetofaunal Surveys (2005), Stick Insects of the Continental United States and Canada: Species and Early Studies (2006).

As may be obvious from his books, Arment is an amateur herper with an avid interest in reptiles and amphibians, especially snake husbandry, natural history of North American reptiles, and biogeography of Ohio’s herps. He has an undergraduate degree in biology from Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio.

While known as a cryptozoologist and herper to most readers of his blog and books, Arment is also openly active, as noted in a list by Jerry Bergman, Ph.D., in a movement with other scientists that Bergman characterizes as “Darwin Skeptics.”

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.

6 Responses to “Men of Cryptozoology: Chad Arment”

  1. Lee Murphy responds:

    I am glad to see you doing this profile on Chad, Loren. He’s a great person and has truly contributed to the field in countless ways. I hope more people become familiar with him and his tireless efforts. I know I owe him a debt of thanks.

  2. Loren Coleman responds:

    By the way, no photos of Chad Arment were posted because the folks at Cryptomundo were unable to find any. Perhaps this will generate some?

  3. Benjamin Radford responds:

    Isn’t Arment a creationist? I thought I heard that somewhere. If so, that would have implications for his outlook on science, for example if he doubts evolution occurs, or thinks the world is less than 10,000 years old.

  4. jdarment responds:

    It’s good that Chad writes so much about what he knows and shares it with us in publications. Tells me he’s dedicated to the field of cryptozoology and is excited about it. Hope he adds a picture of himself in an upcoming book, as long as there’s an “about the author” section.

  5. TheForthcoming responds:

    I have read Chad’s book Cryptozoology Science to Speculation and know Chad from talking with him on facebook.

    His book is well written and very scientific yet easy
    to understand and is one of the best books I’ve
    ever read on Cryptozoology besides Loren’s books
    and Dr. Jeff Meldrum’s of course.

  6. Troodon56 responds:

    I do believe in evolution. However, even though Chad is a creationist, I still think he is one of the greatest cryptozoologists ever! He has done more research on bipedal lizard reports in North America than any other person in the field, and he’s a great guy!

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