The Top Cryptozoology Books of 2012

Posted by: Loren Coleman on December 25th, 2012

The Top Cryptozoology Books of 2012


by Loren Coleman, coauthor/author of True Giants, Cryptozoology A to Z, Mysterious America, Bigfoot!, The Field Guide to Bigfoot, and others.

What cryptozoology books did you like the best in 2012?

Here’s my annual list of ones you don’t want to miss.

Best Cryptozoology Book of the Year

Beast Boggy Creek

The Beast Of Boggy Creek

by Lyle Blackburn

Best Cryptozoology Encyclopedias of the Year

Bigfoot Filmography


The Bigfoot Filmography: Fictional and Documentary Appearances in Film and Television

by David Coleman



The Encyclopaedia of New and Rediscovered Animals

by Karl P.N. Shuker

Best Sasquatch/Bigfoot Book of the Year


Sasquatch in British Columbia

by Christopher Murphy

Best Lake Monster Book of the Year

Champ Book

The Untold Story of Champ: A Social History of America’s Loch Ness Monster

by Robert E. Bartholomew

Best Sea Monster Book of the Year


Sea Serpent Carcasses: Scotland – from The Stronsa Monster to Loch Ness

by Glen Vaudrey

Best Autobiographical Cryptozoological Book of the Year

Monster Diary

Monster Diary: On the Road in Search of Strange and Sinister Creatures

by Nick Redfern

Best Cryptozoology Journal of the Year

Journal Crypto

The Journal of Cryptozoology: Volume One

by Karl P. N. Shuker, Editor

Best Skeptical Cryptozoological Book of the Year


Investigating the Impossible: Sea-Serpents in the Air…

by Ulrich Magin

Best Regional Cryptozoology Books of the Year

Bigfoot in Kentucky

by BM Nunnelly

Strange Pennsylvania Monsters

by Michael Newton

Monsters of West Virginia: Mysterious Creatures in the Mountain State

by Rosemary Ellen Guiley

Monsters of Maryland: Mysterious Creatures in the Old Line State

by Ed Okonowicz

Monsters of Virginia: Mysterious Creatures in the Old Dominion

by L. B. Taylor Jr.

Best Wolfmen As Cryptid Book of the Year

Real Wolfmen: True Encounters in Modern America

by Linda S. Godfrey


That is my nonfiction list for 2012.

Didn’t see your book mentioned here? Of course, I can’t review, critique, or rank your book, or, if you are a publisher, your published works, if I am not sent copies. If you are interested for 2012 and 2013, send along a review print copy book (not an e-book) to

Loren Coleman, Director

International Cryptozoology Museum

11 Avon Street

Portland, ME 04101

Thank you. Happy Holidays.

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.

3 Responses to “The Top Cryptozoology Books of 2012”

  1. corrick responds:

    Thanks Loren. Your annual list is one that always begs for reader comments.

    My Best Book of the Year
    The Untold Story of Champ: A Social History of America’s Loch Ness Monster
    by Robert E. Bartholomew
    The depth of research and scholarship is truly amazing. Most importantly, all other books ever written on this subject immediately become irrelevant. How often can you say that about any book on any cryptid? Can’t remember when I’ve read a cryptozoology book with so much new, documented information.

    The Journal of Cryptozoology: Volume One
    by Karl P. N. Shuker, Editor
    Not a lot of competition, but its wonderful a subjective journal dealing with cryptozoology is back. Read Volume One. A very promising start. But only for those with a broad interest in cryptozoology as opposed to the one cryptid people.

    What are some great books dealing with cryptozoolgy people have read recently? I for one would like to hear about them. Loren too 😉

  2. BronzeSteel responds:

    The only crypto book I have read this year is The Beast of Boggy Creek. It was a wonderful read.

  3. ms_die responds:

    Hi Loren,

    I really enjoyed reading the Linda Godfrey’s book you listed.

    I read alot of other crypto books this year, but they were older books. And I must add I liked your book “Bigfoot! The True Story of Apes In America” that you so graciously autographed for me when my husband and I visited your museum in May.

    I plan to check out the other books on your list.

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