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Tag Archives: Cryptozoology
From the swamplands near Bishopville, South Carolina, come reports of a seven-foot-tall, scaly humanoid creature the locals call the “Lizard Man.” Over the years, the creature has been seen by numerous witnesses, including a teenager who claimed it attacked him one night near a remote area called Scape Ore Swamp. The young man’s testimony and physical evidence was so compelling, it not only launched a serious investigation by the local sheriff’s office but an all-out monster hunt that drew hundreds of people to the small town.
Cryptozoology, which is defined as “the study of unknown animals,” includes a vast menagerie of creatures which are said to exist, but cannot be proven. Some of these creatures – known as cryptids – are well known to the general public and some are not. Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, and Chupacabra are undoubtedly the most famous examples, but they are not the only beasts which lurk in the shadows of our reality.
The following is a list of cryptids which I feel are the most popular and recognizable.
It’s October 1, so I thought it would be an appropriate time to reveal the cover art for my upcoming book to be released on Halloween. This time I take on the case of the legendary “Lizard Man” from Bishopville, South Carolina to recount the complete, fascinating story and to shine new light on one of the most bizarre and hair-raising encounters with an unknown creature. During my research trip to Bishopville, I discovered that there’s much more to the story than I first realized… and much more than meets the eye regarding the media’s portrayal of this modern-day ‘creature from the black lagoon.’ All in all, it made for a fascinating research trip and resulted in a book that I think everyone will truly enjoy.
The 12th Annual Mothman Festival will be held in Point Pleasant, West Virginia this coming weekend. The festival is an annual gathering dedicated to the mysterious entity known as the “Mothman,” sighted in the area since 1966. The Mothman was described in John A. Keel’s book, The Mothman Prophecies, which also inspired the 2002 feature film of the same name.
The festival features a wide variety of vendors and merchants, live local music, delicious food and a family-friendly atmosphere. The festival sees patrons from all over the world who come to experience the unique atmosphere and learn more about the Mothman.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Deep Studios, a Utah-based production company, will release a supernatural thriller entitled SKINWALKER RANCH this coming October. The movie, which is centered around the disappearance of a cattle rancher’s 10-year-old son, is based on the allegedly true supernatural phenomenon that occurred at a place known as “Skinwalker Ranch” in Utah. The happenings, well documented in the book Hunt For the Skinwalker, include ghostly lights, strange wolf-like beasts, UFOs, and other unexplainable weirdness.
It’s back! The 1960s sideshow attraction known as the “Minnesota Icemen” has resurfaced and taken up residence at the Museum of the Weird in Austin, Texas. The infamous gaff recently turned up on ebay with an asking price of $20,000. It was promptly sold to an undisclosed buyer, which turned out to be Steve Busti, owner of the Museum of the Weird.
Details of the purchase remained a secret until Tuesday night when the Minnesota Iceman was featured on the A&E network show, Shipping Wars.
A few weeks ago I was able to attend a screening of the film. I was excited about this, not only because I would have a chance to visit with Bobcat, but also because Willow Creek is a “bigfoot horror movie.” As a bigfoot researcher and a fan of horror movies, what could be better than a movie that combines the two elements? Especially if it adds historical perspective and real-life settings in the areas of Willow Creek, California, and specifically Bluff Creek where Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin shot their famous bigfoot film in 1967.
Novelist Eric S. Brown announced that Origin Releasing has acquired the motion picture rights to his “Bigfoot War” book series. The series, which started in 2010 with a novelette simply titled “Bigfoot War,” has now grown to seven installments that include rampaging bigfoots, zombies, and even bigfoot zombies!
The excellent Monster Movie Talk series – hosted by Ro Sahebi – speaks to famed Blair Witch Project director Eduardo Sanchez about his upcoming bigfoot horror film, EXISTS, V/H/S 2, and his childhood interest in bigfoot.
Animal Planet launched Season 5 of its highly successful show, RIVER MONSTERS, on April 7. This season promises to take host Jeremy Wade to many new and interesting locations, including Russia as he hunts for legendary mutant fish in the nuclear wastelands of Chernobyl, and Scotland as he seeks the infamous Loch Ness Monster.