Posted by: Loren Coleman on December 31st, 2006
It’s a list of more than eleven, and, thusfar, what I have for ’07.
The Home Front
I am speaking on firm ground when talking about my own book plans, so I’ll detail these first.
The widely disseminated new paperbound edition of Mysterious America: The Ultimate Guide to the Nation’s Weirdest Wonders, Strangest Spots, and Creepiest Creatures is due from Simon and Schuster, via Paraview Pocket Books on April 24, 2007. I am quite happy with the cover, as it gives a naturalist’s nod to my younger days of cryptozoology fieldwork, as well as a visual celebration of my more recent blog and book writings.
The spring will also see the publication of Weird Virginia written with Jeff Bahr and Troy Taylor (I contributed the cryptozoological and Forteana sections).
Mid-year, True Giants, coauthored with Mark A. Hall, will appear from Anomalist Books (AB), a publisher that is building a strong collection of cryptozoology books. True Giants combines revised separate Hall and Coleman articles, one rewritten section from a Hall self-published book, varied updates and new thoughts coming from Hall’s pen and mine. I look forward to seeing what can be said about True Giants, all in one place, professionally published by AB.
I have another cryptozoology book project in the works, but that would be for late 2007. I’ll let it develop a bit more before talking about it.
More Nonfiction Titles
Author Michael Newton, in the wake of having his Encyclopedia Of Cryptozoology picked for the American Library Association’s 2006 List of Outstanding Reference Sources, and seeing his Strange Indiana Monsters published in late 2006, hopes to have another book appear in 2007. His new ( but delayed) book will be Phantom Fauna, about the cryptids and out-of-place animals reported from the Sunshine State. This book will be published by the University of Florida in November 2007.
There are rumors that Karl Shuker will be revising and having his Mystery Cats of the World leap back into bookstores in 2007. Perhaps Roy Mackal’s books, Searching for Hidden Animals or A Living Dinosaur? also will reappear?
As I’ve mentioned, Chad Arment says that Coachwhip Publications will be publishing Bill Gibbons’ book on Mokele-mbembe expeditions, and perhaps as many as two other Mokele books will be forthcoming in 2007.
Chad Arment may finish his book on the giant snakes of North America in 2007. Arment’s Coachwhip may bring out Richard Smith and Gary Mangiacopra’s Pacific mystery animals book during the new year.
Finally, I was talking to Mangiacopra and he is hopeful that his transcript, via Coachwhip, of the 1980 Champ conference held in Vermont will be published too in ’07. (Mangiacopra is working on a longterm project to recover and publish all the proceedings of the International Society of Cryptozoology’s annual meetings, which were apparently not formally recorded by the ISC at the time of the gatherings.)
So far I have not heard about any Nessie, Champ, or other Lake Monster books, nor about any new authored Sea Serpent works. I will update this blog, if I hear anything new. However, look to Cosimos Books for a few nicely reprinted out-of-print Sea Serpent books in 2007.
The biography of Bernard Heuvelmans, in French, will be published in 2007, in France.
Sasquatch, Yeti, Yeren, Yowie, Skunk Ape, and all kinds of hairy hominoid books are always expected. (Mark Hall and my True Giants book is about the only one I am sure is coming out.) What is surprising is how quiet authors and publishers are being, regarding their plans for classic Pacific Northwest Bigfoot books in 2007 (except for children’s books – see below). Why do you think this might be happening?
Could it be because October 20, 2007 is the 40th anniversary of the Patterson-Gimlin footage? Has the general public been taken by the media myth that the P/G film is a “hoax”? Will 2007′s Bigfoot books more clearly discuss the state of Bigfoot studies? Will the hominological community’s understanding of the famed 1967 film footage be addressed in book form?
Nonfiction Children’s Books
Interestingly, one children’s nonfiction book (apparently with the Patterson-Gimlin Bigfoot theme) showed up at the very end of 2006. It is the only specifically anniversary-related book I’ve seen noted, so far (although I have not physically received a review copy).
Bigfoot Caught on Film: And Other Monster Sightings! by Michael Teitelbaum, is a book allegedly published on December 30, 2006. A hardcover of 64 pages, for ages 9-12 year olds, it is a title in publisher Franklin Watts’ “24/7: Science Behind the Scenes: Mystery Files” series.
What other nonfiction children’s books will be published on cryptozoology?
Children’s Cryptofiction Books
Being promoted already are a few children’s new fiction titles for 2007, with cryptozoology themes.
First up, late in April 2007, is Searching for Sasquatch by Nathaniel Lachenmeyer and Vicki Bradley. At 32 pages, for 4-8 year olds, from Sasquatch Books, it is a hardbound book with an expressive humorous cover. I wonder what’s inside?
Next, Carew by J.C. Mills, a Key Porter paperback, is due May 28, 2007, for ages 9-12 year. At 248 pages, this is a novel of some depth perhaps, set in the Himalayan foothills and involving the capture and imprisonment of a “strange animal.”
In October 2007, Extreme Monsters: Battling Bigfoot by Louise Simonson, Eric Smith, and James W. Elston is being published by Brighter Child Interactive, for ages 9-12 and is suppose to be 96 pages.
Are there others – of any kind – that you know about?
A gathering of expected books of cryptid chronicles and cryptozoologists chasing the cryptids, I have for thee. Most will appear, some will not, and the cryptids are not what I’m talking about here. The year will be a good one searching for adventures collected between covers there. Anticipate the tomes, support the research, enjoy the quest, and plant a tree. For I’d rather have a book in hand or to give to my son who is a teen, than read one on a screen.
Books have to be received to be noted at Cryptomundo, and to be read to be placed on the Top Cryptozoology or Cryptofiction Books for 2007. Please send your review copies to Loren Coleman, P. O. Box 360, Portland, ME 04112 USA, for consideration. Thank you.