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The Field Guide to North American Monsters: Everything You Need to Know About Encoutnering Over 100 Terrifying Creatures in the Wild
This unique field guide draws on modern sightings, folklore, urban legends, and mythology to give novices all they need to begin a fearless foray into the world of monsterology. 75 photos.
Paperback, 272 pages
Published June 16th 1998 by Three Rivers Press
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It doesn't freak me out the way it did when I was younger, but this is still a fun overview of cryptozoology in the Americas, highlighting monsters famous (Bigfoot, the Mothman) and obscure (Penelope). Certainly worth tracking down if you're interested in the subject, though at times it gives the impression of a very well sustained troll.
Jan 31, 2008 Kirsten rated it really liked it
This is a goodly amount of fun. The book is written like a guide for "monsterologists," and thus gives (often tongue-in-cheek) tips for locating the monsters described in the book. My only real problem with it was the lack of any kind of bibliography or endnotes. I realize it's just supposed to be a fun book, not for research purposes, but I really wanted to know where the authors got the information about some of the creatures described, particularly those taken from Native American mythology a ...more
I've always been interested in The Unknown with Crytozoology being on the top of the list (Yes, I do believe in the existence of Bigfoot!). This book is my favorite book on monsterology. For each terrifying creature, there is a list of vital statistics, such as, distinguishing features, height, weight, range and habitat, population size, diet, behavior, legend source and the chance of an encounter (there is a four out of four Jersey Devil chance of a Bigfoot encounter).
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