Cryptozoology

Cryptozoology is a pseudoscience and subculture that aims to prove the existence of entities from the folklore record, such as Bigfoot, the chupacabra, or Mokele-mbembe. Cryptozoologists refer to these entities as cryptids, a term coined by the subculture. Because it does not follow the scientific method, cryptozoology is considered a pseudoscience by the academic world: it is neither a branch of zoology nor folkloristics. It was originally founded in the 1950s by zoologists Bernard Heuvelmans and Ivan T. Sanderson.

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Cryptozoology A to Z: The Encyclopedia of Loch Monsters, Sasquatch, Chupacabras & Other Authentic Mysteries of Nature
The Beasts That Hide from Man: Seeking the World's Last Undiscovered Animals
American Monsters: A History of Monster Lore, Legends, and Sightings in America
The Mothman Prophecies
Abominable Science!: Origins of the Yeti, Nessie, and Other Famous Cryptids
The Beast of Boggy Creek The True Story of the Fouke Monster
Mysterious America: The Ultimate Guide to the Nation's Weirdest Wonders, Strangest Spots, and Creepiest Creatures
Mysterious Creatures: A Guide to Cryptozoology
Real Wolfmen: True Encounters in Modern America
Bigfoot!: The True Story of Apes in America
In the Wake of the Sea-Serpents
Abominable Snowmen: Legend Come to Life
On The Track Of Unknown Animals
Lizard Man: The True Story of the Bishopville Monster
Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science
Weasels Ripped My Flesh! by Robert DeisThe Chupacabra & the Bat Rastard by Mark D. TrollingerChamp and a Bit of Sunshine by Mark D. TrollingerAshes and Embers by Christian SterlingHe-Men, Bag Men, and Nymphos by Walter Kaylin
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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt ScamanderGnomes by Wil HuygenFaeries by Brian FroudA Tolkien Bestiary by David DayThe Book of Imaginary Beings by Jorge Luis Borges
Bestiaries
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The Complete Books by Charles FortThe Tao of Physics by Fritjof CapraDancing Wu Li Masters by Gary ZukavQuantum Enigma by Bruce RosenblumEntangled Minds by Dean Radin
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Best Crytid Fiction
43 books — 19 voters

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Favorite All-Time Cryptid Books
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Sasquatch Books
108 books — 135 voters


For me, it is no longer possible to believe in an organic Bigfoot, Almas, or Yeti. Instead I welcome these creatures to the safe ark of the Phantom Menagerie, where all things are real, provided you define the sort of reality you want. —Tedd Holiday, The Goblin Universe
Ted Holiday

In a single stroke, the Linnaean classification system wiped monsters off the face of the map. There might still be unknown beasts and fearsome creatures out there, but now they each would have a family, a genus, a species; no matter how strange an animal might be, it was now under the rubric of scientific study and discussion. Thus, the medieval world's monsters and wonders were, one by one, either incorporated into this taxonomy or excluded as myth. The kraken became the genus Architeuthis, th ...more
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