Updated from a post announcing that it was on its way on Oct 13, 2013. It is now here! Another do not miss cryptozoology book.
The Cryptozoologicon – by John Conway, C. M. Kosemen and Darren Naish – is published by Irregular Books.
Cryptozoologicon [is] a beautifully illustrated work focusing on cryptids, the (sometimes mundane, sometimes bizarre, sometimes nonsense) creatures of the cryptozoological literature. We’re just about done and are looking to launch soon… in fact, we’ve created so much material that we’re now going to be producing TWO VOLUMES.Cryptozoologicon Vol I launches soon in 2013; Vol II will follow soon after.
Darren Naish is a science writer, technical editor and palaeozoologist (affiliated with the University of Southampton, UK). He mostly works on Cretaceous dinosaurs and pterosaurs but has an avid interest in all things tetrapod. His blog, Tetrapod Zoology, is STELLAR, especially when he talks about pterosaurs, cryptids and movie monsters. He is the go-to person when mysterious dead things are found such as the Montauk Monster and the San Diego Demonoid.
The basic premise of the Cryptozoologicon will be familiar if you’re a regular Tet Zoo reader. Inspired by the numerous exercises in speculative zoology that have long been typical of the cryptozoological literature, we’ve taken a bunch of mystery creatures (some reasonable, some silly, some ridiculous and disproven) and have devised our own visions of them; our own speculations on their evolutionary history, ecology and biology. The overall take is sceptical (god, how I so hate the fact that some cryptozoologists regard this as a bad thing…): we provide a historical review and evaluation of the mystery creature concerned (there’s a lot more text here than inAll Yesterdays) (Conway et al. 2013).
I am so excited for this book. Check out their previous book of speculative zoology, All Yesterdays.
This is another example of how cryptozoology is split into those who do science (and other professional things) for a living and those do crypto-stuff just to bolster their belief in their favorite cryptid. I love that there are now better options, scholarly and fantastic, for those interested in this subject area.
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