Books Like The Mothman Prophecies
The world is a weird and wonderful place, but even with modern science and technology, there is still a lot about it that is unexplained. Humanity has always been fascinated with the unknown, which is why the search for cryptids is still such a popular topic for many. There have been numerous reports and sightings of these creatures, but proof of their existence is hard to come by. Nevertheless, this has not stopped many authors from investigating the subject and presenting their own evidence and theories. For example, John Keel published The Mothman Prophecies in 1975 after investigating the large, winged creature allegedly sighted in Point Pleasant during the late sixties. Sometimes the truth can be stranger than fiction, so if you are a fan of entities from the folklore record, you will enjoy reading the following books like The Mothman Prophecies.
by Jason Offutt
Chasing American Monsters by Jason Offutt is a guide to over 205 creatures, cryptids, and other hairy beats from across the United States of America. Everything from The Black Dog of Hanging Hills to the Tommyknockers of Pennsylvania features, along with their extraordinary stories. Chasing American Monsters also has plenty of illustrations to go with the origins and behaviors of the bizarre creatures. From the plausible to the unbelievable, Chasing American Monsters is a comprehensive and fascinating source of information for all cryptid fans.
by Darren Naish
Hunting Monsters is a book by Palaeozoological researcher Professor Darren Naish where he explores the science behind many elusive monsters. Naish approaches the topic from a scientific perspective as he evaluates the evidence behind some of the most famous cryptids. This makes for a more balanced view of the subject instead of the sensationalist style often associated with cryptids. Hunting Monsters is an excellent choice for anyone interested in a more critical examination of famous sightings and accounts.
Adventures in Cryptozoology Volume 1: Hunting for Yetis, Mongolian Deathworms, and Other Not-So-Mythical Monsters
by Richard Freeman
Adventures in Cryptozoology Volume 1 is the work of Richard Freeman, who is the Zoological Director of Centre for Fortean Zoology. Freeman traveled the world to investigate creatures such as the Yeti, Loch Ness Monster, Ninki-Naka, Mongolian Deathworm, and many others. The author also keeps things grounded by focusing on evidence and accounts from different witnesses. It also offers a great mix of historical accounts along with more recent sightings. In addition, the tips for what type of gear, fieldcraft, and resources needed to record your own findings are great for anyone interested in doing more than just reading about the topic.
by Linda S Godfrey
There's plenty of historical accounts of encounters with strange creatures, but I Know What I Saw by Linda S Godfrey investigates present-day encounters. Since the author is very rigorous in her research, the book veers somewhat towards academic-like with its style, but there's no denying how fascinating some of the accounts are. Godfrey is a respected researcher in the field of cryptids, and this book features some of the most exciting testimonials and anecdotes that she has discovered.
by Kenney W. Irish
In American Cryptids, renowned "cryptopunkologist" Kenney W. Irish takes readers on a journey across the United States with a stop in each state to investigate the mysterious and unexplained. Irish looks at the historical data of each state as well as the Native American lore and creature encounters reported by ordinary people. The facts about each state, along with the cryptids said to be spotted there and the Native American history, make for an interesting guide. Fans of cryptids who appreciate thorough research instead of sensationalism will appreciate this book.
by David Weatherly
David Weatherly has written numerous books about cryptids, and Monsters of the Last Frontier investigates the elusive creatures that are said to dwell in Alaska. The snow-covered mountains and frozen tundra of the Land of the Midnight Sun make it the ideal place for any monsters that don't want to be found. In his investigations of the last frontier, Weatherly has uncovered stories about everything from the Kodiak dinosaur to strange beings known as the otter men. Because Alaska is not a region that is covered extensively in cryptozoology publications, so Monsters of the Last Frontier definitely fills an important gap.
by Ken Gerhard
The Loch Ness Monster, or "Nessie," as it is known by many, is perhaps one of the most well-known cryptids in the world. In this book, Ken Gerhard has gathered a wealth of information, expert opinions, and compelling encounters about the beast that many believes lives in the murky, fathomless lake. It is not just a book about the Loch Ness Monster, though Gerhard also discusses other aquatic cryptids, such as Champ, Ogopogo, and more. Overall, the book is an excellent source of information for anyone who has ever wondered if these aquatic creatures could really exist and what they might look like.
by Loren Coleman
Mothman and Other Curious Encounters by Loren Coleman features a comprehensive overview of this mysterious creature that even John Keel has praised. Coleman has compiled several reports, anecdotes, and myths about strange creatures, including Mothman. While it covers a lot of older material in greater detail, cryptid fans also have some new stuff to enjoy. Mothman fans will also enjoy finding out more about Keel as the book contains plenty of his quotes and anecdotes.