Coney Island monster batman

The Coney Island Monster

Coney Island has always been a special place for me. As a kid, my parents would bring me to the boardwalk to visit the New York Aquarium and grab some hot dogs and french fries at Nathan’s Famous, the iconic hot dog stand. As I got older, I’d take trips on Sundays with my father […]

Monsters of the Deep by Nick Redfern

Monsters of the Deep – Book Review

Monsters of the Deep by Nick Redfern I’ve never really shied away from the fact that when it comes to cryptids, I’m probably least interested in those of the aquatic variety. Lake monsters, sea serpents, and other anomalous water-based creatures just don’t typically hold my interest. And to be totally honest, I’m not even sure why. […]

Police Blotter Fun with Bigfoot

Police blotters from other parts of the country are very different than police blotters here in New York City. Here, we get muggings, burglaries, attempted rapes, fights out in front of bars and nightclubs, vandalism, some really violent and scary stuff. But in Tennessee? Bigfoot getting the blame for some sort of ruckus. Plus lots […]

Beast of Gevaudan

The Beast of Gevaudan: The Cryptid World’s Most Ruthless Killer

In the 18th century French province of Gevaudan once lurked a beast so fearsome that even a king tried to intercede on the people’s behalf. No, we’re not talking about some lost Grimm Brothers fairy tale. This is the sordid tale of mayhem, murder, and the Beast of Gevaudan. And you thought you’d heard of […]

The Jersey Devil, or Leeds Devil

Jersey Devil: The Diva Cryptid

Lurking in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey, a certain mysterious creature thinks he’s pretty cool. It all started with an “X-Files” episode back in 1993. Up to that point, only Bigfoot and Nessie had received any widespread cryptid coverage in the media. Then along came the Jersey Devil, ready to show up those amateurs (his words, not mine–I never disrespect […]

The Tatzelwurm

Allow me to introduce the Tatzelwurm. He’s a pleasant sort of fellow who haunts places like Austria, Germany, and the Alps region, thus earning the appropriate moniker of the Alps Dragon. And with a nickname like that, it’s impossible not to fall in love with this charming cryptid. So what, might you wonder, does this […]

Spring Heeled Jack

Spring Heeled Jack

Spring is in the air and for some of the world’s cryptids, it’s also in their step.  Take Spring Heeled Jack, for instance.  This is a guy who witnesses claim could jump over walls, all while cackling maniacally at others’ fear and misfortune.  What a schadenfreude. The tale of Spring Heeled Jack is not for […]

The Chickcharney

This post marks the first in a new series on folklore.  I’ll be exploring how local tales and regional legends fit into our understanding of the paranormal and cryptozoology.  This is culture… at its weirdest and snarkiest.   On the Bahaman island of Andros creeps a creature so fearsome it can turn your head around.  Literally […]

Teen Girls Chased by Black Panther

Usually cryptozoology (defined as the study of unknown animals) deals with phenomena like Bigfoot, lake monsters, chupacabras, and other such mystical beasts. But an offshoot of cryptozoology is “out of place animals,” animals that are scientifically known to exist but showing up in very unusual places. There are thousands of reports of out of place animals, […]