Cryptozoology Anthology: Strange and Mysterious Creatures in Men's Adventure Magazines

Cryptozoology Anthology: Strange and Mysterious Creatures in Men's Adventure Magazines

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Overview

cryptozoology (n.) The search for and study of animals whose existence or survival is unsubstantiated or in dispute, such as Sasquatch, the Loch Ness Monster, fish with human hands, the Yeti, the Thunderbird, the Ape-Man Monster of Tennessee, and the 'Thing' at Dutchman's Rig. For three decades, when American men had questions about the Yeti, the Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot, and other weird beasts from the strange world of cryptozoology, they found answers in the hard-hitting pages of men's adventure magazines. Now, collected here for the first time ever, are samples of sensational period reporting and wild, "true" accounts of savage, fist-to-claw duels between man and Sasquatch, man and fishman, man and monster! Plus full-color vintage pulp artwork that accompanied the stories' original publication, rare archival discoveries, men's pulp history, expert analysis, cryptid-by-cryptid commentary, and much, much more. This latest installment in the Men's Adventure Library is edited by Robert Deis of MensPulpMags.com, David Coleman (THE BIGFOOT FILMOGRAPHY) and Wyatt Doyle (STOP REQUESTED), and includes contributions from luminaries in the field such as Sir Arthur C. Clarke, John Keel, and many others. CRYPTOZOOLOGY ANTHOLOGY is packed with 13 biting tales of creatures notorious and obscure, and this limited hardcover includes bonus material exclusive to this edition, including an additional wild story rescued from obscurity. Don't leave civilization without it!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780982723913
Publisher: Subtropic Productions, LLC
Publication date: 04/01/2015
Series: Men's Adventure Library , #3
Pages: 316
Sales rank: 816,207
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.86(d)

About the Author

In his younger days, Robert Deis explored various options for making a living. Among other things, he worked as a teacher, an artist, a musician, a logger in the Maine woods, a magazine writer and a state government bureaucrat. Eventually (by accident rather than design) he fell into a long-lasting career as a political consultant.

Nowadays, he blogs and writes about things that interest him, such as famous quotations and men's adventure magazines. Bob grew up in the decades when men's adventure magazines were flourishing, but he didn't take much notice of them until he read the 2004 book MEN'S ADVENTURE MAGAZINES IN POSTWAR AMERICA, which features the amazing art and magazine collection of Rich Oberg. That inspired him to start collecting and studying men's adventure magazines.

In 2009, he created the MensPulpMags.com blog. Through that, he met other fans of the genre, including Rich Oberg, Wyatt Doyle and Josh Alan Friedman, who all agree that what the world needs now is greater exposure to the wild, weird world of men's adventure pulp fiction and pulp art.

Wyatt Doyle is co-founder of New Texture, and launched their publishing imprint in 2006. He assisted Georgina Spelvin in the publication of her memoir, THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT, and served as editor and publisher of BLACK CRACKER by Josh Alan Friedman for his own imprint, Wyatt Doyle Books. He is co-editor and designer of The Men's Adventure Library series of pulp fiction anthologies. A collection of his stories illustrated by Stanley J. Zappa, STOP REQUESTED, is available from New Texture, as are his photography collections, DOLLAR HALLOWEEN and I NEED REAL TUXEDO AND A TOP HAT! A collaboration with Jimmy Angelina, THE LAST COLORING BOOK, was released in 2016.

He edits and designs most New Texture releases. He curates the New Texture website, as well as Josh Alan Friedman's Black Cracker Online and Rev. Raymond Branch's RevBranch.com. His original screenplay with Jason Cuadrado, I'M HERE FOR YOU, was filmed as DEVIL MAY CALL in 2013. He performs in the Stanley J. Zappa Quartet. A recording, THE STANLEY J. ZAPPA QUARTET PLAYS FOR THE SOCIETY OF WOMEN ENGINEERS, will be released in 2017.

He moves around.

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Cryptozoology Anthology: Strange and Mysterious Creatures in Men's Adventure Magazines 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
19251008 More than 1 year ago
This fun and fantastic book could be the blueprint for non-fiction reprint volumes. These entertaining articles and fantastic illustrations - both cover art and interior illustrations, including many in full color - are taken from the original articles and make this book pleasant to read and browse, from cover to cover. The book has not one, but two introductions, provided by its editorial triumvirate; the first by David Coleman, whetting the monster lover's appetite and the second by Robert Deis and Wyatt Doyle, providing readers with an historical perspective on the monsters and the magazines and how they fit into the broader media scope of books, films, TV shows and the Internet. The "In Search of..." TV show and cryptozoology author Ivan Sanderson are fondly remembered, among other contributors to monster lore and I thank the editors for acknowledging them. The origins of Cryptozoology, both the meaning and coining of the word, are also discussed. Following the introductions, we come to the meat of the book, 13 "true" stories of monsters, men and -sometimes - the resulting mayhem when the two meet. I can't help but marvel over the skill of both the authors and the artists. Even the advertisements at the back of the book are fun to look through. We've been enjoying pulp reprint anthologies for decades, but their non-fiction counterparts, especially dealing with monsters, are comparatively few and far between. Let's hope this will be the first of more to come. I'd like to see a sequel to this one, as well as "companion" volumes featuring UFO's, strange powers, bizarre incidents, etc., culled from the Men's or other magazines of the time, such as FATE. If you are fascinated by real monsters (and whether you believe they exist or not), I heartily recommend this book.