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"An entertaining and open-minded book...A useful reference tool as well as a record of the unexplained."
-- Library Journal

About the Author

Loren Coleman, M.S.W. has researched the Copycat Effect for more than two decades. Coleman has been an adjunct professor at various universities in New England since 1980 and a senior researcher with the Muskie School for Public Policy. He is currently the primary consultant for the State of Maine's Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative. The author, coauthor, or editor of more than twenty books, including the critically acclaimed work Suicide Clusters, lives in Portland, Maine.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (April 24, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416527362
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416527367
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #484,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By John Doerr on April 29, 2015
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The book is 334 pages and is filled with accounts of mysterious spots and creatures. Loren Coleman did a nice job of packing a lot of information along with some photo's in an interesting way. The content includes stories of Bigfoot, Lake Monsters, Giant creatures, Phantoms, Devils, and UFO's. There are many appendices that list various content at the end of the book which is helpful for people with a specific interest. Although entertaining, I would not recommend this book to non-Christians since the majority of the subject covers the evil spiritual realm that covers the earth. This book simply demonstrates what God says in His Word. There is no need to place an unhealthy fascination or credence on these types of things which are indeed very real when one believes God and does not fear Lucifer. Ephesian 6:10-18 AV1611.
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i read loren coleman's "mysterious america: the ultimate guide to the nation's weirdest wonders" a few years ago and enjoyed it very much. it's an updated version of his book that came out some years earlier. i would recommend it for people who want to read about creepy creatures.
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A self-described Fortean cryptozoologist, Loren Coleman is generally regarded as one of the more plausible researchers in his field, for he seems ever ready to disbelieve and discount any and everything he reports. In truth, his subjects include the sorts of things you'd expect to find on the cover of The National Enquirer, and taken in the right spirit such material is generally entertaining. Unfortunately, Coleman can't write worth a damn.

Published in revised version in 2004, MYSTERIOUS AMERICA is very much like buckshot: it goes here, there, and everywhere in search of an interesting target. Now and then Coleman manages to find one, and when this occurs he actually writes of it quite well; his brief passages on the likes of Springheeled Jack and the Kelly-Hopkinsville case (presented here as Kelly's Little Men) are well told, and his more detailed renderings of "ghost clowns" and "the mad gasser" are quite fascinating. But these aside, Coleman spends a lot of time on mysterious kangaroos roaming the midwest, tiresome big foot accounts that have already been endlessly repeated, and lions and panthers that turn up in unexpected places. Such stories are the bulk of the book, and not only are they unteresting in and of themselves, they are written in a remarkably uninteresting way.

There are, as Shakespeare noted, more things in heaven and heaven than are dreamt of in our philosphies. But I doubt anyone will be convinced of it by MYSTERIOUS AMERICA, which is only mildly mysterious and passably interesting.

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Again, Loren Coleman has taken the time and effort to compile an inquisitive narrative into his forte; Cryptozoology and mysterious places.
You are gently led down his early paths of inquiry that seem to reflect his true Fortean attitude and beliefs that eventually expose the idea that anything is possible.
The reports never seem to die off and although many of them are very old, some are surprisingly recent. From black panthers to strange bipedal hairy humanoids,the trails fork right and left and more times than not, the evidence leads to even more difficult questions.
Old wives tales and legendary folklore have led to permanent impressions and resulted in many locations being given strange and leading names as to their history. Such as the name Devil being used hundreds of times in naming mountain peaks, caves, and lakes. It's true and worldwide, although sometimes other supernatural monikers are also used; such as spirit, ghost, and witch.
What it all comes down to is a great chapter book to be read just before bedtime with milk and cookies.
A great interest prodding script that makes it difficult to put down.
It rates my five stars for sure.
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Ghost lights, Devil Monkeys, Momo, The Jersey Devil. It's all here. Our old friend Loren Coleman has cataloged and classified as many strange occurrences as anyone. A must have for anyone interested in the unexplained right here in their own backyards. My copy is already dog-eared from lunch break perusals and the lists at the index end of the book help you plan a paranormal adventure if you so desire. I will definitely keep it handy as I take my film making gear around the South! Thanks Loren, for compiling the mysterious spaces of America.Eyes In The Dark: The Sasquatch Experience
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I'll confess I love reading purportedly true stories of cryptozoology and the paranormal, despite the fact I generally doubt the claims being set forth. Loren Coleman, the author of "Mysterious America," has a gift for presenting his case histories clearly and with a certain atmosphere that makes for entertaining reading, whether or not you give credence to his claims. The one thing you can believe without reservation is that "Mysterious America" is a fun book, sure to please those looking for a shiver and a taste of the mysterious.
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Loren Coleman's “Mysterious America” is subtitled “The Ultimate Guide to the Nation's Weirdest Wonders, Strangest Spots, and Creepiest Creatures”. I don't think this correctly describes the book's contents, however. Rather, it’s a motley collection of eye witness accounts of various unknown animals and ghostly creatures, interspersed with Coleman's speculations. The chapters are of somewhat varied quality, almost as if Coleman had strung together two or three different manuscripts. The book isn't “bad”, but the format probably isn't exciting enough for the general reader. A Fortean nerd might appreciate it better.

Some of the creatures featured in “Mysterious America” are well known from other sources. Who haven't heard of Bigfoot, Champ, the Minnesota Iceman, the “alien” attack at Kelly, phantom panthers and the Jersey Devil? Other bizarre phenomena were news, at least to me. What are we to make of the “phantom clowns” that harass children? Or phantom kangaroos at various locations across the United States? Baboon-like devil monkeys and mystery lions are also featured, as is the Mad Gasser of Mattoon. A list at the back of the book also features phantom ships.

Coleman's concluding remarks are interesting. While the author's late colleague Ivan T Sanderson was a flesh-and-blood cryptozoologist, Coleman was more sympathetic to the idea that there isn't a clear-cut demarcation between cryptids (unknown animals) and paranormal phenomena such as UFOs or ghosts. Nor is there a clear line between reality and fantasy. The paranormal might be some kind of projection of our own subconscious. Coleman also mentions the even stranger speculations of Forteans John Michell and Robert Rickard, about “morphogenetic fields” which make it possible for extinct animals to come back in the flesh.
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