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Cryptozoology Anthology: Strange and Mysterious Creatures in Men's Adventure Magazines (The Men's Adventure Library) Paperback – April 1, 2015
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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.
Top customer reviews
Wildly entertaining and difficult to put down. You'll wanna read it in one sitting.
The fact that this is an anthology, a collection of short stories, tends to keep the reader interested and the original art contained therein (by some of the greatest "pulp" artists of the time) just adds to the flow of this great anthology.
Did I mention that I really dig this book?
I got the hardcover directly from Mr. Deis himself (which I personally recommend) and he was even kind enough to autograph my copy.
Thank you Mr. Deis!
If you're thinking about purchasing this book, which you obviously are or wouldn't be reading this, then just do it!
"Cryptozoology" is divided into individual stories from men's pulp magazines. The author provides an insightful lead to the original articles, a "slug" or image of the original article as it appeared in the magazine it originally ran in, and then the text of the article itself. They are each treasures that excite, entertain and inspire.
The book performs several functions; it is an archive of the writing, it is an important research addition to the paranormal writings of authors like John A. Keel who wrote many articles and books on UFO's, monsters and unexplained phenomenon (see Keel's remarkable "Strange Creatures from Time and Space") and it is an entertaining and inspiring set of digestible stories perfect as an adventure travel companion to inspire, a fireside volume to transport you to high adventure and an amusing look at info-entertainment writing for the popular audience.
Lastly, this is a great gift book with wide appeal, perfect for birthdays, Father's Day- any occasion where adventure narratives and a taste for the curious and unusual is right.
I love this little volume, and go back to it again and again, treasuring these stories as the ones that ignited my love for travel and adventure and curiosity. I have no connection to the author or publisher other than being a fan, both of the books and on Facebook, and I wholeheartedly recommend this one if you enjoy adventure and the sensational. It is a delightful volume you'll go back to over and over.
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These entertaining articles and fantastic illustrations - both cover art and...Read more