- Series: Monsters
- Paperback: 124 pages
- Publisher: Stackpole Books (August 1, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 081170811X
- ISBN-13: 978-0811708111
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,369,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Monsters of Massachusetts: Mysterious Creatures in the Bay State Paperback – August 1, 2013
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About the Author
Loren Coleman lives in Portland, Maine, and is the worldâ€™s leading cryptozoologist. He began investigating cryptids in 1960 and has written more than 30 books on the subject, including the bestseller Mysterious America. Coleman established the International Cryptozoology Museum in 2003 and is frequently consulted for his expertise by Animal Planet, CNN, Discovery, History, and Travel.
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Coleman, considered by many to be the world's leading cryptozoologist, takes readers on an arm chair field trip that highlights bizarre creatures of the Bay State. What sets this book apart is the fact that Mr. Coleman has investigated many of the sightings himself and in fact coined some of the catch phrases for various "monsters" discussed in the book, such as the Dover Demon. The insight he had into those cases added an extra layer of detail rarely found in cryptozoology titles.
Monsters of Massachusetts seemed to me to be an almost perfect blend of what I enjoy in a cryptozoology book. This included straightforward witness accounts, well researched historical background, and orginal research or investigations of many of the cases that enable readers to draw their own conclusions as to the reality of their favorite cryptids.
Two minor quibbles I had with the book: At 110 pages the book is rather short. When I mentioned this to my husband he quipped "Well, Massachusetts is a small state." The second issue I had was the unnecessary hyphenation of random words (mostly place names) throughout the book which seemed to get worse towards the end of the book. Again, these are minor issues that only slightly detracted from my enjoyment of the book.
The book ended on a fun note with a list of seven places the reader can visit to try to catch a glimpse of some of the monsters highlighted in Monsters of Massachusetts.