I am a big fan of Lon Strickler's blog Phantoms and Monsters so I was excited to see he had a book coming out with a compilation of reader reports submitted to him over the years. The book did not disappoint. Phantoms and Monsters: Cryptid Encounters starts off with Mr. Strickler's own cryptid encounter and goes on to offer an interesting array of first person cryptid sighting reports. The fact that these are unedited versions of the reports does not detract from the reading experience at all. I believe it actually lends an authentic air to the reports making them that much more believable. Some of the reports are scary, some are puzzling, and some left me amused but they were all intriguing and will leave you asking yourself just who/what do we share our Earth with?