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Saturday, January 07, 2012

WHAT AN UNBELIEVABLY GOOD BOOK

Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Markosia Enterprises Ltd (1 Oct 2011)
ISBN-10: 1905692609
ISBN-13: 978-1905692606
Product Dimensions: 24 x 16.2 x 0.8 cm

I would probably have been predisposed to have given this book a positive review because it comes complete with endorsements from Nick Redfern and Neil Arnold, but now it has a glowing endorsement from me as well: it is a cracker!

The first in (I hope) a long series, this tells the story of a young Welsh boy thrown by tragedy into a maelstrom of historic horror. It has more than its fare share of stuff for the crypto-enthusiast, including dragons and a massive mystery cat, but what is most impressive as far as I am concerned is the way that the day to day nightmare of being an adolescent schoolboy is interplayed with the ancient battle of wills being played out around the young protagonist of the novel. In this way it occupies much the same ground as Richard Freeman's book of short stories, which is out any day now.

This is a masterful book, and I for one cannot wait for the sequel(s). JD

CFZ PRESS/FORTEAN WORDS Top Ten for 2011

1. Haunted Skies Vol 1 by John Hanson and Dawn Holloway (Fortean Words)
2. The Great Yokai Encyclopaedia by Richard Freeman (CFZ)
3. Haunted Skies Vol 2 by John Hanson and Dawn Holloway (Fortean Words)
4. Monster Animals of Texas by Nick Redfern and Ken Gerhard (CFZ)
5. Haunted Skies Vol 3 by John Hanson and Dawn Holloway (Fortean Words)
6. The Inhumanoids by Barton Nunnelly (CFZ)
7. When Bigfoot Attacks by Michael Newton (CFZ)
8. Mystery Animals of Ireland by Gary Cunningham and Ronan Coghlan (CFZ)
9. The Cryptid Creatures of Florida by Scott Marlowe (CFZ)
10. Karl Shuker's Alien Zoo by Karl Shuker (CFZ)

HAUNTED SKIES: Times (The) 26.5.55


OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

http://cryptozoologynews.blogspot.com/

On this day in 1981 farmer Renato Nicolaï saw a UFO near Trans-en-Provence, Var, France.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trans-en-Provence_Case

And now the news:

German marine reptile find rewrites fossil record
Flatworm Flouts Fundamental Rule of Biology: Worm ...
Pneumonia Outbreak Killed 20% of Rare Goat Populat...
A new wild ginger discovered from the evergreen fo...
Tiger skins and bones seized in Thai customs swoop...
27 wolves confirmed in Washington State
Loch Ness is giant 'spirit level'

You know what this could be…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5m5vD4Fojl4

KARL SHUKER: GHOSTS IN THE MACHINES? HAUNTED HARDWARE AND OTHER MECHANISED MYSTERIES

http://www.eclectariumshuker.blogspot.com/2012/01/ghosts-in-machines-haunted-hardware-and.html

DALE DRINNON: Argentine river monster.

Dale posted what sounds like a fascinating photograph of an Argentine river monster.
http://frontiersofzoology.blogspot.com/2012/01/sea-monster-photographed-in-northern.html

But a couple of hours later he wrote:

Hey Guess What!

Scant hours after I posted the photo, it got deleted and I am told the original "Is no longer available"

I am keeping the entry open for the time being but if it does not turn up again, I shall delete it. My records show that ten people viewed it before it disappeared, and so I asked if anyone had taken a copy of it when it was up.

I got a new computer installed between the time I put the blog up and the time I discovered the photo was missing. The copy I had put on the blog was on the computer that went away to the store for recycling, and the copy that had been on that one has been wiped.

I don't know what kind of skullduggery is going on here but I sure would like an explanation sometime.

Best Wishes, Dale D.

WHILST ON THE SUBJECT OF ARGENTINE AQUATIC CRYPTIDS..

DALE DRINNON: Possible "Ancient Sea Kings" source Map Located in European Cave Art

A News Flash for the Frontiers of Anthropology. I came upon this item and had to rush it through.
http://frontiers-of-anthropology.blogspot.com/2012/01/possible-ancient-sea-kings-source-map.html