Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Monstro Bizzaro Reviewed

Cryptozoologist Lyle Blackburn writes a regular column for popular horror magazine Rue Morgue. It's a brief highlight of cryptid themed weirdness for each issue and due to space constraints, it's far to short.

Thankfully, the magazine has started publishing special "library" editions that focus on a singular topic within the scope of the areas they cover, horror in culture and entertainment in all its aspects.

The latest addition to the Rue Morgue Library is titled "Monstro Bizarro" the name of Blackburn's regular column in the magazine, and, as you may have guessed, the focus of the edition is cryptids.

The book kicks off with a Foreword by filmmaker Eduardo Sanchez who brought us the Bigfoot movie "Exists." The emphasis on the volume is the presence of cryptids in movies, television, comics and other media. Subtitled "An Essential Manual of Mysterious Monsters," the book comes in at 130 pages and covers a wide range of topics. In fact, it's amazing how much is packed into this book. Cryptid toys, articles on cryptid related museums, tons of monster movie info and much more. Did you know there was "Bigfoot Metal" music?

There's tons of graphics in the book too including some great art by "Eerie" Eric Fargiorgio and plenty of classic cryptid themed movie posters.

I'm proud to say that I was also a part of this project. When Rue Morgue approved the idea, Lyle called on me, Ken Gerhard and Nick Redfern. He wanted a few other cryptozoologist along for the ride and we were all happy to contribute to this cool publication.

It resulted in a great blend of cryptid entertainment and information on the real world of cryptozoology. For instance, peppered throughout the book are "case files." Each case file presents a weird but true cryptid encounter direct from one of our files.

There's "Shadows in the Forest A History of Bigfoot Research" by Ken, plenty of info on the Fouke Monster, one of Lyle's specialties and a piece by Nick blending info on the Mothman and films that utilize the flying cryptid. My own feature article is "Death Worms, From Tremors to Legends" about one of my favorite cryptids, the Mongolian Death Worm.

I'm looking forward to working on more projects with these guys, they're all amazing researchers and investigators that I'm proud to call friends.

Grab this book while you can, it's selling out quickly. Find it at your local Barnes & Noble (it's usually on the newsstand where you find Rue Morgue magazine), or order direct from Rue Morgue's website here:


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