Popular Cryptozoology Books

Leaving aside fictions and e-books (including Kindle) here’s a listing of many cryptozoology books that are best selling on Amazon, at least early this afternoon (July 26, 2012). The ranking estimates how many total books are selling better, among the millions offered on Amazon. For example, for the top book listed below, it is estimated that over 17,000 books, of all subjects and genres, are selling better.

There are probably at least several books missing from the following list, for Amazon’s tracking by key-word-by-ranking is flawed.

 #17,216   Destination Truth: Memoirs of a Monster Hunter
 #56,929   Field Guide to Lake Monsters, Sea Serpents . . .
 #62,847   Looking for Bigfoot
 #86,724   Real Monsters, Gruesome Critters, and Beasts from the Darkside
 #87,170   Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science
#109,058   Claw, Jaws, and Dinosaurs
#112,571   Live Pterosaurs in America (third edition)
#126,528   Tales of the Cryptids: Mysterious Creatures . . .
#138,762   Cryptozoology A to Z
#191,485   The Michigan Dogman
#217,735   Hunting the American Werewolf
#256,714   Monsters of Texas
#279,244   In Search of Sasquatch
#284,297   Bigfoot! – The True Story of Apes in America
#330,533   Monsters of West Virginia: Mysterious Creatures
#338,493   Monsters of New Jersey
#391,860   Big Bird
#415,823   Monsters of Wisconsin
#503,215   Monster Hunt: The Guide to Cryptozoology
#538,971   The Weiser Field Guide to Cryptozoology
#579,074   Monster Spotter’s Guide to North America
#582,746   Monsters of Illinois
#590,608   (first edition) LPA
#598,622   Cryptozoology: Science & Speculation
#612,581   Cryptozoology  (by 10 authors)
#714,718   Searching for Ropens (second edition)
#745,709   Monsters Caught on Film
#791,541   The Beasts that Hide from Man . . .
#793,042   Dinosaurs – Dead or Alive
#865,610   Missionaries and Monsters
#971,962   Encyclopedia of Cryptozoology: A Global Guide to Hidden Animals . . .

(Books with rankings over a million are not included in the above list.)

For years, Cryptozoology A to Z, by Loren Coleman, was almost always the best selling book of this genre on Amazon. The publication of Destination Truth: Memoirs of a Monster Hunter, by Josh Gates (a television star of the true-adventure genre), put an end to that reign. For the past few years, the best my book could do (Live Pterosaurs in America, third edition), was to be the best seller among books about modern living pterosaurs.

I have often found it difficult to determine why my LPA sometimes has a surge in sales. Perhaps a small-town newspaper somewhere published something about eyewitness accounts of living pterosuars. Perhaps a blog writer mentioned my book. Who knows?

Pterosaur Tail Vane

An eyewitness recently made it clear that the flying creature she had recently observed had a long tail and a horizontal tail vane at tail’s end.


front and back covers of "Live Pterosaurs in America" nonfiction book

From page 86 of the nonfiction cryptozoology book Live Pterosaurs in America (third edition):

Without sightings of apparent living pterosaurs in Texas, and without reports of brilliantly glowing ropens in the southwest Pacific, I would hesitate speculating about bioluminescent flying predators near Marfa. I understand how difficult it must be for scientists who have never been exposed to those human experiences, how hard to consider the revolutionary idea I suggest. Yet how easy it is to underestimate the magnificent potential of life! And how wonderful it will be to discover a revolutionary new living species!

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