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In Search of Lake Monsters

by Peter Costello, Bernard Heuvelmans (Preface), Loren Coleman (Introduction)

Trade Paperback, 372 Pages

$22.95, ISBN: 9781938398322

Genre(s): Cryptozoology

This pioneering classic in the field of cryptozoology covers not only the Loch Ness monster, but lake monsters from all over the world-from the Ogopogo of Canada and the "Patagonian Plesiosaur" of Argentina, to Idaho's "Slimey Slim"' and Sweden's "Storsjo," along with the "Bunyip" of Australia and the strange monsters of South Africa. Peter Costello provides a detailed and fascinating overview of lake monster lore-and gives a convincing explanation of the identity of these elusive denizens. 

This new edition contains a new Afterword by the author, an Introduction by Loren Coleman, and a Preface by Bernard Heuvelmans, the "father of cryptozoology," who wrote: "Peter Costello authoritatively surveys the whole subject, supporting his arguments with a substantial bibliography, and displaying both the elegance of the born writer and the sense of humor essential to every occasion."

About the Author:

Peter Costello is an author, critic, and editor. He was born and educated in Dublin, but is a graduate of the University of Michigan in the USA. He is the author of many books in the connected fields of history and biography. His recent account of the creator of Sherlock Holmes as real-life sleuth, Conan Doyle Detective, has achieved international success. He is currently based in Ireland, where he is the Literary Editor of a weekly national newspaper. 

One of "The Best Cryptozoology Books of 2015." — Cryptozoo News


Introduction (2014): A Conversation with Peter Costello by Loren Coleman

Preface by Bernard Heuvelmans, D.Sc., F.Z.S. 

 1  The Start of the Search: An Introduction   

 2.  The Loch Ness Enigma: A Real Monster?

 3.  The Loch Ness Enigma: In Eclipse

 4.  The Loch Ness Enigma: Under Survey

 5  Highland Water Horses: Scotland

 6  Pooka and Piast: Ireland

 7  Soe-Orm and Skrimsl: Scandinavia

 8  The Storsjo Animal: Dr Olsson Investigates

 9  Slimey Slim and Others: United States

10 Ogopogo and Others: Canada

11 The Patagonian Plesiosaur: South America

12 The Dragon of the Ishtar Gate: Western Asia

13 Dragons and Dinosaurs: Eastern Asia

14 Waitoreke and Bunyip: Australasia

15 More Mysterious Monsters

16 The Long-Necked Seal: A Solution

17 Some Sea-Serpent Reports

18 The Perennial Monster

The Loch Ness Monster’s Song


Afterword (1974)

Afterword (2014)

Appendix: I ARIC Report on the Dinsdale Film

Table I:  Sightings of the Loch Ness Animals

Table 2:  Photographs and films of the Loch Ness

Table 3:  Captures and Strandings

Bibliography (1974)


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What they're saying:

"Peter Costello makes a fascinating, sometimes frightening case for the existence of Loch Ness-style 'monsters' in a number of freshwater lakes around the world... There's enough here to unnerve the most hardened skeptic..." - Jerome Clark, Minneapolis Tribune

"An infectiously enthusiastic reappraisal." - Sunday Telegraph

"Certainly... the whole work is impressive, and it would seem to be a safe bet that Mr. Costello's book will become a standard reference for anyone interested in its perennially fascinating subject." - The Canberra Times

"It is the world-wide perspective that makes this book worth reading." - New Scientist

"It’s important to note that the resurfacing of Costello’s book is not an exercise in nostalgia. Anomalist Books are very careful and discerning when it comes to the issue of what should be republished.... This is a book that is important, entertaining, revealing, and thought- remains one of my cryptozoological favorites." — Nick Redfern, Mysterious Universe

"Peter Costello's book In Search Of Lake Monsters is an absolute classic...Bernard Heuvelmans was so impressed by the work of the then young Costello that he...wrote the foreword to Costello's book...The word classic is often used in advertising and also by ideological friends, especially on controversial topics, but this book is a real classic, still the only comprehensive book about sea monsters from all over the world...if you don't have the book yet, you should definitely have it..." — Ulrich Magin, Kryptozoologie Network


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