THE CRYPTOZOOLOGIST LOREN COLEMAN
Loren Coleman is one of the world's leading cryptozoologists. An
honorary member of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, and several
other international organizations, he is also a Life Member of the International
Society of Cryptozoology. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after
traveling and trekking extensively in pursue of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman
began writing to share his experiences in 1969.
Coleman has written seventeen books and more than three hundred articles, has appeared
frequently on radio and television programs, and has lectured throughout North America,
as well as in London and at Loch Ness. He has been both on- and off-camera consultant
to NBC-TV's "Unsolved Mysteries," A & E's "Ancient Mysteries,"
History Channel's "In Search of History," Discovery Channel's "In
the Unknown, " and other reality-based programs. He contributes cryptozoology
columns, "On the Trail," to the London-based magazine Fortean Times,
and "Mysterious World" to Fate, as well as regular articles to The
Anomalist and Fortean Studies. In 2000, he served as the Senior
Series Consultant to the new "In Search Of..." program which is scheduled for future broadcast on Fox and USA Network. During
2002, he was featured in the Sony Studios' "Search for the Mothman," available
on the DVD of the movie The Mothman Prophecies. He served as the Screen Gems'
national and international publicity spokesperson for their Richard Gere-Mark Pellington
Coleman has been investigating, in the
field and in the library, cryptozoological evidence and folklore since the Abominable
Snowmen caught his interest over four decades ago, leading him to research mysterious
Black Panther sightings and reports of Napes (North American Apes) in the American
Midwest. He has traveled to every state in the USA, throughout Canada, Mexico,
Scotland, and the Virgin Islands, interviewing witnesses of Lake Monsters, Bigfoot,
Giant Snakes, Mystery Felids, Mothman, Thunderbirds, and other cryptids.
His first article was published in 1969. He went on to write two books with Jerome
Clark (The Unidentified  and Creatures of the Outer Edge ,
both published by Warner Books). In the 1980s, Coleman wrote Mysterious America
(1983), Curious Encounters (1985), and Tom Slick and the Search for the
Yeti (1989), all bestsellers for Faber and Faber. In 1999 Loren Coleman co-authored
two books: one with Patrick Huyghe called The Field Guide to Bigfoot, Yeti, and Other Mystery Primates Worldwide (Avon); the other with Jerome Clark called Cryptozoology A to Z: The Encyclopedia of Loch Monsters, Sasquatch, Chupacabras,
and Other Authentic Mysteries of Nature (Simon and
Schuster/Fireside). During 2002, Linden
published the biography, Tom Slick: True Life Encounters in Cryptozoology.
Coleman's extremely popular Mysterious
America: The Revised Edition (2001)
and Mothman and Other Curious Encounters
(2002) are published by Paraview
Loren Coleman's special appreciation of his fellow cryptozoologists and hominologists
has made him the source of biographical insights, and his obituaries
and living commentaries on the leaders
of the field have been published widely. National Public Radio's "All Things
Considered," for example, called on Coleman to speak in tribute of Dr. Grover
Krantz who died on Valentine's Day, 2002.
On 20 October 1997, on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the famous filming
of a Californian Sasquatch, Loren Coleman was one of the first ten inductees into
the forthcoming Roger Patterson Memorial Bigfoot Museum in Portland, Oregon. He
has been honored with other regional and national recognitions by his fellow researchers.
Obtaining an undergraduate degree from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, Coleman
majored in anthropology, minored in zoology, and did some summer work in archaeology.
He received a graduate degree in psychiatric social work from Simmons College in
Boston. Coleman was admitted to the Ph.D. programs, and took doctoral coursework
in social anthropology at Brandies University, and in sociology at the University
of New Hampshire's Family Research Laboratory.
Coleman has been an instructor, assistant/associate professor, research associate,
and documentary filmmaker, in various academic university settings, since 1980. He
gave one of the first credit courses on the subject of cryptozoology
in 1990, and examined cryptozoology films in his popular documentary
course he taught through 2003 at the University of Southern Maine. He has written extensively in human services, having authored,
coauthored, or edited eight books, including the critically acclaimed Suicide
Clusters (Faber and Faber, 1987), appearing on "The Larry King Show"
discussing it. His work on the suicides of baseball players was covered in Sports
Illustrated, the Sporting News, ESPN, EPSN Classics and by all the major
media and wire services. Loren Coleman can be reached at PO Box 360, Portland, Maine,
04112, USA, or by e-mail.
For interviews with, profiles of, or stories about Loren Coleman, follow this link.
Chosen for 2001 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults List by the
Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and American Library Association
(ALA), for Cryptozoology A to Z: The Encyclopedia of Loch Monsters, Sasquatch,
Chupacabras, and Other Authentic Mysteries of Nature by Loren Coleman and Jerome
Clark, NY: Simon and Schuster, 1999.
The Anomalist Awards for the Best Books of 1999 for The Field Guide to
Bigfoot, Yeti, and Other Mystery Primates Worldwide by Loren Coleman and Patrick
Huyghe, NY: Avon Books/HarperCollins, 1999.
The Anomalist Awards for the Best Books of 1999 for Cryptozoology A to
Z: The Encyclopedia of Loch Monsters, Sasquatch, Chupacabras, and Other Authentic
Mysteries of Nature by Loren Coleman and Jerome Clark, NY: Simon and Schuster,
Bronze Apple - Third Place Award, National Educational Film & Video Festival,
1993, Category - "Teen Concerns," for Mattering: A Journey With
Rural Youth, Portland: University of Southern Maine, 1992; Loren Coleman, Executive
Alumni Recognition Award, Simmons School of Social Work, 1992, for Elder Fire
Safety for the '90s by Loren Coleman and Kathryn Buxton, Portland: University
of Southern Maine, 1991.
Psychotherapy and Social Science Book Club Selection, August 1987, for Suicide
Clusters by Loren Coleman, Boston: Faber and Faber, 1987 .
Golden Reel - First Place Award, Independent Television Producers Association, 1987,
for SOS - Runaways and Teen Suicides: Coded Cries for Help, Portland: University
of Southern Maine, 1987; Loren Coleman, Executive Producer.