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  • Paperback: 516 pages
  • Publisher: Anomalist Books (18 Jan. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933665114
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933665115
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.9 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,595,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By R. B. Wood on 18 Feb. 2011
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Despite the age of some of the material this still makes for fascinating reading, Clark and Coleman are some of the best Fortean authors out there.

There is a lot of material covered, and they do cover it in depth, one of the few books that will be remaining on my book shelf
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Mysteries Magazine review 28 Oct. 2007
By Kim Guarnaccia - Published on
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It is a sad but inescapable fact of the publishing world that most books, regardless of their quality, eventually pass out of print. For every work immortalized in new editions, thousands fade away to the oblivion of used bookstores, remainder tables, and dusty library shelves. It is a pleasure, then, to mark the reappearance in a single volume of two classic investigative works from the 1970s, penned in concert by renowned Fortean authors Jerome Clark and Loren Coleman. Both writers have prospered since their first collaborations, with 50-odd books published between them, but readers anxious to peruse their maiden efforts during recent years have found the search as arduous as any hunt for Sasquatch or the Loch Ness Monster.

But no longer.

The Unidentified (1975) describes the UFO phenomenon and related subjects, including fairies and other mysterious entities, hollow-earth theories, men in black, and religious epiphanies. Dedicated to pioneer anomalist Charles Fort, it follows trails blazed by the master and extends them, granting Clark and Coleman room to spread their wings as researchers and authors.

Creatures of the Outer Edge (1978) focuses more narrowly on unknown animals, but once again--as indicated by its dedication to deceased outré theorist John Keel--it wanders far afield from pure flesh-and-blood cryptozoology. Bigfoot and his fellow "manimals" share space not only with elusive cats, the Mothman, and other monsters, but with alien visitors as well.

A new introduction to the omnibus edition explains that the authors have changed their minds (or, at least, their perspectives) on certain subjects covered in these early volumes, but to their credit, they have left the original texts undisturbed and unredacted.

Readers who missed these books the first time around now have a chance to savor "golden oldies" in their pristine form. Both volumes also rate a second look from readers who enjoyed them in their first editions.
Mysteries Magazine
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Fascinating and Believable 28 Sept. 2007
By kdog - Published on
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I actually read Creatures of the Outer Edge back around 1972 or so. I thought it was fascinating. Back then I read lots of books related to the supernatural, UFOs, etc. This book was my favorite. I plan to purchase it and read it again. I highly recommend this book.
THIS IS THE BOOK to scare the pants off of you 15 Nov. 2012
By H man - Published on
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As with Stan Gordon's Excellent Book SILENT INVASION, this too has plenty of research and High Strangeness. THIS is one of my favorite reads and will
scare the living YOU KNOW WHAT out of you.
Growing up in northwest Indiana in the early seventies, there was plenty of spooky going around and I remember being a young teen when the MOMO story hit the news.
then LEGEND OF BOGGY CREEK blew my mind and scared me really good. My night time walk home past the woods still gives me the shivers to remember how frightened I was hearing every twig snap and branches moving. I just jogged a memory of being out camping with two friends in the state of Michigan during the early eighties and we were staying in a older small type trailer, on the edge of the woods. IT was pitch black nighttime and both my friends left to use the bathroom in the larger trailer where the parents of the one were staying. I waited for them to get back and seconds turned to minutes.... and then I started hearing IT in the woods. First small movements and crunching of leaves..... then quite as if someone was slowly and quietly sneaking up. I was frozen in there, too afraid to move....
Still my friends did not come back.... what the hell was taking them so long? then a definite branch crack sound right outside the back of the trailer.
THAT DID IT, I flew out of there and across the small field to the well lighted trailer filled with people.
My stupid friends had been chatting awhile with the family when I had asked, where were you guys?!
as we said our good nights to go back to the spooky trailer, there was a loud crash.
The parents turned on the floodlights and a huge tree had been pushed on top of the little spook trailer, denting the roof and side.
Had I stayed in there just a few more minutes, that would have been me in there all alone experiencing THAT! I am sure I would have had a heart attack.
We stayed with the parents in their trailer for the rest of the camping trip. FREAKED me OUT but good.

This book brings you true stories like that. Hair raising indeed and not for the faint of heart. Heck, not even for the strong of heart.
beware, you will be SCARED.
Kolchak's Field Manual... 16 July 2014
By Lee Scott - Published on
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Those old enough to remember the classic, but short lived television show 'Kolchak, the Night Stalker' will fall in love with this book. Jerome Clark never fails to deliver, I would have paid three times the price for this book, it's that good. And unlike most authors who delve into these nefarious realms, Mr. Clark does not come off as if he forgot to take his psych meds this morning. I've said it about his other books and I'll repeat it here, reading Clark's books is like reading a stack of police reports, with Rod Serling and Karl Kolchak were the investigating officers. This book reminds me a lot of John Keel's 'Strange Creatures From Time and Space', which incidentally just came back in print (raggedy used copies were selling for hundreds of dollars prior to thius reprint). Lastly, Amazon sells the entire Kolchak series for around $20, so give yourself a lovely present and buy both of the above books and these dvds. The weekend is coming up so cancel that date and have this package second-day delivered. Pull down the shades, dead bolt the doors, order a pizza, and pour yourself a tall glass of beer (I prefer diet A&W myself) You might keep that pepper spray and baseball bat by the door in case that pizza kid is a shape-shifting mothman or MIB. Slide the money under the door, and don't forget a generous gratuity.
Deserving of Their Cult Status 12 Dec. 2012
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It was nice to find these two books, both of which I've searched for in second-hand stores for decades. For my taste, "The Unidentified" goes on too much about fairy lore, but "Creatures of the Outer Edge" leaves the fairies behind. In both books, Clark and Coleman argue their version of the notion, one espoused most notably by Jacques Vallee and the late John Keel, that the contradictions and dreamlike quality of many mysterious encounters preclude their being understood in prosaic terms. The elusiveness of UFOs and cryptids, for instance, suggests that they're something other than spacecraft from other worlds or flesh-and-blood creatures. Clark and Coleman have become less certain of this since writing these books, but still consider it an idea worth keeping in mind.

"The Unidentified" and "Creatures of the Outer Edge" belong in the relatively slight category of books that discuss the paranormal rationally rather than treating it as mere titillation or wandering into nonsensical claims and conclusions. Both together and separately, they deserve their cult status. Admirers of John Keel will understand when I say that the books are comparable to Keel at his best and more cogently structured, but not as chilling or fascinating.
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