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The Unidentified & Creatures of the Outer Edge [Paperback]

Jerome Clark , Loren Coleman
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18 Jan 2006
Back in print for the first time in decades! THE UNIDENTIFIED and CREATURES OF THE OUTER EDGE, the classic early works of Jerome Clark and Loren Coleman, now in a special double edition with a new introduction by the authors. "The Unidentified" finds the links that connect supernatural folklore, religious visions, cryptozoology, and modern-day UFO stories. It documents episodes from the fringes of human experience and exposes what they may tell us about ourselves and the strange world we live in, where things - whether fairies, ghosts, divine apparitions, or ostensible extraterrestrials - may be even more mysterious than they seem. "Creatures of the Outer Edge" surveys the cryptozoologically bountiful decade of the 1970s (and more) with accounts of Mothman, Owlmen, Thunderbirds, Phantom Panthers, Devil Dogs, Texas Big Birds, and, yes, of course, Bigfoot. Some of the individually "named" local Bigfoot creatures first appeared in this book, including Momo (Missouri Monster), Lake Worth Monster, Murphysboro Mud Monster, the Enfield Thing, El Reno Chicken Man, Noxie Monster, Navajo's Skinwalkers, and Yukon's Bushman. The book also introduced the now-iconic Dover Demon for the first time to the general public. Jerome Clark is a longtime ufologist and anomalist, who has appeared on NBC, ABC, the Discovery Channel, the History Channel, and A&E. He has written nearly 20 books, including two Book of the Month Club selections and the award-winning, multi-volume The UFO Encyclopedia, as well as songs recorded by Emmylou Harris, Tom T. Hall, and other country, folk, and bluegrass artists. His most recent book is Unnatural Phenomena. He lives in southwestern Minnesota with his wife, writer and editor Helene Henderson. Loren Coleman is the world's most popular living cryptozoologist. He appears frequently on television and radio, and has even been turned into a fictional character in novels and comic books. He is the author of more than two dozen books, including Bigfoot!; Mysterious America; and Cryptozoology A to Z (with Jerome Clark). His fieldwork has taken him from Scotland's Loch Ness to the rainforests of Mexico, from the Everglades to the Pacific Northwest's Bigfoot country. He lives in Portland, Maine, with his sons.

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  • Paperback: 516 pages
  • Publisher: Anomalist Books (18 Jan 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933665114
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933665115
  • Product Dimensions: 2.9 x 12.5 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,497,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Mysteries Magazine review 28 Oct 2007
By Kim Guarnaccia - Published on Amazon.com
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and Believable 28 Sep 2007
By Kevin Dahlen - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Kolchak's Field Manual... 16 July 2014
By Lee Scott - Published on Amazon.com
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.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Unidentified & Creatures of the Outer Edge 12 Jan 2013
By Christine S. Shealer - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is actually a compilation of cases of sightings of and experiences with bizarre unknown creatures going back to the 70's. Written by Jerome Clark and Loren Coleman, two of the best writer-researchers on cryptozoology and UFOs, it is a must-read for anyone interested in this type of material. Great book.
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought Provoker 14 Dec 2012
By Walter F. Billings - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a compilation of the author's thoughts from around 1977. While I do not agree with their opinions on abductions and UFO occupant incidents, it is nevertheless, very interesting. Being party to some UFO incidents myself long ago in 1973-74, while serving in the USAF/SAC, I do not understand how the two authors can come to their conclusions. This is a book written in the 1970s originally and is a thought provoker for those that are already familiar with the subjects.
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