A Dictionary of Cryptozoology Paperback – 5 Apr 2004
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Replete with truly obscure cryptids, many known only from a single report. A superb fact-filled big format work. -- Fortean Times, No 187, September 2004.
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Ronan Coghlan, born Dublin, 1948; educated Trinity College Dublin; teacher at many schools in Ireland and Britain; married, three children.
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Ronan Coghlan also ensures that the dictionary is kept up to date with the occasional supplementary publication to the dictionary to add new or omitted cryptids to this already impressive volume the first supplementary book (Cryptosup) is also available (isbn: 0-9544936-4-8)
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The entries concerning better known "cryptids" and mythological creatures are for the most part well researched and reasonably complete with some glaring exceptions. For the lesser known, however, the information can be frustratingly scanty as in this example of a typical entry "Rhone Monster- Monsters were seen in this long French River in 1954-5 and one was seen at its mouth in 1964."
The writing never rises above the average and there is no pronunciation guide, in short, while it may contain the name of every conceivable legendary and mythical creature it feels unfinished as in a first draft. One wishes Coghlan had spent more time and done a second.
No, it doesn't have pictures. But duh, people don't exactly know what cryptids look like. If they did, they wouldn't be cryptids.
It's a good tool and I highly recommend it.