Zoologist, media consultant, and science writer, Dr Karl Shuker is also one of the best known cryptozoologists in the world. Author of such seminal works as Mystery Cats of the World (1989), The Lost Ark: New and Rediscovered Animals of the 20th Century (1993; greatly expanded in 2012 as The Encyclopaedia of New and Rediscovered Animals), In Search of Prehistoric Survivors (1995), and more recently Extraordinary Animals Revisited (2007), Dr Shuker's Casebook (2008), Karl Shuker's Alien Zoo: From the Pages of Fortean Times (2010), Cats of Magic, Mythology, and Mystery (2012), and Mirabilis: A Carnival of Cryptozoology and Unnatural History (2013), his many fans have been badgering him to join the blogosphere for years. The CFZ Blog Network is proud to have finally persuaded him to do so.

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Thursday, 4 July 2013


The spectacular artwork on the front cover of Mirabilis is by the wonderfully-talented artist Anthony Wallis - thanks, Ant!

Just two months to go before my latest, 19th book is published - Mirabilis: A Carnival of Cryptozoology and Unnatural History. So here's a sneak preview of what it has in store for you....

Welcome to a carnival unlike anything that you have ever read about, visited, or even imagined before. Here, before your very eyes, you will encounter bizarre, anomalous creatures of every conceivable (and inconceivable!) kind – a veritable menagerie of cryptozoological mysteries to dazzle and delight, tantalise and terrify. For this is Mirabilis – a realm of marvels, wonders, miracles...and monsters!

Peer through the shadows and see what you may. Was that scuttling horror a spider the size of a puppy, did that fallen tree trunk suddenly sprout a pair of alligator jaws, was that a living toad that leapt out of that split-asunder block of stone, and did those flowers abruptly put forth wings and fly away as tiny birds?

Behold Trunko, the hairy marine elephant-bear that supposedly battled whales off the coast of South Africa almost a century ago. Look around in every direction and witness the very last giant lemurs brought to you from the rainforests of Madagascar, the very same unicorn that was once encountered by Julius Caesar, dinosaur-sized crocodiles from the swamps of the Congo, the elephantine harpoon-tusked sukotyro of Sumatra, gargantuan prehistoric beavers resurrected in modern-day North America, illusive Germanic horned hares and elusive Liberian micro-squirrels, a giant sea snail with antlers and paws from the Sarmatian Sea and a veritable whale-fish from a forgotten Swedish lake, a vanished striped mystery steed from Iberia, enormous toothless freshwater sharks from South America, flying turtles from China and a hippoturtleox from Tibet, sea dragons and pseudo-pterodactyls, and the world's only known tusked megalopedus - plus much, much more!

Let us not tarry even a moment longer. The miracles and marvels of Mirabilis await you impatiently inside, to scintillate, spellbind, and stultify your senses. So I bid you welcome, and pray that your visit to my carnival of cryptozoology and unnatural history will be entertaining...and not too perilous!

Mirabilis is published by Anomalist Books, and should be available in e-book form as well as traditional hard-copy paperback. Prices have yet to be finalised, but keep checking back here, on the Anomalist Books website, and on Amazon for pre-ordering details.

Mirabilis - the Cirque du Soleil of cryptozoology books??

Representation of Julius Caesar's unique unicorn (Markus Bühler)


  1. Crystal Kuecker4 July 2013 at 16:03

    Intriguing cover art! Congratulations on completion of Mirabilis, Karl! Wonderful that your new book is being released close to Christmas, as it will make for delightful presents. Markus Buhler's depiction of Julius Caesar's unicorn is outstanding!

  2. Very exciting Dr. Shuker, I'll have to definitely look our for this one!

  3. I'll be looking forward to it.

  4. Laurence Clark Crossen10 July 2013 at 21:57

    That is very tempting, but I am really dying for the new edition of Prehistoric survivors. Couldn't you, like take the publisher out to dinner???

  5. Thanks for all the kind comments, and I hope that you all enjoy my book! Very best wishes, Karl