Zoologist, media consultant, and science writer, Dr Karl Shuker is also one of the best known cryptozoologists in the world. He is the 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), Dragons: A Natural History (1995), In Search of Prehistoric Survivors (1995), The Unexplained (1996), From Flying Toads To Snakes With Wings (1997), Mysteries of Planet Earth (1999), The Hidden Powers of Animals (2001), The Beasts That Hide From Man (2003), 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), Mirabilis: A Carnival of Cryptozoology and Unnatural History (2013), Dragons in Zoology, Cryptozoology, and Culture (2013), The Menagerie of Marvels (2014), A Manifestation of Monsters (2015), Here's Nessie! (2016), and what is widely considered to be his cryptozoological magnum opus, Still In Search Of Prehistoric Survivors (2016) - plus, very excitingly, his first two long-awaited, much-requested ShukerNature blog books (2019, 2020).

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Friday 25 January 2013


I LIKE books - part of my collection of cryptozoology books; click photo to enlarge it, and see how many titles you recognise and/or are in your own collection (Dr Karl Shuker)

It has recently occurred to me that not everyone may know that my official website - http://www.karlshuker.com - contains the most comprehensive bibliography of cryptozoology books ever prepared, the culmination of years of adding new and hitherto-overlooked titles that began more than a decade ago when I and Twilight Books bookseller Steven Shipp from Somerset jointly compiled the original, much smaller version that was published in issues #6, #7, and #8 of the CFZ's quarterly cryptozoological magazine, Animals and Men.

So, please click here for instant access to this definitive cryptozoology bibliography, containing hundreds of titles listed in categories, and which I continue to update periodically. If you know of any cryptozoology book titles not included in it, please provide details here in this ShukerNature post's comments section below, and I'll be happy to add them forthwith. Many thanks indeed, and enjoy browsing the bibliography!

Some of the cryptozoology and cryptozoology-related books that I've written down through the years, including a selection of their foreign editions and foreign-language translations (Dr Karl Shuker)


  1. Laurence Crossen25 January 2013 at 20:56

    Thanks, but you seem to have overlooked a very excellent scholarly sociological study of champ:
    "The untold story of Champ : a social history of America's Loch Ness Monster" by the very same Robert Bartholomew who wrote Monsters of the North Woods.

  2. @Laurence - Thanks for the additions - I haven't had chance to update the bibliography for a while, so I knew there'd be some titles I'd missed, and hoped that readers would help me fill in the gaps. So these examples received from you will be duly added - thanks again.

  3. Laurence Crossen25 January 2013 at 23:25

    It's the least I could do... I wonder what you think of his book.

  4. Wonderful list, thanks! I may have overlooked it but I didn't find a very interesting and scholarly book: Sacred Monsters - Mysterious and Mythical Creatures of Scripture, Talmud and Midrash,by Natan Slifkin, Gefen Books NJ and Israel, 2007/2011

  5. @Loes - Thanks very much for this addition, I haven't seen this book so I'll definitely look out for it. All the best, Karl

  6. Laurence Crossen28 January 2013 at 19:27

    There is a 2009 book out on Amazon USA called Biblical Cryptozoology Revealed Cryptids of The Bible.

  7. Hi. Are there any reports of theropod dinosaurs from the areas of Africa where the mokele-mbembe has supposedly been seen? Also, are there any from the rainforests of South America? Thanks!

    1. Dear Troodon Man Im not an expert but I do know that there is a creature called the Kasai Rex and there is even a photo of it. Its almost certainly a fake. The photo shows a bipedal theropod dinosaur similar to a T. Rex superimposed onto an African landscape. Its either a model or a toy or a drawing of a dinosaur cleverly superimposed onto an African landscape. A similar fake photo was made by a man named JC Johansen. He claimed he saw an unknown Reptilian creature killing and eating a Rhino and he snapped a photo. The photo shows a Komodo Dragon or a Monitor Lizard sporting horns and superimposed onto an African landscape. See the 1960 version of The Lost World where similar fakery is done using Monitor Lizards and Caimans and putting horns and frills on them and magnifying their size to make them appear like Dinosaurs. Despite these fakes I believe that Dinosaur like animals do exist in Africa. The Mokele Mbembe Emela Ntouka Lukwata Lau Kongamato and Chipekwe are all real. Just because people occasionally produce fake photos doesnt mean they dont exist. Giant cryptids and dinosaur like animals DEFINITELY EXIST IN AFRICA. The Chipekwe for instance is usually described as a quadruped who eats hippos and rhinos. The Chipekwe might be the animal that inspired JC Johansen to make his photo. His photo is a fake but his sighting may have been real. Cryptids are notoriously hard to photograph generally speaking. Perhaps the Chipekwe was also the inspiration for inventing the Kasai Rex photo. Im speculating as I dont really know. Who is to say that there arent any theropod dinosaurs out there in Africa. Maybe there are. No one really knows whats out there. The world still has unexplained mysteries in it.

  8. Hi Dr. Shuker, wow this is a timely post - I believe I contacted you a while ago about a bibliography I was putting together. This is an ongoing project that I haven't had a ton of time to dedicate to as of late, but my intention is to eventually turn it into a searchable online database (it is currently in FileMaker format). I have over 4000 entries in it at the moment, all categorized by cryptid. I'd love to collaborate on some sort of 'master bibliography' that would be searchable online. What do you think?

  9. I recall once reading a fascinating book called "Dragons: A Natural History." Is it in the bibliography? I didn't get to check it.

  10. Dr. Shuker,
    Consider adding "A Wizard`s Bestiary" by Oberon Zell-Ravenheart to your Zoomytholgy bibliography section. Love the site.

    J. Fonzo