The United States of Cryptids: A Tour of American Myths and Monsters (Hardcover)

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The United States of Cryptids: A Tour of American Myths and Monsters (Hardcover)



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Ocker is one of my favorite horror writers, and this beautiful volume is HILARIOUS. The perfect gift for a literary nerd who has read everything out there. It's patriotic, too.

— Sissy

Meet the monsters in our midst, from bigfoot to Mothman and beyond!

Welcome to the United States of Cryptids, where mysterious monsters lurk in the dark forests, deep lakes, and sticky swamps of all fifty states. From the infamous Jersey Devil to the obscure Snallygaster, travel writer and chronicler of the strange J. W. Ocker uncovers the bizarre stories of these creatures and investigates the ways in which communities embrace and celebrate their local cryptids. Readers will learn about:
Batsquatch of Washington, a winged bigfoot that is said to have emerged from the eruption of Mount Saint Helens
Nain Rouge of Michigan, a fierce red goblin that has been spotted before every major city disaster in Detroit
Flatwoods Monster of West Virginia, a robotic extraterrestrial that crash-landed in rural Appalachia
Lizard Man of South Carolina, a reptilian mutant that attacked a teenager in the summer of 1988
Glocester Ghoul of Rhode Island, a fire-breathing dragon that guards a hoard of pirate treasure
• And many more!
Whether you believe in bigfoot or not, this fully illustrated compendium is a fun, frightening, fascinating tour through American folklore and history, exploring the stories we tell about monsters and what those stories say about us.
J. W. (Jason) Ocker is an Edgar Award-winning travel writer, novelist, and blogger. His previous books include Poe-Land, A Season with the Witch, and Cursed Objects. He is also the creator of the blog and podcast OTIS: Odd Things I’ve Seen (, where he chronicles his visits to oddities around the world.
Product Details ISBN: 9781683693222
ISBN-10: 1683693221
Publisher: Quirk Books
Publication Date: October 11th, 2022
Pages: 288
Language: English
“For believers and non-believers alike, this book is an interesting look at the legendary creatures that run, crawl and fly throughout the 50 states.”—James Madison University’s The Breeze

“[Ocker's] breezy storytelling talents make for enjoyable reading.”—Booklist

“I love folklore, so naturally, I also love cryptids, since they're basically the scary story versions of modern folklore. Which is precisely what I enjoyed about The United States of Cryptids.”—BoingBoing