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  • Published: 2 January 2023
  • ISBN: 9781683693222
  • Imprint: Quirk Books
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $40.00

The United States of Cryptids

A Tour of American Myths and Monsters



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 not only uncovers the bizarre stories of these creatures but investigates the ways in which communities have embraced and celebrated 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 in 1980
Nain Rouge of Detroit, a fierce red goblin that has been spotted before every major city disaster
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
Pope Lick Monster of Kentucky, a goat-man that lures people to their deaths on a train trestle bridge in Louisville
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 not just the stories we tell about monsters but also what stories of monsters say about us.

  • Published: 2 January 2023
  • ISBN: 9781683693222
  • Imprint: Quirk Books
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $40.00

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