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The United States of Cryptids

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Ocker's latest title is the ultimate guide & companion book for every cryptid fan. This catalogue of U.S. cryptids is exhaustive and each has their own description, as well as a whimsical illustration. It has been nominated for a Stoker award, deservedly so.
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This gorgeous hardcover will make a great addition to any cryptid enthusiast's bookshelf. Bigfoot, Mothman...they're all here. This isn't simply an academic overview, but a personal travelogue (he visited many of the places in this book). Another gem from J. W. Ocker, who always goes above and beyond when doing a deep dive into a subject (his guide to Salem is a must-read).
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As someone who loves cryptids any time I can read from a new view is fantastic. A whole tour through the United States? Sign me up and let me know about all those little spooks.
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Really in depth look at so many cryptids. I appreciated the first hand accounts to give a full picture of each creature.
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Thank you to Net Galley and the publisher for this arc. I really enjoyed the stories in this book. If you like cryptid tales then this is a great book for you.
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An excellent look at the tales and mysteries that exist in the continental U.S. and represent parts of our history. The division of regions and explanations of each creature or being highlights a part of American culture that is usually, well, kept in the dark.
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This review was originally published on NetGalley.com. I was given an ebook freely by NetGalley and the book’s publisher in return for a voluntary and honest review.

The United States of Cryptids :A Tour of American Myths and Monsters. 
By J.W. Ocker 

If you’re like me and enjoy a good cryptid story regardless if it’s true or not this is a must for you. Just recently I started visiting different locations of famous Cryptid sightings and encounters. I wish I had this book when I started. 

J.W. Ocker breaks down America by its regions and then within each region exposes us to a ton of cryptids. Now I consider myself a well read cryptid fan and I discovered many new myths and legends in this book. The best part about this book is at the end of each cryptid Ocker either mentions what touristy stores or locations each town offers for their hometown cryptid. If they don’t offer anything he even gives some ideas to the towns. 

As a cryptid tourist I’ve experienced a wide spectrum. For example The Beast of Bray Rd is ignored by the town while I did see a few statues of the beast on people’s yards but I didn’t feel like I could stop and take a picture with it. Whereas Hodag is fully embraced by the town and has a museum, multiple places to buy souvenirs as well as a giant statue of the Hodag in front of the Town Hall with a great stand for taking a perfect selfie with the Hodag. Lake Champlain was in the middle of those. 

If you have any desire to visit a location or have a favorite cryptid grab this book you might just be tempted to take a trip.
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Note: provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for honest review
5 stars

Having read Cursed Objects, I pretty much knew what to expect here. I love this sort of thing: a large amount of these types of stories told clearly and well, but in bite-sized pieces. It goes in depth enough to tell the story without feeling like you’re studying. There’s a fair degree of skepticism here too, but to me seeing what people and towns have done with their cryptids is just as interesting as their origin stories.
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I have enjoyed the works that Ocker has previously released, so I was very excited for the opportunity to review this book! It is a fun dive into the various creatures that fill the Lore told throughout the US. It is a perfect gift for anyone that shares interests in cryptids and why we love to tell their tales!
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Anything having to do with cryptos zoology is my guilty pleasure. They also mention aliens but can you really have one without the other? I knew most of the stories would be familiar to me, but like any goodauthor the head new details I hadn’t heard and also a couple of stories I’ve never read… Anywhere! I had never heard of the silver serpent in Kirby New York even though they say it was a hoax one of the biggest skeptics claimed the hoax was is a hoax they have the New Jersey Devil, which I’m sure everyone has heard of but they also had Albatwiches… Something else I hadn’t heard of it’s a little big foot and OMG they must be adorable. I really enjoyed this book and if you like crypto zoology don’t think you know all of them because these are just in the United States and they were a few I knew nothing about. The ones that were familiar to me they also had new details I hadn’t heard before so don’t take this for a copy and paste crypto book because it’s much more than that and also interesting! I received this book from NetGalleyShelf and a publisher but I am leaving this review voluntarily please forgive any mistakes as I am blind and dictate my review.
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If you're the type of person who obsesses over Mothman, has a favorite local Bigfoot story, or lives to find out what happened to the Lizard Man of South Carolina, J.W. Ocker has the next book you need in your hot little hands. The United States of Cryptids is a compendium of monsters, unexplained creatures, and stories of the bizarre, all divided into individual regions.   You can read about the mysterious Flatwoods Monster, Batsquatch (which supposedly flew out of Mount Saint Helens).

I enjoyed this book immensely, though I am a huge fan of cryptids so was familiar with almost every story in the book. For the hardcore Cryptid reader who is obsessed with one or two major figures, this might seem like a beginner's course. For those who are more interested in the weird stories of the entire United States or just getting into cryptids, this is definitely the book to pick up.

The United States of Cryptids is available October 11, 2022 from Quirk Books.
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This was such a great book! I've heard of the big cryptids like Bigfoot, Nessie, and Mothman. But this book covers so many other creatures that are in the US that I've never heard of before. The Puckwudgie was one of my favorites but there were so many! Skunk Ape, Albatwitch, Batsquatch, and Giant Sky Clam were some others that I really liked. This is such a fun, entertaining, and educational read that I would recommend everyone check out.
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My library loves books bout Cryptids! We have a group that meets here once  month to discuss cryptids and monster hunting that I am sure will get a lot out of this wonderfully written book. 

The cover is super fun and eye catching and the book itself is for anyone with a general interest in cryptids. The book is NOT a definitive work of facts but more of a general A to Z of what is what in the world of Cryptids. Again super fun! Would highly recommend. I bought a copy for both myself and the library.
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This is a cute and fun little look into cryptids all over the United States. I really enjoyed how the author held the viewpoint that cryptids were real not because he believed they physically existed as real creatures (though it was clear he hoped he'd find evidence for many of them) but because they had impact on society--people in their little towns believed them, had crazes hunting for them, built up entire town festivals, etc.  He didn't go into great depth for any one, and I found many of the entries blurred together a bit in the way they were written and the details around them (which was maybe to be expected given their specific details) but it was charming, casual, and had plenty of personal anecdotes when they were creatures he himself had searched for.
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I’m a huge fan of Ocker’s, the man is the penultimate source for things that go bump in the night. His books on New England ghosts, witches and other creepy things you might be worried are hiding under your bed, are the perfect combination of fact and his wry wit. This newest book is no different, he examine the mythology behind creatures like the Florida Skunk Ape and Lake Champlain’s sea monster, Champy with the wide eyed wonder of a kid and the cynicism of a world weary adult. A highly recommended volume, whether you believe or not
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This would make a fun gift for the monster hunter in your life. I liked how the cryptids were organized by the region they’re from. The descriptions of each are short enough that you could read several in one sitting. I was hoping there would be more illustrations to make the book more visually appealing. There are some images sprinkled throughout, but it would have been better if there was a picture for each cryptids, especially some of the lesser known ones.
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I've always been fascinated by cryptids, so I was very excited to see this book. I learned about many cryptids that I had never heard of, even in my home state! I liked the way the author approached this book...not necessarily making it about the cryptids themselves, but rather how the people in the cryptids' home areas embrace, celebrate or even ignore the stories. It was basically like a cryptid road trip guide, offering the best places to visit cryptid museums, parades, large statues, or even entire towns dedicated to the creatures. I was left with a list of new places I wanted to visit and new cryptids to research. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in cryptids. Or anyone looking for unusual places to stop on a road trip.
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Exactly as advertised! Cryptids are broken up into the area of the United Stated they are reported to “live”. Then they are broken into individual chapters for each of the cryptids themselves. This makes finding entries on your favorites easy but also a comfortable read through. Lots of information for the reader to follow up on and also a lot of fun! I can already tell this will be a popular title within our library as we are in WV which is home to both Mothman and the Flatwoods Monster which are both included. Easy to learn about a lot of lesser known cryptids and gain more information on favorites!
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“Why talk about politics when you can talk about the time a lizard man attacked a car to get at the bag of Fillet-O-Fish sandwiches inside?”  
J.W. Ocker
Exactly! This book was a serious joy to read.  It explored cryptids across the United States.  From BigFoot to the Fresno Nightcrawlers. I found some of these tales really interesting.  The stories and sightings of these mythical creatures is at times more than just a tall-tale.  Ocker also explores the darker side of cryptozoology.  For instance the Snallygaster first sighted in 1909 in western Maryland.  This particular cryptid was used to scare people of color and deter them from voting.  Throughout this book there are several other explanations explored as to the possible existence of these creatures and it has further stirred  my curiosity.  I’ve found myself scouring  the internet looking at the videos and photos captured of these oh so elusive beings. I wonder how many of these creatures might be discovered someday.
  If you find yourself looking for a fun and curious October  read this is the book!
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Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

4 stars.

Spoilers ahead. I will not reveal anything big - most of the review vaguely alludes to plot, structure, and characters.

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This book is a super quick read, but very fun. I loved that it was laid out like a sort of atlas, and it would be very easy to use this to guide travel or use as a supplemental travel assistant. The design of the book was also great, and added to the text. That being said, don't expect to get an in-depth look at any of the cryptids presented here. You're basically getting a thumbnail sketch of each one. Just a taste. But that's perfect for people looking to just start learning, or a coffee table book, or something of the like. I also deeply appreciated that this book did not simply have the "greatest hits" like bigfoot and mothman - there were even a few cryptids that I had never heard of! 4 stars for a great - if surface-level - examination of American Folklore.

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Again, thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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