Loren Coleman is one of the world's leading cryptozoologists.
An honorary member of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club,
and several other international organizations, he is also a Life Member
of the International Society of Cryptozoology.
Coleman has written books and more than two hundred articles
on the subject, has appeared frequently on radio and television programs,
and has lectured from Idaho to Loch Ness. He has been both on- and off-camera
consultant to NBC-TV's "Unsolved Mysteries," A & E's "Ancient Mysteries"
"In Search of History," Discovery Channel's "In the Unknown, " and other
reality-based programs. He contributes cryptozoology columns, "On the Trail,"
to the London-based magazine Fortean Times, and "Mysterious World" to Fate,
as well as occasional articles to The Anomalist and Fortean Studies.
In 2000, he served as the Senior Series Consultant to the new "In Search
Of..." program which is scheduled for broadcast on Fox and USA Network
sometime in 2001 or 2002.
On 20 October 1997, on the occasion of the 30th anniversary
of the famous filming of a Californian Sasquatch, Loren Coleman was one
of the first ten inductees into the forthcoming Roger Patterson Memorial
Bigfoot Museum in Portland, Oregon.
Coleman, born 12 July 1947, in Norfolk, Virginia, has
been investigating, in the field and in the library, cryptozoological evidence
and folklore since the Abominable Snowmen caught his interest in 1960,
leading him to research mysterious panther sightings and reports of apes
in the American Midwest. He has traveled to 45 states, throughout Canada,
Mexico, Scotland, and the Virgin Islands interviewing witnesses of lake
monster, Sasquatch, giant snake, mystery feline, phantom kangaroo, thunderbird,
and other cryptid reports and folklore.
first articles were published in 1969. He went on to write two books
with Jerome Clark (The Unidentified  and Creatures of the Outer
Edge , both published by Warner). In the 1980s, Coleman wrote
Mysterious America (1983), Curious Encounters (1985), and Tom Slick
and the Search for the Yeti (1989), all bestsellers for Faber and
Faber. In 1999 Loren Coleman co-authored two books: one with Patrick
Huyghe called The Field Guide to Bigfoot, Yeti, and Other Mystery
Primates Worldwide (Avon); the other with Jerome Clark called Cryptozoology
A to Z: The Encyclopedia of Loch Monsters, Sasquatch, Chupacabras,
and Other Authentic Mysteries of Nature (Simon and Schuster/Fireside).
The Year 2001 saw the publication of his expanded and updated, Mysterious
America: The Revised Edition from Paraview Press.
Coleman has an undergraduate degree from Southern Illinois
University-Carbondale, where he majored in anthropology, minored in zoology,
and did some summer work in archaeology. He received a graduate degree
in psychiatric social work from Simmons College in Boston. Coleman was
admitted to the Ph.D. programs, and took doctoral coursework in social
anthropology at Brandies University, and in sociology at the University
of New Hampshire's Family Research Laboratory. He has been an instructor,
assistant/associate professor, research associate, and documentary filmmaker,
in various academic university settings, since 1980. He has written extensively
in human services, having authored, coauthored, or edited eight books,
including the commercially successful Suicide Clusters (Faber and Faber,
1987) and appeared on "The Larry King Show" discussing it. His work on
the suicides of baseball players was covered in Sports Illustrated, the
Sporting News, ESPN, and by all the major media and wire services.
Loren Coleman can be reached at
PO Box 360,
Portland, Maine, 04112
Chosen for 2001 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults List
by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and American Library
Association (ALA), for Cryptozoology A to Z: The Encyclopedia of Loch Monsters,
Sasquatch, Chupacabras, and Other Authentic Mysteries of Nature by Loren
Coleman and Jerome Clark, NY: Simon and Schuster, 1999.
The Anomalist Awards for the Best Books of 1999 for The
Field Guide to Bigfoot, Yeti, and Other Mystery Primates Worldwide by Loren
Coleman and Patrick Huyghe, NY: Avon Books/HarperCollins, 1999.
The Anomalist Awards for the Best Books of 1999 for Cryptozoology
A to Z: The Encyclopedia of Loch Monsters, Sasquatch, Chupacabras, and
Other Authentic Mysteries of Nature by Loren Coleman and Jerome Clark,
NY: Simon and Schuster, 1999.
Bronze Apple - Third Place Award, National Educational
Film & Video Festival, 1993, Category - "Teen Concerns," for Mattering:
A Journey With Rural Youth, Portland: University of Southern Maine, 1992;
Loren Coleman, Executive Producer.
Alumni Recognition Award, Simmons School of Social Work,
1992, for Elder Fire Safety for the '90s by Loren Coleman and Kathryn Buxton,
Portland: University of Southern Maine, 1991.
Psychotherapy and Social Science Book Club Selection,
August 1987, for Suicide Clusters by Loren Coleman, Boston: Faber and Faber,
Golden Reel - First Place Award, Independent Television
Producers Association, 1987, for SOS - Runaways and Teen Suicides: Coded
Cries for Help, Portland: University of Southern Maine, 1987; Loren
Coleman, Executive Producer.