I would like to thank Thomas Marcum for the interview and story that is part of my new book, Bigfoot and Woolybooger Tales and Panther Tales and Woodland Encounters. Tony Felosi, another researcher and documenter for the Crypto Crew is also featured in these books.
I am especially appreciative for a recent interview which Thomas has featured today on his website listed below. Thomas heads up the Crypto Crew. There are many interesting aspects of his website. If you are interested in cryptozoology, and other points of interest, please check out the website below.
A cryptid is an animal or plant whose existence has been suggested but has not been discovered or documented by the scientific community. Cryptids often appear in folklore and mythology, leading to stories and unfounded belief about their existence. – en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cryptid
The book Panther Tales and Woodland Encounters was publicly launched at the first annual Harlan Crypto Con in Harlan, Kentucky on April 21, 2018. It is the result of a journey that began over forty years ago when I listened to tales from my Grandfather Enos Hensley in Martin’s Fork, Kentucky on his back porch or around the fireplace. The telltale scream “like a woman being murdered” sometimes echoed from one ridge to the next just after dark and sent shivers through us as we listened.
This book project came about because of the many years I have spent personally being told that I have not seen a black panther by biologists and wildlife officials. No amount of skepticism can convince me that I have not seen black panther on separate occasions and years apart in a variety of locations. I have been blessed. I am not alone.
Stories in this book include sightings of black panther, cougar, mountain lions, and bobcats. So many stories came in about Bigfoot sightings that there was not room for both subjects in one book. Bigfoot and Woolybooger Tales is also available on Amazon.com and Kindle.
I am a story gatherer. This book contains around 200 personal encounters from a wide variety of people in the USA, primarily in Appalachia. After reading these detailed accounts, the reader can formulate their own opinion about whether this creature truly exists.
More eyewitness accounts have begun to come in for the next book in the series.
Bigfoot and Woolybooger Tales was publicly released at the first annual Harlan Crypto Con (in Harlan County, Kentucky). The event was quite a success. The book is available on Amazon.com and Kindle.
I am a story gatherer. I personally have not encountered Bigfoot. However, with so many credible individuals reporting personal eyewitness accounts, I do believe there are things around us that have not been classified or explained conclusively. If someone tells me sincerely a story about their own life experience, I will not challenge or belittle their account. I believe if people were not afraid of the ridicule that goes along with acknowledging a Bigfoot sighting, many more would come forward to share their stories.
This book project split out of another book project. Originally the stories were part of the new book, Panther Tales and Woodland Encounters, but so many stories came in, it became necessary to divide the book under the two main categories, Bigfoot and Black Panthers.
Of all the cryptids in the world, Bigfoot is perhaps the best known. This creature has been reported by eye witnesses in every continent on the globe and in every state of the United States except Hawaii. For many who are familiar with Bigfoot sightings and research, there was still a surprise in the number of encounters reported in Appalachia, and more locally in southeastern Kentucky where I live.
Important personal eyewitness accounts from local citizens are present in the book as well as interviews with some well-known Bigfoot researchers including Youtube personality, talk show host, and author Ed Brown along with others from the Bigfoot community such as Thomas Marcum author and leader of the Crypto Crew, Michael Cook who is the head of Cook Cryptid Research, Jimmy Blanton whose podcast is Ninja of the Woods, and Tony Felosi who is a historian, documenter, movie producer, and also an important member of the Crypto Crew are included in the book.
I will be featuring more about those in the Bigfoot research community whom I’ve met in person or who are included in the book as well as more eyewitness accounts.