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.