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Paraview Media Guide

May 2005

Paraview Media Guide is a monthly guide to books, magazines, websites, and other media that capture your attention, expand your mind, and transform the world. Leading experts in mind, body, and spirit and the frontiers of science and culture present their media picks. This free newsletter is distributed by subscription only. To subscribe, unsubscribe, or obtain sponsorship information, please see instructions at the end of this newsletter.


Loren Coleman


Loren Coleman has been described as the world's most popular living cryptozoologist by the media and his worldwide following of fans. He's been pursuing creatures, critters, and phenomena for 45 years, and has chronicled his investigations in such books as The Copycat Effect, Bigfoot! The True Story of Apes in America, The Field Guide to Lake Monsters, Sea Serpents, and Other Mystery Denizens of the Deep, Mothman and Other Curious Encounters, Tom Slick: True Life Encounters in Cryptozoology, and Mysterious America: The Revised Edition.

He has been extremely active with the media since he was asked to appear on television in 1969. In a slow month, Coleman does four or five radio shows. He was the senior series consultant for the television series In Search Of…, and in 2005, thus far, has appeared on Animal X (about Mothman) and Deep Sea Detectives (about Nessie/The Loch Ness Monster).

Coleman lives in Portland, Maine and is quietly working on a movie about on one of his books (which he can't reveal until the studio releases him from his nondisclosure agreement). His website at is a fascinating look at one man's search for the truth. He regularly appears at conferences to speak about cryptozoology, and is currently working on an upcoming children’s book on cryptozoology for Cosimo Books.




The Complete Books of Charles Fort inspired my shift in world view, from mundane to curiouser and curiouser, over 40 years ago. In his first book, The Book of the Damned, Fort meant all that was excluded by science by his term, “the damned". The book addressed what I was struggling with as a bright young 8th grader in Decatur, Illinois. Did Science know everything? Were there new frontiers to explore?

I discovered Scottish turned American zoologist Ivan T. Sanderson's Abominable Snowmen: Legend Come to Life shortly after I had begun asking questions about the Yeti.

Next came the works of Bernard Heuvelmans. One led into the next, and as a boy struggling to find the information my school was not providing, the works of these two authors had an immeasurable influence and impact my life.

I have enjoyed watching the legacy of Sanderson and Heuvelmans continue on in books like Mark A. Hall's recent work, Thunderbirds.

I like well-made science fiction and adventure films from 1960's Half Human to 2002's The Mothman Prophecies, to Nicolas Cage's recent National Treasure. Those are the kinds of "working films" I enjoy for keeping up-to-date on what everyone is enjoying. Of course, my truly favorite Fortean flicks are those like Peter Weir's The Last Wave and Peter Thomas Anderson's Magnolia. I like the falling frogs and Fortean themes so much from PTA's Magnolia that I included a whole new discussion of the movie in my 2001 revision of Mysterious America. And I have obtained three frogs, used in the movie as props, that fell from the sky in the dramatic final scene of the film.

When I saw the Japanese film, Half Human (directed by Ishiro Honda, who went on to make the original Godzilla), I asked my teachers what they knew about the Abominable Snowman. The answers I got were very unsatisfactory, so I began reading and researching on my own, and have not stopped.

Must-Hear Music Continuing with the theme of Magnolia, I enjoy the haunting beautiful music from that film done by Aimee Mann. But I'm an old hippie I guess too, because I really like Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix, and especially the forgotten work of Arthur Lee from the group Love. Actually, there's not too much I don't like from Alison Krauss' bluegrass to hip-hop, R&B, and almost anything from Rounder Records.

I'm a big fan of the Anomalist Newsline, Boing Boing, Tampa Bay's Breaking News, Google news search engine , Yahoo's news search engine, and the Internet Movie Database.

Obviously, these sites reflect the massive energy I expend on getting raw, local, timely stories, my love of pure information, and my interest in how it is reflected in the media and movies. I spend more time than probably I should on keeping up-to-date and responding individually to students, fans, fellow researchers, and anyone that writes me asking a question. I am a very accessible author because I feel truly in touch with many of my readers who are exploring some of the same mysteries I ponder every day.

Featured Books of the Month
Breaking the Time Barrier : The Race to Build the First Time Machine by bestselling author Jenny Randles reveals the nature of recent, breakthrough experiments that are turning the fantasy of time travel into reality.
The Open Channel by Jill Morrow follows the protagonists of Angel Café as their daughter becomes a target for an ancient evil they have no desire to meet again...
The Copycat Effect : How the Media and Popular Culture Trigger the Mayhem in Tomorrow's Headlines by Loren Coleman explores how the media's over-saturated coverage of murders, suicides, and deadly tragedies makes an impact on our society.
Power of Purpose : Award winning essays from a world-wide contest from the Templeton Foundation

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