Annotated Bibliography

Lake Monster Mysteries – B. Radford and J. Nickell

lmmyteriesLake Monster Mysteries: Investigating the World’s Most Elusive Creatures
Benjamin Radford and Joe Nickell
2006, University Press of Kentucky
208 pp

This book came out at a time when a skeptical tone regarding mysterious lake creatures was sorely needed. It is not lengthy. Much info it contains is a compilation of previous research articles but it includes valuable field experiments such as an attempted recreation of the infamous Mansi “Champ” photo. This involved physically wading into the cold lake carrying scale markers and mock-up monsters. While the text may be a bit disjointed due to having two authors, it provides an invaluable clearer perspective on mysterious lake creatures than most other books would give. It addresses obvious problems with lake monsters as genuine animals and exposes several inaccuracies in the typically repeated lore, such as the case of Samuel de Champlain being the first to document the Lake Champlain monster. Contains a limited reference list. Worth a spot on the library shelf for any crypto-enthusiast to supply a well-rounded view of lake monster ideas. Available in hardcover, paperback and Kindle editions.
-Sharon Hill


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