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Lair of the Beasts: Dog of the Dead by Nick Redfern, Columnist and Monster Hunter
(September 28, 2013)
Practically no fan of all-things of a zombie nature will need telling how dangerous and deadly the heads of the walking or running dead are. Not only is the zombie capable of inflicting a devastating, infectious bite when its head is attached to its body,

Lair of the Beasts: The Real Night of the Living Dead by Nick Redfern, Columnist and Monster Hunter
(September 22, 2013)
Today, it is, beyond any shadow of doubt, the spookiest and most chillingly atmospheric night of the year. It is Halloween. It’s the one night of the year when kids, all across the world, dress up as ghosts, skeletons, witches, and zombies, and knock on

Lair of the Beasts: Sasquatch and Space-Aliens by Nick Redfern, Columnist and Monster Hunter
(September 14, 2013)
It’s the dirty little secret of monster-hunters just about here, there and everywhere. It’s the one aspect of the subject that Bigfoot-seekers prefer to ignore. And it’s the angle that most people who indulge in studying bizarre creatures are happy t

Lair of the Beasts: A Carnival of Monsters by Nick Redfern, Columnist and Monster Hunter
(September 07, 2013)
Born and still living in the West Midlands, England, Karl P.N. Shuker graduated from the University of Leeds with a Bachelor of Science (Honors) degree in pure zoology, and from the University of Birmingham with a Doctor of Philosophy degree in zoology and

Lair of the Beasts: Night of the Living Dead Birds by Nick Redfern, Columnist and Monster Hunter
(August 31, 2013)
As someone who researches, goes out and investigates, and writes about strange creatures, I’m constantly receiving weird stories. Sometimes those stories relate to definitively unknown animals, such as Bigfoot or the Abominable Snowman. On occasion, the

Lair of the Beasts: A Famous Movie Monster by Nick Redfern, Columnist and Monster Hunter
(August 24, 2013)
Now and again I’m asked what my favorite monster-movie is. In conversation, people often assume it’s something like the original version of King Kong, or perhaps Godzilla, or, maybe, The Creature from the Black Lagoon. Well, it’s none of those. Nor,

Lair of the Beasts: Monsters of the USA by Nick Redfern, Columnist and Monster Hunter
(August 17, 2013)
Several years ago, Stackpole Books (of Mechanicsburg, PA) embarked upon an ambitious project. It was one designed to produce a series of books that would chronicle the most credible and famous reports of strange creatures from each and every U.S. state.

Lair of the Beasts: Lovecraft Comes to Life by Nick Redfern, Columnist and Monster Hunter
(August 09, 2013)
Imagine, if you dare, a real-life equivalent of H.P. Lovecraft’s most famous and legendary creation: the great Cthulhu. In the dark and disturbing pages of The Call of Cthulhu, Lovecraft gave a hideous description of the ominous nightmare.

Lair of the Beasts: A Texan Terror by Nick Redfern, Columnist and Monster Hunter
(August 03, 2013)
Paradise is a small town, situated not too far from the sprawling city of Fort Worth, Texas. It’s dominated by isolated homes, thick and somewhat mysterious woods, sprawling fields, numerous cows, and not much more at all. Aside from a killer-werewolf, t

Lair of the Beasts: When Size Matters by Nick Redfern, Columnist and Monster Hunter
(July 27, 2013)
When is a monster not a monster? Well, I’ll tell you: when it’s a monster-sized animal. Within the field of Cryptozoology, when someone uses the term “monster” they are usually referring to a creature of definitively unknown origin and identificati

Lair of the Beasts: Defining Cryptozoology by Nick Refern, Columnist and Monster Hunter
(July 20, 2013)
So, Cryptozoology is the study of unknown animals, right? Yep, that’s right! Although, it’s important to note – and I always stress this to people – that it’s not an official “ology.” In other words, it’s not a recognized field in which one

Lair of the Beasts: The Monsters of Staffordshire by Nick Redfern, Columnist and Monster Hunter
(July 13, 2013)
When Jonathan Downes, the head-honcho of the British–based Center for Fortean Zoology, asked me, via a transatlantic telephone-call late one cold and icy winter’s night in 2007, if I would be interested in writing a book for his Mystery Animals of the

Lair of the Beasts: Inventing Lake Monsters by Nick Redfern, Columnist and Monster Hunter
(July 06, 2013)
Is it possible that at least some tales of lake monsters are not all that they initially appear to be? In fact, might they actually be the results of rumors spread by military agencies – rumors designed to deflect interest away from far more down to eart

Lair of the Beasts: When Animals Go Into Battle by Nick Redfern, Columnist and Monster Hunter
(June 29, 2013)
This weekend, I thought I’d share with you something very strange. Namely, the way in which military agencies have secretly used animals in bizarre but intriguing projects designed to defeat hostile, enemy nations. They sound too weird to be true. Actual

Lair of the Beasts: The Strangest Monsters of All by Nick Redfern, Columnist and Monster Hunter
(June 22, 2013)
“What is the weirdest monster that people have reported?” That was the question put to me on a radio show earlier this week, while I was promoting my latest book, Monster Files. It’s a good question, since there is said to be a wide range of bizarre

Lair of the Beasts: Flying Humanoids by Nick Redfern, Columnist and Monster Hunter
(June 15, 2013)
Every now and again, a monster-themed book comes along that I recommend to one and all that are interested in the strange creatures of our world. And that is exactly what I am doing right now. Ken Gerhard is a good friend of mine who lives in San Antonio,

Lair of the Beasts: Defining Lake Monsters by Nick Refern, Columnist and Monster Hunter
(June 08, 2013)
Just a few days ago, I was interviewed on a radio show about my new book, Monster Files. During the course of the Q&A, I was asked for my views on the nature of so-called lake-monsters, such as Scotland’s famous Loch Ness Monster.

Lair of the Beasts: In Search of the Green Man by Nick Redfern, Columnist and Monster Hunter
(June 01, 2013)
Within British folklore, there exists a creature that has overtones of a somewhat “Wildman” nature attached to it. It has become known as the Green Man.

Lair of the Beasts: Ape-Human Cross-Breeds by Nick Redfern, Columnist and Monster Hunter
(May 25, 2013)
The idea that humans and gorillas (or humans and chimpanzees) could cross-breed sounds not just bizarre, but like something straight out of nightmarish science-fiction. Indeed, such a thing should not be possible in the slightest.

Lair of the Beasts: Born to be Wild by Nick Redfern, Columnist and Critic
(May 18, 2013)
Within the US and the UK, there are longstanding traditions of sightings of so-called “wild men.” No, we’re not talking about Bigfoot or the Yeti, but something more along the lines of primitive humans. And many of the cases seem to have distinct par

Lair of the Beasts: Strange Creatures and Secret Agents by Nick Redfern, Columnist and Monster Hunter
(May 11, 2013)
Right now, I have a new book out. Its title is Monster Files: A Look Inside Government Secrets and Classified Documents on Bizarre Creatures and Extraordinary Animals. Published by New Page Books, Monster Files delves into very unusual territory, even by m

Lair of the Beasts: Creatures of the Past by Nick Redfern, Columnist and Critic
(May 04, 2013)
It’s fair to say that, as someone who writes books on strange creatures, I’m often on the receiving end of strange stories. Some tales are stranger than others. Beyond any shadow of a doubt whatsoever, the absolute weirdest report to ever reach me is t

Lair of the Beasts: Big Cats and Missing Cats by Nick Redfern, Columnist and Monster Hunter
(April 27, 2013)
As practically each and every British soul of a certain age will graphically recall, midway through 1976 the good folk of the nation were pummeled into exhaustion and submission by one of the hottest summers on record for many a decade. I was eleven at the

Lair of the Beasts: Creatures of the North by Nick Redfern, Columnist and Monster Hunter
(April 13, 2013)
With a colorful and historic heritage extending back to 74 AD when a powerful Norse chieftain, Ingolfur Arnarson, landed on its shores and established a permanent foothold that grew and grew, the Republic of Iceland is a small, island country in the North

Lair of the Beasts: Monsters on the Doorstep by Nick Redfern, Columnist and Monster Hunter
(April 06, 2013)
Many people assume that to search for, investigate, and find strange creatures, it’s necessary to travel thousands of miles to locations as exotic as they are mysterious. Well, yes, sometimes that is true. Take, for example, the Chupacabra of Puerto Rico