Coleman to appear at Ripley’s museum on January 7 for book signing while researching forthcoming book on the famous 19th century Florida Monster

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (Dec. 28, 2010)  – Loren Coleman has spent more than five decades looking for creatures many people think don’t exist.  As the world’s leading living cryptozoologist, Coleman has been involved in researching, writing about, and traveling the world searching for Bigfoot, Yeti, and The Loch Ness Monster since 1960.  Perhaps the only creature as elusive as those cryptids is Coleman himself.  Coleman’s public appearances are rare, and book signings even more so.  But he plans to arrive in St. Augustine Friday January 7 for just such an event at the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum.

The author of 35 books and a popular blogger at Cryptomundo, Coleman will be signing his two books published in 2010, True Giants: Is Gigantopithecus Still Alive Today? and Monsters of New Jersey from 6 to 8 p.m.   Additionally, he will have copies of The Field Guide to Bigfoot and his biography of the Yeti hunter, Tom Slick.

Coleman, who is the founder and director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine, also intends to research material for two new books while in St. Augustine.  Over a century ago, the Nation’s Oldest City made headlines for the so-called Florida Monster that washed up at St. Augustine Beach, the mysterious event of 1896 which still has modern day scientists baffled.  Believed at the time to be the carcass of a giant octopus, the 25 foot long body of the unknown sea creature has never been positively identified.  While in St. Augustine, Coleman also plans to profile the Ripley’s collection for an additional forthcoming book.

For additional information, please contact Ralf Ingwersen at (904) 824-1606 or ingwersen@ripleys.com.

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