Available Now: Southern Cryptozoology

Southern Cryptozoology, Allie Marini Allie Marini's Southern Cryptozoology: A Field Guide to Beasts of the Southern Wild gives voice to backwoods monsters and mythological beasts of the American south, telling tales of their encounters with the humans who are ever-encroaching into their world.

Before the sightings began, there were the sheep, herds of them—mangled, necks & heads: crushed like pop cans, split like sawdust dollies, chins repositioned from the skull to their backs. Everyone said it was a cougar, a bear: There’s some natural explanation.

Then the kegger at the party rock: furred & scaled & unexplainable,

grunting, tossing tires from a cliff as though they were rings in a carnival shill’s booth. Suddenly, chaos, the squeal & stink of rubber on dirt & asphalt. There are rumblings of LSD in the keg: There’s got to be some natural explanation.

-- excerpted from Southern Cryptozoology 4: The Lake Worth Monster, in Southern Cryptozoology: A Field Guide to Beasts of the Southern Wild