Loren Coleman (born July 12, 1947) is is one of the world’s leading Cryptozoologists, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized Cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

He has written over 20 books on a number of topics, including Cryptozoology, Fortean topics, Folklore and psychology. Loren has also written more than four hundred articles, has appeared frequently on radio and television programs, and has lectured throughout North America, as well as in London. He has three sons and resides in Portland, ME.

Loren Coleman was a friend of John Keel , The main investigator of Mothman. Coleman wrote the book Mothman and other curious encounters which came out in 2001, it was one of the first solely Mothman books other than Keel's. Loren was featured on the 'Search For The MothMan' documentary. He was a publicity consultant on The Mothman Prophecies Movie and was the one who suggested to Jeff Wamsley to make a Mothman Museum and Mothman Festival. He also made The Mothman Death List and has done a lot of other work involving the creature over the years.

Early life and education

Coleman was born in Norfolk, Virginia, grew up in Decatur, IL and graduated in 1965 from MacArthur High School. He studied anthropology and zoology at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and psychiatric social work at the Simmons College School of Social Work in Boston. He did further studies in doctoral-level anthropology at Brandeis University and sociology at the University of New Hampshire. Coleman taught at New England universities from 1980 to 2004, also having been a senior researcher at the Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Policy from 1983 to 1996, before retiring from teaching to write, lecture, and consult.



Loren Coleman With John Keel

Coleman writes on popular culture, animal mysteries, folklore, and Cryptozoology. An editor of the Skeptical Inquirer said, "[a]mong monster hunters, Loren's one of the more reputable, but I'm not convinced that what cryptozoologists seek is actually out there".

Coleman has carried out fieldwork throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico, regarding sightings, trace evidence, and Native peoples' traditions. Paraview Press introduced a series of books, "Loren Coleman Presents" in 2004. Coleman wrote introductions to volumes in the series.


Coleman contributed to the exhibition "Cryptozoology: Out of Time Place Scale", shown at Bates College Museum of Art (June 24 - October 8, 2006) and at the H & R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute (October 28 - December 20, 2006). He delivered the keynote address, "An Introduction to Cryptozoology", at the symposium at Bates College in October 2005, and gave a similar talk at the American Museum of Natural History in 2007.

Coleman is also a contributor/coauthor to the 2006 Bates exhibition catalog and book, Cryptozoology: Out of Time Place Scale (JRP/Ringier Books, Switzerland, 2006). He also wrote the essay “Cryptids” for Alexis Rockman. (Monacelli Press, 2005).

International Cryptozoology Museum

Coleman established a Cryptozoology Museum in 2003 in Portland, Maine. The first downtown location for the museum opened in November 2009, occupying the rear of The Green Hand Bookshop, a Portland general used bookshop specializing in science fiction, fantasy, and other forms of Gothic fiction. On October 30, 2011, two years after moving onto Congress Street, it re-opened in a much larger space around the corner at 11 Avon Street, although it is still located in the Trelawny Building. A newly built museum, located at Thompson's Point, Portland, Maine, is schedule to opened in July 2016.


  • Moth421
    Mysterious America [1983]
  • Field Guide To Bigfoot, Yet and Other Mystery Primates Worldwide [1999]
  • Crptozoology A To Z: The Encyclopedia of Loch Monsters, Sasquatch, Chupacabras And Other Authentic Mysteries of Nature [1999]
  • Mothman and other curious encounters [2001]
  • Tom Slick: True Life Encounters in Cryptozoology [2002]
  • Bigfoot!: The True Story of Apes in America [2003]
  • Field Guide to Lake Monsters, Sea Serpents and Other Mystery Denizens of The Deep [2003]
  • The Copycat Effect [2004]
  • Weird Ohio: Your Travel Guide to Ohio's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets [2005]
  • The Unidentified And Creatures of The Outer Edge [2006]
  • Monsters of Massachusetts: Mysterious Creatures in the Bay State [2013]


MothMan and other curious encounters by Loren Coleman

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