Author / Lecturer / Television Personality / Filmmaker
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists; indeed, some jokingly say he is the world’s leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, due to the fact he’s been doing fieldwork, writing, and lecturing on cryptozoology since 1960, he has become one of the most often sought out spokespersons in contemporary cryptozoology.
Coleman was a Life Member of the now-defunct International Society of Cryptozoology, and is the founder/director since 2003, of the International Cryptozoology Museum. In 2016, Coleman co-founded the International Cryptozoology Society.
Coleman has authored and co-authored over forty books (including Cryptozoology A to Z, The Field Guide to Bigfoot and Other Mystery Primates, The Field Guide to Lake Monsters and Sea Serpents, Mysterious America, Bigfoot: The True Story of Apes in America, Mothman and Other Curious Encounters, and Mothman: Evil Incarnate). He has been the author of chapters, introductions, and otherwise contributed to more than 60 other books. He has appeared frequently on hundreds of radio and television programs including - Finding Bigfoot, In Search Of, Unsolved Mysteries, Monster Quest, Ancient Mysteries, and Ancient Aliens, as well as lecturing throughout North America and Europe.
Coleman has an undergraduate degree from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, where he majored in anthropology, minored in zoology, and completed summer work in archaeology. He has received a graduate degree in psychiatric social work (MSW) from Simmons College in Boston. He was admitted to and took doctoral coursework in anthropology at Brandies University, and in sociology at the University of New Hampshire, but stopped to be a full-time father. Coleman has been an instructor, assistant/associate professor, and documentary filmmaker, at six New England university settings, since 1980. He was a full-time senior research associate at the Muskie School of Public Policy at the University of Southern Maine (USM), and gave one of the first credit courses on the subject of cryptozoology in 1990 as well as examining cryptozoology films in his popular documentary course he taught for 23 semesters at USM, until 2003.