Hi, guys! A quick post today to update you about the release of Abominable Science, my big Columbia University Press cryptozoology book with Don Prothero.
The book is hitting stores right now. It’s officially “in stock” at Skeptic.com; at Amazon.com, available in both hardcover and Kindle; at the iTunes bookstore; and, also on Kobo! (As of this writing, Amazon.ca still has it listed for pre-order—not too surprising, as it’s officially an August 6 release.)
All those options are great, but I might mention that buying directly from us at Skeptic.com has the advantage of supporting this kind of skeptical scholarship two ways: by supporting both Abominable Science and also the nonprofit Skeptics Society’s wider, sustained project of advancing the literature about allegedly paranormal mysteries. (Donations in support of that work are always needed.)
I’m happy to say that early responses to the book are very encouraging. Publishers Weekly says, “This work is as valuable for its analysis of the hunted as it is for the light it shines on the still-hopeful hunters.” Library Journal hails it as “accessible and absorbing… Highly recommended” in an upcoming starred review. And, strikingly, the journal Nature has given the book a positive full-page review, calling Abominable Science “a gripping read…a sensitive but devastating takedown of an entire subculture.” Even cryptozoologists are acknowledging the book as “scholarly and balanced.”
If you’d like to learn more about the book or about the ways in which Don and I approach the topic of cryptozoology, the acclaimed podcast MonsterTalk is back today with an in-depth conversation between the two of us and host Blake Smith. We get right into the nitty gritty on this one, delving into many of cryptozoology’s darker corners. If you’re interested in monsterology, it’s an episode not to be missed!