I love the Commonwealth of Virginia. It’s my home state, and the only place that I can ever have the privilege of calling my home. In my life time I have traveled far and wide across many states meeting wonderful people, beautiful places, and sharing new ideas with my fellow man. Yet, despite all of that, there is no place I’d rather live. And as it turns out, many of my fellow Virginians would agree with me. It’s rich in history and many of the USA’s most important events have happened here; the settling of Jamestown, the End of the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, and we have had more US Presidents born here, than any other state by far.
However, not every place is perfect all of the time. One of the biggest ‘drawbacks’ if one could call it that, was growing up fascinated by Cryptozoology and yet feeling like I was so far away from everything. I mean, Scotland has Nessie, Nepal has the Yeti, and the Congo has Mokele Mbembe. Even here in America you have Champ in New York, Blue Dogs in Texas, and Sasquatch in the Pacific Northwest. As a child, I felt like I was missing out a lot. I suppose it would be like a child wanting to be an actor and growing up in the middle of rural Missouri and longing for the lights of New York or LA. Yet, now I realize that there are plenty of amazing things that are being reported everywhere, including my beloved Virginia.
|Zachary Mann (with sister)|
I am happy to say that within the last decade a whole slew of works has come out relating to localized Cryptozoology. All across America, as well as the rest of the world, people are able to report, publish, and discuss the bizarre things that happen to them and their neighbors. This is one of the reasons why I first decided to contribute to this great Blog and organization. My first article, all the way back in December of 2013, was about alleged sightings of Bigfoot in my hometown. That’s right, hometown, not state. Places I’d passed by tens of thousands of times and where people I have known my whole have lived for decades before I was born had been seeing some occasionally strange things. Even I have had one rather puzzling sighting of a pair of extra-large, and so far unidentifiable, birds.
So that’s why I’m proud to announce a new venture I’ll be undertaking. I plan to ‘travel’ from state to state exploring local Cryptids and highlighting them in a series of articles. I’m going to dig through the archives of local newspapers as well as contemporary articles too. I know that whole books can, and have been, written about local Cryptids, but my goal is to give you a well-balanced taste of the unique flavors each state has to offer.