Squatch Lit 101

Bigfoot literature is overwhelming.  There’s a LOT of it floating around out there; some good, some not so much.  Fear not, because here is Sasquatch and Friends’ Guide to Squatch lit.  The following are books I read early on in my journey to understand Bigfoot and its lore, and serve as good introductory reads on the subject.

What are your Bigfoot must-reads?  Let me know in the comments!  I am constantly on the lookout for good Squatch lit.

Bigfoot! The True Story of Apes in America — Loren Coleman

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Coleman’s book is one of the first I read on the subject, and remains a favorite.  A broad-based and entertaining introduction to the subject of all things Squatchy, this book is one I’d highly recommend to anyone new to the subject.  Coleman gives a good overview of Bigfoot and Bigfoot-like creatures allegedly sighted throughout North America, including the notorious MoMo (the “Missouri Monster”) to the Skunk Ape of Florida.  Its coverage of the Minnesota Iceman and a transcript of an interview done with both Bob Gimlin and Roger Patterson are excellent.

Notes from the Field: Tracking North America’s Sasquatch — William Jevning

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Washington state native Jevning comes across in this book as a no-nonsense, boots-on-the-ground researcher. The book is a chronicle of Jevning’s work over the years to prove the existence of Bigfoot, from his early efforts and association with Squatch pioneers Rene Dahindren and John Green, to his research of more recent goings-on at a Washington farm. Jevning also includes a brief history of modern Sasquatchery and a Q&A featuring common questions about The Big Dude. All together, Notes from the Field is a fascinating foray into the Northwest’s Bigfoot territory.  I’m not sure if he’s out there, but if he is, I hope William Jevning is the one to find him.

Where Bigfoot Walks: Crossing the Dark Divide — Robert Michael Pyle

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Robert Michael Pyle treks across Bigfoot’s legendary habitat in the Pacific Northwest, hiking and camping mostly solo. His goal is to explore the terrain Bigfoot is rumored to walk, to experience what such a creature may experience, and to take the reader along on the journey. With an open mind, he observes the environment and talks with some of the people who have contributed so much to the legend.  The subject of Bigfoot is approached as an ecological conundrum: If the species exists, what of its habitat? What is its range? What are its requirements for survival? And how can we preserve it?

But what made this book particularly memorable is the fact that Pyle interviewed many of the major (and most colorful) players in the world of Sasquatchery. These include famed researcher Peter Byrne; footprint hoaxer Ray Wallace; and Datus Perry, an eccentric Bigfoot enthusiast and claimer of multiple sightings. He speaks respectfully of these men, not passing judgment, instead allowing the reader to come to his own conclusion.

Advanced Squatch Lit coming soon!