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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ cfz (17 November 2012)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 324 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1909488038
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1909488038
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 21.59 x 1.73 x 27.94 cm
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Dr. Karl P.N. Shuker BSc PhD FRES FZS is a zoologist who is internationally recognised as a world expert in cryptozoology, as well as in animal mythology and allied subjects relating to wildlife anomalies and inexplicabilia.

He obtained a BSc (Honours) degree in pure zoology at the University of Leeds (U.K.), and a PhD in zoology and comparative physiology at the University of Birmingham (U.K.). He is now a freelance zoological consultant and writer, living in the West Midlands, England.

The author of 32 books (translated into over a dozen foreign languages) and countless articles, Dr Shuker is also the official life sciences consultant for Guinness World Records, and has acted as a consultant and/or contributor for many other publications and television programmes.

Dr. Shuker appears regularly on television and radio, has served as a question setter for the BBC's cerebral quiz show Mastermind, and has travelled widely throughout the world during the course of his researches. He is a Scientific Fellow of the prestigious Zoological Society of London, a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society, a Member of the International Society of Cryptozoology, the Centre for Fortean Zoology, and other wildlife-related organisations, and is also a Member of the Society of Authors.

In 2005, Dr Shuker was honoured by the naming of a new species of loriciferan invertebrate after him - Pliciloricus shukeri.


Mystery Cats of the World: From Blue Tigers To Exmoor Beasts (Robert Hale: London, 1989).

Extraordinary Animals Worldwide (Robert Hale: London, 1991).

The Lost Ark: New and Rediscovered Animals of the 20th Century (HarperCollins: London, 1993).

Dragons: A Natural History (Aurum: London/Simon & Schuster: New York, 1995; republished Taschen: Cologne, 2006).

In Search of Prehistoric Survivors: Do Giant 'Extinct' Creatures Still Exist? (Blandford: London, 1995).

The Unexplained: An Illustrated Guide to the World's Natural and Paranormal Mysteries (Carlton: London/JG Press: North Dighton, 1996; republished Carlton: London, 2002).

From Flying Toads To Snakes With Wings: From the Pages of FATE Magazine (Llewellyn: St Paul, 1997).

Mysteries of Planet Earth: An Encyclopedia of the Inexplicable (Carlton: London, 1999).

The Hidden Powers of Animals: Uncovering the Secrets of Nature (Reader's Digest: Pleasantville/Marshall Editions: London, 2001).

Historic Realms of Marvels and Miracles: Between Myth and Materiality (Chelsea House: New York, 2001).

Ancient Worlds, Ancient Mysteries: Legends of Many Millennia (Chelsea House: New York, 2001).

Lost Worlds and Forgotten Secrets: Riddles of Earth and Beyond (Chelsea House: New York, 2001).

The New Zoo: New and Rediscovered Animals of the Twentieth Century [fully-updated, greatly-expanded, new edition of The Lost Ark] (House of Stratus Ltd: Thirsk, UK/House of Stratus Inc: Poughkeepsie, USA, 2002).

The Beasts That Hide From Man: Seeking the World's Last Undiscovered Animals (Paraview: New York, 2003).

Extraordinary Animals Revisited: From Singing Dogs To Serpent Kings (CFZ Press: Bideford, 2007).

Dr Shuker's Casebook: In Pursuit of Marvels and Mysteries (CFZ Press: Bideford, 2008).

Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Animals on Stamps: A Worldwide Catalogue (CFZ Press: Bideford, 2008).

Star Steeds and Other Dreams: The Collected Poems (CFZ Press: Bideford, 2009).

Karl Shuker's Alien Zoo: From the Pages of Fortean Times (CFZ Press: Bideford, 2010).

The Encyclopaedia of New and Rediscovered Animals: From the Lost Ark to the New Zoo - and Beyond (Coachwhip Publications: Landisville, 2012).

Cats of Magic, Mythology, and Mystery: A Feline Phantasmagoria (CFZ Press: Bideford, 2012).

Mirabilis: A Carnival of Cryptozoology and Unnatural History (Anomalist Books: San Antonio, 2013).

Dragons in Zoology, Cryptozoology, and Culture (Coachwhip Publications: Greenville, 2013).

The Menagerie of Marvels: A Third Compendium of Extraordinary Animals (CFZ Press: Bideford, 2014).

A Manifestation of Monsters: Examining the (Un)Usual Suspects (Anomalist Books: San Antonio, 2015).

More Star Steeds and Other Dreams: The Collected Poems - 2015 Expanded Edition (Fortean Words: Bideford, 2015).

Here's Nessie! A Monstrous Compendium From Loch Ness (CFZ Press: Bideford, 2016).

Still In Search Of Prehistoric Survivors: The Creatures That Time Forgot? (Coachwhip Publications: Greenville, 2016).

ShukerNature Book 1: Antlered Elephants, Locust Dragons, and Other Cryptic Blog Beasts (Coachwhip Publications: Greenville, 2019).

ShukerNature Book 2: Living Gorgons, Bottled Homunculi, and Other Monstrous Blog Beasts (Coachwhip Publications: Greenville, 2020).

This Cryptid World: A Global Survey of Undiscovered Beasts (Herb Lester Associates: London, 2020).

Mystery Cats of the World Revisited: Blue Tigers, King Cheetahs, Black Cougars, Spotted Lions, and More (Anomalist Books: San Antonio, 2020).

Consultant and also Contributor:

Man and Beast (Reader's Digest: Pleasantville, New York, 1993).

Secrets of the Natural World (Reader's Digest: Pleasantville, New York, 1993).

Almanac of the Uncanny (Reader's Digest: Surry Hills, Australia, 1995).

The Guinness Book of Records/Guinness World Records (Guinness: London, 1997-present day).

Guinness World Records: Amazing Animals (Guinness: London, 2017).

Guinness World Records: Wild Things (Guinness: London, 2018).


Monsters (Lorenz: London, 2001).


Of Monsters and Miracles [CD-ROM format] (Croydon Museum Services & Interactive Designs Ltd: Oxon, 1995).

Fortean Times Weird Year 1996 (John Brown Publishing: London, 1996).

Mysteries of the Deep (Llewellyn: St Paul, 1998).

Guinness Amazing Future (Guinness: London, 1999).

The Earth (Channel 4 Books: London, 2000).

Mysteries and Monsters of the Sea (Gramercy: New York, 2001).

Chambers Dictionary of the Unexplained (Chambers: Edinburgh, 2007).

Chambers Myths and Mysteries (Chambers: Edinburgh, 2008).

The Fortean Times Paranormal Handbook (Dennis Publishing: London, 2009).

Death Worm: Metamorphosis of the Allghoi Khorkhoi [in Russian] (Salamandra P.V.V.: Moscow, 2014)..

Folk Horror Revival: Field Studies (Wyrd Harvest Press/Lulu, 2015).

Tales of the Damned: An Anthology of Fortean Horror (Fortean Fiction: Bideford, 2016).


Journal of Cryptozoology (CFZ Press: Bideford, 2012-present day).

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I found the Cats of Magic, Mythology and Mystery book absolutely riveting! Never had I heard of many of these stories. In fact, the shocking Fake News that surfaced during my read required immediate attention. I hope the author has returned safe and sound! I will definitely follow up and purchase the previous editions.
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