As the cryptozoology nonfiction Modern Pterosaurs nears publication, it seems a good time to list some of the books about these extraordinary cryptids of the air, each of them nonfiction.
Searching for Ropens and Finding God, fourth edition
I read of a more recent pterosaur-candidate in Central Africa: the kongamato. It seems that both Westerners and natives have seen this bat-like creature. With a wingspan of just a few feet, it’s not a destroyer of human life, but an opportunist of human death, for natives pile rocks on human burial plots, not to mark graves but to discourage grave robberies: “Scavenger” describes the kongamato.
Guessman and Woetzel left California October 17, arriving in the city of Lae on October 19, Papua New Guinea time, where they met missionary Jim Blume and his wife, Mary. Here, Guessman interviewed both Jim Blume and Pastor Jacob Kepas.
. . . Stopping to refuel at Kampalap, they learned that villagers occasionally see the ropen as it leaves a cave, most recently three weeks earlier. The local man said, “Taim em kam aut . . . save . . . taim em go bek, em no gat.” They know when it leaves the cave but not when it returns. The creature fles to a promontory north of the village, landing and waiting on a tree top before fling out to the reef.
Bird From Hell, second edition [partly about extant pterosaurs in Canada]
Chapter 3: Devil Bird Attacks
Several years ago, some boys from town came up to the village . . . they liked to climb mountains. . . . They chose [Buffalo Head Mountain] because it was quite accessible and had a vertical face that they could rappel down. It also had a great many caves that opened onto that vertical face. . . .
As they rappelled down the mountain, they could not help but notice the bones that were visible at the mouth of the caves. . . .
Live Pterosaurs in America, third edition
Chapter 3: Other U.S. Sightings
Late in 2008, I received an email from a man (DR) who had seen, with his friend, about six years earlier, two pterosaur-like creatures in Florida, also at night. Sitting outside DR’s house, in the early morning hours (they had not been drinking or using drugs), the two men saw a creature fly over the roof of the house, toward the backyard. A “long pointed thing protruding from the back of its head,” made visible by a flood light illuminating the underside of the creature, as it moved its head to look at them—that is what prompted DR to think it was a pterosaur.
He had lived long enough in Florida to know the common birds; he told me, “I’ve seen my share of cranes . . . but this was NOT a bird.” It had no feathers, but a pointed beak and pointed wing tips, with an estimated wingspan of about four feet.
Modern Pterosaurs (to be published in April of 2017)
Chapter 2: Huge Flying Creatures
I seen one for myself. . . . while at a friend’s BBQ. It was sunset, but I am CERTAIN of what I saw. The beast’s size was as big as a small plane. It circled around my area a couple of times, seeming like it was lost. I also noticed the slick skin and [symmetrical] “slash” patterns. . . . This was no silent drone glider [plane]. I know what I saw and one friend saw it too. The sighting was in June 2013.
Live Pterosaurs in Australia and in Papua New Guinea (free online pdf book)
You will here find reports of encounters with apparent living pterosaurs, including many accounts never before published in any book. Other sighting reports are condensed from the print book “Searching for Ropens.” The ebook you are now examining is neither exhaustive nor rudimentary, but it explains most of what most Australians, and others, need to know about what might, on rare occasions, fly over their heads at night.
Cliff Paiva and I do not proclaim that the animal seen in Ptp must have been a species of Pteranodon. We simply point out that similarities in the head suggest that it was a modern pterosaur at least similar to a Pteranodon.
From the title page of the book: On January 14, 2017, Clifford Paiva and I spoke by phone and agreed that a photograph we had been studying had a genuine image of a real animal. We don’t insist that this must have been a species of Pteranodon killed during the American Civil War. Many details do suggest, however, that the six men were soldiers of about that time period and that they were standing near the body of that animal when the photo was taken.