Saturday 17 March 2012

Some Stories from Readers

It's time to let the readers of this blog speak of stories they have heard or experienced for themselves in the realm of lake mysteries. Comments will be posted on this blog as something an article says may strike a chord. However, these may not be noticed by even regular readers of this blog, but since I am notified of every comment requiring moderation, I can pick some choice items for occasional postings such as this. So here we go.


Commenting on an article on the Gordon Powell sighting from 1936, one reader had this to say.

I visited Dores recently to see some friends. They told me they had seen something but didn't feel easy talking about it in fear of being mocked. There are loads of people all the same who have seen it and kept quiet for fear of been labelled an idiot or whatever, I trust my friends and I know they don't lie and wouldn't make up a story like that, there is something wonderful there, and I'm not on about the pub in Dores.

The report was seeing a very large tail like thing only 20 to 30 feet off shore swishing from side to side but no fish like tail. The length of what they saw of the creature must have been about 10 to 12 feet (a very long Sturgeon?) the whole sequence only lasted about 15-20 seconds and froze everyone who saw it fixed looking at this amazing thing.

Our reader then speaks of a strange follow up. Make of it what you will.

But the really weird thing was the the follow up to this. Almost as soon as the strange thing disappeared into the dark unknown depths of the Loch everyone heard a very deep humming sound getting closer and closer and only to see a swarm of bees flying by, really odd and so loud they could have been on motorbikes.

Finally, the reader finishes with his own speculation on whatever may inhabit the loch.

It has been know that the energy given off from the Loch itself and those creatures who reside there are exceptional as they absorb the energy through the 750ft deep fault line. Go and visit Dores. I don't work for any tourist board or have a guest house but I do have friends there and its all true.


Two people have something to say about sonar and strange readings. The first is about Loch Shiel which has its own monster reputation. One reader made this comment on a recent Loch Morar article:

Seen a few strange things on a sonar on Loch Shiel, between Glen Aladale and Eilean Mhic Dhomhnuill Dhuibh. Sonar was little more than a depth sensor, and had a very poor display, so difficult to say with any certainty what it was, could of course be false echos. Bottom was about 95 meters, which ties in with OS data and at about half depth there was a constant large echo for a good 10 minutes, boat was moving at a fast walking pace.

Another person who communicated with me by email talks of strange goings on as boats ply their way up and down the Great Glen waterway:

A friend of mine ran a barge on the canal and lochs for years (and I worked on it too several times) and he spoke with passing fishing boats several of whose skippers admitted to getting really odd sonar pings from big animate objects deep down. These guys do this for a living and know the difference between a cold spot and a shoal of fish and a large single object. They don't say much because they can't be bothered.

Sonar is doubtless a bit of a blunt instrument. It may point to the presence of large objects, but it is not of sufficient accuracy to identify them (though the technology is continuously improving).


From the article on the Fort Augustus Abbey School, a former schoolboy had this to say:

I lived and went to school in 1943 to 1945 at the Abbey Hoose of Vaughn. I saw Nessie about 1000 yards from the General Wade's road side (Corrie Cave's side). NESSIE had 2 humps and it was not a boat. It's a plesiosaur type of herbivore animal and we students had the idea at the time that since it hung around Corries Cave there would be under water connections for "IT" to reside in.

The belief in caverns and underwater passageways seems to have been a common belief with local inhabitants. He finishes off on a personal note and with what I presume is a motto related to the Abbey.

Well, some time ago I was supposed to show up for a party before the Abbey was up for sale, sorry, never made it but any hoo PAX Dominus Vobiscum Et tu Spiritus Sanctus Amen.

Another piece I hope to put up in the future is a lady's story of how her great-great-great-great-grandmother had a disturbing experience at Loch Ness (at the time of George III by my reckoning). More to follow as I await further feedback.

So, readers, if you have something worthy to say, just comment or send me an email.

Tuesday 13 March 2012

Books about the Loch Ness Monster

Not only do I love researching and hunting for Nessie but I like to collect books about Nessie. I have been doing that for over thirty years and I still have not finished. Despite the advent of the Internet, books are still important and with the advent of e-books, their survival in one form or another will continue.

Websites have their advantages and disadvantages. One may presume to find all the information they need but like good and bad books you have good and bad websites and finding the prime sources of information is at the mercy of search engines such as Google.

Indeed, information about the Loch Ness Monster can be diffusely spread across the Internet whereas a well written and researched book can concentrate data in a focused and more organised manner. However, once a paper book is written it is fixed in stone until the next revision or a similar book comes along a few years later. In that respect, Internet and books should work together for the serious researcher.

But it has to be said that websites come and go but books generally do not. One day this website will disappear from the Internet as will others since they tend to be the works of individuals and not corporate entities. So, for those who think there is something worth preserving, they should commit their works to e-books and leave them corporately available via Amazon or other e-book distributors once we have all shuffled this mortal coil.

As with all genres, Nessie has had her share of the good, the bad and the ugly. In fact, I suggest no one should bother writing a book on the Loch Ness Monster unless it fulfills four criteria.

1. It adds to the storehouse of data such as new sightings, films, sonar, photos, etc.
2. It adds to the speculation or theorising about the subject.
3. It adds to the human side of the story (culture, folklore, biographies).
4. It may not add to the above but it present the story in an entertaining and engaging way.

There are plenty of Loch Ness books which do not fulfill these criteria, but I still buy them anyway!

So for the record and for anyone interested in building their own collection I present my own Loch Ness Monster bibliography. The list currently stands at 71 titles and is presented in chronological order but the reprint and revision information is currently incomplete.

The emphasis is on books aimed at a general audience which outwardly take some kind of serious approach to the subject. So juvenile books and fictional works are not included. Books which are not purely Nessie but have a decent section on the monster are included. Books in foreign languages are not included and the vast volume of magazine and newspaper articles that exist are excluded (too much work!). But we do have some good, melodramatic pictures of Nessie that grace our various book covers!

You may also notice I might be a bit hard on some sceptical minded books, but that's because I am biased (as they are). Also, do not equate sceptical books with critical thinking books because you will find that class of analysis across both genres (to varying degrees).

As far as I know, most of these books are out of print and it is unlikely they will be published again. Most of the popular titles can be found on Amazon, Abebooks and eBay under used books but some are so rare that they may only appear at intervals of years apart.

Let me know of any omissions and I will update.

Stewart, Grant. The Popular Superstitions and Festive Amusements of the Highlanders of Scotland. Aylott and Jones, 1823.

Wait a minute, shouldn't the list start around the 1930s and not a century before? Well, maybe, but stories of strange creatures in Loch Ness go back way before the newspapers got a hold of it as this example from Georgian times shows. Grant Stewart tells the tale of the Loch Ness Kelpie as related by Willox Gregor MacGregor of Tomintoul.

Lane, W. H. The Home of The Loch Ness Monster. Moray Press, 1934.

The first book on the Loch Ness Monster published around March 1934. and you may guess from the cover what the author's theory is on the monster's ID. We reviewed this book in a previous article and a profile of the author is here.

Hamilton, W. D & Hughes, J.. The Mysterious Monster of Loch Ness. Fort Augustus Abbey Press, 1934.

The second book on the monster published by the monks at the Abbey around May 1934. This was very much a tourist booklet of 15 pages covering the best sightings up to that point (and even Ogopogo gets a mention).

Gould, Rupert T. The Loch Ness Monster and Others. London: Geoffrey Bles, 1934.

The first serious work on the Monster which came out in June 1934. Gould was an expert on Sea Serpents and the news from Loch Ness compelled him to head north and do his own due diligence. Riding around on a motorbike named "Cynthia", he conducted interviews and conversations with various witnesses and sundry others. The result was this fascinating book consisting of accounts with sketches and a survey of the likely candidates for "X" as he called it. The other cover here is a reprint from 1969, almost 20 years after Gould's death. A seperate look at the book with pictures of some pages can be seen here.

Oudemans, A. C. The Loch Ness Animal. London:Leyden, 1934.

Another Sea Serpent researcher in the form of Oudemans published a small monograph on the creature after Gould. We know it was after Gould because he mentions Gould's work. Oudemans took the view that Nessie was a stray sea serpent and proceeds accordingly.

Munro, Donald John. (Captain), Loch Ness Mystery. Privately Published, 1937.

Captain Munro attempted to raise capital at one shilling a share to form an exploration company called "Loch Ness Monster Ltd". This privately published booklet was essentially the share prospectus document. Why no image? I can't find a copy of this book for love nor money! Not even the mighty National Library of Scotland or British Library have it. One or two old time Nessie researchers (or their beneficiaries) may have copies.

Carruth, J. A. Loch Ness Monster and its Monster. Abbey Press, 1938.

A popular booklet produced by James Aloysius Carruth, a brother at Fort Augustus Abbey. This went through at least nine editions by 1971. You can read more about the book and author here.

Whyte, Constance. The Loch Ness Monster. Headley Brothers, 1951.

This little known 15 page booklet by Loch Ness Monster expert Constance Whyte first covered the subject for the King's College Hospital Gazette but then found its way into print as this booklet. A short treatise on Nessie which would later find greater expansion in her next book.

The copy I have actually has her handwriting in the margin annotating a possible sighting as dubious and she initials it "CW"! The text of this booklet can be found here.

Whyte, Constance. More Than A Legend. London: Hamish Hamilton, 1957.

Constance Whyte started a chain of events that rekindled interest in the Loch Ness Monster. Tim Dinsdale pointed to this book as the catalyst that sent him north to Loch Ness and the rest as they say is history. The book takes up where Gould left off in examining the phenomenon but also adding sightings of the creature since 1934. A second edition appeared in 1961.

Dinsdale, Tim. Loch Ness Monster. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1961

Having sparked world interest in his famous film, Tim published his story and research into Nessie the following year. A popular book that went through various reprints and at least two revisions up to 1982. Tim Dinsdale is the Loch Ness Monster's most prolific author with four titles.

Burton, Maurice. The Elusive Monster. London: Rupert Hart Davis, 1961

At the same time Dinsdale published his seminal book, Burton countered with the first sceptical book on the Loch Ness Monster. It would be another 22 years before another such book arrived on the scene. Burton was a sceptic, then believer, then sceptic again and as such employs an array of standard explanations to (in his eyes) consign Nessie to the dustbin of history. Expect much talk about otters, birds, deer, vegetable mats and hoaxers.

Dinsdale, Tim. The Leviathans. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1966

I think this is the first book that treats generally of all fresh and salt water cryptids. Tim Dinsdale's in-depth exploration of lake monsters, sea serpents, washed up carcasses and various other genres of the aquatic cryptid.

The book was revised and expanded to nearly 300 pages for the US market as the book "Monster Hunt" in 1972.

James, David. Loch Ness Investigation. Loch Ness Phenomenon Investigation Bureau Ltd, 1968

Written by one of the founders of the LNPIB, this is a short 40 page treatise of the monster bringing readers up to the work of that organisation. No date of publication but given the evidence of the text, no earlier than 1967.

Holiday, F.W. The Great Orm of Loch Ness. Faber & Faber, 1968

Ted Holiday was one of the most seasoned monster hunters and indulged in some lateral thinking in his first book by suggesting the "Orm" as he called it was a giant version of a long extinct invertebrate.

Note also the publisher Avon's less than invertebrate-like and more plesiosaur-like cover designed for the 1970 paperback version! I guess dinosaurs sell better than worms.

Cooke, David C & Yvonne. The Great Monster Hunt. Norton, 1969

When I first picked up this book subtitled "The Story of the Loch Ness Investigation" I thought it was a recounting of the activities of the Loch Ness Phenonomenon Investigation Bureau. They are included but it is rather the authors' personal recounting of their trip to Loch Ness and the various interviews they conducted plus conclusions and observations. A good read actually all told.

Hastain, Ronald. Loch Ness and the Monster. J. Arthur Dixon, 1971

A standard tourist trade booklet to flick through as one watches the loch from the Castle to the skirl of the bagpipes. The picture is of a well-formed standing wave and not Nessie. However, Nicholas Witchell in a precursor to his main book did provide the text.

The 1970s proved to be the best decade for Nessie books as the various photos that came out created a storm of interest in the monster. Publishing success also guranteed some very nice (albeit unrealistic) cover artwork.

Baumann, Elwood. The Loch Ness Monster. London: Franklin Watts, 1972

This was one of several mysteries books written by Baumann. It is another boilerplate book which basically surveys the sightings history though since Mr. Elwood was a member of the LNPIB there is a bit of extra emphasis on their work. The book suffers the indignity of the Hugh Gray Nessie photograph being printed upside-down and the front cover sculpture of Nessie by Dick Dulany is intriguing to say the least!

Klein, Martin. Underwater Search at Loch Ness. Academy of Applied Sciences, 1972

Martin Klein documents the earlier expeditions of the Academy of Applied Science. Contributions from Rines and Dinsdale as well (so I am not sure if this counts as a fifth book for Tim Dinsdale).

Blackdown High School. Loch Ness Survey Report. SuDaK, 1972

A well written privately published 57 page report on the school's expedition to Loch Ness in 1971-72 where locals were interviewed, searches conducted as well as a general social, biological survey of the area. Frank Searle, Alex Campbell, Constance Whyte are amongst the contributors.

Holiday, F.W. The Dragon and The Disc. Norton, 1973

Though still holding to his invertebrate theory, Holiday began to venture into the paranormal with this book as he explored his theory about long past dragon and disc cults in Britain and their connection. As far as I know, only Holiday called Nessie a dragon (though she was always referred to as a kelpie or similar in the Highlands).

Also titled "Creatures from the Inner Sphere" and "Serpents of the Sky, Dragons of the Earth" in reprints.

Dinsdale, Tim. The Story of The Loch Ness Monster. Tandem Publishing, 1973

 A Lite version of the Nessie story from our intrepid monster hunter. My favourite bit is the claimed sighting by a William Shakespeare which the newspaper staff at the local Inverness Courier were reticent to print. Sceptics will no doubt claim Shakespeare's sighting was a work of fiction!

Witchell, Nicholas. The Loch Ness Story. Terence Dalton, 1974

The definitive history of the Loch Ness Monster (albeit a bit dated now). Witchell employed a wide array of sources with the help of seasoned monster hunters to give us the best survey of the monster and its hunters. Its success ensured various revisions and reprints.

Costello, Peter. In Search of Lake Monsters. Garnstone Press, 1974

My favourite general book on lake cryptids and the one with IMO the best section on the Loch Ness Monster in that genre of books. So I include it here and I still refer to it to this day. Republished in 2015 by Anomalist Books with a new foreword by Loren Coleman and a preface by Bernard Heuvelmans. I review the book here.

MacRae, Jim. Loch Ness Monster Handbook. John G. Eccles, 1974

One of those boilerplate booklets that typified the 70s and 80s. I review the book here.

Perera, Victor. The Loch Ness Monster Watchers. Capra Press, 1974

Author Victor Perera spent a few weeks in Scotland as he toured the loch and spoke to various people associated with the mystery. This is an entertaining and insightful read of 43 pages which includes interviews with Dick Raynor, Frank Searle, J. A. Carruth (see booket above) and Alex Campbell all espousing their belief in the Loch Ness Monster.

Witchell, Nicholas. Loch Ness and the Monster. J. Arthur Dixon, 1975

A short 32-page tourist booklet brought up to date for the then recent Rines underwater pictures.

Dinsdale, Tim. Project Water Horse. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1975

A great and informative read as Tim Dinsdale moves the focus away from the Monster and onto the contemporary people, equipment and strategies involved in the hunt as well as various other goings-on around the loch.

Grimshaw, Roger and Lester, Paul. The Meaning of the Loch Ness Monster. University of Birmingham, 1976

An interesting, 42-page academic work which is a sociological commentary on the Loch Ness Monster phenomemon. It is not so much an attempt to identify any such creature but rather to explain how people have framed the phenomenon through various eyes from the ancients and their folklore up to the present day and the interpretations of enthusiasts, the media, entrepreneurs, scientists and the general public. Great cover art by Fortean Times artist, Hunt Emerson.

Smith, Warren. Strange Secrets of The Loch Ness Monster. New York: Kensington Publishing, 1976

A book with a back cover which asks some startling questions. Such as is Nessie the relic of a lost underwater civilisation? Is there a connection between Nessie and the Hollow Earth, Bermuda Triangle and UFOs? Best of all, is her picture carved in ancient pyramids?

Pertinent questions to which the answer is a collective "No". As it turns out, this boilerplate book is a general survey of lake monsters worldwide with perhaps a third of its 234 pages devoted to Nessie and other Highland creatures.

Mackal, Roy. The Monsters of Loch Ness. Swallow Press, 1976

One of the best books on the Monster and certainly the biggest one at 401 pages. Dr. Mackal applies his knowledge of biology and science in general to the loch and its mysterious inhabitant to come up with the most erudite work to date. The front cover gives away his prime choice of candidate.

Searle, Frank. Nessie: Seven Years in search of The Monster. London: Coronet Books, 1976

Frank Searle published this at the height of his fame. His Sunday Mail expose was not long after this. Lots of alleged Nessie photographs, Girl Fridays and one cat.

Searle, Frank. The Story of Loch Ness. John Eccles Printers, 1977

Arch hoaxer Frank Searle also dipped into the publishing world with a few tourist oriented booklets. This book was reviewed previously here.

Harvey, Alex. Alex Harvey Presents The Loch Ness Monster. K-Tel Records, 1977. (Republished by VoicePrint Records, 2009)

A booklet accompanying a CD and originally a vinyl record. I review this booklet here.

Searle, Frank. Around Loch Ness. John Eccles Printers, 1977

This is essentially a slightly bigger version of "The Story of Loch Ness" where Searle adds his brand of monster hunting tips such as places and equipment.

Robertson, Barrie. Loch Ness and The Great Glen. James Heap Ltd, 1977

It's that two humped beastie again and you can guess who features strongly inside. Another tourist booklet for the area with Frank Searle's stuff used as the attractant.

Meredith, Dennis L. Search at Loch Ness. New York: Quadrangle, 1977

Meredith accompanied Rines and his Academy of Applied Science team to Loch Ness with the New York Times in 1976. This is the group's account of that time and their other work up to that point in time.

Snyder, Gerald. Is There a Loch Ness Monster?. New York: Julian Messner, 1977

The answer is "Yes" and Mr. Snyder who was based in Inverness goes about this survey in a fairly thorough and engaging way. So I hesitate to class this book as "boilerplate" as he does approach fulfillng the fourth of my criteria above (and I did pick up a few useful things from his book).

Akins, William. The Loch Ness Monster. Signet, 1977

A well researched book which is a kind of mini-version of Roy Mackal's book. Useful sections on eyewitness reliability, candidates and the 1976 Rines expedition. Akins takes a semi-skeptical view of much evidence but comes out in favour of the giant eel hypothesis. Interestingly, he thinks he sees a child's face in the Hugh Gray photo (as opposed to the much vaunted labrador dog).

Cornell, James. The Monster of Loch Ness. Scholastic Book Services, 1978

Another in that series of boilerplate books where someone goes to Loch Ness for a few weeks, talks to people, goes home and writes a book to cash in on the 1970s Nessie bandwagon. In Cornell's case, he went along to see if the Rines expedition could repeat their success of 1975 along with a whole army of media men and the New York Times which had first rights on any exclusives. Needless to say, he went home disappointed. Needless to say, as a collector I still bought it.

Resciniti, Angelo and Damon, Duane. Bigfoot and Nessie. School Book Fairs Inc, 1979

Perhaps the final boilerplate of the manic 70s? This book is covered here.

Harmsworth, Tony. The Mysterious Monsters of Loch Ness, Precision Press, 1980

As curator of the newly established "Official Loch Ness Monster Exhibition", Tony produced this well written booklet for visitors. Empahsis is on the evolved plesiosaur theory. More on this book can be found here.

Omand, Donald. The Devil Hunter. Sphere Books Ltd, 1981

What has this to do with Nessie? Well, the Reverend Donald Omand conducted the famous exorcism of Loch Ness in 1973 helped by F. W. Holiday (who writes his own version in "The Goblin Universe" below). He devoted a chapter to this and a few other sea monsters.

Sensical, Benjamin, Loch Ness: An Explanation. Privately Published, 1982.

A short booklet which has disappeared from view but which Mr. Seniscal reprinted in his autobiography. A well reasoned discourse on how rotting vegetation and forestry debris can produce gas propelled biomasses. More on this book can be found here.

Searle, Frank. Loch Ness Investigation. Unpublished, 1983

 Subtitled "What Really Happened", the publishers pulled this book in the face of possible legal action over some rather inflammatory things Frank had to say about other Loch Ness researchers. After this, he left Loch Ness for good never to darken her shores again. Whether Searle still believed in a Nessie or ever saw it or photographed it is forever lost in the noise of his fakes.

I looked at Searle and his book in this article. Mike Dash did a good piece on it here.

Armstrong, Edward. Sticking My Neck Out. Privately Published, 1983

A bit of an oddity this one but it certainly delivers an interesting read. I have previously addressed one item from this 24 page book with his theory that a seagull flies past the "Monster" in the Surgeon's Photo (see link). However, his main thrust is to promote the theory that Nessie is some form of aquatic pachyderm (i.e. related to the elephant).

Binns, Ronald. The Loch Ness Mystery: Solved. Open Books, 1983

We enter the era of the Sceptic as various disaffected monster hunters and "just plain against it from the start" people enter the fray. Ronald Binns published first with a title described as "prematurely titled" by another sceptic (why I am not sure). The formula was simple and not much different from Maurice Burton - waves, boats, birds, otters, deer, etc, etc. Even inert rocks get a look in (are people that stupid?) Pictures of small animals are zoomed in to the point of graininess to make them look huge and frozen snapshots of unsustainable postures (see cover) suggest the "SOLVED" should be appended with a big question mark.

Harmsworth, Tony. Loch Ness - The Monster. Peter Gray Ltd, 1985

A well written 30-page booklet written by the then curator of the Loch Ness Exhibition Centre. Presumably written to accompany the exhibition.

Campbell, Steuart. The Loch Ness Monster: The Evidence. Aquarian Press, 1986

Steuart Campbell, a general sceptic who has also written against UFOs and Religion follows on from Binns with another sceptical book and adds some of his own analysis.

Revised in 1997 I believe.

Bauer, Henry. The Enigma of Loch Ness. University of Illinois Press, 1986

Midst all this sceptical writings came Henry Bauer who erects a robust defense for the creatures of Loch Ness. The Dinsdale Film is defended amongst other classic pieces and this book also has a valuable list of all recorded sightings with sources up to that point in time (helped by the researcher Ulrich Magin).

Holiday, F.W. The Goblin Universe. Llewellyn Publications, 1986

Holiday finally makes his break from any animal theories in this full blown disseration on the paranormal origins of Nessie. However, Holiday did not publish it and Colin Wilson undertook the job after Holiday's death in 1980.

I spoke about this book here. The book was modified and republished by Xanadu Publications in 1990.

Zarzynski, Joseph W. Monster Wrecks of Loch Ness and Lake Champlain. M-Z Information, 1986

An interesting look at other stories from Loch Ness concerning underwater wrecks and various other machines used in the search for Nessie. I had a look at this book here.

Owen, William. The Loch Ness Monster. Jarrold Publishing, 1986

A standard booklet for the tourist trade which appears to have manifested in more than one form. Nuff said, though apparently William Owen was a "dab hand" at painting plesiosaurs!

Frere, Richard. Loch Ness. John Murray Publishers, 1988

 Though not a dedicated Nessie Sceptic book, it continues in the line of such books appearing at that time. Being a general book on the history and features of Loch Ness it has a chapter on the Loch Ness Monster. Confessing himself to be a Nessie Atheist, Frere makes his views known and also claimed that a famous Nessie photograph was hoaxed (which we shall speak about some other time).

Gibson, J.A. & Heppell, David. The Search for Nessie in the 1980s. The Scottish Natural History Library, Kilbarchan, 1988

A symposium on the Loch Ness Monster was held at the Royal Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh on July 25th 1987 which was organised by the Society for the History of Natural History and the International Society for Cryptozoology. The proceedings of the meeting were published in two parts in the centenary edition of the Scottish Naturalist and contained contributions from various leading lights of the Loch Ness mystery including Tim Dinsdale, Henry Bauer, Adrian Shine, Roy Mackal and Robert Rines. A thorough going analysis of Loch Ness, its ecology and its most famous resident.

Shiels, Tony. Monstrum! A Wizard's Tale. Fortean Tomes, 1990

In amongst naked witches, fairies, owlmen and general wizardry hokum you will find an interesting read about Shiels' "psychic" adventures with the Loch Ness Monster and some other aquatic cryptids. His take on paranormal squid is worth the read on its own, whether you believe he is a hoaxer or not.

Picknett, Lynn. The Loch Ness Monster. Pitkin Pictorials Ltd, 1993

Yet another tourist trade booklet, professionaly done though for 20 pages worth.

Boyd, Alastair and Martin, David. Nessie: The Surgeon's Photograph Exposed. Privately Published, 1999

A book beloved of sceptics as it dismantles the most iconic picture of the Loch Ness Monster. It doesn't occur to them that Alastair Boyd was a firm believer in Nessie with a good hump sighting in the 1970s. Martin and Boyd use the plot line of The Sting film to trace a story of deception and revenge that led to the hoaxing of this famous picture.

Harrison, Paul. The Encyclopaedia of The Loch Ness Monster. 
Robert Hale Ltd, 1999

A great resource for getting to the raw facts on key persons and events that are connected with the mystery of Loch Ness. The definitive A to Z of Nessie.

Also recently revised and updated for the Amazon Kindle (see link).

Lee, Norman. Nessie Sighting. 
Self Published, 2000

Norman Lee claimed a sighting in 1970 which he goes into detail in this small e-book. Further details can be found here.

Shine, Adrian. Loch Ness.Loch Ness Project, 2006

As current curator of the Loch Ness Centre, Adrian Shine employs his extensive knowledge of Loch Ness Flora and Fauna to give an overview of the loch's ecology as well as a potted history of its most famous inhabitant in this small booklet (albeit from a sceptical point of view).

Betts, Jonathan. Time Restored: The Harrison Timekeepers and R.T.Gould. Oxford University Press, 2006

Monster hunter Rupert Gould was a man of many talents as this book demonstrates. However, our interest is in the chapter on his pursuit of the Loch Ness Monster. Also interesting is the claim that Gould recanted on the famous Spicers land sighting (which I covered here).

Stott, Colin: Four-Teans Go To Ness. Self Published, 2009

A tale of four Nessie hunters on their expedition. You can read more about this e-book here.

Caisteal, Graeme: A Tale From Loch Ness. Self Published, 2009

Another e-book about one man's quest for the monster and his views on the monster scene. Also covers the times with his friend, Frank Searle. More details here.

Harmsworth, Tony. Loch Ness, Nessie and Me. Faber & Faber, 2010

The latest in our line of sceptical books written by the former designer and curator of the Loch Ness Exhibition Centre. I reviewed this book previously here. It has also been republished as "Loch Ness Understood".

I think all the sceptics have put pen to paper now, so is this the last of these type of books for another few decades?

Watson, Roland. The Water Horses of Loch Ness. Createspace Publishing, 2011

A book which surveys the pre-Nessie era of sightings and folklore tales of the Loch Ness Water Horse and other such Highland creatures. The book is talked about here.

Byrne, Gerald. Gestalt Forms of Loch Ness. JRP Ringier, November 2011

I have not seen this book yet, but I suspect the book is not only a personal voyage in pictures but a look at how everyday objects can deceive. More on the book at this link.

Derry, J.F. Loch Ness Monster (and other explained mysteries). Haynes Publishing, July 2013

A montage of Daily Mirror stories to celebrate 80 years of Nessie. I look at this book here

Loxton, Daniel and Prothero, Donald. Abominable Science!. Columbia University Press, August 2013

I thought the series of sceptical books had ended but up pops this one with a 67 page chapter on Nessie. I review it here and Henry Bauer has a go here.

Dinsdale, Angus. The Man Who Filmed Nessie. Hancock House, August 2013

A biography on Nessie's most famous pursuer - Tim Dinsdale. His youngest son, Angus, tells the story of his father from birth to his untimely death. I review it here.

Gallagher, Patrick. Loch Ness: From Out of the Depths. Createspace, July 2015

A compilation of Nessie sightings, people and theories as printed in the British press between 1933 and 1934. The book was reviewed here.

Williams, Gareth. A Monstrous Commotion. Orion, November 2015

An extensive multi-biography of the various monster hunters, supporters detractors of our famous cryptid and how they interacted in all too human ways. A review of the book is here.

Gallagher, Patrick. Loch Ness: Back into the Depths. Createspace, April 2016

A compilation of Nessie sightings, people and theories as printed in the British press between 1935 and 1955. This is a sequel to the 2015 "From Out of the Depths" and the book is reviewed here.

Robinson, Malcolm. Loch Ness: The Monsters of Loch Ness., July 2016

Possibly the biggest book on Nessie at 590 pages. An up to date history of the loch and its monster, with personal perspectives from leading paranormal researcher, Malcolm Robinson. A review of this book can be found here.

Redfern, Nick. Nessie: Exploring the Supernatural Origins of the Loch Ness Monster. Llewellyn Publications, September 2016

The first book in 25 years to champion a paranormal Nessie. Ted Holiday, Doc Shiels, Aleister Crowley and Kevin Carlyon all rub shoulders in this supernatural defense. A review of this book is here.

Shuker, Karl. Here's Nessie! A Monstrous Compendium from Loch Ness. CFZ Publications, August 2016

Karl publishes an anthology of his various articles on Nessie and her ilk, adding his zoological distinctiveness. A review of the book is here.

Binns, Ronald. The Loch Ness Mystery Reloaded. Zoilus Press, August 2017

After a good 2016 for Nessie books, 2017 took a nosedive. Arch sceptic Ronald Binns follows up his 1983 book with some more Nessie bashing. Reviews can be viewed here and here.


Watson, Roland. When Monsters Come Ashore. Createspace Publishing, February 2018

The first book on the monster to focus solely on the mystery of the creature seen on land. More details can be obtained here. Copies are obtainable from Amazon.

Watson, Roland. Photographs of the Loch Ness Monster. KDP Publishing, February 2019

Another first book on the monster this time dedicated to still photographs of the monster, be they good, bad or ugly. More details can be obtained here. Copies are obtainable from Amazon.

Cornes, Rob. The Loch Ness Sea Lion. Independently published, August 2019

Did an errant sea lion contribute to Loch Ness Monster sightings in the 1930s? A review will be posted in due course.

Gerhard, Ken. The Essential Guide to the Loch Ness Monster. Crypto Excursions, February 2021

A survey of various lake cryptids, sea serpents with Nessie getting the most attention. The Basilosaurus theory of Roy Mackal is given a fresh airing.

Zarzynski, Joe.
 Lochend - Monster Hunting on the Run 
. Book Baby, December 2021

Thirty five years after his book on Loch Ness underwater wrecks, Joe now publishes his 
memoirs of Nessie hunting over three decades. The book is reviewed here.