Thursday, October 14, 2021
Sunday, September 19, 2021
Hi everyone! Well, the air is getting crisper, and with October my work schedule at the shop will settle down, and with any luck I'll be able to take some fieldtrips out into the Maine woods again. I haven't been out to hike and explore since last February (see my posts Maine Wildlife in the Snow Part 1 and Part 2). It's going to be great to get out there again after too many months of too many hours of retail work (ahhhh, the joys of Maine's seasonal economy).
But somehow along with all the rest of that nonsense, I've managed to squeeze in some awesome, fun interviews to talk about my book, and set aside time in October for some Zoom library talks. I've also continued to interview eyewitnesses for volume 2.
Here are some links to some of the stuff I've been doing and other events I will be doing soon. Enjoy!
Fresh out of the gate is the latest episode (#35) of Cryptid Creatures with Brian Brock and Todd Stevens, where they quiz me about what the heck is up with Bigfoot in Maine: https://open.spotify.com/episode/1MquFOgCHXepI2aglnDzhL
A little earlier in the summer I had a great chat with Ryan Knights on Episode #14 (darn it, missed Lucky 13) of The Chaos Effect. Hopefully this is one of many! https://youtu.be/qDhTb7AoLDo
I'm sure there will be more, but I hope you all enjoy at least a few of these when you have the chance!
Monday, August 23, 2021
|Rare quick trip to OOB in early August!|
I've been working 6 days a week running my shop, working overtime across the board like so many of the rest of us in this seasonal economy, fielding the waves of tourists that come to Maine for safe harbor. I have somehow been squeezing in interviews where I can, either with reporters and podcasters about Bigfoot in Maine, or with eyewitnesses themselves for volume 2.
I must say that I am very much looking forward to autumn's approach when things slow down and I can get back out in the field again, not to mention find time to think, research and write about all things Maine.
In the background, at the same time, I am pondering the next project that I've been piecing together for some time now, which I've been looking forward to (before volume 2 of Bigfoot in Maine began demanding to be heard). And that is... ghost stories!
When I wrote Strange Maine, I minimized the amount of spooks in the book (although there are a few) because at the time I thought Maine had some good ghost story books already out there for folks to choose from. But the more I've dug around, and the more people I've talked to, the more I've realized that Maine really has a lot more little spooky bits that haven't been recorded for posterity yet.
So... if you have odd or eerie experiences or things that you've encountered while here in Maine, be it in an old farmhouse or a downtown apartment, fifty years ago or just last year, do drop me a line, and we can talk about what happened. You can always find me at firstname.lastname@example.org -- don't hesitate to contact me, I'd love to hear about your own Maine ghost story.
In the meantime, please enjoy this little interview feature that WCSH's 207 show did with me earlier this summer! Big thanks to Amanda Hill and Kirk Cratty for making it a fun and memorable experience.
And, if you like to look at Bigfoot's possible existence from a more quirky viewpoint, here's a lighthearted take on the matter from an interview I did with John Mitchell from NECN:
Stay tuned for my interview with the charming Paul Bestall from the UK podcast Mysteries and Monsters, and the new Dirty Lew podcast outta Lewiston. Mixing it up a little, trying to reach a local audience and the greater world at large. I did get to talk to Howard Hughes of The Unexplained live on UK radio last month too, sad it didn't make it into his podcast, but it was still really cool, since I've listened to his podcast for years! Very surreal to have his familiar voice asking me questions instead of just listening to him ask someone else. Heh!
Thanks for all your support, everyone! I hope to bring you many more intriguing Maine stories in the future, once my dang workweek is not so completely bonkers!!!
Thursday, July 22, 2021
This comes from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife today! Check it out, sounds like two fun ways to get involved!
1. Join us for an informative virtual presentation by Maine's White-tailed Deer Biologist Nathan Bieber as he discusses the history of deer management, the status of Maine's deer herd, and the current strategies used to manage deer in Maine.
2. Enjoy watching deer?
Become a citizen scientist for the Maine Deer Spy project! Volunteers are needed across the state and everyone can participate.
Participating is easy! When you see deer between August 1 and September 30, all you need to do is make simple observations:
- Date and time
- The number of does (adult female deer with no antlers), bucks (deer with antlers), and/or fawns (young deer).
Friday, June 25, 2021
Here are the links to the virtual talks I've given recently about my book, Bigfoot in Maine, in case you missed the chance to attend them.
Wednesday, June 16, 2021
WHERE: Via Zoom https://network
Event info is also posted on their Facebook page: https://fb.me/e/LYOeioe2
Hosted by the Thompson Free Library in Dover-Foxcroft, ME.
WHEN: Thursday, June 24 at 7:00pm
FMI: Contact the library at 207-564-3350 or via email at email@example.com
Come join us! Jon Knepp is going to interview me and I will discuss the book (and more!) with him. We'll wrap up with some audience Q&A at the end.
Thursday, May 20, 2021
Hi all! Both myself and Nate Brislin will be part of a virtual talk at Falmouth Memorial Library the evening of June 10th. Hooray! You can register to attend here:
Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Just wanted to put this link out there -- I did an interview with an author podcast which my publisher puts out, and it was really fun. Hope you enjoy listening!
Don't worry, if you haven't read the book yet, there aren't any spoilers, we were really careful about that. Just some interesting conversation, and a good Q & A session!
If you'd like to buy a signed copy of the book from me, you can do it through my website here:
Hope you're all having a great week!
Friday, May 14, 2021
All these years later, it seems wild that this book exists. Big thanks to all the folks who helped me along the path! I couldn't have done it alone.
If you are wondering, "What the heck do you mean, there are Bigfoot in Maine?!" or if you have friends or family who have had their own inexplicable encounters, then this book will give you some good reading.
You can buy a signed copy directly from me (no charge for that extra bit of commemorative ink) here:
And with any luck, someday in the future, there will be a volume two to follow it up, because the story of Bigfoot in Maine is a living, evolving history.
Be well, everyone, and stay safe!
Monday, May 10, 2021
a real shot-in-the-dark -- does anyone know someone who collects audio
of old WBZ shows? I'm looking for some of Larry Glick's midnight radio
shows from around 1971. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you think you can help! Thanks, all!
Thursday, March 25, 2021
Do you live near black bears in Maine? Probably. Wouldn't you like to know more about them? I know I do!
Click here to watch, or set a reminder to participate in this live video chat on YouTube!
WHAT: Coffee chat with Maine Dept of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife Biologist Jen Vashon about Black Bears and how to avoid conflict with our big neighbors
WHEN: 9:30am on Friday, Mar 26, 2021
Tuesday, March 23, 2021
I'll post the final cover art as soon as the design department at History Press gets it to me. Thanks everyone!
|192 pages of manuscript, done!|
While the article reports that "Bigfoot’s story in Maine begins with ancient Wabanaki traditional stories about a giant, manlike creature, known as the Wendigo, who frequents the Maine woods," in my book I specifically refrain from any lengthy discussion of Native American traditions since I don't have any authority or knowledge to speak of them. I'm not sure where that information in the article was drawn from, as it wasn't from my interview with the reporter, or the sample chapters I sent him.
Friday, March 19, 2021
Here's something fun to do while the weather is still iffy! It's the last episode in Spirits Alive at the Eastern Cemetery's winter lecture series - Saturday March 27th!!
The Silent Bicentennial with Herb Adams
Saturday, March 27 1:30pm to 2:30pm
COVID-19 burst Maine’s Bicentennial (2020) like it was a battered balloon, but the boisterous years to Statehood (1820) and The Maine Centennial (1920) were anything but a bust. The story will be told in 2 parts: “To Make the Angels Weep! Maine’s Struggle for Statehood, 1820,” the true backstory of Kings and slavery, bad math and bad politics, defiance, and backroom deals that made Maine the 23rd State, and “The Big Parade—Centennial, 1920!”
Maine’s biggest birthday bash ever included biplanes, submarines, silent movies, native encampments, cavalry charges, booming parades, and the governor in a canoe in Deering Oaks in Portland.
Register for the Silent Bicentennial lecture here:
When: Saturday March 27th - Starts 1:30pm and lasts about an hour or so
Located on Zoom—A different link is available for each event each month.
Register in advance as the event is limited to 100 attendees.
Once you are registered, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Spirits Alive does this lecture series every winter, you can find more information about it on their website here: https://www.spiritsalive.org/lectures/