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    • ISBN:9781472136459
    • Publication date:08 Sep 2016

The Impossible Zoo

An encyclopedia of fabulous beasts and mythical monsters

By Leo Ruickbie

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An illustrated encyclopedia of fabulous beasts, mythical monsters and cryptozoological mysteries

'Leo Ruickbie's impeccably-written The Impossible Zoo is a menagerie like no other, as its exotic inhabitants are fabulous in every sense of the word. So for anyone who has ever wished that dragons and unicorns were real, for anyone who believes that they are, and for anyone who peruses bestiaries with unbridled joy, this magical, mystical, and truly memorable book is definitely for you - and for me!'

Dr Karl Shuker, author of A Manifestation of Monsters

HERE BE DRAGONS!

Here you will find the things that once made the woods wild and the nights to be feared; that made ancient map-makers write, 'Here be Dragons'.

The Impossible Zoo is a biology of the supernatural - a study of the life of things that never lived. This world of mermaids and unicorns, now confined to fantasy, but once believed to exist, is a world of the imagination that still affects us today.

Wonderfully illustrated throughout, it also provides sources as a guide to further study and exploration.
'For anyone who has ever wished that dragons and unicorns were real, this magical, mystical and truly memorable book is definitely for you - and for me!'
Dr Karl Shuker, author of A Manifestation of Monsters

'Ruickbie's level of scholarship is impressive and he presents his conclusions with great literary skill in readable and attractive prose. The results are truly fascinating. Very highly recommended.'
Revd Lionel Fanthorpe, FRSA, author and President of the Association for the Scientific Study of Anomalous Phenomena

Biographical Notes

Described as 'a young Van Helsing' in The Ghost Club Journal, Dr Leo Ruickbie has been investigating, writing about and experiencing the bizarre side of life - from vampire epidemics (there really was one) to sightings of angels - for most of his professional career. He has a PhD from King's College, London, on modern witchcraft and magic, and is the author of Witchcraft Out of the Shadows, Faustus: The Life and Times of a Renaissance Magician, A Brief Guide to the Supernatural, and A Brief Guide to Ghost Hunting, as well as being published in Fortean Times, Paranormal magazine, academic journals and the national press. He is also the co-editor of Little Horrors: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Anomalous Children and the Construction of Monstrosity with Dr Simon Bacon, and The Material Culture of Magic with Dr Antje Bosselmann-Ruickbie. His work has been mentioned in the media from The Guardian to Radio Jamaica, and his expertise has been sought by film companies and the likes of the International Society for Human Rights. He is an Associate of King's College, London, and a member of Societas Magica, the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism, the Society for Psychical Research and the Parapsychological Association. He is a committee member of the Gesellschaft für Anomalistik (Society for Anomalistics) and is the editor of the Paranormal Review, the magazine of the Society for Psychical Research. As a Scotsman, the impossible zoo has always been a living folk memory: he has stood on the banks of Loch Ness and stared into those sullen waters.
Visit him online at www.witchology.com

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  • ISBN: 9781472136442
  • Publication date: 08 Sep 2016
  • Page count: 272
  • Imprint: Robinson
Leo Ruickbie's impeccably-written The Impossible Zoo is a menagerie like no other, as its exotic inhabitants are fabulous in every sense of the word. So for anyone who has ever wished that dragons and unicorns were real, for anyone who believes that they are, and for anyone who peruses bestiaries with unbridled joy, this magical, mystical, and truly memorable book is definitely for you ­- and for me! — Dr Karl Shuker, author of A Manifestation of Monsters

Ruickbie's truly outstanding writing has three major sources: his impressive level of scholarship; his determination to seek out strange and mysterious phenomena and pursue them relentlessly, objectively and scientifically; and his great literary skill in presenting his conclusions in readable and attractive prose.
In The Impossible Zoo these three factors are clearly present. He is concerned here with what he, himself, describes and defines as parazoology - clearly distinct from cryptozoology. The latter focuses on hidden animal forms: Ruickbie's parazoology focuses on creatures that are beyond the range of normal zoology. He explains parazoology with great lucidity as the biology of the supernatural, the study of the lives of things that never existed - a study that takes in, for example, mermaids and unicorns.
His parazoological specimens were once believed to exist, and they exist now in the world of imagination - a world that can still have profound effects on contemporary life. Ruickbie's great achievement is to round up these strange beasts and confine them in his Impossible Zoo. The results of his work are truly fascinating and his detailed analysis and descriptions of his multitudinous parazoological specimens are enthralling.
I give The Impossible Zoo a very high recommendation indeed.

— Revd Lionel Fanthorpe, FRSA, author and President of the Association for the Scientific Study of Anomalous Phenomena
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