Cryptid Tourism

The Performance of Modern Day Monster Hunting


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About the Book

Monster hunting is more than just going out into the woods or hanging out in graveyards. The history and performance of monster hunting, from Alexander the Great to scientific expeditions of the Victorian era, can lead us directly to modern-day Bigfoot searches. Combining methods of scientific exploration with aspects of tourism theory demonstrates how monster-hunting is performative and, through an analysis tool called The Cryptid Tourist Gaze, this book examines how and why we go looking for monsters and the ways in which small towns celebrate the monsters that once haunted them.
By looking at specific museums such as The North American Bigfoot Center and Expedition Bigfoot: The Sasquatch Museum as well as various festivals and conferences such as The Mothman Festival and the UFO Festival in Roswell, we can witness the ways modern monster-hunting practices are performed and see how much they have evolved from their predecessors. Through themes of liminality, community, and initiation, the performance of monster hunting through cryptid tourism allows both participants and observers to gain insight into why looking for monsters, proving their existence, and sharing experiences with other believers is so important.

About the Author(s)

Sara Brooke Christian is a writer, producer, and scholar living in Louisiana who has written various articles and plays. She holds a PhD in theatre history, theory, and criticism from Louisiana State University and is the founder of Dreams and Screams, a creative company that produces radio plays and podcasts.

Bibliographic Details

Sara Brooke Christian
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 220
Bibliographic Info: 21 photos, notes, filmography, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2023
pISBN: 978-1-4766-9120-6
eISBN: 978-1-4766-5017-3
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Introduction  1
Cryptozoology and Tourism  9
Expeditions and Exhibitions  25
Bigfoot and Believing  50
Museums and Laboratories  67
Community and Initiation  97
Festivals and Celebrations  125
Liminality and Experience  148
Media and Gaze  166
Conclusion  184
Chapter Notes  193
Bibliography and Filmography  205
Index  211