Maybe the longest shot ever: Looking for an old book about bigfoot.
June 2, 2014 5:35 PM   Subscribe

When I was a kid I had a book about bigfoot that I read and re-read. I can't remember what it is called or anything like that but I am clinging to the faintest hope that the AskMe hive mind can help me find it.

I am pretty sure it was purchased at a roadside restaurant near Bridal Falls, BC, next to what was then Flintstone Land. It was not published by any name publisher; I imagine it had a very small print run. (It may have even been mimeographed or something.)

It had a red, maybe maroon cover that was thick paper, not even quite card stock. It *may* have had a picture very similar to the famous still from the Patterson film, but I might be wrong on that.

It was a collection of stories about sasquatch sightings. It may have only covered BC; the only story I remember well was the story of Jacko, the bigfoot reportedly captured in Yale, BC in 1884.

I know this is a huge long shot. I'm certain the book is no longer in print. But I'll take anything.
posted by synecdoche to Grab Bag (12 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
This? Features the Jacko story. Looks like it had many different covers.
posted by otolith at 5:48 PM on June 2, 2014

No, that's not it unfortunately--I am fairly strongly certain that the title referred to Bigfoot or Sasquatch.

I didn't mention, but I would have got this book in the late 1980s.
posted by synecdoche at 6:02 PM on June 2, 2014

Maybe this? (I loved cryptozoological books as a kid)
posted by otolith at 6:05 PM on June 2, 2014

It's almost certainly Year of the Sasquatch by John Green. I read every book about Bigfoot in the library back then.
posted by KokuRyu at 6:21 PM on June 2, 2014

I think I found it!

The Sasquatch File

I searched Worldcat for books with Sasquatch in the title, thinking that might be a good bet since you used that specific word, and then looked for books published in British Columbia. Worldcat didn't have a picture, but Amazon did and it seems really close to your description. Did I get it right?
posted by MsMolly at 6:22 PM on June 2, 2014

Oh oh it MIGHT be Year of the Sasquatch or The Sasquatch File. The former title does not sound familiar, nor does that red cover, but I found some interior pictures that are ringing a bit of a bell. The Sasquatch File, though, might be it, too--it looks right but for missing the red cover, and the Worldcat information seems to reinforce that.
posted by synecdoche at 6:28 PM on June 2, 2014

In case you hadn't noticed, both books were published by Cheam publishing and both were written by John Green.
posted by saucysault at 6:54 PM on June 2, 2014

I did notice (and now have a strong desire to find out more about Cheam Publishing in Agassiz). Thanks!
posted by synecdoche at 7:25 PM on June 2, 2014

Found it! It IS John Green but the one I had was On the Track of the Sasquatch. Here's the cover I remember, albeit in a different colour! It looks like there are multiple volumes--I must have had one of them.
posted by synecdoche at 7:35 PM on June 2, 2014

And by freak chance, the local university library has a copy of the (red) third edition in storage. Fantastic! Thank you!
posted by synecdoche at 7:42 PM on June 2, 2014 [1 favorite]

Yeah, John Green wrote at least two books about the Sasquatch. I always got the sense that Agassiz Publishing was basically self-publishing. However, my local public library still has copies of John Green's books, most likely because he's a BC author.
posted by KokuRyu at 11:47 AM on June 4, 2014

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