Eerie Lights, 2020.
For a lover of monster legend and lore, this is a delightful book, with something interesting on almost every page. The book has a critical weakness (below) that prevented me from rating it as high aa it would otherwise deserve, but I read it avidly and was sorry when it ended. Weatherly does not accept all the creatures here as real, but he doesn’t throw everything into the “hoax or myth” bucket, either. Weatherly is always respectful of the First Nations/Alaska Native traditions but does not insist they have to be literally true.
Before I go on, I should mention Sam Shearon’s cover. The artwork, front and back covers, is gorgeous.
The book is pretty comprehensive, covering everything from sasquatch to otter-men to thunderbirds (always a fun topic). It deals of course with the Iliamna Lake “monster.” Weatherly includes most of the stories I know of and a few I did not, although I wish there was some reason to believe the wilder “it snapped the fishing line” tales. There are other water creatures of lake and ocean, as you’d expect in the state with the longest seacoast and the most lakes in the U.S. I'd thought the biggest reported creature, that on the MV Mylark sonar trace, was almost universally discounted these days, but it still intrigues Weatherly. A giant platypus report is, umm.. unique.
I've read some stories of large wolflike canines, known as waheela and other terms, and I agree with Weatherly that matter still merits some thought even though he has no new reports here. As to other critters, did you know an “African lion” has been reported from Alaska?
Hairy Man, sasquatch, call it what you will, there are plenty of hairy primates in modern reports and the stories from Native cultures. He prominently mentions an old incident at Lake Iliamna which may be a hoax, but there are newer stories here, too, and they come from all over the state.
Weatherly, an Alaskan himself, has done a great job of collecting materials, and his writing is good. The only real disappointment is in the documentation. While many sources are mentioned in the text, they are not listed or detailed in any way that would enable readers to look them up. Indeed, the book has no footnotes, no endnotes, no bibliography by topic or chapter, and no index. A couple of dozen books and three websites are listed, but that’s it. The website https://eerielights.com/ offers nothing more except the note David is “The Renaissance Man Of The Strange And Supernatural” and offers a lot of material on haunted dolls, ghosts, and other things.
So, to cryptozoologists and other readers: buy it. You’ll enjoy it whether you believe it or not. To the author: please consider a future edition with thorough citations. I’d buy a few of those.