The International Cryptozoology Museum is a must-visit destination for monster hunters. J.W. Ocker, author of The New England Grimpendium, made the pilgrimage recently and has the horrifying photos to prove it. Do you dare to see New England's weirdest creatures?

The headline gets me every time: "New Species Discovered." I click the link hoping to see something that will terrify me into never entering anything close to wildnerness again. Of course, inevitably, it's just some variation of frog or shrimp. And as much as I want that new species to be some new sea monster or apeman, Loren Coleman wants it more. He's spent his life collecting cryptid-related items and related pop culture memorobilia, and now he displays it at the one-room International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, ME. It's kind of like the crazy cousin of a natural history museum, and you know how much fun crazy cousins are at family shindigs.

This post by J.W. Ocker, author of The New England Grimpendium, was originally posted at O.T.I.S.: Odd Things I've Seen.

Bigfoot and me: A visit to the International Cryptozoology MuseumS

The Crookston Bigfoot (not wearing a cardigan).

Bigfoot and me: A visit to the International Cryptozoology MuseumS

Bigfoot and me: A visit to the International Cryptozoology MuseumS

The ICM shares space with The Green Hand Bookshop.

Bigfoot and me: A visit to the International Cryptozoology MuseumS

Bigfoot and me: A visit to the International Cryptozoology MuseumS

A contemporary artist's version of a Feejee Mermaid.

Bigfoot and me: A visit to the International Cryptozoology MuseumS

Feejee Mermaid prop from a P.T. Barnum biopic.

Bigfoot and me: A visit to the International Cryptozoology MuseumS

Sasquatch foot casts.

Bigfoot and me: A visit to the International Cryptozoology MuseumS

A prop from the short-lived paranormal Fox show Freakylinks.

Bigfoot and me: A visit to the International Cryptozoology MuseumS

Bigfoot and me: A visit to the International Cryptozoology MuseumS

Loren's cameo in a Swamp Thing comic book.

Bigfoot and me: A visit to the International Cryptozoology MuseumS

The coelocanth, symbol of the ICM due to the fact that scientists thought this gigantic fish went extinct eons ago (i.e., they didn't believed it existed anymore) until they discovered a live specimen in 1938.

Bigfoot and me: A visit to the International Cryptozoology MuseumS

Some say the discovery of the coelocanth inspired Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954). If that means you get to display Gill Man toys in your museum, I'm going to call it an indisputable fact.

Bigfoot and me: A visit to the International Cryptozoology MuseumS