BASEMENT BOOKSHELF – Ray Harwood’s Bigfoot Quest Magazine

As many of you know, I am a huge fan of the paranormal, UFOs, and cryptozoology. During one of my yearly visits to the International Cryptozoology Museum, I discovered a magazine called “Ray Harwood’s Bigfoot Quest Magazine.” It’s an oversized magazine with beautiful cover art and amazing quality.

Like most topics in this field, Bigfoot is a creature that not only has compelling evidence in favor of his existence, but there are also a lot of interested parties that like to fake pictures, tracks, and stories. It is unfortunate that people feel the need to do these things and it gives people the reason not to believe in something that very well be real.

Though called a magazine, it is bound more like a book than a magazine, making it more durable and sturdier than a regular magazine. Ray Harwood’s interest in Bigfoot began when he was seven years old, after seeing the infamous Patterson-Gimlin film. Harwood attended California State University of Northridge and graduated in 1984 with a degree in Anthropology and Archaeology. Ray studied under the tutelage of world-renowned lithic expert, Professor Clay Singer. Ray worked with Professor Singer on several experimental projects and archaeological investigations at the Northridge Archaeological Research Center. Ray received a full scholarship to study experimental lithic archaeology with Dr. Errett Callahan in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Ray Harwood has written, and published, a plethora of articles on various outdoor and research projects, including but not limited to: Idaho Magazine, Mining Magazine, Journal of Primitive Technology, Tekwitha Institute Journal, Knapper’ Quarterly, Flintknappers’ Exchange, Indian Artifact Magazine, Society of California Archaeology, Puget Sound Knappers’ Web Site, Flintknapping Magazine, Flintknapping Digest and now Journal of Lithic Research. With these kinds of credits to his name, Ray is definitely someone who knows his stuff. When not working, Ray spends the majority of his time hiking, kayaking, fishing, hunting, collecting rocks, flintknapping and conducting experiments and research projects.

“Bigfoot Quest Magazine” is a great read, with many fascinating articles. They are written in such a way that everyone can understand what is being discussed and even if you are not a believer, you may just start questioning your beliefs. Though the pages are all in black and white, the pictures are all clear and easy to see, something that you don’t always get in a publication like this.

In addition to the research articles, there are word searches, movie reviews, and jokes. There is also a great section on where to find Bigfoot museums, Bigfoot conferences, Bigfoot podcasts, and references to the studies so that you can do your own research if you so desire. If you would like to purchase your own copies of this amazing magazine, just click on any of the issues to go to Amazon.

Don’t forget to read other entries in my BASEMENT BOOK SHELF series!

~David Albaugh

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