Don't suppose anyone remembers around this time last year? When I did a "feature" on the Children's Britannica Book of Ghosts? Well, I did, and now here's its counterpart/sequel - and it's all about monsters!
The REAL monster here is my inability to properly scan a hardback book held together with Sellotape, so expect slap-dash levels of image quality throughout.
See what I mean about the scanning?
Ah, the Lambton Worm! That's the kind of image that sticks with you your whole life. I've had this book for over twenty years, so imagine my surprise/enjoyment when I saw Ken Russell's The Lair of the White Worm, which is VERY loosely based on the tale...
On a similar note - two years ago I went to that London and saw the Crystal Palace dinosaurs "in the flesh", so to speak. It was a fairly thrilling moment after looking at that picture so obsessively as a nipper. Even managed to take more or less that exact same photo! Should you ever find yourself in that part of the world, it's worth seeing.
A nice page for junior cryptozoologists there...
This page would be slightly depressing if this book was made nowadays instead of in the Seventies - we'd just have a picture of someone sitting in front of a computer (nostalgic blah blah blah).
These two are my favourite pages "nowadays".