Michael Mayes

Former Chairman of the North American Wood Ape Conservancy, Author, Researcher, and Blogger


Welcome to my official website; I am glad you stopped by for a visit.

I have continued to shop my non-fiction book about my my experiences in the public school system over the past 25 years. So far, I have  had two publishing houses offer what is called a hybrid contract. Supposedly, this is when the author and the publisher "split" the cost of publishing a book. It seems to be the most popular type of offer made for new or relatively unknown authors these days; however, I will continue to hold out for a traditional publishing contract. What I really need is a literary agent. If you are an agent, or know of one that might be interested in representing me, please let me know.

I have just uploaded a new post to the Texas Cryptid Hunter blog. In it, I examine the similarities between the appearance and behavior of the legendary Cherokee monster, Tshul'gul', and the modern day Sasquatch. Check it out here. I think you will be intrigued.

Something else blog followers might be interested in is an audio reading/presentation of a recent blog post of mine called "The Pebble Thrower of Peach Creek." Dr. William Lester of Blackwater Media did the reading for his "The  Shadowlands Radio Show." I think he did a fine job and it sounds great. Check it out here.

Don't forget that I have been invited to speak at a sasquatch conference in Vilonia, Arkansas on  October 14th.  I will provide more details as the time for the conference gets closer. I am extremely excited to make this conference as it is being hosted by none other than my friend, Robert Swain. Robert  is the artist who did such an amazing job illustrating Patty: A Sasquatch Story. If you haven't seen Robert's work in this children's book, you are missing out. You can check it out by clicking on the "Books" link above or by clicking here.

If you would like to have me come speak to your group on Texas folklore and/or matters of a cryptid critter variey, shoot me an email at Texascryptidhunter@yahoo.com. There are few things I enjoy more than getting out and meeting people as interested in the unusual as I am.

My best,

Michael C. Mayes

News and Schedule of Events (2022-23) 

My latest blog post, "Historical Black Panther Sighting, a Lesson Learned, and a Photo" is now available. Click here to read.

Blog post, "Was the Tshul'gul' of Cherokee Legend a Sasquatch?" Click here to read.

Listen to the audio/reading presentation of my recent blog post, "The Pebble Thrower of Peach Creek," by Dr. William Lester of Blackwater Media for his Shadowlands Radio Show. Click here to listen.

Two new blog posts are now available. Check out "The Phantom Bull of the Huana" and "The Pebble Thrower of Peach Creek".

Listen to my latest interview with Doug and Alex Hajicek of Untold Radio here.

Listen to my latest interview with Tim and Dana of "The Bigfoot Influencers" podcast. You can listen and watch here.

New on the blog, a sasquatch story unlike any other: "The Kindly Phantom of Wilson Creek." Click here to read.

I recently spoke at the Ice House Museum in Silsbee, TX. The event was covered by several reporters. Read the stories written about the night's activities at the Beaumont Enterprise and Houston Chronicle.

My latest blog post details one of the strangest accounts in Texas history: the tale of the lobo girl of the Devil's River. Could wolves have really adopted and raised an orphaned girl in west Texas in the early 1800s? Click here to find out.

Check out my latest interview with the great Cliff Barackman and James "Bobo" Fay on "Bigfoot and Beyond"  here.

My new book, Valley of the Apes: The Search for Sasquatch in Area X, is now available. Get your copy here or wherever online books are sold. For personalized signed copies, contact me directly.

Check out the new YouTube feature by Candy Michlosky. She narrates a piece I wrote titled "Murder and Mayhem in Portlock, Alaska." I think it came out great!