The Loch Ness Monster (or Nessie for short) is one of the most elusive cryptids in modern folklore. In fact, the Loch Ness monster is so elusive, we have only one confirmed sighting on our shelves here in Special Collections. It comes in the form of The Loch Ness Monster Watchers, a 1974 essay by Victor Perera about an expedition he and a collegue took to Loch Ness in Scotland to try to spot Nessie for themselves.
Many theories about the Loch Ness Monster exist in modern legends. One of the most common theories surrounding the Loch Ness Monster is that Nessie is some form of plesiosaur, whose line has somehow survived into modern times within the loch. This image from Robert McCann's short comic "Ocean Blues", featured in Disappointing Circus, shows such a creature. You can certainly see the family resemblance.
Whether or not you believe in Nessie or think it's all just a hoax, the legend continues to be a huge draw for cryptozoologists, adventurers, and the simply curious, all hoping to catch a glimpse of the mysterious creature. If you can't afford the trip to Scotland to seek out Nessie for yourself, come see us at Special Collections, where you can read all about one such a trip and decide for yourself – is the Loch Ness Monster real or just wishful thinking?