Friday, November 18, 2011
A mystery straight from the heart of ‘Cougar Country’ - Cordering, WA
Back in the late 1970s, journalist David O’Reilly stumbled across a mystery bigger than the state of Western Australia itself - wild cats the size of dogs attacking farm livestock!
These cats resembled North American mountain lions - also know as pumas, cougars or catamounts - and terrorised the district of Cordering with their presence.
David wrote a series of newspaper articles about the attacks, and sightings of the large cats, in The Australian newspaper. What followed was a bizarre sequence of events that would alienate farmers, generate a government inquiry and draw claims of a conspiracy to keep the truth silent.
A couple of years after the strange events David put it all together in a book - this book - which would go on to gain status as an Australian cult classic.
With few copies available and the story highly sought after even today, a decision was made in conjunction with the O’Reilly family to re-print the book via Strange Nation Publishing.
What was really going on in Cordering in the late 1970s? You’ll have to read it to believe it.
Buy the book here.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Nexus Magazine is featuring an extract of Australian Big Cats: An Unnatural History of Panthers in this month's issue.
THE TWILIGHT ZONE
We feature an extract from a book by Rebecca Lang and Michael Williams which investigates reports of big-cat sightings in Australia and suggests several theories as to how these out-of-place felids arrived in a foreign land.
Check it out!
Or better yet, buy the book - and enjoy 150 years of big cat legend, lore and sightings. We have it on good authority it's a book you'll read again and again. Just beware those friends who ask to borrow it - it's also one of those books no one ever returns!
Monday, April 18, 2011
Check out our recent interview with Grant Boyden from Inside the Author fame:
Inside the Author - Australian Big Cats
It’s one of Australia’s greatest mysteries. For decades there has been talk of big cats roaming the Australian bush.
These large cats – predominantly black – have only afforded their witnesses fleeting glimpses, and left behind tantalising clues: scraps of fur, a paw print or three, unusually large scats, and livestock carcasses surgically dismembered and picked clean of flesh.
In their wake, they leave carnage and bewilderment: What are they? How did they get here? We don’t just ask the questions, we seek the answers, and what we have found will intrigue the sceptic and the believer alike.
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The grainy photo on the front page was thought to be that of the Territory Tiger. It was taken from footage filmed in the 1990s by Territorian Jan Donovan. Author Rebecca Lang said the large, sandy cat appeared to be of "considerable size", and could be the descendant of escaped circus cats. Ms Lang and co-author Mike Williams spent five years compiling their book Australian Big Cats: An Unnatural History of Panthers.