bishopville lizard man creature from scape ore swamp
Lizard Man book

Bishopville Lizard Man

AMAZON (print and Kindle)

BARNES & NOBLE (print and Nook)

iTunes (ebook)

Museum of the Weird - Austin, TX

Cotton Museum - Bishopville, SC

by Lyle Blackburn
Foreword by Nick Redfern
Illustrations by Joseph Daniel Patterson
Trade Paperback, ebook / Anomalist Books
189 pages / 39 photos / 13 illustrations


From the swamplands near Bishopville, South Carolina, come reports of a seven-foot-tall, scaly humanoid creature the locals call the "Lizard Man." Over the years, the creature has been seen by numerous witnesses, including a teenager who claimed it attacked him one night near a remote area called Scape Ore Swamp. The young man's testimony and physical evidence was so compelling, it not only launched a serious investigation by the local sheriff's office but an all-out monster hunt that drew hundreds of people to the small town.

This real-life "creature from black lagoon" has inspired major national news coverage, even a call from the famous CBS news anchor, Dan Rather, as he and the rest of the world clamored to know more about Bishopville's elusive monster. The case is often mentioned in books, websites, and television shows, but the full story has never been told… until now. This book provides unprecedented documentation for one of the most bizarre and hair-raising cases of an unknown creature. The witnesses are convinced they've seen it, and the local law officials are backing them up. This is their story.

Follow Lyle Blackburn, author of the bestselling book The Beast of Boggy Creek, as he and his partner, Cindy Lee, revisit the sighting locations, speak to the living eyewitnesses, and consider all possible theories in their search for the truth behind the legendary Lizard Man.


Includes a chronological sighting log and photos of actual eyewitness testimony and police documents!

Review quotes...


- Cryptozoo News (Loren Coleman)

"An enthralling, chillingly atmospheric, and deeply revealing look at a strange and controversial legend."

- Nick Redfern, author of Monster Diary

"Lyle Blackburn represents a new breed of monster hunter… edgy, smart and unwilling to leave
any stone unturned."

- Ken Gerhard, author of Encounters with Flying Humanoids

"A very important book …. that takes all of the necessary complexities of a small-town monster
legend into question."

- Micah Hanks, author of Magic, Mysticism and the Molecule

"I have no doubt that [Lizard Man] will be considered one of the most important cryptozoology books in 2013 and beyond."

Lon Strickler, Phantoms & Monsters / Pulse of the Paranormal

" Just as he did in The Beast of Boggy Creek: The True Story of the Fouke Monster, the author visits the stomping grounds of the Bishopville beast and speaks to eyewitnesses and other locals who were caught up in the monster mayhem that engulfed this small South Carolina town in 1988. The end result is an incredibly well-written and researched page-turner that's hard to put down. Highly recommended."

- Sean Whitley, director of Southern Fried Bigfoot

"Lizard Man: The True Story of the Bishopville Monster is a fascinating read that will leave the reader with not only a thorough knowledge of the topic but also a real taste of the mystery surrounding the case."

- Monsters and Magic blog

"... with this narrative, [Blackburn] cements himself as a reliable purveyor of enthralling books and a talented author with a knack for atmospheric writing and the ability to make readers feel like they're riding shotgun on whatever crazy ride he's taking."

- Gabino Iglesias, Buzzy Mag



Lyle Blackburn & Cindy Lee
Lyle Blackburn and research partner Cindy Lee / Bishopville, SC

Lyle Blackburn & Sheriff Truesdale
Lyle Blackburn with Retired Sheriff Liston Truesdale / Bishopville, SC

Scape Ore Swamp
the bridge at Scape Ore Swamp / Bishopville, SC

About the Author...

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