Misadventures of a Cryptid Hunter

I didn’t sign up for this. I never wanted to be a cryptid hunter.

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Misadventures of a Cryptid Hunter

I didn’t sign up for this. I never wanted to be a cryptid hunter. I didn’t even believe in cryptids. I always thought they were the stuff of bedtime stories to keep kids quiet and in bed, scared out of their wits, when mom and dad wanted some quality time together.
I was perfectly happy in my boring job as a park ranger. (Not really) But fate had other ideas. When I came face to face with a Bigfoot… everything changed.
Some people are born to greatness, others have it thrust upon them. Then there are still others who trip, fall down a hill backwards, and land face first in a big stinky, steaming, pile of greatness.
I was the latter.
This is the story of that steaming pile that was my life as a cryptid hunter.

Get ready to embark on a wild and hilarious journey with Michael Kelso’s “Misadventures of a Cryptid Hunter”. This horror-comedy novel follows the unexpected and comically disastrous life of a park ranger turned cryptid hunter. As a skeptic of all things mythical, our protagonist never could have predicted that his life would be turned upside down when he comes face to face with a real-life Bigfoot. Suddenly, he’s thrust into a world of cryptids, danger, and hilarity.

Kelso masterfully weaves together horror and humor, delivering a unique and entertaining read for fans of both genres. From the hilarious mishaps and missteps of our clumsy hero, to the spine-tingling encounters with terrifying creatures, this book will keep you on the edge of your seat and laughing out loud.

But it’s not all fun and games for our cryptid hunter. As he navigates through this new and dangerous world, he quickly learns that some people are born for greatness, while others just stumble into it – quite literally. Will our hero be able to survive his new calling as a cryptid hunter? And will he ever make it back to his boring park ranger job?

If you love a good scare with a side of laughter and a heap of cryptids, then “Misadventures of a Cryptid Hunter” is a must-read. Kelso’s witty writing and unique take on the cryptid trope will have you hooked from the first page. So what are you waiting for? Grab your copy today and join our hero on his hilarious and thrilling adventures.

What readers say about the book🧐

This book is the perfect mixture of horror and comedy. When a park ranger accidentally stumbles into a cryptid he becomes a bounty hunter like no other. This is a fast paced book that will keep you in the edge of your seat and the pages turning. Well done.

Sherri M

(Amazon Review)
About the Author

Michael Kelso

Step right up and take a look at these fine attractions.

For the latest short horror stories, I recommend ‘Dark Tales of Cryptids and Park Rangers’. A collection of short stories that were quite popular on Reddit and Youtube as well. With famous creepypasta narrators like Mrcreeps, Lighthousehorror, and Swampdweller, among others making videos of my stories that have been viewed nearly 2 million times in the last six months.

If you’re in the mood for a mystery, then my upcoming novel, ‘Identity’ should fit the bill. As a bonus, if you’ve already read my first crime novel, ‘One on One’, Identity is the sequel.

If you’re looking for an amazing collection of flash fiction horror stories each told in 500 words or less, then look no further than the original, the one that started it all, ‘Fragments of Fear’. Yes, that’s right folks, everything from a haunted mansion to a mysterious song sung in a dark forest, to a story told in reverse, all this plus 17 more stories waiting to tantalize and terrify you.

As we move on down to the next attraction we come to, ‘Fragments of Fear 2’. This horror collection is also not for the faint of heart. These stories are a little longer to give them more room to breathe. They include an award winner and my first multi-chaptered short story with an outtake reel at the end. In between are some controversial stories that may make you mad but they’ll also make you think.

Heading to our next attraction, we have, ‘Fragments of Fear 3’. This third installment is the biggest and baddest of the series so far. It starts with a serial killer and ends with another award winner. In between you’ll witness an interview by a sadistic doctor, a viral outbreak, a living pumpkin, the birth of an unlikely superhero, another story told in reverse, and much more.

If you’re hungry we can slide on by Mr. Smiley’s in, ‘Fragments of Fear 4’. Mr. Smiley is always dying to see his guests happy. Just pull up a chair and he’ll be happy to regal you with a tale or two. But beware, his stories might scare you to death. Just be sure the chair he offers you isn’t plugged in.

If you make it out of Mr. Smiley’s maybe you should check out, ‘Fragments of Fear 5’. This latest edition in the series has two very different stories about the coronavirus outbreak. If those suit your taste, you may also like the tales about freezing to death, a mysterious sound, a deadly phone call, a possessed shadow, an assassin, a tale told from a zombie’s point of view, and much more, including a story where you pick your favorite ending.

And if you liked the themes in Fragments 5, ‘Fragments of Fear 6’ should trip your trigger.

If you liked ‘Dark Tales of Cryptids and Park Rangers’ then check out my upcoming release, ‘Dark Tales of Cryptids and Truck Drivers’.

If short horror isn’t your thing, then try my first crime fiction novel, ‘One on One’. If you’ve ever believed the system was too easy on criminals and victims should have the right to deal out punishment, then this book is for you. When a young boy has his father brutally taken from him, he starts down a long road that could lead him to redemption, or revenge. Choices are the main theme in this novel. Will he find his father’s killer? What will he do if he does? Will he make the right choice?

After that, make sure you read the sequel, ‘Identity (a one on one novel)’.

If you’re looking for the kiddie rides, I have just the thing as well. My first Young Adult novel, ‘Endzone’, is about a young boy who loves football. When he is befriended by a professional football player, his football dreams come true. But when the player gets injured he musters the courage to stand up to the commissioner of the Professional Football Association to help his friend. Will his courage be enough to get the help his friends needs, or is there something else the commissioner is trying to protect? For those who love football but hate what it’s become.

And what’s Halloween without toilet paper, corn, eggs, and a good old fashioned scary story. In my short story, ‘Just Desserts’, you get all of those rolled into one. As young Johnny and his friends soon find out, some people are best left alone.

If it’s suspense you seek, try my novelette, ‘The Mall’. When Todd and his friends plan a fun night in an empty mall, they had no idea what they were in for. What happens when a simple game turns from fun to dangerous to deadly?

If you like video games, you can beta test, ‘Playback’. My short mystery where a video game provides the clues to a murder and possibly more.

If zombies are your thing, then shuffle over to, ‘Dear John, a letter to the undead’. My short story about the beginning of the zombie apocalypse.

For an old fashioned parable type story, ‘Golden Tongue is your thing. When a young man receives an incredible gift will he share it with others, or will greed consume him?

As for me, I’m merely your humble guide here to show you my wares.

I live in a small town in Pennsylvania. I’m a former Corrections Officer turned Author. I rely on good people like you to help me fulfill my dream of quitting my day job and becoming a full-time author.

If you do purchase and read any of my work, I thank you in advance and also ask that you post a review. It doesn’t have to be much, just a few sentences telling what you thought about the book, and it will help me immensely.

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