Glen Vaudrey, the eldest son of farm laborers, was born into a dying farming community in Lancashire, England in the early 1970s. On leaving school he spent a decade traveling the more remote parts of Northern and Eastern Europe during which time he worked variously as a court usher; a hostel warden cooking breakfast for 70; farmed snails; and at one low point was to be found cleaning public toilets (at least that job came with a pair of Marigold gloves). But what you really want to know is that he is a cryptozoologist.
Glen’s life-long interest in cryptozoology really shifted to another gear when he was living in the Outer Hebrides off the northwest coast of Scotland. During his time there he started to collect folk tales and reports of strange occurrences which culminated in him writing his first book The Mystery Animals of the Western Isles. This book gathers together for the first time mystery animal sightings in and aroundthe islands off the west coast of Scotland.
Close on its heels came Glen’s second book, The Mystery Animals of the Northern Isles, which covers the islands of both Orkney and Shetland and also, for the first time in English, the mystery creatures of the Faroe Isles.
During the last decade Glen has investigated werewolves in the Scottish isles, encountered a cloven hoofed devil, and has become a leading expert on the Scottish water horse tradition.
Glen is currently researching the Stronsa Monster, a large mysterious creature that washed ashore on the Orkney island of Stronsa (now known as Stronsay) in 1808. This research involves, among other things, the continuing quest to find some lost parts believed to be stored in various locations with the aim of obtaining a sample for DNA testing.
On the writing front work is progressing on Glen’slatest book in the Mystery Animals series,