Readin’ up on Neanderthals

Author Claire Cameron has a new book out entitled THE LAST NEANDERTHAL, in which her primary character is a member of that alternate species of human. I haven’t read it yet, but it’s on my list. When I finish it I’ll give you all a review, but as my stack of books to be read reaches all the way to the ceiling in my bedroom, that may be a while. Ms. Cameron was asked about the research she did in order to prepare to get inside the head of a Neanderthal, and she provided a handy list for anyone who would like to know more about these mysterious distant relatives of ours. Allow me to encapsulate, and then I will offer a few suggestions of my own to add to the list.

First, Ms. Cameron recommends THE NEANDERTHALS REDISCOVERED by Dimitra Papagianni and Michael A. Morse; HOW TO THINK LIKE A NEANDERTHAL by Thomas Wynn and Frederick L. Coolidge; NEANDERTHAL MAN: IN SEARCH OF LOST GENOMES by Svante Pääbo; MASTERS OF THE PLANET by Ian Tattersall; SEVEN SKELETONS by Lydia Pyne; SAPIENS: A BRIEF HISTORY OF HUMANKIND by Yuval Noah Harari; and CAFÉ NEANDERTHAL by Beebe Bahrami. Now, might I suggest supplementing all that Science with a little escapist Fiction or speculation? Try NEANDERTHAL by John Darnton; SOMETHING HIDDEN BEHIND THE RANGES by Daniel Taylor-Ide; GRENDEL by John Gardner (a retelling of BEOWULF from the Monster’s point of view, and a beautiful, haunting novel); and Lyle Blackburne’s THE BEAST OF BOGGY CREEK. Read all them books an’ you’ll be an educated feller where Bigfoots an’ Yetis an’ Neanderthals is concerned, sure nuff!

By The Evil Cheezman

WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS (,, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced and directed (and occasionally acted in) over a dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and Crime genres. His first novel, THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF, is available for purchase at


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