Sky Monsters & Why We Write About Them

Why do we write about sky monsters? Because they offer important lessons about the past. The Thunderbird, the Jersey Devil, and Mothman aren’t just modern monsters meant to satisfy curious minds looking for answers. From each of these cryptids emerges a story that has shaken lives and challenged belief systems. Their origins and what they symbolize remind us of where we have traveled and where we dare not go again.

T. S. Mart and Mel Cabre with Quetzalcoatlus
Mel Cabre & T. S. at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. We’re a little blurry but you can get a feel for the size of the Quetzalcoatlus. Maybe they couldn’t carry a human being but they could sure instill fear. Look closely, I think Mel might fit inside that beak. Yikes!

A Timeless and Compelling Need

Giants in the world of unknown flying creatures; Thunderbirds, the Jersey Devil, and Mothman were all born on American soil. Each has been the subject of multiple books and movies that detail their existence in various genres and from various points of view. Each of these flying cryptids is unique and emerged, in widely varying circumstances, to satisfy one (or more) of three distinct needs within their local communities:

  • A need for answers to life’s mysteries
  • The need to cast blame or maintain control
  • A need to justify or be right

These are universal needs everyone experiences from time to time. That is why the stories surrounding these sky cryptids are timeless and compelling. By examining how each came into existence—through unanswered questions, the pain associated with loss, or lies, or egos that colored the times—we can better understand ourselves, our belief systems, and our worldviews.

A Guide to Sky Monsters: Thunderbirds, the Jersey Devil, Mothman, and Other Flying Cryptids by T. S. Mart and Mel Cabre

Belief Systems and Flying Cryptids

While researching flying cryptids, we found commonalities among the Thunderbird, the Jersey Devil, and Mothman. These cryptids are not legends because of pop culture or modern-day sightings, but because each has been woven into the American fabric by deep, long-standing belief systems: the Thunderbird by Native American philosophy and spirituality, the Jersey Devil by Quaker and Puritan beliefs, and Mothman by anxieties about government secrecy and a Cold-War mindset. These are huge topics to which authors have devoted complete books. In our book, we focus solely on belief systems as they relate to these three flying cryptids.

Our goal is to give a broad overview of sky monsters and how different belief systems have turned these cryptids into legends. We don’t preach or try to indoctrinate. But because of our worldview, we write in a family-friendly style and observe the world as a creation. So, when we talk about extinct Pteranodons (like the Quetzalcoatlus), we’ll remain open to the possibility they lived at the same time as humans, even though many scientists would argue otherwise.

Quetzalcoatlus at the Field Museum of Natural History
Picture taken by author at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago

More Reading About Sky Monsters and Flying Cryptids

To read about the possibility of non-extinct Teratorns (also known as Thunderbirds) see our blog post by clicking here. In the upcoming weeks I’ll be positing more on the incredible Quetzalcoatlus. But you can read more about Pteranodons here at Genesis Park. They have some great articles that include cryptid sightings, historical facts, and legendary tales. If you’re simply a fan of birds in general, then you might like this article called The Bird’s Wing: A Fascinating Creation.

Terror in the Skies remains one of the best documentaries on the subject. You can read about it on IMDB or check our my review here.

And of course you can read about the message each of these cryptids have for you in our book. Purchase by clicking here or on the book image above. You can also find more details about flying cryptids on our website. Coming soon: Profiles on Mothman and the Jersey Devil.

We have a couple Sky Monster puzzles you can try your hand at here–the Owlman of Cornwall and Mothman. The Mothman puzzle is based on the front cover design by Mel Cabre and I find it super fun because of all the colors. Hope you enjoy. Our goal at Cryptid World is to put out fun and informative content for everyone who enjoys cryptids, creatures, or fascinating creations. Please consider joining out newsletter to learn about our latest projects.

Remember: “Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.” –Soren Kierkegaard. Søren Aabye Kierkegaard was a Danish philosopher, theologian, poet, social critic, and religious author.