The Main Players

Every good book has a theme. The author presents their subject matter using characters, or, as narrator, they may speak directly to you. In A Guide to Sky Monsters, three main players landed front and center, speaking to us about a deeper, extremely important message surrounding their existence. This book is our attempt to narrate their stories to you.

Our belief system figures into every facet of our life.

What does this have to do with Sky Monsters—those cryptids that fly? More than you might realize. More than I realized. Cryptids that rise out of the sentiments of the times often have deep historical or cultural roots. This couldn’t be more true for the Thunderbird, Jersey Devil, and Mothman.

Not only were belief systems at play during the rise of these cryptids but so were the nasty seeds of intolerance and distrust.

Excerpted from the preface of A Guide To Sky Monsters.

In A Guide to Sky Monsters, Mel provides over 70 illustrations, featuring various flying cryptids and creatures! Plus eight color inserts!

The main players are, of course, the Thunderbird, the Jersey Devil, and Mothman.

A Guide to Sky Monsters: Thunderbirds, the Jersey Devil, Mothman and Other Flying Cryptids

From the Back cover of A Guide to Sky Monsters:

Infamous sky monsters have haunted our imaginations for centuries. The Thunderbird, steeped in Native American folklore, supposedly controls evil by throwing lightning. The Jersey Devil is said to roam the Pine Barrens of South Jersey, terrorizing anyone who crosses its path. And the cryptic warnings of Mothman have worried residents of Point Pleasant, West Virginia, since the 1960s. In A Guide to Sky Monsters: Thunderbirds, the Jersey Devil, Mothman, and Other Flying Cryptids, authors T. S. Mart and Mel Cabre introduce 20 flying cryptids with legends that span the United States. With 70 hand-drawn illustrations, A Guide to Sky Monsters details our fascination with these creatures and describes both historical evidence found in the fossil record and the specifics of modern-day sightings. By studying the fact, fiction, and pop culture surrounding these notorious beasts, Mart and Cabre help us lean into the question, “What if?”

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Which of these main players most fascinates You? the Thunderbird? The Jersey Devil? Or Mothman? Let me know why in the comments.

Over the next couple months, I’ll share more about each of these cryptids. I’ve offered a few details about the Teratorn in this blog.

If you’d like to see some older, yet still amazing Thunderbird creature designs and specs by Mel Cabre, check out this page.

Thank you for reading, and remember: “Look up at the sky. There is a light, a beauty up there, that no shadow can touch.” –J. R. R. Tolkein.