The August issue of Jersey Devil Press is our special “Legendary Creatures” issue, and gang, it lives up to the name!
Never mind that we have classics like a Sasquatch and a mermaid and a Skunk Ape and a Gorgon and a Green Man and more than one dragon. Set aside the fact that we even have gargoyles and a basilisk and a feathered octopus (!) and more than one dinosaur and the xenomorph from freaking Alien! None of this is all that surprising — we’re named after the Jersey Devil, for crying out loud. These things are our bread and butter.
No, what makes this issue amazing is that it’s our first issue to include poetry since we open to gates to verse, and the poetry we’ve been getting? Damn, you guys — this is some great stuff!
And that our content editor, Laura Garrison, has done a killer job arranging all these creatures, all this prose and poetry, into one hell of a cohesive whole. Yet we’re always moving, in out out of the sea, from monsters to tricksters to legends, from dragons to dinosaurs to gargoyles then backward, to more dinosaurs and then a dragon slayer. We open with a monster retiring and close with monster babies, a new generation to keep us all going. It’s a tour de force, Laura’s editing work on this one!
And that we have such amazing cover art by painter Mike Stilkey, whose work has gone viral and is eating up the art world! We’re so thrilled to work with him on this issue, and we’re proud to share his work with our readers!
So enjoy the issue, gang. And then spread the word. This is how legends get born!