Contemporary Legend Casebook Series
"In North American Monsters, David Puglia has placed both classic articles and newly written contributions into their historical context and in the evolutionary flow of the discipline. It is a sustained argument that can nevertheless still function as an anthology: essential readings under one cover that will meet the expectations of both the academy and the public."
—Ian Brodie, Cape Breton University
Mining a mountain of folklore publications, North American Monsters unearths decades of notable monster research. Nineteen folkloristic case studies from the last half-century examine legendary monsters in their native habitats, focusing on ostensibly living creatures bound to specific geographic locales.
A diverse cast of scholars contemplate these alluring creatures, feared and beloved by the communities that host them—the Jersey Devil gliding over the Pine Barrens, Lieby wriggling through Lake Lieberman, Char-Man stalking the Ojai Valley, and many, many more. Embracing local stories, beliefs, and traditions while neither promoting nor debunking, North American Monsters aspires to revive scholarly interest in local legendary monsters and creatures and to encourage folkloristic monster legend sleuthing.