Good day friends, Mouthskateers. I am extactic to have Mr. Hunter Shea (cryptid enthusiast, horror virtuoso, co-host of the Monster Men podcast and all around cool cat) return to class up my blogspace again. Today he chats about growing up with an interest in cryptids and the birth of “The Dover Demon”.
Thank you, Mr. Shea, for taking the time, it’s always a pleasure. You will always have a place to stop by and say hi.
Without further ado, Hunter Shea.
Hello Dover Demon!
No matter how well versed in monster lore I think I am, there’s always one I somehow missed waiting to catch my fancy. Growing up in the 70s, I was limited to Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster, as well as a few U.S. lake monsters like Champ. My sole resources were the TV show In Search Of and a scattering of battered books in my library.
It’s funny, I have people who call me Squatch Man, Squatchmo, etc., but growing up, my main focus was on Nessie, my Scottish beast. I spent about 2 years reading everything I could find, until there just wasn’t anything new to latch onto.
Fast forward to the 90s and the proliferation of the strange and paranormal on television and that blessed new invention, the Internet. Now I had more monsters than I could count! Chupacabras, big cats, the Jersey Devil, Honey Island Swamp Monster, Lizard Man, Mothman, thunderbirds, you name it. This was heaven on earth for a grown monster kid. Oh, how I’ve hoped that even 1% of these beasties are real and just clever at keeping hidden.
It wasn’t until a few years ago that I heard about the Dover Demon. As far as cryptids go, this one has flown under the radar. Part of the problem may be that it hasn’t been a recurring sighting. It popped up over the course of two nights and was gone. Aside from cryptozoologist Loren Coleman (who gave it its name), I don’t think anyone else has written about it. It did get spots on The Lost Tapes on Animal Planet and Monster and Mysteries in America, but nothing to really solidify it in popular culture’s collective conscious.
Maybe because looking at it in hindsight, straddling the fence between E.T. and strange earthbound creature, neither side feels they can claim it as their own, so they leave old DD be. For my money, it’s that very reason that attracted me to it. I mean, just what the hell was the Dover Demon? It sure looks like an alien as we know it today, but back then, that particular image wasn’t something that was out there for people to recognize. That didn’t happen until the release of Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind later that year.
When I decided to write a fictional story based on it, thanks to the encouragement of Loren Coleman, I knew I was going to have my hands full trying to explain its origins. Which side of the coin would I choose? I guess you’ll have to read it to find out, but I like to think I took a unique angle on the Dover Demon. The core of the story is this – what if other teens saw the creature but didn’t tell anyone because it was utterly terrifying? And what happens when it comes back? My favorite part was being immersed in the stories and legend of what was— to me— a new cryptid. That is the fountain of youth.
– Hunter Shea
A trip Hunter Shea made to the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine two years ago sparked the idea for THE DOVER DEMON. While he was there, he met famed cryptozoologist, Loren Coleman and talked about creatures he’s personally investigated. It turns out, he was the man on the scene in Dover, MA in the late 70s when the uber strange biped was spotted by several people over the course of two nights in April, Hunter reported. He also gave it its name, Dover Demon.
Now, Hunter’s fictional world of The Dover Demon has been published as a novel and he was able to go back to the museum of cryptids in August and have a launch party for the book with Loren Coleman! To read more about that and see photos, head over to his site via this link: http://huntershea.com/2015/08/30/the-dover-demon-raises-his-round-little-head-cryptid-novel-release-day/
The Dover Demon, Synopsis~
• File Size: 1032 KB
• Print Length: 242 pages
• Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (September 1, 2015)
• Publication Date: September 1, 2015
The Dover Demon is real…and it has returned.
In 1977, Sam Brogna and his friends came upon a terrifying, alien creature on a deserted country road. What they witnessed was so bizarre, so chilling, they swore their silence. But their lives were changed forever.
Decades later, the town of Dover has been hit by a massive blizzard. Sam’s son, Nicky, is drawn to search for the infamous cryptid, only to disappear into the bowels of a secret underground lair. The Dover Demon is far deadlier than anyone could have believed. And there are many of them. Can Sam and his reunited friends rescue Nicky and battle a race of creatures so powerful, so sinister, that history itself has been shaped by their secretive presence?
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Praise for Hunter Shea~
“This wholly enthralling hulk of a summer beach read is redolent of sunscreen and nostalgia, recalling mass market horror tales of yore by John Saul, Dean Koontz, and Peter Benchley.” — Publishers Weekly — Voted one of the best reads of summer, on The Montauk Monster
“Bloody good read! This guy knows his monsters!”- Eric S Brown, author of Bigfoot War and Boggy Creek: The Legend is True, on Swamp Monster Massacre
Hunter Shea Biography~
Hunter Shea is the author of the novels The Montauk Monster, Tortures of the Damned, Sinister Entity, Forest of Shadows, Swamp Monster Massacre, Evil Eternal, and The Dover Demon. His stories have appeared in numerous magazines, including Dark Moon Digest, Morpheus Tales, and the Cemetery Dance anthology, Shocklines : Fresh Voices in Terror. He’s currently working on or completed a few more manuscripts set to come.
His obsession with all things horrific has led him to real life exploration of the paranormal, interviews with exorcists and other things that would keep most people awake with the lights on.
Hunter is proud to be be one half of the Monster Men video podcast, along with his partner in crime, Jack Campisi. It is one of the most watched horror video podcasts in the world. Monster Men is a light hearted approach to dark subjects. Hunter and Jack explore real life hauntings, monsters, movies, books and everything under the horror sun. They often interview authors, cryptid and ghost hunters, directors, and anyone else living in the horror lane.
He lives in New York with his family and vindictive cat. He waits with Biblical patience for the Mets to win a World Series. You can read about his latest travails and communicate with him at http://www.huntershea.com or find him on Facebook and Twitter.
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