American Bestiary

A friend brought this to my attention. It’s a “[s]et of 50 illustrations for a modern-day illustrated bestiary with the America’s most celebrated mythical beasts, commissioned by NeoMam Studios. All illustrations were inspired by the The Aberdeen Bestiary and were created in Affinity Designer for iPad Pro, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop with Wacom Cintiq. Art Direction by Povilas Daknys.” Wow! It has THE America’s most celebrated beasts! That must mean it covers monsters from both North and South America! If that were the case, though, it should read “Americas’” with the apostrophe after the S. Otherwise it was a typo and they should have left the “the” out of it. I’m guessing the latter.

Okay, yeah, I can be somewhat of an ass when it comes to grammatical mistakes, but I’m just having a little fun here. Truthfully I LOVE these designs. They are fabulous. For my home State of Alabama they offer the “White Thang” as its cryptid of choice, which earns them points with me. For Arkansas they give us the Fouke Monster, Florida gets the Skunk Ape, Louisiana gets the Rougarou, Michigan gets the Dogman, Minnesota has the Wendigo, and Montana has the Shunka Warak’in. Of course New Jersey has the Jersey Devil, North Carolina the Lizard Man, and West Virginia has Mothman. But did Wisconsin get the Beast of Bray Road as its assigned cryptid? Yes. Yes, it did.

Check out all the artwork here.

By The Evil Cheezman

WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS (,, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced and directed (and occasionally acted in) over a dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and Crime genres. His first novel, THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF, is available for purchase at


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