"It's a devil!" screamed the pregnant woman. Sweat beaded her face. Her fingers dug gouges into the table, her hips shuddering with the effort of labor. "It's a devil inside me! A devil! A devil! a devil!"
And so it proved to be.
This is a creature that came about because of a podcast. Monster Talk conducted an excellent interview with Brian Regal about the history and folklore of the Jersey Devil, bringing to mind a very different creature than the one popularly depicted. I wanted to design something that looked like a baby gone horribly wrong, something still in the process of mutating and changing into a real horror. But also a tad sympathetic, as well.
The woman at the bottom is, of course, Anna O'Brien, the wandering witch. She's involved as well. The story--"The Seeds of Foul Fortune"-- is a Lovecraftian mystery with some wonderfully bonkers set pieces. And a flying baby monster. Or it will be, at least, if I ever get around to writing it.