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The Foul Seed Son by Ashere The Foul Seed Son by Ashere
"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. 
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HUBLERDON Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I actually knew an elderly lady from the Pine Barrens who said that when she was a kid, she met descendants of the Leeds family. They said the "Jersey Devil" Leeds allegedly gave birth to was in reality a heavily malformed human being, apparently having atavisms and elephantitis. The family kept him in the basement, until he one day escaped into the Pine Barrens and presumably died there.

The truth can be sadder than fiction. :(
Ashere Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's super interesting (and yes, very sad.) That Monster Talk episode I mentioned in the description also suggested that the Jersey Devil might have been a kind of political propaganda, a way of smearing a rather prominent local family. 
HUBLERDON Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Maybe someone was aware of their kid.....
KingOvRats Featured By Owner May 20, 2015   Traditional Artist
reminds moe of the movie Van Helsing.:)
BrooksLeibee Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Student Photographer
This urban legend has always been my favorite. Just the horror of the baby flying out of the cabin into the night, and later to take the form of the Jersey Devil. 
Very spooky.
Always good for campfires. :D
Orionide5 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013
Maybe my favorite part is how the wing membrane is twisted into a shape not ideal for flight, showing that this creature is one that should not be. 
Ashere Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And that some aspects of its body  are still shifting in protean, uncanny ways...
Zeezster Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Student General Artist
This is so terrifying. Excellent job.
Ashere Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! Remember those old "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" books? If I can make images even half as unsettling as those, than I consider it a success. :) 
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