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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.
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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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beastisign Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Student Digital Artist
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
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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. 
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Ashere Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And that some aspects of its body  are still shifting in protean, uncanny ways...
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Zeezster Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Student General Artist
This is so terrifying. Excellent job.
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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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