Fearsome creatures

Author Hal Johnson captivates audience at Mount talk
June 26, 2017

Hal Johnson reading from his book, Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods


Author Hal Johnson delved into the most dangerous beasts in American folklore at his recent Mount Saint Mary College talk, based on his book Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods: 20 Chilling Tales from the Wilderness.

Johnson detailed his inspirations and writing process for his retelling of the stories in Fearsome Creatures, a children’s book which was originally published in 1910 by William Thomas Cox.

Johnson’s reimagined stories are told from the perspective of a cryptozoologist and include run-ins with beast like the Hodag, the Snow Wasset, the Hoop Snake, Leprechauns, and Cactus Cats.

“Every book I’ve written has had a very different process,” Johnson said. “For this book, during the course of the day, I would have a pad of paper and I would write down ideas for each chapter. I go through the day and think of cool things that could happen with a monster and at the end of the day, I’d write it out.”

Johnson also said he has started working on another book that he hopes will be published in two years.

This event was sponsored by the Mount’s Collaborative for Equity in Literacy Learning (CELL).