The Monster Atlas by Glenn Kay and Greg Hyland
The Monster Atlas by Glenn Kay and Greg Hyland

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Monster Kids can now have an informative book all their own, thanks to an upcoming tome called The Monster Atlas.

The Monster Atlas by Glenn Kay and Greg Hyland
Wendigo from The Monster Atlas, illustration by Greg Hyland.

The Monster Atlas is just what is sounds like it is; a geographical atlas which contains information and illustrations about the creatures that are said to inhabit each region (like Wisconsin, or Virginia).  The over 300 mythical and legendary monsters in the book have been painstakingly researched and assembled from books, movies, and cryptozoological sources.

Here’s more, straight from the book’s press release:

“Much like a typical atlas, readers can flip through the pages detailing geographic areas. Only in this version, monster icons are displayed on the various maps based on their reported sightings and/or narrative settings. Written paragraphs and larger, detailed images go into detail about the history of each particular beast.”

The Monster Atlas was written by film critic/monster expert Glenn Kay (author of Zombie Movies: The Ultimate Guide) and illustrated by artist Greg Hyland (creator of the Lethargic Lad comic book).  It is the first book in a planned series of Monster Atlases, this volume concentrating its efforts on the Western Hemisphere, essentially North, South, and Central America.  The rest of the world will reportedly come in later volumes.

The Monster Atlas by Glenn Kay and Greg Hyland
Godmonster of Indian Flats from The Monster Atlas, illustration by Greg Hyland.

Early bird copies of the book are available through a Kickstarter campaign, which includes backer perks that run from simple PDF copies and prints of the artwork to actually being able to submit a monster (real or imagined) for inclusion in the book.  Think about that.  Your bratty little sister or your next door neighbor’s annoying yappy dog can be immortalized forever in The Monster Atlas.

There are also stretch goals involved which can lead to the inclusion of art in the book by such renowned guest artists as Gerhard (Cerebus), Paul Pelletier (Guardians of the Galaxy), and John Kovalic (Dork Tower).  (Note – I’ve actually seen a sneak peek of one of the top-secret Gerhard pieces – it’s incredible).

The Monster Atlas by Glenn Kay and Greg Hyland
Ro-Man from The Monster Atlas, illustration by Greg Hyland.

More details can be found here at the Kickstarter page.  It’s a Canadian book, but the US exchange rate is included so everything looks a little more reasonable.  Keep an eye out for the discounted US/Canada shipping option if you live in either of those territories.

You can also follow Greg Hyland on twitter for more artwork from the book, where he does a “monster of the day” thing.