Legend has it that in 1735, a witch named Mother Leeds gave birth to a horrifying monster―a deformed flying horse with glowing red eyes―that flew up the chimney of her New Jersey home and disappeared into the Pine Barrens. Ever since, this nightmarish beast has haunted those woods, presaging catastrophe and frightening innocent passersby―or so the story goes. In "The Secret History of the Jersey Devil," Brian Regal examines the genesis of this popular myth, which is also one of the oldest monster legends in the United States.
Brian Regal teaches the history of Science, Technology and Medicine at Kean University, New Jersey. His area of focus is the history of evolutionary thought and its impact upon society, politics, and religion. He is the author of numerous books and articles on the stranger side of science history, including "Searching for Sasquatch: Crackpots, Eggheads, and Cryptozoology" (Palgrave, 2013). His current research is an examination of the various myths and beliefs about who "really discovered" America, tentatively titled "Waiting for Columbus."
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