In Defense of Monsters

In Defense of Monsters  by BJ Hollars

This thoughtful collection of essays explores the facts surrounding three monsters that have plagued and intrigued our modern society with the idea of their mere existence. They contradict everything we know, and yet, we can’t dismiss their stories. Against reason and science, we can’t help but hope they might not, not exist.



“B.J. Hollars, in his essays and fiction, reminds us that the world remains—despite our attempts to name and classify—mysterious and uncharted. Sasquatch, Nessie, monster turtles in Indiana? I’m grateful to B.J. for giving this skeptic some reasons to believe.”

–Susan Neville, author of The Invention of Flight

“The monsters in B.J. Hollars’s fascinating essays include a hairy ape-man slouching in a forest, an enormous turtle peeking out of a backwoods pond and us. In fact, in our dogged yearning for answers we may be the most monstrous of all, and for that reason, the most sympathetic. Moving, sensitive and meticulously researched, this book is essentially about hope—the hope for finally arriving at an elusive truth that is somehow simultaneously the hope we never do.

– Ryan Van Meter, author of If You Knew Then What I Know Now

Read more praise for In Defense of Monsters from around the web:

-Marnie Shure at DBC Reads
-Daniel Cecil at HTMLGIANT
-Amy Monticello at The Nervous Breakdown
-Interview with Megan Paonessa at The Lit Pub