Monsters of Ohio is a comprehensive chronicling of the creatures of cryptozoology, folklore and urban legend that make their home in the state and the stories told about them, from infamous ones like The Lake Erie Monster, The Loveland Frogs and The Grassman to lesser-known local legends like The Crosswick Monster, The Peninsula Python and The Defiance Wolfman.

Author J. C. Raphael was born in Ashtabula, Ohio. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania. He began freelance writing at the age of 17 with a film review of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein for the youth section of the The Plain Dealer in 1994, and he has been writing reviews of stuff ever since. He worked as a staff writer for a small suburban newspaper and as a writer and editor for a small, independent altweekly in Columbus, Ohio. He now works as a public library clerk and a freelance writer. He lives in Mentor, Ohio. Monsters of Ohio is his first book.

J. C. Raphael can be contacted at monstersofohio@gmail.com.