Club Monstrosity Release Day!!

The day is here!! Finally, after months of writing, editing, selling, celebrating and waiting, Club Monstrosity is finally on shelves. Well, okay, on readers near you! So here are a few things you need to know: 1. I love this book! I fought to have it published and now it's here, thanks in great part to my awesome literary agent Miriam Kriss, my terrific editor Adam Wilson and my fabulous publisher Pocket Star. I hope you'll all love it as much and BUY IT!! 2. The book is available in e-format-only... Read more [...]

Monsters In the Real World

One of the most fun aspects of writing Club Monstrosity for me was thinking about what monsters might go through in the real world. Being a bit of an outcast during certain periods of my life, it wasn't that much of a reach for me to think about how being really, really different might make someone feel. So here is my take on Monsters in the Real World: The Challenges: All of my monsters are in hiding. Not a one of them is out and proud, being all monstrous in public. But unlike a lot of things Read more [...]

Joining Club Monstrosity by My Pocket Editor Adam Wilson

Hi everyone! Today we're joined by a very special guest, my editor Adam Wilson. Adam is awesome, but you'll see that soon enough:  If you’re like me, you read The BFG growing up and were enchanted by Sophie and her friendship with the world’s only kind giant.  If you’re even more like me, you owned not one but several encyclopedias (bestiaries!) of assorted monsters and beings. Some were D&D related. Some were just whatever pictorial endeavor was available at the library. Some were...ahem...self-made Read more [...]

Classic Monster Movies

There's something about a classic monster movie that has always appealed to me. Bela Lagosi as Dracula, Boris Karloff as Frankenstein's Monster, Lon Chaney as the Phantom of the Opera, those old black and white movies have always appealed to me. Maybe it's the weird lighting that makes them special. Like when Dracula is about to bite Mina and the light is so stark that everyone is super white and their eyes are all big and creepy. It's silly and scary all at once. The costumes from those early Read more [...]

Club Monstrosity Contest!!

We interrupt your usual Question Wednesday to bring you the following special announcement: Are you excited about the upcoming release of Club Monstrosity? Do YOU want to win fabulous prizes? Well, you're in luck! From now until April 29 (release day), we will be holding a contest here at JessePetersen.net that is just for you! You get multiple entries just for doing some cool things (like following my facebook or signing up for my newsletter or pre-ordering Club Monstrosity) and here are the Read more [...]

Swamp Dwellers: What the Hell?

When I started writing Club Monstrosity, I decided to create a monster that is semi my own. Linda is a Swamp Dweller. Now she may bear somewhat of a resemblance to some other monsters but for purposes of copyrighting and not losing my shirt in a lawsuit, she's kind of her own thing. Linda is a lizard or fish-type creature whose body is covered in scales. This means she has to wear heavy make-up to cover up who and what she is. I had a lot of fun with Linda. I wanted her to be a strong piece of Read more [...]

Introducing Kai: Mummy Businesswoman

Mummies are sort of an interesting monster to me. I've always loved Egyptian history, in fact my first published novella was set in Egypt (written under my Jess Michaels name). I never miss a chance to see the Egyptian area in the Met when I go to New York. We went to see the Tut stuff when it came through Chicago a few years ago (before we moved to Arizona). I've also always loved mummy movies. The Brendan Frasier/Rachel Wiesz movies from the 90s are some of my favorites (that is one sexy mummy, Read more [...]

Introducing Alec Dunham, Wolfman

Werewolves and Wolfmen legends have been around forever. One of the earliest comes from 1591 and involves a rape-y, murder-y farmer who liked to dress like a wolf and chase little girls. Charming. That, obviously, is not what I was going for when I created the character of Alec Dunham in Club Monstrosity. I wanted more Teen Wolfish (one of my favorite werewolf movies) than Killer Raping Wolves From the Middle Ages. So I made him sort of laid back, funny and obsessed with body hair. He's a ladies Read more [...]

Introducing Natalie Gray, Frankenstein’s Monster

There's just something about Frankenstein's Monster. Mary Shelley really created a truly sad and fearful creature in her 1818 classic, FRANKENSTEIN. The Creature is violent, but also confused. And the Doctor is both brilliant and utterly mad, with no thought for the consequences of his actions for either his creation or those that creation will encounter. It's truly a great book and I recommend it if you haven't done so. When I had an idea for a monster book, my Frankenstein's Monster character, Read more [...]

No Foolin’ April is Monster Month

Happy April Fool's Day! I'm not much of a prankster and I don't really liked getting pranked (last year my SIL and BIL convinced us our nephew had hurt his hand. Seriously. Dude. I still haven't forgiven you two. I will have my revenge. But it will be cold and you will never see it coming. Anyway, sorry, instead of pranking all of you, I thought I'd tell you what is going to happening here in April. April 29th is the release of CLUB MONSTROSITY!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can't believe it, but we really, truly, Read more [...]