Editor’s Note: The Maine Monitor is partnering with Peter Neill of the World Ocean Observatory to bring you this hour-long interview podcast.
Conversations from the Pointed Firs is a monthly, interview-style podcast during which Peter talks with authors and artists who live in Maine, work in Maine, or otherwise derive their creativity from the essence of Maine.
The guest for this month’s Conversations from the Pointed Firs is Christopher Packard, author of “Mythical Creatures of Maine: Fantastic Beasts from Legend and Folklore.”
Packard is a full-time high school science teacher; prior to taking up teaching and writing he worked as an ecological restoration technician, field biologist, naturalist, and outdoor educator.
His book explores rich Maine folklore — tales of humans confronted by strange beasts, both wonderful and terrifying. Based on meticulous research into legend and folk tale, the resulting book is an encyclopedia, a field guide to the mythical creatures that maybe can be found in Maine and beyond — if you’re looking in the right places.