Dover Demon Diversity

Posted by: Loren Coleman on April 27th, 2012

While preparing for my Dover Demon presentation tomorrow for Obscura Day (see here for details), I certainly have noticed there is a great deal of diversity in how artists draw the Dover Demon.

Based mostly on Bill Bartlett’s startlingly clear sketches and painting (above) of what he saw in April 1977, creative and humorous folks have loved the foundation image of the little creature seen crawling along a stone wall and running across the byways of Dover, Massachusetts. From Bartlett’s photographic memory to his drawn remembrances to the more recent renderings of others, the record is a remarkable one. Here are a few examples, with a sorting of sorts from the guy that named the critter.

Some are curious copycats:

Dover Demon, as recalled by the Dover Historical Society (based on a drawing that appeared in the Middlesex News in 1977).

Dover Demon by Aquilian Ranger.


Some are subtlety sinister:

Dover Demon by Andy Finkle

Dover Demon by Todd Dezago and Craig Rousseau.


Some are fantastically funny:

Dover Demon Stealing a Hamburger by Liam Richardson

Dover Demon by Chi-Yun Lau

Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

One Response to “Dover Demon Diversity”

  1. PoeticsOfBigfoot responds:

    It’s interesting that it (now “he”) seems to be turning more and more into one of those little gray aliens that were so popular some years ago. The developing anthropomorphism of the Dover Demon is similar to Bigfoot changing from Patty to the man/beast currently hawking jerky. Are these drawing in chronological order? Thanks.

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