What The Hell Is This Crazy Monster, Designed by Hellboy's Mike Mignola?

Mike Mignola gave us Hellboy, so it’s probably not surprising that he’s designed a totally bizarre new monster, which you can glimpse above. But what the hell is it? That’s an excellent question, since it’s on the cover of a new anthology called What the #@&% Is That?

Update: Now with full table of contents!

What the #@&% Is That: The Saga Anthology of the Monstrous and Macabre is edited by John Joseph Adams and Douglas Cohen. It was inspired, in part, by a meme that blew up in 2012, showing a crazy Lovecraftian monster with the title What The Fuck Is That, and a pull quote from Stephen King: “I don’t know what the fuck is going on.”


So every one of the stories in What the #@&% Is That includes a moment where someone asks that oh-so-pithy question. And here’s the full table of contents:

  • Mobility by Laird Barron
  • Fossil Heart by Amanda Downum
  • Those Gaddam Cookies by Scott Sigler
  • The Sound of Her Laughter by Simon R. Green
  • Down in the Deep and the Dark by Desirina Boskovich
  • Only Unclench Your Hand by Isabel Yap
  • Little Widow by Maria Dahvana Headley
  • The Bad Hour by Christopher Golden
  • What is Lost, What is Given Away by John Langan
  • Now and Forever by D. Thomas Minton
  • #connollyhouse #weshouldntbehere by Seanan McGuire
  • The House That Love Built by Grady Hendrix
  • We All Make Sacrifices by Jonathan Maberry
  • Ghost Pressure by Gemma Files
  • The Daughter out of Darkness by Nancy Holder
  • Framing Mortensen by Adam-Troy Castro
  • The Catch by Terence Taylor
  • Hunters in the Wood by Tim Pratt
  • Whose Drowned Face Sleeps by An Owomoyela & Rachel Swirsky
  • Castleweep by Alan Dean Foster

Below is the full cover of the anthology, revealed exclusively on io9. The book comes out in August 2016. [UPDATE: Apparently we were given an early version of the cover image, with the contrast set up wrong. The correct version is now below.]

Contact the author at charliejane@io9.com and follow her on Twitter @charliejane


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