United Kingdom edition

United States edition

Chinese edition

Second, expanded edition, with poster



Interview in "Order of the Phoenix," Swarthmore College Bulletin.

Publication of BPG Artmedia (Beijing), Co.'s Chinese translation of Sea Monsters.


"Jason Bug," fantasy fiction, published in Ann VanderMeer's anthology, The Bestiary, (Centipede Press).

"The Phoenix and the Bennu" lecture with Jim Lowdermilk at the Egypt Study Society, Monday, April 18, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Ricketson Auditorium, 7 p.m.

"Sea Monsters of Olaus Magnus: Lore and Legacy of the 1539 Carta Marina," talk to the Rocky Mountain Map Society, Monday, May 2, Denver Public Library, Conference Room B2, 5:30 p.m.

A contracted Chinese translation of Sea Monsters: Lore and Legacy of Olaus Magnus's 1539 Carta Marina, to be released in 2017. Special author's preface to Chinese readers. BFG Media (Beijing) Co.

Sales table of Nigg books at the Colorado Book Festival, Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Denver Public Library, Lower Conference Level, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Publication of The Phoenix: An Unnatural Biography of a Mythical Beast (University of Chicago Press).

Author event for The Phoenix, Saturday, Nov. 19, 7 p.m., at Denver's Tattered Cover, 2526 E. Colfax Avenue.

A contracted Chinese translation of The Phoenix: An Unnatural Biography of a Mythical Beast, to be released in 2018. Utopia Publishing.


This year, like the previous, is devoted to reshaping the cultural history of the mythical Phoenix for the University of Chicago Press.

Talks to volunteers for the "Mythical Creatures" exhibit at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

"Family Fun" talk in connection with the Denver Museum of Nature and Science's "Mythical Creatures" exhibit.

Publication of the "Olaus Magnus' Sea Serpent" in the Public Domain Review's printed collection of Selected Essays Vol. II.


"Olaus Magnus's Sea Serpent" appears in the online Public Domain Review.

Sea Monsters receives the Colorado Authors' League's Adult Creative Non-fiction award for 2013.


Publication of the second, expanded edition of How to Raise and Keep a Dragon, with poster insert (Barron's Educational Series).

Publication of Mark DeBolt's The Universal Harmony: A Fanciful Bestiary (Holy Fool Press), Foreword by Joseph Nigg.

United States publication of Sea Monsters: A Voyage Around the World's Most Beguiling Map by the University of Chicago Press, and United Kingdom publication of Sea Monsters: Lore and Legacy of Olaus Magnus's Marine Map by Ivy Press.

Author event for Sea Monsters at Denver's Tattered Cover, 2526 E. Colfax Avenue.

Publication of the second French edition of the "John Topsell" dragon-raising book, Dragons: Le Guide du Maître, (Nathan)

Yuri Domeniconi's introduction of his BEAnimal organization to this site. The review's charming photos feature his iguanas with a Brazilian edition of How to Raise and Keep a Dragon.


The entire year was devoted to producing Sea Monsters with Ivy Press, Lewes, East Sussex, England. Scheduled Fall 2013 publication by Ivy Press in the United Kingdom and the University of Chicago Press in the United States.


"How to Raise and Keep an Imagination: Joseph Nigg and the Power of Fantasy" is reprinted in Jeff VanderMeer's Monstrous Creatures: Explorations of Fantasy through Essays, Articles, and Reviews (Guide Dog Books).

Publication of "City Park" in What's Nature Got to Do with Me? Staying Wildly Sane in a Mad World (Native West Press).


Publication of Jeff and Ann VanderMeer's Kosher Guide to Imaginary Animals, Foreword by Joseph Nigg.


"How to Raise and Keep an Imagination: Joseph Nigg and the Power of Fantasy," by Jeff VanderMeer, is featured in Realms of Fantasy.

Publication of "From Stylus to Cyberspace" essay on the history of writing, on Colorado Authors' League website.

Publication of
"Transformations of the Phoenix From the Church Fathers to the Bestiaries,"
in IKON: Journal of Iconographic Studies, University of Rijeka, Croatia.

A personal event: Completion of an intermittent 10-year project, a scholarly book on the cultural history of a single mythical creature, the Phoenix, from ancient times to the present.


How to Raise and Keep a Dragon is published in Danish, German, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish translations, and in a New Zealand edition.

Jeff VanderMeer's "How to Raise and Keep a Dragon: Feedback from Kids," a collection of letters from young dragon fans, appears on Amazon's Omnivoracious blog. (See the "Interviews" page.)

"The Phoenix Through the Ages: The self-renewing bird is one of our most enduring myths," based on an interview by Heather Shumaker, appears in the Swarthmore College Bulletin. (See the "Interviews" page.)

Presentation: "Everybody Wants––or Needs––a Dragon," in connection with the "Dragons: Between Science and Fiction" exhibition at the Royal Alberta Museum, Edmonton, Canada. Sunday, August 3. The Edmonton Journal publicizes the talk in "Dragons blaze a scorched trail as ultimate house pets." (See the "Interviews" page.)

Also, interviewer Stephanie Ramage's "Con artists and cryptomorphs: A case for believing in Bigfoot, Nessie, and all their weird kin," is printed in Atlanta's The Sunday Paper. (See the "Interviews" page.)

How to Raise and Keep a Dragon is published by Apple Press in the United Kingdom.


Publication of Drachen und andere Sagengestalten (Random House), German translation of The Book of Dragons & Other Mythical Beasts. Also, a Dutch translation of the book, Het boek der draken (Librero), is released in a paperback edition.

Publication of Smoki. Poradnik hodowcy (Agata Radkiewicz), a Polish translation of How to Raise and Keep a Dragon. Other editions of the book released this month include translations in Dutch, French, Greek, Hungarian and Italian.

Joe Nigg and "John Topsell" share the Colorado Authors' League's Young Adult/​Chiildren – Nonfiction book of the year award for How to Raise and Keep a Dragon.

Publication of How to Raise and Keep a Dragon in Czech, Estonian, Norwegian, Romanian, Russian, and Slovenian translations.

Publication of Birlikte Yasama Kilavuzu Ejderha (Caretta Yayinalik), a Turkish translation of How to Raise and Keep a Dragon.


How to Raise and Keep a Dragon is published in the United States by Barron's Educational Series and in Australia by HarperCollins Australia.

Copyright © 2018 Joseph Nigg

Selected Works

"The Phoenix is honestly the best book of its kind that I've read since Joseph Campbell's The Hero of a Thousand Faces."–Joseph Hutchison
An imaginary voyage up the northern seas of Olaus Magnus's renowned 1539 Carta Marina, with Olaus himself as the guide.
New expanded second edition of the whimsical blend of dragon lore and animal-raising guide. Lavishly illustrated.
"To anyone wishing to learn more not only on Dragons, but also other creatures, this is a great start."
"Joseph Nigg's The Book of Fabulous Beasts is the definitive work in this field."
--David Leeming
"It's hard to imagine a more complete treatment of these amazing creatures."
--The Story Bag Newsletter
". . . both good mythology and good fun. . ."
--The Houston Chronicle
A history of the most majestic of all mythical creatures.