North American Cryptids You've Probably Never Heard Of Mar 25, 2019 16:38:58 GMT -5 Sam likes this
Post by Joanna on Mar 25, 2019 16:38:58 GMT -5
North American Cryptids You've Probably Never Heard Of
I choose to believe in the possible existence of cryptids ... Sort of. I like the idea that there are strange, undiscovered creatures hidden in the shadows of our world. I’m well aware of how utterly unlikely it is that cryptids and other folkloric creatures exist, but I’m certainly not alone in my blinding enthusiasm for them. We recently asked the readers in our Community forum to tell us about their favorite local cryptids and to paraphrase a great (fictional) person, the responses make us want to believe.
From a creature that’s more rabbit than human, to a herd of extremely local Bigfoots, to a mad scientist’s escaped “Melon Heads,” our readers (and staff!) told us about a wide variety of incredible beasties from their regional folklore. You can see some of our favorite responses below. The truth is out there ... but the myths are a lot more fun.
Big Muddy Monster (Murphysboro, Illinois). “Murphysboro (near Southern Illinois University-Carbondale) has repeated sightings (and smellings) of the Big Muddy Monster. Many believe it may be related to (if not the same as) the Creve Coeur Monster, sighted near the St. Louis suburb. This is an animal often likened to Sasquatch in size and appearance, but with a distinct ‘skunky’ smell. Those who believe the two cryptids are the same surmise that the animal swam down the Big Muddy River in Murphysboro to the Mississippi River and, thence, north to the Missouri River, by which it swam to a bend in the river near Creve Coeur.” – flashgourd.
Bunny Man (Northern Virginia). “Virginia, it’s the Bunny Man, but I don’t know if we can consider it a cryptid or a ghost story. One story is that he was a man who escaped a state facility and lived in the forest and wore rabbit pelts to stay warm. The other is the same except there’s an experiment that goes horribly wrong (like all good cryptid tales) at the facility and he becomes … Half man/half bunny!” – jonathancarey.
Dire Wolf (Uintah County, Utah). “Not sure what it was called, but I listened to a podcast about cryptids and it talked about basically a modern day dire wolf/human combo that lived on a ranch somewhere in Utah. A family moved into an old ranch and noticed that all the windows and doors were tightly secured and that there had been wolf sightings years ago in that area. The new owner didn’t think much of it until they found some dead cows with holes in them. No blood. Then the owner saw what looked like a wolf from far away. The wolf creature basically ends up running up to him and he shoots it. The gun does no visible harm even though it made a hole in its shoulder. Then the wolf creature casually walks away. The guy ends up looking for one of his missing cows and finds it dead. He also finds a calf getting attacked by the thing and being carried off. If I remember correctly, he tries chasing it down and it outruns him on his horse. The guy doesn’t know what he’s up against, so he tells a local wildlife expert who shows him different species of wolves. They pass a picture of the creature and the wildlife expert tells him that it’s a dire wolf and it hasn’t been alive for thousands of years. This one freaked me out because bulletproof giant wolves that were supposed to be dead is something that would definitely take advantage of my mild fear of dogs.” – AloiPokie.
Goatman (Prince George’s County, Maryland). “A ‘lovers lane’–type of cryptid that reportedly attacks parked cars with an axe. An escaped experiment from the local USDA or University of Maryland laboratories?” – mafisc.
Grassman (Ohio). “Cuyahoga Valley National Park has a giant hominid called the ‘Grassman’ and he has three toes for some reason. I really hope he’s more Swamp Thing than Bigfoot.” – Samir Patel.
Honey Island Swamp Monster (Louisiana). “The Honey Island Swamp Monster is basically a swamp Bigfoot from the area around Honey Island Swamp in southeast Louisiana.” – HaleyJo.
Hopkinsville Goblins (Christian County, Kentucky). “I grew up in Kentucky and heard stories about the Kelly Green Men, aka Hopkinsville Goblins. In 1955, two families were terrorized by aliens or goblins or something. They were assumed to be aliens and while they are called the Kelly Green Men, their skin was actually grey. There’s now a festival held in Kelly, Kentucky.” – ohthesunshinesbright.
Lake Worth Monster (Lake Worth, Texas). “In the wilds on north Tarrant County roamed the Lake Worth Monster, supposedly caught on camera (above) in 1969. Never saw it myself, but it caused a big scare in the area.” – bubbahargo.
Loveland Frogman (Loveland, Ohio). “The Loveland Frogman from Loveland, Ohio, is one of my local favorites. […] I love how they have been reported to wield sticks as tools and somehow make them emit sparks, meaning they must have some kind of magic! Such a quirky and random cryptid.” – TThom2007.
Melon Heads (Kirtland, Ohio). “Growing up, we always heard stories about the Melon Heads that lived in the woods between Kirtland and Chardon, Ohio. The story was that there was a doctor who lived in the woods who somehow acquired a bunch of children, possibly from a mental hospital, and performed experiments on them that caused their heads to become bulbous and misshapen. One night, the children revolted and burned down the doctor’s house and they now roam the woods looking for human contact.” – davekoen.
Michigan Dogman (Wexford County, Michigan). “In the woods of Northwest Lower Michigan, there is said to be a bipedal dog creature that has a howl that (conveniently) sounds of a human shriek. It’s so entrenched in local folklore that there is actually a song about it that is played on the radio every year. Also a local filmmaker made a movie about it starring Larry Joe Campbell! It even appeared in episodes of the shows Monster Quest and Monsters and Mysteries in America.” – TD24601.
Mogollon Monster (Arizona). “In the mountains of central Arizona, we have the Mogollon Monster, a Southwestern variant of Bigfoot. First sighting seems to have been by Boy Scouts in the Payson area in the early 1940s. Other tales involve attacks on prospectors in remote cabins, harassment of campers in the Sierra Ancha, etc. When I was a Scout in the early 1960s, tales of these encounters were told around the campfire to mutually scare the bejeezus out of one another. Good luck getting to sleep in your tent!” – Joe_Schallan.
Old Ned (Lake Utopia, New Brunswick, Canada). “Apparently there’s a monster in that lake. ‘Old Ned,’ they call him, and sightings go back into local indigenous folklore. My grandfather claimed to have seen it as a boy, serpent-like and scaly and swimming very quickly across the lake. You can well imagine that hearing that story, the imagination of six-year-old me latched in to what that must have been like for my grandfather’s 10-year-old self back in the 1920s!” – yodaddeo.
Oklahoma Octopus (Oklahoma). “We’re all about some Bigfoot here in Oklahoma what with a festival and all, but my personal favorite is ... the terrifying menace that is the Oklahoma Octopus (extra points for being alliterative)!” – shatomica.
Rougarou (Louisiana). “Here in Louisiana, the local cryptid is the rougarou, which has many spellings, and derives from the French loup-garou, which literally means ‘werewolf.’ Although relatively common across the French-speaking world, like so many things, it appears to have gained particular prominence in the swamps of Louisiana.” – theinsomniac4life.
Snallygaster (Maryland). “Even though I had grown up in Maryland (Baltimore County), I first learned of the legend of the Snallygaster just a few years ago as its latest incarnation, as a D.C. beer jamboree of the same name. A snallygaster is a dragon-like beast that was known to inhabit Central Maryland and the Middletown area of Frederick County out on the Maryland panhandle. It would fly around, quietly snatch people and was also reputed to use its sharp teeth to suck the blood of its victims. Seven pointed stars – still seen on barns to this day – were thought to keep the beast at bay. There were local newspaper articles about it in 1909, which were later revealed to be a hoax used to drum up subscriptions for the publishing newspaper. The snallygaster even makes an appearance in Fallout 76. […] I’m just glad I never saw it.” – Theomurgy.
White River Monster (Newport, Arkansas). “In Arkansas, there is what is known as the ‘White River Monster,’ a large creature reportedly first spotted off the banks of the White River as far back as the Civil War. It’s a big, scaly, fish-type thing, about 12 feet long, with a single horn on its head, that supposedly sank a riverboat or two. – second8d.
Source: Eric Grundhauser, Atlas Obscura, March 18, 2019.