Friday, September 10, 2010

These Creatures are up for Adoption: Part 4

Part 1 HERE
Part 2 HERE
Part 3 HERE

A few requests from my friends.

Mothman
On November 12, 1966 people around Point Pleasant, West Virginia began to report sightings of a strange creature.

From Unknown Explorers
The Mothman, a strange creature reported to haunt the Charleston and Point Pleasant areas of West Virginia between November 1966 and December 1967, was also sporadically reported to be seen prior to, and after, those dates, with some sightings coming as recently as 2005. Most observers describe the Mothman as being 5 to 7 feet tall creature with wings and large reflective red eyes, similar to the Garuda of Hindu lore.
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Reports of Mothman sightings and events continue to this day. Instances of "strange flying creatures" and "winged men" have been reported in many American states as well as across the globe in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, including supposed sightings in Chernobyl, Ukraine in 1986, shortly before the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster.
Is it here to warn us? Or is it presence the causes the disasters? He/It could be a wonderful creepy addition to any urban fantasy story.

Chupacabra
A recent addition to folklore, or is it real? Could be a new animal.

From wikipedia
The chupacabras, is a legendary cryptid rumored to inhabit parts of the Americas. It is associated more recently with sightings of an allegedly unknown animal in Puerto Rico (where these sightings were first reported), Mexico, and the United States, especially in the latter's Latin American communities. The name comes from the animal's reported habit of attacking and drinking the blood of livestock, especially goats. Physical descriptions of the creature vary. Eyewitness sightings have been claimed as early as 1995 in Puerto Rico, and have since been reported as far north as Maine, and as far south as Chile. It is supposedly a heavy creature, the size of a small bear, with a row of spines reaching from the neck to the base of the tail. Biologists and wildlife management officials view the chupacabras as a contemporary legend.
Creepy. Although a rural creature. This being could easily make the move into cities. Maybe the stray population starts to dwindle? Or maybe it goes after larger prey?

Kuchisake-onna

From Japan we have a very scary woman, one that makes Bloody Mary cringe.


From Scary for Kids.

Kuchisake Onna, also known as The Slit-Mouth Woman, is a scary Japanese urban legend about a disfigured Japanese woman who brandishes a large scissors and preys on children. She has an enormous slit mouth, which extends from ear to ear in a horrible, permanent smile.
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The Slit Mouth Woman’s reign of terror began in the spring and summer of 1979, when rumors began to spread throughout Japan about sightings of the Kuchisake-onna hunting down children. The story spread like wildfire and actually created scares in many towns. Police increased their patrols and schools sent teachers to walk students home in groups.
What a horrible vision. Makes you wonder if the Joker's look wasn't based a bit on her.

 I like doing these little posts. If you have any other creatures, monsters, or strange things that you think would make a great urban fantasy novel addition, let me know.

3 comments:

  1. Another one from Asian folklore...the gaki, also known as preta or the Hungry Ghost.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Preta
    http://www.wordnik.com/words/gaki
    http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Preta
    http://www.onmarkproductions.com/html/six-states.shtml


    I actually used them as a premise for one of the monster races in one of my UF stories, so I thought I'd pass on what I found. I think there's more about them in some other stuff I've read but I don't have the links or books right on hand.

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  2. try researching about the aswangs in the philippines... These creatures are very popular among the Filipinos. I know a bit of their history but i don't know much... Contact me in this email... freefallauta5668@yahoo.com

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  3. I would like to adopt the second creature you have pictured here the chupacabra. I have need of one thank you

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