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  • Hungry eyes: the Tenome

    August 15, 2019 by

    Meet the original monster behind Guillermo del Toro’s awesome Pale Man.

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  • Wake up, sheeple! It’s the Sheepsquatch

    July 16, 2019 by

    Once upon a time in the low mountains of West Virginia, a former Navy seaman decided to eat some mushrooms that he found on the forest floor. The man–Edward Rollins–was in that forest to hunt for either the Mothman or a UFO, but after his choice of snack, he was in for a greater treat.

  • Call me Ishmael: the great white Ningen

    June 17, 2019 by

    Sea monsters! Out of all cryptids, I find them to be the most plausible. We’ve only explored about 20% of the world’s oceans, and in that 20% have already found a lot of weird crap. Who’s to say there couldn’t be something stranger out there?

  • Ain’t got no privacy: The Dark Watchers

    May 18, 2019 by

    The Santa Lucia’s beauty and grandeur draw hikers and sightseers, though the terrain permits few roads. It is one of the wildest places left in the U.S. Naturally, that also makes it home to dark and mysterious figures who like to watch people from cliffs.

  • What a hoot: La Lechuza

    March 20, 2019 by

    La Lechuza colors outside of the box. Spanish speakers will recognize that her name translates to “the owl;” a simple name that hints at her elegant horror.

  • Featured post on SF Reader

    January 21, 2019 by

    Hey, everyone! For those of you who don’t know, I took last summer off to attend the mind-bogglingly challenging and wonderful Odyssey Writing Workshop in Manchester, New Hampshire. I wrote a blog post about exactly how transformative the experience was, and it was just published here: If you are a writer interested in attending Odyssey… Read more

  • I’m doing site updates!

    January 18, 2019 by

    Any of my long time readers will (should? Meh; I won’t take too much offense if you don’t) notice that the site now looks different! I will continue to make incremental updates over the next few months–one big update might make more sense, but that would require admitting to myself that this is all one… Read more

  • Courtesy flush: the haunting of the Hotel Galvez

    July 9, 2017 by

    I’m going to be straight with you: this post started with me Googling “bathroom ghost.” I was looking for a monster of a different sort–I enjoyed our Toys-R-Us(™) spirit a while back, and was hoping I could find something similar. Though it’s a little more posh, I came up with the Hotel Galvez. Close up… Read more

  • Hey! My eyes are down here: The Blemmyae

    June 10, 2017 by

    I was fortunate enough to be able to study abroad in Spain a few years ago. It was a great time in general, but I especially enjoyed going to museums and seeing the variety of weird medieval stuff they had on display. The description placards rarely satisfied me–though I might learn plenty about what materials… Read more

  • Hold on to the Handrail: Rawhead and Bloody Bones

    May 10, 2017 by

    RawHead (or, somewhat confusingly, “RawHead and Bloody Bones”) is about as basic of a monster as you can get. And I’m not talking pumpkin-spice-latte basic. I’m talking horror so distilled that its legacy has stuck around for at least 450 years.

  • Thrill of the chase: The Wild Hunt

    March 12, 2017 by

    Ah, winter. Darkness. Wind that cuts through to your bones. Creaking houses and falling shards of ice. There’s no better time of the year. My boyfriend has been attempting to get me into The Witcher franchise recently, and his demonstrations of their latest PC game reminded me that I’ve wanted to talk about the Wild… Read more

  • I spit at thee: the Mongolian death worm

    February 10, 2017 by

    Ivan Mackerle–Czech cryptozoologist extraordinaire–was well-known throughout the 1980’s for his work on the Loch Ness monster. But around 1990, his eye turned east, away from wet, green Scotland to the dry sands of the Gobi desert. There was a creature there that the western world had only heard about 50 years before–a species of monster… Read more

  • You’re as Cold as Ice: The Ijirait

    January 12, 2017 by

    Hello, 2017! It was exceptionally chilly earlier this week, which got me thinking about icicles, snowstorms, hypothermia, and all the other fun winter-themed things that can kill you. Monster Meet has yet to feature an honest-to-goodness snow monster, so I figured now was a great time to visit one. Let’s put bad weather in perspective:… Read more

  • Houseguests from hell: the Kallikantzaroi

    December 13, 2016 by

    Happy holidays, everyone! December’s darkness is upon us: the nights lengthen while the days grow stunted and gray, the air is so cold that it hurts, and the lines at every store are long enough to make you ready to sell your soul just to reach the cashier. Regardless of what traditions you do (or… Read more

  • Grisly Green Giants: On Monstrous Plants

    November 14, 2016 by

    I love the outdoors. I love camping, hiking, and walking around without a flashlight at night while trying to guess the shape of the shadows next to me. But whenever I sleep under the stars, there’s a small part of my brain that remains wide awake, watchful of anything that might approach. I always feel… Read more

  • Hot diggety dog: Black Shuck

    October 16, 2016 by

    I lived in England for a few years when I was little, and had an imaginary friend. If you’ve followed this blog for awhile, you might remember the Shadow People and the nightmare that scared me so badly. This was the counterpart to that. Some kids imagine happy-go-lucky playpals; I had a silent jaguar made… Read more

  • Choo choo: The Snallygaster

    September 16, 2016 by

    In the deep cold of February, 1909, a group of men near Sharpsburg, West Virginia crowded around a homemade incubator, close enough to feel its heat. They might have held their hands out for warmth, but I doubt any of them would have gotten too close. Carefully hidden away from the eyes of the town,… Read more

  • Dead baby jokes: Lamashtu

    August 18, 2016 by

    This month, let’s talk about old fear. Ancient Mesopotamian religion kicked off as much as 6 thousand years ago, but the spirits of its deities can still be recognized today: Tammuz, god of food and vegetation; Dagon, god of fertility; Enlil, god of breath. All were thought to be like humans, but immortal, shining so… Read more

  • It’s Beginning to Look a lot like Fishmen: The Finfolk

    July 19, 2016 by

    Growing up, my bedtime stories were the works of H.P. Lovecraft (as well as Edgar Allen Poe, and Doctor Seuss. This may explain a bit about me). The Shadow Over Innsmouth particularly came to life for me; it left such an impression that I enjoy ocean-centered nightmares to this day. Imagine my delight, then, on discovering a blog… Read more

  • Time to Clean House: The Kikimora

    June 20, 2016 by

    If you’ve read or played anything in The Witcher franchise, you likely looked at the title of this post and thought immediately of a insectoid swamp creature with taloned paws. While the Witcher kikimora are awesome, I want to take you back to where the monster began: pre-insectoid, and with more intelligent, devilish intent. The… Read more

  • Slim Fast: The Pishtaco

    April 22, 2016 by

    Last month’s post on el Sombrerón reminded a couple of my friends of a monster their old high school Spanish teacher told them about. They’d forgotten what the creature was called, but  remembered its legacy well enough for it to still disturb them some ten years later. A quick Google search yielded a goldmine of… Read more

  • The Black Hat of Guatemala: El Sombrerón

    March 23, 2016 by

    One of the most interesting things about monster stories is what they can teach you about life.* The legend of el Sombrerón is no exception. This Guatemalan boogeyman appears in tales spanning much of the country’s history, and remains important even now. Though he used to appear more frequently, these days he comes chiefly on… Read more

  • The art of avoiding eye contact: Two Face

    February 23, 2016 by

    There has been a picture circulating the depths of the internet; perhaps you’ve seen it. A forlorn man stares off to the left, while a strange, shrunken face grimaces from the back of his skull. “Edward Mordrake,” the picture is labeled, and is often accompanied by a sad tale of a man so ashamed by his… Read more

  • Better hope for a bird, or a plane: The Sluagh

    January 23, 2016 by

    Happy 2016, everyone! Welcome to a new year, one full of possibility both bright and dark. I’m currently reading John Crowley’s famous Little, Big, and enjoying it so much that I decided to theme this month’s post similarly (though, as always, with a bit more horror). So, here we are. Let’s talk about fairies. Even… Read more

  • Season for Purresents: Jólakötturinn, The Yule Cat

    December 25, 2015 by

    Happy holidays, everyone! Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or the Winter Solstice, I hope you’re enjoying these long, dark nights. Doubtless you’ve heard of the horror Krampus, who is making a comeback this year in the public imagination.  We’re not going to talk about him this month, but about another Scandinavian beastie, since that cold,… Read more

  • Spring-heeled Jack: An Energetic Victorian Nightmare

    November 25, 2015 by

    Eighteen-year-old Jane Aslop did not want to go outside. It was dark, cold, and too late at night for any ordinary visitor, but the ring at the gate and her curious family compelled her to investigate. As she crossed the yard, she picked out a cloaked figure hunched just beyond the wall. “Hello?” Jane asked.… Read more

  • So Many Shades of Grey: The Am Fear Liath Mor of Ben MacDui

    October 27, 2015 by

    Happy (almost) Halloween! In celebration of my favorite holiday, I thought we’d cover a topic that is less strange so much as it is pants-poopingly frightening. Now, I admit that when I first uncovered the pitch for this creature—which pretty much boils down to “Scottish Yeti”—I was only mildly curious; Bigfoots and the like have… Read more

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