June 4, 2018

The Noggle is a playful creature from the British isles that may look like a horse but it’s not one.

Those who have seen one say it looks like a little gray mare, saddle and everything, but if you dare mount it, the Noggle dashes into the water where it turns into a burning, blue cloud. Much like other horse-like creatures from Norther Europe—i.e., Nukyr & Shopiltee—the Noggle has no problem killing people. Underwater, however, the rear legs transform into a powerful fin.

These creatures are also...

April 7, 2018

Of great interest to cryptozoologists is a brief account in John Gregorson Campbell’s Superstitions of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland (1900) of the Big Beast of Loch Awe, and enormous animal which was heard—but rarely seen—in winter breaking the ice as it moved in and out of the frozen loch to hunt and swim.

Like so many other lake monsters, the true nature and appearance of this Big Beast also known as Beathach Mòr Loch Odha is shrouded in mystery.

According to some eyewitnesses’ accounts,...

December 20, 2017

Mythical creatures of the Bogeyman type are a common occurrence in many cultures. From the Middle East to the Americas, these dark creatures are commonly imagined as monsters that punishes children— and adults at times— for misbehaving and breaking taboos. The reasons they punish people are as varied as their punishments, that go from eating small children to stealing the soul of those who enter their territory.

Particularly, in the Czech Republic and Slovakia children are frightened by the Bubák...

December 3, 2017

In December 7, 1942, Life Magazine published a series of pictures and a few remarks concerning a theory that had become prevalent in the British Royal Air Force and had then infected the psychology of the American airman during World War II.

The matter was considered under the title of Gremlins, and the Gremlins were described as fantastic imps of both sexes who busied themselves constantly with hideous activities designed to destroy the proper functioning of every machine at hand. Obviously, th...

December 2, 2017

An evil shapeshifting spirit or shadow-being with the capacity of possessing the body of the recently deceased, the Mourioche belongs to the Breton folklore. Despite its notoriety, nobody is really sure where the Mourioche came from. Some say that the Mourioche was once a person, versed in the dark arts, who sold their soul for a magical potion; others think this person was afflicted by a curse similarly to that of the werewolves, having the ability to change shapes but without control of his ac...

November 28, 2017

The Barbegazi, are small hobgoblins from the French-Swiss folklore.

The name comes from the French barbe-glacée meaning “frozen beard” – probably in honor of their very long beards that are almost always frozen, as these little ones like to live in high mountains and stay outside in the winter enjoying the snow.

They travel around by using their feet, which are extremely long, as skis or snowshoes, depending of the conditions. They are said to have pointy ears and ice-blue eyes, and all their hair...

November 27, 2017

As a rule, the lake sprits of northern Europe are monstrous and have nothing to do with the Fae, but there are exceptions to this rule, like thee Kelpies, Fuath, Glashans and Shoplitees.

Although these four magical beings have much more in common that their habitat, as they are all water spirits that take on the form of a horse when the need arises to go on dry land, the Scotish Kelpies and Fuaths take horse forms of giant size, while the Glashans and the Shopiltees show themselves as miniature w...

November 21, 2017

Among the Celts, the Old European wintertime Old Hag-Goddess became An Cailleach (literally An Old Woman) in Ireland, who in Scotland is known as Cailleach Bheur (meaning Genteel Old Lady) the blue-faced hag of winter, and as Caillagh Ny Groamagh (Old Woman of Gloominess)  in Manx Gaelic. This last version of the Old Hag appears to be particularly unlucky, for she fell into the crevice -that nowadays bears her name- after trying to step from the top of Barrule to the top of Cronk yn Irree Lhaa....

November 12, 2017

What else can be said about the unicorn that has not been told already? The virtues –real or supposed— of these beasts are narrated, represented and proclaim by fables, the arts, heraldry and pharmacopoeiae, not to mention cinematography and television. From the majestic beasts of Legend (Ridley Scott, 1986), to the rainbow farting, horn killer from Supernatural (CW, 2005), unicorns are everywhere.

And I think that’s the problem, we have become so familiar with the classic representation of the u...

October 22, 2017

The Ercinee are largely nondescript birds, what is known about it is that its feathers glow at night, and some accounts describe it as having gold and silver plating on its wings.

These birds resided in the Hercynian Forest (ancient and dense forest that stretched eastward from the Rhine River across southern Germany) and with the glow of its feathers –the pale speckles on their feathers light up with golden bioluminescence— it lighted the dark forest nights.

Ercinee were known to twitter if someo...

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