FEET, FEATHERS AND FISH

Creatures can come for us from anywhere, land, air or sea. I thought you might find it helpful if I point out a few that you might not be familiar with. It is always best to be prepared, don’t you think?

In the novel that I am currently working on, there are paranormal hunters who are participating in a contest and the teams needed some “monster” names. That is how these three first came to my attention and since they aren’t very well-known monsters, I thought that I should acquaint you with them, as well.

We’ll start with a land creature, more specifically, the Windigo, or Ice Cannibal of the North. It is one of the most feared creatures in Native American lore. It has been depicted as something akin to a werewolf; a man-eating skeletal giant or even a 30’ to 80’ foot high ravening ice monster with sweeping antlers.

Some say the Windigos are a giant race of cannibals, but there is no common consensus as to how they come to be. Some think they are humans who became cannibalistic due to starvation; and others that they are just people who have become possessed by the Windigo spirit, turning them into a cannibal.

The Windigo may appear as a monster with some characteristics of a human or as a spirit who has possessed a human being and made them become monstrous. It is historically associated with murder, insatiable greed, and the cultural taboos against such behaviors.

Now, we head up into the air with the Micmac Culloo. I am going to be straight up about this and let you know this creature is included mainly because I like the name. I wasn’t able to find very much information about it, other than that it may be half-avian and half-human.

This creature is derived from the legends of the Micmac Indians of Nova Scotia. The Culloo was a most terrible creature, a winged monster that could dispose of any animal at a single swallow.

The Culloo often haunted the dreams of Native Americans because of its propensity to carry off young children.

And last, but not least, the Globsters, and I have to admit that I was intrigued by this name, as well. There is nothing frightening about the Globsters themselves, they are dead when they wash up ashore on beaches all across the world. I think the most frightening thing about them is that they are not always identifiable and, therefore, there could be live ones swimming out in the oceans just waiting for us.

A globster or blob is an unidentified organic mass that washes up on the shoreline of an ocean or other body of water. A globster is distinguished from a normal beached carcass by being hard to identify, at least by initial untrained observers, and by creating controversy as to its identity.

The giant squid was an actual Globster back in 1896, when the first one washed up on a beach and scientists realized that it was a new species.

Stay safe and watch out for the monsters, wherever they may be hiding. Thanks for joining me and I’ll see you next time.

Debbie Boek
debbieboek.com  

Author: debbieboek

I am the author of The Devereaux Chronicles, a series of supernatural thrillers which includes Devil's Bait, Devil's Retribution and Devil's Gathering. I have also written two historical romance novels, If Not For The Knight and Sommers' Folly which were originally published several years ago and which I have re-released. All of my books are available at amazon.com. I am currently working on the sequel to If Not For The Knight and that should be released this fall.

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