From 1764 to 1767, a strange beast terrorized the province of Gevaudan. Located in the modern day district of Lozere, deep within the Margeride Mountains in south-central France, the creature was a wolf-like animal that devoured the local citizens. During the period there were 210 attacks resulting in 113 deaths. Almost all of the victims were partially eaten. What the beast was has never been determined.
The term “Lycanthropy” refers to the ability of a human being to undergo transformation into an animal – typically a wolf. The term may also refer medically to a mental illness condition in which a patient believes he or she possesses lycanthropic abilities – again, most often a wolf. In 1975, Surawicz and Banta published two modern cases of lycanthropy (not to be confused with theriomorph or “shape shifting”) and again, both cases involved men who believed they could turn into wolves. Lycanthropy is a fairly new concept but the history of werewolfism goes much further back…
Chupacabra, Spanish for “goat sucker”, gained its name from the many reports of the creature sucking the blood from farm goats, sheep, dogs, and other small animals. Witnesses have described Chupacabra as an evasive creature three to four feet tall, eerie glowing red eyes, quills or spines along its back, no tail, and long sharp fangs.
Reports of a large, human like creature in the Himalayas have been found as far back as 1832. In that year, B.H. Hodgson wrote in The Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal of a human-like biped that walked erect and was covered in dark hair. He stated that the local people, called Sherpas, told him it was a demon…
Although documentation is sketchy, we do know that something extremely strange occurred in Topsham England on 02/07/1855. Townspeople were shocked when they awoke to find unexplained footprints covering their yards, gardens, streets, and even roofs of their homes.
Vampires (or Vampyres) are beings who subsist by feeding on the life essence (generally blood) of living creatures. The earliest appearance of the word in English occurred in 1734 in a book titled Travels of Three English Gentlemen. The word appeared in German literature as early as 1718 where officials noted the local practice of exhuming bodies and “killing vampires”. In other cultures the word has appeared as early as 1047 AD in a manuscript of the Book of Psalms where a priest writes about a man whose name meant “wicked vampire”. Vampires and vampirism has been documented for at least the past 1,000 years. Precursors to vampires have been mentioned in historical texts even earlier.
The Almas, Mongolian for “wild man,” is a purported half-man, half animal creature that lives in the Altai Mountains in southern Mongolia and the Caucasus and Pamir Mountains in central Asia. Typically described as human like animals between five and six and a half feet tall, bodies covered in reddish-brown hair, and human like facial appearances and human like hands. Scientists note that descriptions are remarkable similar to descriptions of Neanderthals.