On the late afternoon of October 4, I drove from my Arlington, Texas home to nearby Bedford, to see good mate Lyle Blackburn give a new lecture at the local library. The title of the lecture: Hunting Monsters: On the Trail of Famous Cryptids. Lyle is the author of a number of excellent books, including Lizard Man, The Beast of Boggy Creek and Beyond Boggy Creek. Around 100 people turned up for a great presentation that lasted for approximately two hours and with time left for questions. Rather than focus on just one strange creature, Lyle – who also fronts the band Ghoultown – treated the audience to his personal research into a wealth of strange creatures, including Bigfoot, the aforementioned Lizard Man, the Chupacabra, and the Dogman.
As Lyle told the audience, it was when he was a kid that he got interested in the world of monsters. It was specifically the 1972 movie, The Legend of Boggy Creek – a low budget, but highly atmospheric saga of a Bigfoot roaming around Fouke, Arkansas – that caught Lyle’s attention and prompted him to seek out the truth for himself. I didn’t see the movie myself until I was well into my teens, but I can easily see how it would have had a deep impact on a young kid. Lyle made it clear to the audience that there are no experts in the field of Cryptozoology, primarily because we don’t have proof of the strange things that are said to lurk in the woods, forests, mountains and lakes of our world. So far, we are collectors of data. Indeed, Lyle specifically referred to Cryptozoology as a “pseudo science,” which is correct. Certainly, for the most part, Cryptozoology is not seen as a recognized science. Of course, should Lyle solve the riddle of Bigfoot (as one example) then that will likely change things very quickly!
Lyle spent time addressing the nature of Bigfoot. Is it an unknown ape? Maybe not. Lyle spoke of hunters who had a Bigfoot in their sights, but who held back from shooting the creatures for one, specific reason: they weren’t entirely sure that what they were seeing were animals. Maybe they were something else: perhaps even a relic, human species. On the matter of why we don’t have a corpse of a Bigfoot, Lyle suggested that their numbers may be very low at the best of times, something which might account for their elusiveness. He also made the good point that we rarely see dead bears in the woods. The reason? Nature has a way of taking care of things. Other animals will soon devour the remains of something dead in their midst. And that might very well apply to a deceased Bigfoot too.
Lyle then moved onto the Yeti. I found it very interesting that when Lyle asked the audience how many of them thought the man-beast of the Himalayas had white hair (or fur), quite a few raised their hands. As Lyle accurately noted, this is actually due to the influence of Hollywood and blockbuster movies – and nothing else. The Yeti is, in fact, described as being brown or black in color. I thought this angle – of Hollywood influencing views, assumptions and memories on Cryptids – was particularly intriguing. After a brief section on Nessie, Lyle tackled the matter of the Chupacabra. He gave an excellent overview on how the saga of the Chupacabra has become hugely complicated. As Lyle correctly noted, what passes for the Chupacabra in the United States today – a hairless coyote with a few very strange mutations and physical oddities – has zero to do with the original Chupacabra that surfaced in Puerto Rico in the mid-1990s.
Moving onto the weirder side of Cryptozoology, Lyle took on the Lizard Man – a strange, Creature of the Black Lagoon-type beast that surfaced in Bishopville, South Carolina in 1988. Lyle gave a great rundown of the Lizard Man saga, and how his personal investigation of the affair led to the surfacing of a wealth of fascinating material. A word to armchair-based skeptics: if you want to find the answers to the likes of Bigfoot, lake-monsters, etc., you really need to do what Lyle does. Namely, he goes out looking for them. Also on the matter of the stranger side of Cryptozoology, Lyle turned his attentions to the Dogman, a werewolf-like beast that has been the subject of a number of books by Linda Godfrey. While Lyle doesn’t go with the supernatural angle of the Dogman issue, he did speculate that at least some cases might be mistaken identity – of Bigfoot. In other words, one monster being wrongly interpreted as another.
As the lecture came to its end, Lyle demonstrated how Cryptozoology – which began strictly as the study of unknown animals – has changed over the years and decades. A perfect example is that of the Thylacine. As Lyle told the audience, there’s actually nothing mysterious or unknown about the strange-looking marsupial, which is believed to have become extinct back in the 1930s. What makes the story of the Thylacine so intriguing, said Lyle, is the fact that people claim to have seen such animals in modern times, and particularly so in Tasmania. It may still be around, although largely in stealth. Forty or fifty years ago, Cryptozoologists might not have looked at the matter of the Thylacine, but today things very different. Times – and Cryptozoology – have definitely changed. Extinct animals are now a part of Cryptozoology. Or, rather, ones that are supposed to be extinct!
In closing, I’ll say that Lyle gave an excellent overview of Cryptozoology that was perfect for both long-term monster-hunters and for those new to the field and who may be wondering what it’s all about.
Has The Mythical Creature Called ” The Patasola ” Been Filmed
This footage was posted to the channel Cat Burglar Nami but the location of the footage is unknown as yet.
The being in the footage bears a resemblance to the South American creature Called La Patasola, in folklore it’s a female monsters from the jungle, appearing to male hunters or loggers in the middle of the wilderness when they think about women.
The Patasola appears in the form of a beautiful and seductive woman, often in the likeness of a loved one, who lures a man away from his companions deep into the jungle. There, the Patasola reveals her true, hideous appearance as a one-legged creature with ferocious vampire-like lust for human flesh and blood, attacking and devouring the flesh or sucking the blood of her victims.
Source: The Hidden Underbelly 2.0
Bodies Of Mythical Creatures Unearthed In A Mysterious British Mansion
Numerous wooden boxes with mythical creatures and strange paperwork were discovered by a fluke in the basement of a deserted British mansion.
Since forever, mythical creatures such as fairies and dwarfs were thought to be just that – mythical. In the latest contemporary era, many people claimed evidence there is much than just a fable.
In 2006, construction workers were bulldozing a place to make way for a new suburban block. All of a sudden, they came across an old mansion which used to belong to a man named Thomas Theodore Merrylin.
In the old house’s basement, they discovered many peculiar boxes of wood.
At the thought of finding something precious, the workers started opening the crates one by one.
Surprisingly, however, they didn’t find some valuable treasure but rather plentiful weird creatures. The findings were later entitled as the Merrylin Cryptid Collection.
The ex-owner of the British mansion, Thomas Theodore Merrylin, was born in 1782 in Hellingshire, North England. He was a Crypto-naturalist, Zoologist, and Xeno-Archaeologist.
His favorite hobby was gathering different uncatalogued specimens as part of his compilation.
But likely one of his weirdest traits is that he had an incredible lifetime of 160 years.
Later accounts reveal that he looked as he was 40 years old when he was actually 80. This detail was very weird at the time and now as well.
Merrylin began a trip through the US to exhibit his unique compilation to the public. In the beginning, his bewildering acquirement was put on center stage.
However, later, considering the dogmatic viewpoint at the time, he was marked as a hoax by the rest of the cryptozoologists.
During his journey, he met many outstanding biologists and mathematicians. He captured the attention of everyone not only with his collection of mythical creatures but with his knowledge in science and chemistry as well.
Alongside the wooden crates, workers also found Merrylin’s diary. His records contained mysterious insights of quantum mechanics which wasn’t yet set up to endure at the time the notes were written.
Theodore was later accused of stealing by another collector of rare species. His notoriety was on the brink, so he decided to go into obscurity. His profile never returned to the scientific community again.
In 1942, a man purporting to be Theodore granted a building to an orphanage in London requiring only one condition: the basement never to be unlocked.
The man was in his 40s, so people assumed he was probably a relative of Marrylin. This was the last time anyone heard something from him.
Documentary Tracks Down Wisconsin Werewolf Legend
The latest documentary from Seth Breedlove and Small Town Monsters tracks down one of Wisconsin’s strangest legends, the beast of Bray Road.
Small Town Monsters has produced a series of fantastic documentaries about some of the strangest backroads legends and lore from around the country. But, as a native of the great weird state of Wisconsin, I am the most excited about their latest project: The Bray Road Beast.
A clip from the film was released earlier this week of an eyewitness discussing the possible occult origins of the Beast of Bray Road, but now we have a full-length trailer exploring the phenomena of werewolf sightings in Wisconsin and around the country.
About The Bray Road Beast
“In 1989 a country road outside of the Wisconsin town of Elkhorn became the center of a media frenzy unlike anything the world had ever seen,” Small Town Monsters writes. “‘People were seeing, what looked to them, like a werewolf…’ said Linda Godfrey the newspaper reporter who brought the story to light in a local publication called ‘The Week’. In fact, many people -locals and out-of-towners alike- had sightings and encounters with the creature that came to be known as The Beast of Bray Road. Many of these sightings were largely ignored or under-reported… that is, until October 5th when the new documentary film, The Bray Road Beast will unlock decades of history relating to ‘werewolf’ sightings around the US.
“The film explores not only the infamous Elkhorn creature sightings but also centuries of Werewolf legends and myths from across the globe. From the predominant theory that witnesses merely saw an undiscovered species of large wolves to more bizarre aspects of the phenomena, no stone is left unturned in this 66 minute film, shot on location in and around Wisconsin. The seventh film from award-winning filmmaker, Seth Breedlove, arrives on streaming platforms and DVD.”
The film, directed by Seth Breedlove and narrated by Lyle Blackburn, hits streaming platforms and DVD on October 5th. There will be a special sneak-preview screening of The Bray Road Beast at HorrorHound Indianapolis on Saturday, August 25th, and a Wisconsin premier at this year’s Milwaukee Paranormal Conference.
Visit smalltownmonsters.com for more information.
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