Top Monster myths from around the world
Its Halloween, the spookiest time of the year so we thought we’d put the frighteners in our readers by listing some of the scariest monster myths from around the world. If you live in the country where these beats dwell then watch your back as you may get grabbed in the night!
Bigfoot/Yowie/ Yeti – USA/Australia/Tibet
Probably the most famous of all mythical monsters is Bigfoot. Sightings of the apelike beast come from all corners of the world. Australia’s aboriginal peoples call it the Yowie whilst in the Himalayas the folk there call it the Yeti. The creature often has the following characteristics:
Seven to eight feet tall, a repugnant odour, large feet and a piercing eerie howl. So if you go down to the woods or the mountains then you may be in for a nasty surprise.
Giant Squid –Japan
Formerly tales of the giant squid were thought to be just stories told by grizzled seafarers but this all changed in 2004 when a Japanese science team caught a live giant squid on camera. The creatures can grow up to 43 feet! The creature’s sheer size makes it easy to believe some of the tales of ships being dragged into the cold ocean depths.
Werewolf – France
Werewolves have seen their popularity rise in recent years with books, movies and TV shows all featuring the mythical beasts. Stories of people that turn into monstrous wolves have been told the world over but none is as mysterious of the famous Beast of Gevaudan. In 1764 a man-eating wolf creature caused chaos and terror in France. The beast became such a problem that the French government mobilised the army to hunt it. The beast is thought to have claimed 113 victims until it was slain in 1770 by a local hunter.
Spring heeled Jack –UK
Spring heeled Jack brought a reign of terror to the streets of Victorian London and later sightings of the entity were reported from all over the United Kingdom. Spring-heeled Jack was described by people who claimed to have seen it as having a terrifying and frightful appearance, with diabolical physiognomy, clawed hands, and eyes that “resembled red balls of fire”. Theories abound over its identity with some saying it was in fact a mad inventor who had devised a way to leap supernatural distances; hence the name Spring heeled Jack.
Nachzeher – Germany
Germany has many legends about mythical monsters, after all the country was home to the brothers Grimm and their fairytales. One monster that spreads fear is the Nachzehrer, a vampire type beast that drinks the blood and souls of its victims. A nachzehrer is created most commonly from an accidental death and according to German lore, a person does not become a nachzehrer from being bitten or scratched; the transformation happens after death. Nachzehrers are also related to sickness and disease. It was once thought that if a large group of people died of then the first person to have died is believed to be a nachzehrer.