Lair of the Beasts: Creatures of the Spectral Kind (

By:Nick Redfern
Date: Saturday, August 27, 2011


Over the years I have interviewed a number of people who have claimed close encounters with animals that…well…didn’t sound quite like real animals. Let me explain what I mean by that: What do you do when someone tells you (as they have told me) they have seen, in very recent years, either a wooly Mammoth or an honest-to-goodness Saber-Tooth Tiger?
Given that both creatures have reportedly been extinct for a very, very long time, most people would be inclined to dismiss such accounts as the ravings of complete lunatics and nothing else. But, what about when the witnesses assert that those same animals appear ghostly, spectral and ethereal in nature – to the point where they literally vanish in the blink of an eye?
Could it be that certain animals of a strange and fantastic nature seen today are actually the spirits or ghosts of creatures that became extinct thousands of years ago? As fantastic as such a scenario might sound, maybe we shouldn’t outright dismiss it.
Indeed, paranormal expert and good friend Joshua P. Warren, the author of the highly-relevant book, Pet Ghosts, told me that he had extensively investigated a series of encounters with apparitional, ancient animals on farmland at Lancaster, South Carolina – one of which seemed to resemble nothing less than a spectral pterodactyl. Josh seriously mused upon the possibility that the ghostly presence of certain extinct animals might very well help explain sightings of monstrous beasts in our presence to this very day.
“Maybe Bigfoot is a phantimal,” said Josh to me, utilizing a term he uses to describe ghostly beasts, “perhaps even the ghost of a prehistoric creature, similar to the enormous extinct possible ape, Gigantopithecus, or maybe even the spirits of primitive humans.”
And, in a similar fashion, Josh told me, he was not at all adverse to the idea that the world’s most famous lake-monster, Nessie, might actually represent some form of “ghostly plesiosaur,” rather than a literal, living animal or colony of animals.
This latter point was echoed by investigative author Jim Marrs, in his book PSI Spies. While digging deep into the subject of the U.S. Government’s secret research into the realms of so-called remote-viewing and psychic-spying, Jim learned that elements of the official world had attempted to focus their skills upon solving the riddle of what lurks within the deep and dark waters of Loch Ness, Scotland.
It was no easy task, however, as Jim noted:
“Several sessions targeting the famous Loch Ness monster revealed physical traces of the beast – a wake in the water, movement of a large body underwater. Their drawings even resembled a prehistoric plesiosaur, often identified as matching descriptions of Nessie. But when the viewers tried to discover where the object came from or returned to, they hit a dead end. The creature seemed to simply appear and disappear. Considering that reports of human ghosts date back throughout man’s history, the Psi Spies seriously considered the possibility that the Loch Ness monster is nothing less than a dinosaur’s ghost.”
Do the spirits of long-extinct animals still roam the Earth? It’s certainly an intriguing idea, and might very well go some significant way towards explaining how and why so many strange creatures that surface from time to time always seem to remain utterly elusive and manage to carefully avoid capture.
For more information on this particular topic, see Nick Redfern’s paper Monsters of the Spectral Kind newly-published by New Page Books in Ghosts, Spirits, and Hauntings: Am I Being Haunted?