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Lair of the Beasts: The Strangest Monsters of All
From Worms to Demons
By Nick Redfern
June 22, 2013
“What is the weirdest monster that people have reported?” That was the question put to me on a radio show earlier this week, while I was promoting my latest book, Monster Files. It’s a good question, since there is said to be a wide range of bizarre critters out there! But, for me at least, there are a handful of creatures that, in the high-strangeness stakes, beat all the rest. Let’s take a look at them.
First on my list is an ominous beast that has become known as the Mongolian Death Worm. As its name suggests, it lurks in Mongolia and is not particularly friendly. For many years, people in some of the more remote areas of Mongolia have spoken of a monstrous worm-like animal, 3 to 6 feet in length that lives under the sands of the country, particularly in the Gobi Desert.
Reports have reached Western explorers since the 1920s. Just a few years ago, a good friend of mine and fellow creature-seeker, Richard Freeman, went on an expedition to Mongolia to determine the truth. He didn’t find the beast, but did uncover fascinating testimony.
According to the locals, the creature lives underground and kills its prey by discharging electricity, not unlike an electric eel. On top of that, it has the ability to spit a corrosive, acid-like liquid that will definitely bring down its prey if an electric shock doesn’t. If you go to Mongolia, it’s probably wise to avoid the Death Worm!
Second on my list is the Dover Demon. It was a small but strange creature briefly seen across a couple of days in April 1977, in the town of Dover, Massachusetts. The creature reportedly had a head shaped like a melon, arms that were long and thin, and fingers of extraordinary length that allowed it to grip tightly.
That the Dover Demon also had orange eyes, was totally hairless, and made a noise not unlike the hissing of a snake, only made matters even stranger when it came to trying to fathom the identity of the beast. To this day, the identity of the Dover Demon remains unknown. That is, unless you know better!
Moving to Australia, there’s the very strange encounter of Mabel Walsh who, in April 1968, saw a nightmarish beast at a lagoon in Sydney Australia. As she drove by the waters late at night, Walsh caught sight of something unique and creepy.
It was a 4-foot-tall creature that had a leathery appearance, that walked on two legs, and which appeared to have an elephant-like trunk. Needless to say, there should not be anything like this roaming around Australia – or, in fact, anywhere!
The local media – pleased that someone had reported a monster in their midst – quickly highlighted the affair. It was, however, never resolved and the trunked, two-legged thing was never identified.
Back to the United States, in the weird stakes we can’t omit the Jersey Devil. Said to roam New Jersey’s Pine Barrens, the demonic thing – legend says – was the unholy offspring of a local witch and the Devil himself. Reports have circulated of the beast since the 1700s.
Like all the monsters above, the Jersey Devil is a highly strange one. Large wings similar to those of a bat, a forked-tail, horns on its head, and hooves instead of feet are among its devilish, physical characteristics. Take a trek into the heart of the Pine Barrens and you just might see it.
Finally, there is the March 1962 encounter of a man named Alphonsus Mullaney. It occurred at Lough Dubh, Ireland while Mullaney and his son were fishing. Suddenly, there was a tug on the line and a monstrous form appeared out of the depths.
It was, said Mullaney, around the size of a cow, was of a grey color, was covered in bristles, and had a pointed horn on its snout. Whatever the beast was, Mullaney and his son didn’t wait to find out. They fled those mysterious waters.
And there you have it, my personal, favorite, five freaky monsters.
Nick Redfern’s new book, Monster Files, is available now, from New Page Books.