It was a hot summer day in 1868, when hunters and dogs chased a quarry through a southern swamp. The tracks were those of a human foot, but the toes were turned backward.
Over 200 years ago a sailor aboard the boat Friendship described what he saw on a trip to Boston.
On April 26, 1986, the No. 4 reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in northern Ukraine experienced a lethal nuclear accident. Several explosions culminated in an open-air reactor releasing radioactive contamination for nine days. In the aftermath stories circulated of a flying humanoid figure with glowing red eyes seen days before the incident.
On July 10, 1969 a carload of people visited Lake Worth (just west of Dallas), near Greer Island. They all saw something terrifying, something that attacked them.
The vampire feeds on blood, the Raven Mocker (Kâ'lanû Ahkyeli'sk) feeds on life. The Cherokee feared these witches greatly.
In Kalkajaka National Park 16 miles southwest of Cooktown (Queensland, Australia), black granite boulders create a maze that lead inside Black Mountain. Throughout the years it has developed a reputation for strange sightings and the disappearance of people without a trace.
A cryptid that originated in American folklore during the 1880s is an ordinary buzzard with a bell hung around its neck. The sound of its bell was believed to an omen of impending doom.
Since the late 19th century there is a large animal that stalked the woods of Northern Maine. Superstitious woodsmen knew then that despite those that disbelieved it existed, this monster did indeed appear every few years to be seen only for a fleeting moment.
Cuba is home to more than 60 species of sharks, however in 1945 fishermen from Cojimar came across something that could only be considered a monster.
Vast and barren, deserts with their apparent lack of life are one of the spookiest places on the planet and the source of many supernatural tales. The stark landscape lends itself to see the unimaginable, perhaps a mirage, or perhaps something more insidious. In actuality deserts can be deadly for both humans and animals, and only the hardiest plants can survive there. Are the tales of strange beasts, mysterious sightings and ghostly visitors only the product of fevered, overheated brains? Perhaps what slithers, walks or glides along the unforgiving, hot sands is appears only a moment in this dimension before they take what they want.
Sherman Ranch also known as Skinwalker Ranch sits on a little over 500 acres just southeast of Ballard, Utah. Sightings of UFOs and several cryptids have been reported. Prior to settlers arriving there, the Ute and Navajos tribes claimed it was used by malevolent witches known as skinwalkers.
It happened twice during the summer of 1973 near the Big Muddy River on the outskirts of Murphysboro. Those events were the sighting of a tall, white-haired creature by two police officer that was like nothing they had ever seen.
Modern-day Sasquatch lore paints this cryptid as being very wary of man, and watching him only from afar, however Native American tribes for centuries have painted a different picture of Bigfoot. They describe how given the chance they would snatch up women or children and take them away never to be seen again.
Unlike the stories told of Bigfoot, this cryptid has a much more dangerous reputation. It's described as nocturnal, omnivorous and extremely territorial. Its footprints have been measured at 22 inches. It's reported as mimicking birds, coyotes and other wildlife as well as making unusual whistling sounds. Most disturbing of all it's purported to visit campsites after dark while humans are sleeping nearby.
A tunnel is the perfect setting for a scary story, let alone the anxiety experienced by those who suffer from claustrophobia. Can you imagine sitting in a dark, enclosed space dug into the earth, and then hearing something move in the darkness close to you? And then you see the gleam of eyes staring at you from the darkness.
Despite our ignorance about the vast oceans that cover the majority of our planet's surface, many find it difficult to believe that gargantuan, humanoid-type animals have been seen in different parts of the Pacific Ocean.
Sightings of Mothman have been reported from all over the world, but it became famous after this portender of doom was seen by several people in Point Pleasant, West Virginia just a few months before the Silver Bridge collapsed in December, 1967.
Stranger Than Fiction Stories by M.P. Pellicer