Here in Norway we have a lot of legendary creatures, but Draugen is probably one of the creepiest. Though descriptions of it tend to differ from place to place and story to story, the general concept of it is pretty much the same everywhere:

Draugen is, essentially, the ghost of a person who has died at sea. He can be seen on stormy nights, sailing in the splintered half of a boat with shredded sails. His face is fish-like, with soulless, black eyes and a wide, gaping mouth, and he has kelp and seaweed for hair. Sailors and fishermen foolish enough to head out to sea at night may hear only its shriek before they are pulled beneath the waves, only to return as Draugen themselves, doomed to haunt the waters forever.



Drekavac, a creature that jumps on your back and screams, predicting your death, or the death of your cattle. Also it can drive people insane or make them disappear, never to be seen again.



Here in Sweden I think the two spookiest ones are Näcken, a naked old man that lives in rivers and ponds and plays a violin that places you into a trance. He then lures you into whatever source of whatever he lives in and drowns you.

The second one is the Skogsrå, who’d be a lot creepier if it wasn’t for the fact that she doesn’t really do all that much. She looks like a beautiful woman from the front, but her back looks like a rotten tree trunk with a hole in it. She lurks near the edges of deep forests and tries to seduce men. If you treat her well you’ll be bestowed with luck, but if you treat her badly you will be tormented by disease and death.



Black Annis – In a grim, remote Leicestershire cave hewn with her own scraping, steel-clawed hands, the old crone Black Annis was said to hang the trophy skins of flayed children. A terrifying, lonely creature which lived in the branches of a gnarled great oak- the lone remnant of a long-dead great forest- Black Annis was thought to have been the husk of a forgotten dark Pagan Goddess. This is what she looks like [photo]



The will o’ the wisp is a strange light that lures hikers off trails until they are lost. It’s not as terrifying, but pretty creepy. The folklore is possibly related to a real phenomenon in which people hallucinate when in the wild for long enough, and can wander randomly off the trail. This is also linked to people seeing strange lights, particularly in swamps, in which there are bioluminescent insects and flora, as well as swamp gas. This myth has variations from several continents.



In northern Canada there’s a creature called the wendigo. It used to be a person that once upon a time tainted his/her soul and ate human flesh. The wendigo became so consumed with flesh after that that it became insatiable. all attempts it makes at feeding itself grows the wendigo and doesn’t satiate it. They are said to have eaten their own lips because they just couldn’t resist.

As the legends go you should be careful while walking the forests. As the wendigo might capture you and eat you. But it won’t just eat you in one go. It’s used to hunger. It’ll keep you alive as long as possible so that it has a food source for as long as it can during the winter.



We have a creature called a Kuri. It is known to wait near graves of people who have died on the moor. If you walk passed one of these graves, it will latch on to you.

It slowly convinces you of its existence over the course of weeks, if not months. First you may hear a faint whisper in your ear. You may dream of it or feel a cool touch on the back of your neck. Over time its presence will start become more known. It will grab your leg in the night, start attacking you in your dreams, transpose its face onto your family members as you’re talking to them.

It will never make itself known to anyone else, making you question your own sanity. It will start talking to you, asking you to go back to the moorland, promising you your freedom back if you do. Eventually, once the mental torment gets too much, you give in and wonder back out to the moors. It will keep telling you you’re almost there, allowing you to wander aimlessly around. Eventually, exhaustion will strike you and you will be forced to watch your body succumb to the elements. As you lie there, unable to lift a finger, the Kuri tells you how much it will enjoy dragging your soul to hell. And like that, another grave is created.



I’m from Scotland and we have quite a few. There are ones that I find not so much creep but definitely odd haha.

Such as the Wulver, he was described as a man covered with brown hair on his body and having the head of a wolf. Though he was not malicious, apparently he was fond of fishing and would do so for hours even leaving fish on the windowsills of poor families.

And there is the Selkie, similar to a mermaid I suppose. These creatures had the skin of a seal but could shed them when they came to land. They often came to land to have children with the men there, only going back to find there skin and return to the ocean.



In South Africa it is common for native Africans to sleep with their bed on top of bricks or other device to raise the bed. They believe in a creature called the Tokalosh which sits on your chest while you sleep and steals your breath causing you to gasp for air or even die. This is how it was described to me by my parents and saw multiple Africans beds which were abnormally high off the ground.



In Russian Folklore there is a character named Baba Yega. She is an old woman who lives in the deep forest in a wooden house with chicken legs. She eats people who come upon her dwelling.



Children and women would dance around a village fire and, during this process, everyone would write their names on rocks and place them in and around said fire. When the fire started to die out they would all run home- whereas if they stayed, ‘Yr Hwch Ddu Gwta’ (a bad omen that took the form of a tailless black sow with a headless woman) would devour their souls.

Afterwards men would go from door to door holding a mare’s skull dressed as a ghost, decorated with jewellery and expensive garments – this ‘being’ is called ‘Mari Lwyd’ and she is created to ward off evil.

The reason these men would visit each house was to cleanse the residents’ home so that they would be safe during the winter time when food was scarce. By not tipping the guests, bad spirits would remain in the residents’ homes, so the men sung, read poetry and even danced and the residents would then tip them with anything they had on hand (money, bread, beer etc.) and they would continue to do the same to the next house. With each house, they would become more and more jolly due to the fact that they would become progressively more intoxicated in the process.

The following morning, a village elder would visit the dead fireplace around which the children and women had danced on the previous night. All the stones containing villagers’ names would be checked. If, however, a stone was missing, the person who wrote their name on the stone would die within one year.



Hawaii, USA – Nightmarchers

They’re the spirits of ancient Hawaiian warriors. You can tell they’re coming when you hear drums and see torches. To avoid them from killing you, you’re supposed to avoid eye contact, and take off your clothes and pretend to be dead. Or just get out of these as fast as possible. I’ve also heard that if you have an ancestor marching in the party, you’re safe.

I always heard stories about them growing up and was terrified of running into them because I have no Hawaiian blood and I’d freak the hell out if I heard their drums.



Indian subcontinent. The Churel.

A female ghost that appears as a beautiful young woman to seduce men. Once seduced, she transforms to her true appearance. A hideously scary old woman with backwards feet. Unkempt hair, long saggy breasts, claw like fingernails, long pubic hair, thick black tongue and sharp teeth.

Some Churels will simply kill a man and feast on his flesh. Others will suck his blood or semen, turning him into an old man or causing him to lose his virility.

Usually women who die in childbirth or during menstruation and were ill-treated by her family will turn into a Churel. First they get revenge on the family and once the family is wiped out they will target any young man. They can be found near cemeteries, abandoned buildings or any dark, spooky place.

Some parts of the Indian subcontinent take precautions to prevent women from turning into Churels. Young women that pass on may have special funeral rites. This might include nailing women’s hands and feet when burying them and having her feet shackled in chains. Note that Hindus usually cremate their dead so burying them instead is a big deal.

Every Indian/Pakistani knows someone that knows someone that nearly fell into the clutches of a Churel.



The Hide Behind. It’s a creature in American folklore said to only be visible out of the corner of your eye. If you’re out in the wilderness and think you see something out of the corner of your eye only to turn around and see nothing then you’re probably being followed by a Hide Behind.



Mothman. So in the 60s, in middle of nowhere West Virginia, a 10 ft tall, humanoid bird man with giant glowing red eyes on it’s chest flew around scaring the shit out of people.

It wasn’t just 1 or 2 people who saw it, it was an entire town.

Than one day it was spotted on a bridge than flew away.

Soon after, the bridge collapsed, killing something like 30 people.



Nykur – Icelandic nightmare horse

A horse that hangs around lakes. If you touch it, you are glued to it. if anyone tries to help you by grabbing you and dragging you away, they are stuck to you. The nykur then walks into the lake and drowns you.


Because Nykur exists to fuck you up.



In Ireland we have a thing called the Kelpie. It basically looks like an average horse but it’s mane is always dripping wet. It lures Women and children into riding it, and when they get on it runs into water to drown them and later eat them. Never trust a European horse.



Trinidadian Folklore:

The Soucouyant I used to be scared she would come and get me at night. She’s described as an old woman who can shed her skin and become a ball of fire or an animal you wouldn’t suspect. She sucks your blood and can turn you into things. To spot a Soucouyant you have to dump 100lbs of rice at a crossroad, and she will be compelled to pick them up grain by grain. If you know who the Soucouyant is, you have to find her shedded skin and put salt in it before dawn. Her skin would shrivel up and she won’t be able to get back inside.

Douens These fuckers haunted my nightmares. They are children’s spirits that died before baptism. They have no faces and their feet are back to front (heels facing forward). It still crawls my blood to imagine them with their backwards feet. They can steal children’s names and lure them away from their families.

It’s funny to think of what scared me as a kid. I hated the easter bunny. I imagined a 6ft monster bunny, so I always slept in my parents bed the night before Easter.



In Mexico maybe it could be “El Nagual”:

A nagual or nahual (both pronounced [na’wal]) is a human being who has the power to transform either spiritually or physically into an animal form: most commonly jaguar and puma but also other animals such as a donkeys, birds, or dogs and coyotes.

In English the word is often translated as “transforming witch”, but translations without the negative connotations of the word witch would be “transforming trickster” or “shape shifter”.

It is said that some “Naguales” still exist and snatch children to eat them.



There’s also the Manananggal. Female mytho creature.

Rips off half her body and grows wings during the night and searches for pregnant woman to eat the fetus using her long tongue.



Time to throw in some Chinese! Although I’m not from China, but Chinese, so this is stretching the question slightly. Anyway, the Chinese “zombie” or jiangshi (僵尸) is a mummified corpse that has risen from the dead for various reasons. They don’t eat brains, or flesh – they drain you of your life force. They cannot walk or bend their limbs due to rigor mortis, and as such hop after their prey.

That may sound silly at first, but imagine it. Actually imagine walking on a dark road at midnight, by a graveyard. And as the cold night air brushes against your ear, you hear something. Something like footsteps, only heavier, pounding through the grass, stirring the cool air behind you:

Thump. Thump. Thump.

You don’t want to look back. You don’t want to look back.

Thump. Thump. Thump.

I had nightmares about it when I first learned of it. Of it hopping in the dark. Its outstretched arms, wrinkled grey skin, legs locked together, dead face in a slack, frozen leer.

Thump. Thump. Thump.



Redcap – England.

From Wiki:

A red cap or redcap, also known as a powrie or dunter, is a type of malevolent, murderous dwarf, goblin, elf or fairy found in Border Folklore. They are said to inhabit ruined castles found along the border between England and Scotland. Redcaps are said to murder travellers who stray into their homes and dye their hats with their victims’ blood (from which they get their name). Redcaps must kill regularly, for if the blood staining their hats dries out, they die. Redcaps are very fast in spite of the heavy iron pikes they wield and the iron-shod boots they wear. Outrunning a redcap is supposedly impossible.



In America, I know of two. Both from states bordering my own (Pennsylvania).

The first is the Jersey Devil. Its origin changes depending on who you ask, but the malt popular version is a woman had 12 children, and was pregnant with number thirteen. Either through superstition (13 is considered an unlucky number) or through a witch’s curse, she was convinced that ten child would be evil. In one version, she leaves her normal, healthy boy out in the forest to die. The rage of being abandoned consumes the child, who morphs into a horrifying creature. In the other version, from birth he is a horrible monster.

The Jersey Devil is the size of (and has the body and head of) a horse, but he has a dog’s nose, giant bat’s wings, and sharp teeth. He can teleport, and he will destroy livestock, farms, and I think he attacks people too. Apparently, Napoleon Bonaparte’s brother, who lived in Jersey for a time, saw the Jersey Devil at least once. He lives in the Jersey woods, near farms. It has a horrifying cry. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jersey_Devil

The other is the Mothman of West Virginia. The Mothman is a tall, bipedal, winged creature that appeared for a year in West Virginia in the late 1960s. He seemed to be tall, covered in black fur, with gigantic moth wings and glowing red eyes. His presence was attributed to disaster, but whether he was a warning or the cause of disaster is unknown. The last reported mass sighting was when he flew over and perched on a bridge, which collapsed and killed 46 people. It is unknown whether he died or went into hiding after this, but he disappeared. He lives on in the memories of the residents of Point Pleasant, West Virginia, and he has a statue dedicated to him. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mothman



Not just in Slovakia, but that’s where learned of it, but I’d go with Poludnica.

She is supposed to be the personification of sun stroke, a midday demon. It is said she appeared to farmers working in the fields around noon and engaged them in conversation asking a difficult riddle. If they didn’t know the answer, she would lop off their head with a scythe.

Where I grew up, there is a mountain named after her and the way I was told the story by my grandfather, it doesn’t look like much from a distance, but is in fact the tallest mountain in the surrounding range. The same way Poludnica, the demon, appears as a small, frail woman in the distance at first, but by the time she gets close, it is already too late.



Indonesia has so many mythical creatures. I think Kuntilanak is the worst of all. Pretty much like Sadako from The Ring, except she can fly and scream like a lunatic.



In New Mexico, Arizona, and Mexico, we have La Llorona, The Wailing Woman. She loved a man who scorned her and in her grief she drowned her children in the river.

Her ghost is said to wander the water ways, bridges, even irrigation ditches, searching for them. She wears all white and she weeps tears of blood. She screams and wails all night as she searches for them, and if she comes across you after dark, she’ll drown you.



The Tokoloshe: In Zulu mythology, Tikoloshe, Tokoloshe or Hili is a dwarf-like water sprite. It is considered a mischievous and evil spirit that can become invisible by drinking water. Tokoloshes are called upon by malevolent people to cause trouble for others. At its least harmful a tokoloshe can be used to scare children, but its power extends to causing illness or even the death of the victim. The creature might be banished by a n’anga (witch doctor), who has the power to expel it from the area.

I heard it slightly different than wiki as a kid because of the Shona influence in Zimbabwe.



My very sane, non-paranormal believing SO used to see this creepy, short, troll like creature in his room in a house he lived in (only there). He said it looked like a short troll with a huge nose and giant gaping smile that would just stare at him.

He chalked it up to hallucinating, but one day I heard about a Pukwudgie and all my hair stood on end.

A Pukwudgie is a 2-or-3-foot-tall (0.61 or 0.91 m) troll-like being from the Wampanoag folklore. Pukwudgies’ features resemble those of a human, but with enlarged noses, fingers and ears. Their skin is described as being a smooth grey, and at times has been known to glow.

EDIT: Details from the SO

It felt like a year but probably wasn’t. It felt like something I semi got used to. Long enough for it at least. I shared the room. My sister had a bed across from mine and my parents slept in a large bed in the middle of the room, closer to where it would appear. I can’t recall, but I don’t think my parents were ever in the room when I would see it And I can’t remember if my sister was, but I imagine she was and was sleeping I recall times my mother popped her head in and it would be gone immediately



Man… Native Americans have a lot of shit that’ll fuck up your day. In Oklahoma I heard a few, one was specifically about some land my uncle had bought. There is a bend in the creek that’s insanely deep. Easily 15 feet which is super odd considering its knee deep just a bit up the creek as well as just a bit down. Apparently it’s been like that for years. The land was well known as it had a school on it a long time ago. I met one guy who went to school out there as well as lived there. He was able to tell me about a bunch of the landmarks as well as point in the direction of several new ones we hadn’t seen. He also told me about the bend in the creek. He said it was a portal to another world. He said while hunting one day he had shot a deer. Following it he found it on the bank of the creek and it sprung up and jumped right into the middle of the bend and never resurfaced. As he stood there waiting he kept hearing laughter until he could finally make out the figure across the water as a little person mocking him. When he started to move the little person leaped into the water and disappeared as well.

He also talked about the deer woman, but that was like a bad fairytale to keep your children in line. It was like a centaur but half deer, half old woman. When a child misbehaved at any type of ceremony the deer woman would stalk them in the woods until finally taking them and eating them.



Turkish here but I guess it is more related to Islam than country.

We have djinn. And it is nothing like the Robin Williams.

According to folklore and religion, there are good ones and evil ones. Good ones mostly Muslim so they don’t bother you. Evil ones mostly don’t believe in god.

So if you say Djinn, they are drawn to you. And sometimes they haunt you just for fun. They don’t have a specific shape because they can shapeshift but most noticeable feature is their feet are backwards. They live next to walls, abandoned houses, bushes and trees when you have to pee at night you shouldn’t pee at those or they will get angry and haunt you.

They are from another plane so normally invisible unless they want otherwise. It is always told that they like to toy with people. They like burning people, possessing people even raping the beautiful young girls. They target people who don’t believe them and who believes them and but terrified of them.

Some people claim to have power on them. These things can know everything about a person by just looking at one of that person’s belonging. They can travel huge distances in a blink.

There are some verses from Quran that can make them keep distance depending on the creature’s power.

And I had a teacher, also friend of my father, who -allegedly- was perfect at fending them. According to his stories and his wife’s words, he tried to send away a group which haunted a girl. He thought he managed until the next day. One remained and tried to suffocate his newborn son with telephone cable. Wife says phone was flying, glasses were flying and hitting them and there were no one in the house. Eventually he managed it.

I happened to saw a similar thing when i was 7. But i still don’t know it was a dream or reality after all these years. But i still get the goosebumps thinking of it.



There are a few strange creatures in the Jewish folklore:

  • Re’em: A giant mammal the size of a mountain. There are said to be only two Re’ems living simultaneously – one female and one male living in the opposite sides of the planet. At the age of 70 they meet and reproduce, and then females bites the male fatally. The female Re’em is pregnant for 11 years, and during the last year of the pregnancy, she is unable to walk. The drool from her mouth waters the fields around her to provide her food. After she gives birth, to a male-female twin couple, she dies. They male walks east and the female walks west, only to meet again in 70 years.
  • Golem: A man-shaped form, that has been given life by a person with knowledge of Kabbalah. He was created to help the Jews in their times of distress. He was given life by writing god’s name on a paper and placing it in its mouth, and writing the word truth (�?מת) on its forehead. When it was no longer needed the letter �? was removed, spelling the word מת = dead.
  • Field sleepers (�?דני שדה): Men with their umbilical cord connected to the earth. It was said that if they would be detached the would die.
  • Arod: A snake-like creature. If bitten, the Arod and the bitten person raced to the nearest water source. THe first to reach the water would survive, the second would die.

Theses creatures aren’t commonly believed, and most Jewish people aren’t aware of their existence in the scripture.



Bean Sí (Banshee)

This is an Irish fairy-woman who likes to hang around the countryside and forests. If you hear someone screaming/crying in the country, it’s a banshee predicting the death of someone in your family. If the person you’re with can’t hear it, that’s bad news for them…



In Southeast Asia, we have the delightful Penanggalan, a detached female head capable of flying about on its own with its the stomach and entrails dangling below it. It is said to prey on pregnant women and young children:

Like a banshee who appears at a birth rather than a death, the Penanggalan perches on the roofs of houses where women are in labour, screeching when the child is born. The Penanggalan will insert a long invisible tongue into the house to lap up the blood of the new mother. Those whose blood the Penanggalan feeds upon contract a wasting disease that is almost inescapably fatal. Other, perhaps more chilling, descriptions say that the Penanggal can ooze up through the cracks in the floorboards of a house, rising up into the room where an infant or woman is sleeping.



We have a lot of lore around here, but my favorite is the loup-garou. It’s basically a werewolf, but with one big difference.

When the loup-garou is inflicted with a wound that will kill it and the first drop of blood from the wound that will kill the beast is spilt, it turns into its human form, revealing itself to its attacker. Usually, loup-garous are in small towns so the attacker knows the human form of the beast. Then it informs the attacker that it, too, will now become a loup-garou for between 101 and 365 (depending on which lore you read) days. After that time they will return to sole human form, but only if they do not tell anyone or let anyone find out.

Also, they keep their human sensibilities. So they’re a wolf-monster with human intelligence, making them super hard to kill. They prey on women, mostly, along with animals and children who wander alone.

We also have lots of voodoo legends and other neat stuff, but this one is the most well known.



In Brittany in France, we have a dark character called Ankou. It’s basically a personification of Death. If you can hear him walking around, that means he’s coming to take on his cart someone who’s about to die. He was the center of many frightening stories that were told late in the night around the fire..



In Polish folklore a strzyga is an undead blood-sucking demon similar to a vampire.

From Wikipedia (source:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strzyga)

People who were born with two hearts and two souls and two sets of teeth (the second one barely visible) were believed to be strzygas. Furthermore, a newborn child with already developed teeth was also believed to be one. When a person was identified as a strzyga he was chased away from human dwelling places. Such strzygas usually died at a young age, but, according to belief, only one of their two souls would pass to the afterlife; the other soul was believed to cause the deceased strzyga to come back to life and prey upon other living beings. These undead strzyga were believed to fly at night in a form of an owl and attack night-time travelers and people who had wandered off into the woods at night, sucking out their blood and eating their insides. Strzyga were also believed to be satisfied with animal blood, for a short period of time.

When a person believed to be a strzyga died, decapitating the corpse and burying the head separate from the rest of the body was believed to prevent the strzyga from rising from the dead; burying the body face down with a sickle around its head was believed to work as well.



In Korea we have the Kumiho. It’s a nine-tailed fox spirit that shapeshifts into a beautiful woman to seduce men. Once the entranced men let their guard down, the Kumiho kills them and consumes their entrails.




They say that it happens mostly in the province of the Philippines where pregnant women are in danger of having the tiktik visit them. The name come from the noise they make at night, tik tik tik tik tik. They are normal people during the day and usually turns into this creature at night. They fly (more info about this later) on the roof of the pregnant woman’s home and puncture the roof with their tongue. The tongue then extends and the further it extends it turns more of a pin size, easily puncturing the woman’s belly and sucking up the fetus and everything inside the womb killing the baby.

To prevent having a visit from the tiktik people often hang garlic in the room.


Some say that the tiktik are kinds of “manananggal” (mah-nah-nang-gal) who are creatures that again, normal in the day but at night their abdominal separates from the legs and the upper part extends a large bat like wing and just flies away to hunt animals or people or sometimes sucks baby from woman’s stomach.

Manananggal can only be killed if you can find the lower part of the body and sprinkle salt on the exposed internals preventing the top part from reconnecting to its body.

There’s words that the modern manananggal does not separate anymore.




I’m not from there, but in Japan there is a two-mouthed woman called futakuchi-onna, whose second mouth is on the back of her head.

The story goes that a stingy man who hated paying for anything extra. He met a woman who didn’t eat, so he took her for his wife. He was thrilled that he never had to pay for any extra food, but soon noticed his rice stores were rapidly decreasing.

One day he stayed home to try and catch the culprit, and saw his wife part her hair at the back, to reveal a huge mouth on the back of her head, and her hair reached out and shovelled rice into that mouth.

There are plenty of horror films and stories that feature her now.



In Louisiana, cajun folk have the Rougarou. It’s a swamp monster with a werewolf form that travels the swamps searching for disobedient kids. There is also Le Feu Follet. It’s a lighted mist that rises from the swamps and if you try to follow it, it only leads you deeper into the dark swamps. Pretty creepy stuff for a kid to read about.



Not the country I’m living in, but I am part Filipino.

WakWak, an amalgamation of a vampire and a bird-like creature(think vampire with large wings on its back), is a creature/ghost that comes out at night.

It most commonly loves to prey on women, especially pregnant women, and little children. WakWak is said to derive from the sounds their wings make when flying, but some believe it to be the call of the creature(I believe the latter for the following reason).

Once, at my grandmother’s house(a shabby, run down house in the middle of a village on the outskirts of a forest), my mum was telling me stories about the WakWak at night because I love ghost stories. It gets me really excited and interested, but halfway through the story-telling, we heard something land on the roof of our house, which was made of zinc plates, and in a very low-pitched yet shrill sound – “WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAK”.

Mum and I froze in our seats. Our eyes widened at the same time hahahahaha it was so scary to hear it whilst talking about said creature. While I was still paralysed with shock, my mum jumped out of her seat and immediately closed the windows shut(it was wide open but as it was a village, no lights aside from the stars in the sky, so it was pitch black).



The draug is pretty terrifying(Norway). The way I’ve always heard it told, is he’s the embodiment of sailors who died far away from home in shipwrecks. He sails around in half a boat. If you see him while at sea, it’s bad luck- or as my grandpa used to explain it, he’s waiting to eat your souls, because there WILL be an accident and those who don’t die in that will be killed by him personally. Oh yeah, and he looks like a rotting corpse.



Finns used to believe in the liekkiö, the spirit of a baby that had been born outside of wedlock and killed by its mother. It had been buried in unconsecrated ground in the forest, and its spirit could therefore not go on, but was stuck on earth as a ghost. It would scream in the night like a baby. A liekkiö could start following a traveller, and scare them by screaming, laughing, or repeating their words like a creepy echo. Sometimes a liekkiö would appear in the form of a bird or a will-o’-the-wisp. In some cases the liekkiö could be made to stop screaming by saying: “Where were you when Christ hung on the cross?”



In Hungary we have the “vasorrú bába” or the “witch with iron nose”. They abduct and eat children.

We also have the “Lidérc”, a demonic creature that sits on your chest while you sleep. You can’t move while it sucks your life energy away. This being is believed to be related to sleep paralysis hallucinations.



I’m from the US and there’s going to be a lot of examples. So I’m going to be more specific and tell you about the Appalachian region’s Taily-Po.

The taily-po is a large, black cat-like creature with a wide grin and long claws. The story goes that one day, a man out hunting with his three hounds came across the creature. Hungry, the man chops off its long tail with an ax, the creature runs off, and the man takes the tail back to his cabin and makes a stew out of it.

As the man slept, he was awoken by a scratching sound. It was the creature, and in a demonic voice it said, “taily-po, taily-po, whos’ got my taily-po.”

The man sics his dogs on the creature. One of the dogs chases the creature into the darkness, but is never seen again. And so it goes the next night, and the night after, until finally the man has no dogs left to protect him.

That night, the man lies awake, hoping that dawn will come. But just before dawn breaks, the creature appears again and hovers over his bed. “Taily-po, taily-po, who’s got my taily-po?” The frightened hunter screams, “I haven’t got your taily-po!”

The enraged creature yells back “Yes you have! Yes you have!” as he rips the man to shreds in his own bed with his claws.

And still, if you are alone in the woods at night, you may hear this vicious creature searching for it’s long lost tail.



Here are a few from Alaska:

The Mahaha (Inuit legend): A thin, sinewy demon with long, bony fingers and sharp nails. Always depicted as having long, stringy hair that hangs in its face. Eyes are piercing white. He wears little to no clothing and is always barefoot, despite the cold. It’s said that basically tickles its victims to death, leaving their victims with a twisted smile on their frozen face. To escape the Mahaha you must fool it, usually by offering it a drink of water from an opening in the ice and then pushing it in.

The Taqriaqsuit (Inuit Legend): A tribe of shadow people who live in a world just beyond our perception. When you are alone but hear footsteps or whispers in the woods around you, those are the Taqriaqsuit watching you. If you happen to notice them, they will vanish into the ground. Occasionally, they invite people to crossover into their world.

The Qallupilluk (Inuit Legend): Creatures that live in the arctic waters with scaly, bumpy skin, that reek of sulfur. They hide in the water, waiting for children to go near the beach or breaking ice. They jump out of the water and snatch the children. Often seen wearing eider duck clothing and carrying large pouches on their backs to carry the children in. Sometimes they can be heard knocking on the underside of the ice, trying to entice children to venture out to investigate the noise.

Foggy Man: From Athabascan legend. Found in bogs and waterways, anywhere there is fog. He emerges from the fog, often in his boat. He will try to lure people into or close to the water, usually with some sort of trade. Convinces people to go with him on his boat and they are never heard from again. Some say he merely emerges from the fog, others say he is made of fog.

The Angiaks: Like an Inuit vampire, but different. They die, usually from natural causes that could have been avoided, and they come back as an Angiak. Returning for their family first, they slaughter them, draining their blood and devouring some of the flesh. After their family, they begin to consume everyone else in their village.

Ircenrraat (Yup’ik legend): Also known as “The Little People”. Often described as tricksters that live in the tundra. Usually they just disorient and discomfort travelers and hunters, but occasionally they will abduct people. Said to be quite strong and that just one of them can carry an entire caribou across the tundra on his own. Sometimes they leave their victims in a confused, dazed stupor; other times they simply play pranks (like taking all of the camp’s water jugs and leaving them over the next hill) and then disappear unseen.



East Anglia, UK. The Black Shuck, a large black dog with shaggy fur, red eyes and bared teeth.

The Black Schuck prowls along dark lanes at night and empty field footpaths. It is said that when you see the Black Shuck, the observer will have an immediate death.

Here’s a snippet about the dog:

He takes the form of a huge black dog, and prowls along dark lanes and lonesome field footpaths, where, although his howling makes the hearer’s blood run cold, his footfalls make no sound. You may know him at once, should you see him, by his fiery eye; he has but one, and that, like the Cyclops’, is in the middle of his head. But such an encounter might bring you the worst of luck: it is even said that to meet him is to be warned that your death will occur before the end of the year. So you will do well to shut your eyes if you hear him howling; shut them even if you are uncertain whether it is the dog fiend or the voice of the wind you hear.



Ireland has a lot of creepy folklore, one I like is the Dullahan. He is essentially a headless horseman who rides a black stallion or has a carriage driven by 6 headless horses. If he watch him ride by he may throw a bucket of blood at you or make you blind in one eye. If he stops and calls your name, you die. He is however afraid of gold so you carry that to keep him away.



The Boraro – Colombian Folklore

It is a more monstrous version of The Curupira from Brazilian Folklore in the mythology of the Tucano people. Much like the “Curupira” it has backwards facing feet to confuse it’s foes and is a protector of wildlife. Beyond its feet however, it is far more grotesque in appearance. It is very tall to the extent it is tree sized, pale skinned but covered in black fur, has large forward facing ears, fangs and huge pendulous genitals. It has no joints in its knees, so if it falls down it has great trouble getting up. It uses two main ways to kills its victims, first its urine is a lethal poison

Secondly, if it catches a victim in its embrace it will crush them without breaking skin or bones, until their flesh is pulp. Then it drinks the pulp through a small hole made in the victims head, after which the victims empty skin is inflated like a balloon and are then sent home in a daze, where they subsequently die. It can be placated by tobacco, but to escape it one can either place their hands in its footprints which will cause its legs to stiffen and temporarily fell the monster, or alternatively run backwards while facing it, which confuses the monster.



I honestly don’t know where it comes from but my grandad used to tell me the story about “an fear glas”, gaelic for “the green man”. Used to scare the shit out of me. This is how he used to tell it more or less.

In a time before saints or religion had come to Ireland, people would bury their dead with an offering. Usually the offering had to match the person’s lifestyle. If the dead had been a poor farmer, a small offering of a loaf of brown bread or a sod of turf would do. A rich man like a landlord or banker would have to leave a money offering.

In such circumstances you’d go to a green man. (On a side, from what I know, it wasn’t actually a man, it was a faerie like creature said to be about the size of a small child). When a person died, the green man would lay down on the grass beside their grave and await the offering. It was said that the green man would actively prevent the soul from moving on , and would actually torture the dead as they lay, making them believe they were alive and buried below ground, with no one coming to help them. It only let the dead go once the offering was made. (Don’t know if this is true but my grandad used to say that the sound of the banshee was actually not the banshee, it was the screams of the dead being tortured by the green man) The belief that one is dead is said to be the relief that the offerings bring. When the dead come to terms with their demise they move on. The green man was the grave keeper, a small child lying eyes open next to the graves.



I grew up in a west central Georgia town about an hour and a half south of Atlanta, and we had a local story about “Midnight Myra.”

The legend told of how she ran a stagecoach from the rail station back into the town of Molina. The story goes that the invention of the automobile basically put her out of business, and pretty much drove her mad. She eventually gained a bit of notoriety locally as a witch (probably making poultices and herb remedies for the locals) and the fact that she’d hide by the side of the road and leap out to scare passing motorists.

Well, one day a motorist didn’t swerve to avoid her and ran her down.

According to legend, her crushed body lie in the road for several days as no one wanted to disturb her bones. Eventually, she was interred in a small plot and her tombstone reads something along the lines of “Dearest Myra, whom we loved.” Strangely enough, her husband’s headstone bears no such inscription. It’s almost as if they wanted to appease her spirit and didn’t give a fuck about his.

You can visit it to this day (I believe this is where the cemetery is: 32.965121, -84.526757, I could be wrong, it’s been over 30 years since I was there.)

The ghost part of the story tells of how she haunts the local scout camp and threatens young campers. You can protect yourself and satisfy her by leaving a piece of candy on your pillow, or if she’s chasing you, make a sound like a car to scare her off.

Our Boy Scout troop had an initiation right that required us to lie full down on her grave and listen for her heartbeat. Everyone would lie down and almost immediately jump up claiming to have heard a heartbeat. Whenever I think back to being stretched out on Myra’s grave listening for her heartbeat, I know that what I heard was the trip-hammer beating of my heart. What I don’t know is what the ticking and scratching was or why it sounded like it was coming from a few feet beneath me.



La siguanaba.

This bitch will appear in the middle of the night, facing away from you. She has a smoking hot body, long hair and moves super sexy and shit. You’ll fall in love almost immediatley and follow her as she slowly walks looking hot as fuck. She never looks back at you, no matter how much you call to get her attention. There are many mountains in my country, so there are many ravines too. Eventually she’ll lead you to a ravine, but you won’t notice beacuse you are astounded by her beauty. Suddenly she stops, you’re like “Yeah! Finally shes gonna let me fuck her.” When you are close enough she’ll turn around and… BAM! she has a horse face. She’ll jump on you drag you to the ravine and fuck you up.

Fuck la siguanaba.



OK, couldn’t find an english version of this posted in here so thought I’d share.

Deep in the far north of europe lives an indigenous people called the Sami people. Their folklore speaks of a malevolent creature simply called Staalo or Stállu. The myth has a long tradition but it’s etymology is uncertain. Staalo mainly appears in different stories so there is no certainty if people actually believed in them.

Staalo resembles but is still slightly bigger than a human being.

Usually when people come across a Staalo the encounter evolves into a wrestling match. The person wrestling the Staalo had to know the tradition of not using a knife against because the knife would turn against its user. The person also had to kill the Staalo’s dog. Otherwise the dog would lick it’s master’s wounds and resurrect it.

The Staalo usually carries riches with him and the only way for the person to win against the Staalo is to outsmart it. Many people have successfully robbed the riches off the Staalo they’ve just defeated which is considered to be the underlying reason for the Sami people’s wealth.

Traditionally the Southern Sami people associated the Staalo and especially his wife with human cannibalism and sucking blood through a straw.

There are also stories where a Staalo marries a human girl then eats her. Usually the Staalo gets castrated when caught. There’s also a whole bunch of other sadistic details associated with them.



In basic training I met a kid from rural Washington that had some… very interesting experiences with what he referred to as Bigfoot.

He told me that Bigfoot was NOT some primitive giant ape creature that was shy of humans. He said that it was a malicious, shape-shifting, telepathic alien that had been terrorizing his immediate family for years, with fatal consequences.

One habit it had was assuming the form of woodland creatures and sitting outside in the tree-line in view of the windows. Often as an owl. It would do this, so that when members of the family would look outside the window (while doing dishes for instance) they would meet it’s stare and be locked in to a telepathic link. My friend described this link as visions of horror and suggestions of evil and submission. On rare occasion they would be mentally coerced to wander into the woods, where the creature would assume the typical bigfoot form and they would be forced to do perverse things.

He said this lead to multiple police and FBI involvements due to him having siblings, parents and even house guests that would go missing for days only to return filthy, shaken and unable to fully describe where they had been. He said the creature was angered that the family would let the police get involved (I think there were some other reasons too, I forget) and as retribution it lured his youngest brother in to the woods and forced him to kill himself. He wouldn’t give details on that, but said there was another FBI investigation after. I believe he said that that was the end of it, and the creature finally left his land, after which time the family was able to move. Apparently they had not been able to do so before because of the creatures telepathic suggestions or whatnot.

Anyway, that’s my creepy folklore story. The kid was such a nice, normal, simple dude. It was strange hearing these PTSD-sounding sci-fi tales come out of him, more as warnings after someone brought up aliens than as some night-time scare tactic. The dude hated aliens.


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