The Very Hungry Yule Cat of Iceland

Around this time of year, the inimitable Krampus tends to steal the spooky holiday spotlight. But that horned monster in league with Santa isn’t the only Christmas cryptid. In fact, he might not even be the worst. With the wonderfully Icelandic name of Jólakötturinn, the fanged Yule Cat is not a beast to be trifled with. In fact, when it […]

Beast of Gevaudan

The Beast of Gevaudan: The Cryptid World’s Most Ruthless Killer

In the 18th century French province of Gevaudan once lurked a beast so fearsome that even a king tried to intercede on the people’s behalf. No, we’re not talking about some lost Grimm Brothers fairy tale. This is the sordid tale of mayhem, murder, and the Beast of Gevaudan. And you thought you’d heard of […]

Issie, the lake monster of Japan

Issie: The Matriarch Sea Serpent

For this week’s cryptozoological tale, let’s travel to the islands of Japan for a rather somber yarn. As you might already know, some folklore is rooted in profoundly sad origins. So goes the story of Issie, Japan’s most mythical water-dwelling creature. Way back before she embraced her fate as a legendary sea serpent–a heavy burden all […]

The Jersey Devil, or Leeds Devil

Jersey Devil: The Diva Cryptid

Lurking in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey, a certain mysterious creature thinks he’s pretty cool. It all started with an “X-Files” episode back in 1993. Up to that point, only Bigfoot and Nessie had received any widespread cryptid coverage in the media. Then along came the Jersey Devil, ready to show up those amateurs (his words, not mine–I never disrespect […]

Gremlins: More Than Just Cute and Scaly Critters

All this week, I’ve been celebrating a momentous occasion: this month marks the 50th anniversary since The Twilight Zone aired its last new episode (“The Bewitchin’ Pool” on June 19th 1964, for those keeping track at home). As a result of this festive (and honestly somewhat downtrodden) day, I decided to choose a Serling-friendly critter to spotlight for […]

The Kongamato: Defiler of Boats

Among the cryptozoologist crowd, there are those who theorize not every dinosaur surrendered to that dastardly comet. One beloved anachronistic holdover from the original free-range Jurassic Park is a certain plesiosaur that frequents the Loch Ness region (or so they say). But just because Nessie is the most famous maybe-dino out there doesn’t mean she’s […]

The Tatzelwurm

Allow me to introduce the Tatzelwurm. He’s a pleasant sort of fellow who haunts places like Austria, Germany, and the Alps region, thus earning the appropriate moniker of the Alps Dragon. And with a nickname like that, it’s impossible not to fall in love with this charming cryptid. So what, might you wonder, does this […]

Spring Heeled Jack

Spring Heeled Jack

Spring is in the air and for some of the world’s cryptids, it’s also in their step.  Take Spring Heeled Jack, for instance.  This is a guy who witnesses claim could jump over walls, all while cackling maniacally at others’ fear and misfortune.  What a schadenfreude. The tale of Spring Heeled Jack is not for […]