Strange and creepy
Strange and creepy cryptid encounters have been occurring in the backyards of individuals across America for years. While modern day cryptid sightings often happen, they don’t draw the same nationwide attention as they did fifty years ago. Maybe that’s because they’re old topics and don’t make for good news. Maybe it’s because, in print, the tabloids have taken over the subject. And online, countless stories and videos have desensitized us. Truly creepy cryptid encounters simply don’t elicit the same large-scale response even if they are terrifying on a personal level.
Great Stories Never Die
They may sleep for a time, but then like restless spirits eager for more of the spotlight, stories about creepy cryptid encounters rise at the hand of talented artists, ready to terrorize a new generation. Below is my list of the five creepiest cryptid encounters in America. As I’ve researched various cryptids, these are the five that stand out—at the moment—as the creepiest to me. This is only my opinion, yet I’m curious if you’ll agree.
Number Five – The Michigan Dogman
My brother hunts in Michigan. South of Sigma. Dogman territory he calls it. “Some nights, sleeping in a tent out in the wilderness, things get creepy. There are strange noises. None like I’ve ever heard. They might be coyotes, but they sound different…fierce. Like nothing you’ve ever encountered. The whole area feels strange when you’re up there on the 7th.”
He’s talking about the 7th day of the month, but legend talks about the 7th year. Every ten years that end in seven, the cryptid known as the Michigan Dogman rises from the depths of wherever it has been to terrorize the people of Michigan. The beast is described as half-man and half-wolf, stands seven-feet-tall, and walks on two legs.
In 1987, Steve Cook wrote a song called, “The Legend of Dogman”. It was a hit for people because so many could relate to it. Growing up, they’d heard Dogman stories. You can find the words to the song here. The creepiest part for me has to do with claw marks on a church door and when the Dogman is grinning through a window. Can you imagine seeing that? Imagining is enough for me.
Number Four – The Dewey Lake Monster
Another Michigan Cryptid. What is it about Michigan that attracts monsters? Maybe it’s being surrounded by water or so much wilderness. Maybe it’s the blueberries!
Also known as the Michigan Bigfoot or Sister Lakes Sasquatch, this creepy cryptid is semi-aquatic, staying just beneath the water’s surface during the day but coming out at night to find food. One 1964 evening, in the southwest of Michigan near Dewey Lake in Cass County, this black-haired, ten-foot tall creature emerged from the lake and attacked a group of vacationers. Said to be over 400 pounds, the thing sported eighteen-inch, bear-like claws on its hands and feet, a cone shaped head, and human-like features. It emitted a powerful swampy smell.
With reports of smashed and turned over cars, thousands of “monster hunters” and thrill-seekers flocked to the area to catch a glimpse of this creature. What creeps me out most is the idea of swimming in that lake. I like swimming in lakes even when I can’t see what touches my toes. But what if a swampy Bigfoot-type creature stepped out of the depths to scan the crowd for his next evening meal? Like Jaws with feet. I can hear the music now…
Number Three – Momo-The Missouri Monster
Recently resurrected by Lyle Blackburn, who investigated and wrote Momo: The Strange Case of the Missouri Monster, the creature depicted on his book cover is enough to frighten most people who stop to think about what they’re looking at. Seriously, what would you do if you ran into that? Along with Seth Breedlove, Blackburn cowrote the newest Small Town Monsters production: “Momo: The Missouri Monster” which “combines documentary film making and horror-based narrative storytelling.” Their tagline—“There’s something on Star Hill”—is creepy enough, let alone the cryptid’s swampy like appearance. Check it out on the Small Town Monsters Facebook page.
I haven’t seen STM’s documentary yet, but from what I’ve read, one of the creature’s creepiest tendencies is a curiosity of people. He impresses me as a big, hairy version of ET. He’s lost and wants to find where he belongs, and he’s hungry, or it appears so by the dog he carries under his arm. (Why are all these creatures always hungry)?
During the summer of 1972, many sightings and strange occurrences frightened several families outside Louisiana, Missouri in Pike county along the Mississippi River. Momo was described as having long, black hair covering his eyes, he stood six-to-seven feet tall, and smelled horrid.
Also reported with this account were two fireballs seen floating over Marzolf hill from where witnesses heard a ringing sound. While investigating, they discovered the strong odor and a three-toed, ten-inch footprint but nothing else.
Afterward, I can’t help but wonder if Momo didn’t wander down the Mississippi River to Murphysboro, Illinois to terrorize some teenagers the next summer. Same swampy vibe, but the footprints and hair color for the Murphysboro Mud Monster were different.
Number Two – Mothman
In my opinion, Mothman and creepy are synonymous. While I’m certainly no Mothman expert, I’ve spent quite a bit of time reading and researching this cryptid for our upcoming Sky Monster book. I’ve traveled to Point Pleasant and visited the museum, watched several documentaries. Nothing shakes my feeling that if this creature is real, he’s some sort of evil entity, a demonic being.
Here’s a very quick rundown of Mothman’s specs in case you aren’t familiar. He’s a six-to-seven-foot bat-like creature with wings that span nearly ten feet. With barely a head, two large, glowing, red eyes are centered on his chest. In November of 1966, two young married couples reported to the police that a winged-creature chased them, topping speeds near 100mph. Over the course of a year, others witnessed Mothman in and around Point Pleasant. Some of these people say they were visited by strange men in black suits and told not to talk about what they saw. Strange things also happened around the West Virginia Ordinance Works, aka the TNT plant. During WWII, this place manufactured and stored explosives.
Thirteen months after the first sighting of Mothman, the Silver Bridge that spans the Ohio River between Point Pleasant and Gallipolis, Ohio, collapsed killing forty-six people. In his book, Mothman Prophecies, John Keel coined the phrase Men in Black. The book was made into a movie and Mothman became a worldwide intrigue.
Some people believe the area surrounding Point Pleasant is cursed. I’m not a fan of that mindset. It feels hopeless. But it does make Mothman stand out as an instigator or predictor of evil. But he’s not the creature that creeps me out the most.
Number One – The Fouke Monster
Also known as the Boggy Creek Monster, this is one Bigfoot-type creature I don’t even want to catch a glimpse of. Maybe it has to do with the 1972 movie “The Legend of Boggy Creek.” The idea of waking up to red eyes and a big, hairy creature reaching its massive arm though my bedroom window at night—in a remote, swampy, wooded area—is the absolute creepiest thing I can imagine.
Another three-toed creature, this swamp wanderer has seventeen-inch feet; long, dark-reddish, brown, or black fur; and ape-like features. His height ranges from four-to-seven feet, depending on who you ask. And he hisses.
If any creature like this came close to my house and banged on my walls or windows, I would pack up and skedaddle. As one family apparently did.
That wraps up my top 5 creepiest cryptid encounters.
How about you?
Which cryptid do you think is the creepiest?