Creature Feature Encore: The Stamford Wildman: A Berkshire Scare of 1861

In 1861, on a slow-news day, a journalist scribbled a story about a wildman. Suddenly people began reporting encounters with the tall, hairy creature. Was it a hermit, a wendigo, a lunatic, an idiot, or a true monster?

Creature Feature: Something Between a Dog and a Calf

Today’s creature is the Black Dog. Called by a variety of names: Black Shuck, the Barghest, Trash, or Padfoot, the names shift with the location, reflecting the creature’s Trickster-like ability to assume first one animal form, then another, usually something canine or calf-like. Let us see what was haunting a lane near New Milford in Pembrokeshire in the years 1890-92.

A (Tail) Flap of Mermaids

We are coming to the end of the traditional Silly Season. Last year I did a post on popular images of sea serpents from vintage newspapers. This year, we move on to an equally popular Silly Season topic: mermaids, as seen in newspapers and book illustrations.

The Prince of Monaco Hunts the Sea Serpent

Prince Albert I of Monaco, the distinguished oceanographer, goes on a fishing trip for sea serpents, with fat pigs for bait. Several other well-attested stories of sea serpent sightings are related.

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