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Halloween Countdown, Day 21

Did you grow up with any local/regional legends, spooky stories, mysteries, or the like?

the boggy creek monster


Aside from the reported local "haunted houses," I recall vividly tales of the Boggy Creek Monster (a.k.a. the "Fouke Monster" or "Southern Sasquatch"). The phenomenon centers primarily around the Boggy Creek area on the border between Arkansas and Texas, but it still made its way up to Tulsa, Oklahoma, where I was raised -- the story, that is, not the creature -- especially via the 1972 docudrama The Legend of Boggy Creek (which turned out to have a profound effect on the style of 1999's The Blair Witch Project, interestingly enough).

Some in the region wholly embrace this variation on the Bigfoot theme, as you can see.

Boggy Creek Monster Truck Beware the Fouke Monster Handbag WIP Back


I'm not yaying or naying the actual existence of the creature, as I haven't made a systematic study of the reports, sightings, and evidence. (I understand that annual regional conferences on the subject of the "monster" today draw reputable scientists from various universities and institutions as well as lay enthusiasts and local celebrants.) I'm simply saying that it seems very much in the Halloween spirit to appreciate any community that embraces its "darker side."

Monster Mart 18/31 -  Furilla And The Legend Of Boggy Creek


How about you? Do you have any local/regional stories to share?


Here the Sulphur River flows,
Rising when the storm cloud blows.
This is where the creature goes,
Lurking in the land he knows.
Perhaps he dimly wonders, "Why,
Is there no other such as I
To love, to touch before I die,
To listen to my lonely cry?"

- from The Legend of Boggy Creek

Note: No cattle were mutilated in the making of this post.

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homespunheart
Oct. 21st, 2013 11:27 am (UTC)
Remember he always follows the creeks!!! :)
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 21st, 2013 12:48 pm (UTC)
*looks left, looks right, blinks in suspicion at the woods* Eeek! :D

byslantedlight
Oct. 21st, 2013 12:27 pm (UTC)
I grew up partly in a place called Bunyip, in Australia - which was named after this beastie! Never saw one, but my sister and I were dressed up as a two-headed version for a Bunyip festival in the very early 1970s! I don't remember every being scared of bunyips though - maybe because mum talked them up as shy, gentle creatures! *g*
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 22nd, 2013 08:36 pm (UTC)
Oh, this is brilliant! I hadn't read about bunyips before. Thank you so much for the links! I love the fact that your town was named after them. That's so clever.
byslantedlight
Oct. 22nd, 2013 08:47 pm (UTC)
I hadn't read about bunyips before
Not even in the Temeraire books, by Naomi Novik...?

Hmmn, I wonder if I should warn you about dropbears...? *vbg*
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 22nd, 2013 09:11 pm (UTC)
Alas, I've only read about the books, I haven't read them myself. They're on my hopelessly long "to read" list, though!

Hmmn, I wonder if I should warn you about dropbears...? *vbg*

Eeek! :D
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eldritchhobbit
Oct. 22nd, 2013 08:37 pm (UTC)
Re: "his wet, rotting compost heap stink" = yikes!

This is great stuff. Poor Girl Scouts. I'd stay in my tent if I were them! *g*
st_crispins
Oct. 21st, 2013 12:49 pm (UTC)
The Jersey Devil.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 22nd, 2013 08:38 pm (UTC)
Oh, but of course! The bogeyman of all bogeymen. Great stuff! :) Thanks for this.
sittingduck1313
Oct. 21st, 2013 02:41 pm (UTC)
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 22nd, 2013 08:39 pm (UTC)
*slaps forehead* I meant to comment on that in your LJ. This is amazing news -- and, you're right, pretty awesome, too.
Abbie Culbertson
Oct. 21st, 2013 03:08 pm (UTC)
It's strange that you've heard about such a legend and I, a native Texan, have not! Thanks for drawing my attention to it... I will have to look out for the Fouke Monster next time I drive through Arkansas!

The legend that comes to mind is tied to the Pearl Jam song "Jeremy." For those who aren't aware, the incident that sparked the idea for that song took place at my alma mater, Richardson High School, in 1991. It was truly a terrible and traumatic event. Supposedly RHS's auditorium is haunted by a ghost, and some speculate it's the ghost of Delle. During my years there, the school newspaper staff did a great article looking back at the tragedy and investigating the reported ghost. I thought that edition was so well done that I still have a copy of it. Unfortunately, they found no ghost. :)

"Note: No cattle were mutilated in the making of this post."
Lol!

"Current Music:"Monster," Skillet"
Oh man... Skillet was one of my favorite bands when I was in jr. high and only listened to Christian music.

eldritchhobbit
Oct. 22nd, 2013 08:43 pm (UTC)
The legend that comes to mind is tied to the Pearl Jam song "Jeremy."... I thought that edition was so well done that I still have a copy of it. Unfortunately, they found no ghost. :)

Oh wow, I didn't realize that was your high school. That's incredibly sad. I just can't imagine... I'm really impressed by your school newspaper staff for taking that on and doing such a great job with it.

LOL re: Skillet! My sister's a big fan, so I've sort of absorbed some of their music. ;)
Abbie Culbertson
Oct. 22nd, 2013 09:49 pm (UTC)
I saw Skillet's lead singer at SATCO the other day...
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 26th, 2013 11:03 am (UTC)
Ha! All roads lead to SATCO... :)
clara_posts
Oct. 21st, 2013 03:19 pm (UTC)
Our local legend is the Black Shuck:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Shuck

He is also supposed to be the inspiration for The Hound of the Baskervilles. Conan Doyle was staying on the Norfolk Coast when he wrote it.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 22nd, 2013 08:43 pm (UTC)
I think your local legend wins the prize. It really doesn't get better than that.

*bows to you and the Black Shuck*
clara_posts
Oct. 22nd, 2013 09:39 pm (UTC)
I've been to Blythburgh church and seen the scorch marks on the door. It's quite creepy!

Here's a piece about the Conan Doyle link:

http://www.ournorfolk.org.uk/the-arts/haunted-norfolk-black-shuck/

And I had two students a few years back who were absolutely certain that they had an encounter with Black Shuck on the Suffolk Coast. One of them wrote his screenplay about it.

Edited at 2013-10-22 09:39 pm (UTC)
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 26th, 2013 11:02 am (UTC)
Fantastic! Thank you so much for this. I love the Conan Doyle connection -- and the connection to your students!
curtana
Oct. 22nd, 2013 12:40 am (UTC)
Near my grandparents' house is the statue of the Dungarvon Whooper, a spooky story I heard often growing up (my grandfather had worked in the lumber camps when he was young).

Closer to where I grew up is the story of the Coleman Frog - less creepy, more silly :)
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 22nd, 2013 08:57 pm (UTC)
Oooh, that Dungarvon Whooper story is genuinely spooky and sad. I bet it took on an added dimension considering your grandfather's time in the lumber camps and the nearby statue, too. ::shivers::

The Coleman Frog story is wild! It was larger than Virginia, the Boston terrier (and 20 lbs. heavier, apparently)! That's some frog! Where are Mulder and Scully when you need them?

Great stuff. Thank you for the fascinating links.
wellinghall
Oct. 22nd, 2013 08:12 am (UTC)
Not that I can immediately remember, but you might like this link anyway :-)
http://boingboing.net/2013/10/21/cthulhu-visits-a-waterstones.html
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 22nd, 2013 08:58 pm (UTC)
Oh, this is soooo clever - thank you! *g*
gilda_elise
Oct. 22nd, 2013 11:27 am (UTC)
I think through much of the southwest and Mexico, it's La Llorona. I remember the first time I was told about her, a bunch of us were out at night near one of the large canals that run through Phoenix.

La Llorona
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 22nd, 2013 09:10 pm (UTC)
That is a tragic tale! ::shudders:: Thanks so much for the link.

I remember the first time I was told about her, a bunch of us were out at night near one of the large canals that run through Phoenix.

Oooh, a spooky atmosphere for a spooky story! Very appropriate indeed.

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