I am writing a series about America’s Cryptids. I thought it would be a fantastic idea to write articles about each state’s cryptids. I was surprised to find such a vast resource of information.
I am having so much fun researching each state’s creepy monsters, because each state has more than one cryptid. Embedded in each states myths and legends, there are stories of strange and unusual monsters that stretch back hundreds of years.
Alabama has ‘The White Thang,’ which is a bigfoot-like creature. You wouldn’t think such a creature could live in the swamps.
Many of the stories about Bigfoot is that the creature lives in heavily dense forests. The forests of the Pacific Northwest are reputed to be home to the hair-covered cryptid. The Alabama White Thang is a Bigfoot-type monster that is pure white, but lives in the swamps.
It makes you wonder if it isn’t related to the infamous Himalayan yeti. Tales of the yeti says it has white fur, just like the Swamp Thang.
Then you have Alaska’s Qalupalik, which sounds similar to the mermaid. Tales and stories from ancient Rome and Greece talk about mermaids. Beautiful Sultry siren-like females that sit on rocks, and use their voices to lure unsuspecting sailors to their dooms.
The singing enthralled the men they didn’t pay attention to what was around them, causing them to crash their ship on the rocks.
Alaska’s myths have similar sirens that lure Native children to their doom. The Qalupalik didn’t sing, but they used their humming to coerce the children to the edges of the sea. No one knew what happened to the children once the Qalupalik got them.
Parents used the tales to keep their children safe. The Qalupalik was Alaska’s version of the Boogeyman. If they didn’t behave, the Qalupalik would take them away.
Arizona has the Skinwalker’s, an ancient Navajo myth that still terrifies Navajo’s today.
The legend is the Skinwalker is a medicine man who sacrifices someone in his family. It has to be someone he loves for him to inherit the animal-shifting abilities. If you try to betray the Skinwalker, he will curse you.
Skinwalker curses can cause loss of health, even death to you and your loved ones.
Arkansas has the Ozark Howler. a mythical cat-like creature that howls in the darkness. The Ozark mountains are populated with white pine trees and witnesses describe seeing this elusive creature staring down at them. It described as a black-cat creature with glowing golden eyes.
The Ozarks settled by early British immigrants, brought their own stories and legends with them as well. One of those stories is about the Black hell dogs.
Devil dogs that have also been seen in Arizona along the old devil’s highway. The Devil’s Highway used to be route 666 and haunted by all sorts of strange and interesting creatures. The devil’s highway tells tales of motorists chased by black dogs with glowing golden eyes.
Stories like that make you rethink driving alone at night in the desert.
California has the Night Watchers, mysterious black shrouded men who are seen at dusk. They stand at the top of the Santa Lucia mountains staring, staring at what nobody knows. The Santa Lucia mountains are know for their great hiking trails. Hikers have reported seeing strange men standing there.
That’s it, standing at dusk with the rays of the fading sun outlining their dark shapes.
Another haunting mystery that no one knows how it got started.
Another fascinating story is Colorado’s Slide-Rock Bolter. A giant whale-like creature that lives in the Rocky Mountains and hangs around waiting for unaware hikers.
It has hooks at the end of its tail, which it uses to hang at a 45-degree angle upside down. Then it releases its tail and uses the momentum of the angle to slide down the mountainside.
Its mouth wide open, eating and swallowing everything in its path. There is no explanation of how this massive creature gets back up to the mountains.
The tales sound impossible, so maybe Slide-Rock Bolter is born out of the imagination of loggers. It gets lonely in the mountains, and after a hard day’s work, it is natural to tell tall-tales.
American history is littered with these stories, and it’s fascinating how these myths and legends began.
What do you think? Do you believe these myths and legends are real? Or tall tales told by bored lumberjacks and mountain men?
It makes you wonder though. What if they are true?