A vampire is frightening enough, but imagine one with iron hooks for feet This unpleaseant undead is called the Asasabonsam and lurks in the forests of Ghana. Legends say this vampire hangs from tree branches waiting for victims to pass by. It drops down driving its hooks into the person’s shoulders and then lifts its victim into the trees to be devoured alive. If the Asasabonsam can’t get hold of a human, it’ll feed upon animals instead.
The Soucouyant is a Caribbean vampire, that appears as an innocent old woman during the day. Come night, this creature sheds its skin and emerging as a floating fireball. In this form, the vampire can sneak through even the tiniest of cracks of a home where it then seeks out a victim. The Soucouyant tries not to drain too much blood, there’s a risk that the person killed could returned as one of its own kind resulting in conflict over territory. The known method to defeat this vampire is tracking down its discarded skin and sprinkle salt on it. This would prevent the Soucouyant from putting the skin back on and perish come morning’s light.
In Japanese folklore, Hitodama are balls of light or fire that float in the middle of night. They are said to be spirits of the dead that separated from their bodies roaming near the place of their death. Hitodama can appear as blue, white or read with a tail.
The Kelpie inhabits near the lakes and rivers of Scotland. It is often referred to as a “water horse” since this create is shaped like a horse, but can assume other forms to fool its victims. The Kelpie will appear as a friendly horse luring humans to ride on its bakck. Once a person mounts this monster they would find themselves glued to the creature sealing their doom. The Kelpie would then jump into the river or lake drowning its victim and consumed later.
In Eastern European foklore, the Baba Yaga is a witch or supernatural entity often describes as a hideous old woman. Legends mention she wears or dress, with bright glowing read eyes, claws and pointed teath. The Baba Yaga is said to libe in a hut deep in the woods surrounded by a fence made from the bones of her victims. Often children are told to listen to their parents or behave otherwise the Baba Yaga would come for them.