Back in the 80s, the local mall held a few Halloween events where children attended to paint, get free candy, see a puppet show or watch a magician. During this time, I went to one and had my first introduction to the concept of the Headless Horseman. At eight years old, I knew the adults were in costumes, however seeing someone walking around with no mask or no head had me bewildered in trying to figure out what I seen. To my relief, a head peeked through the chest to drink some pop revealing the man in a some costume. When I asked the individual what he dressed up as, his response was the Headless Horseman from the Legend of Sleepy Hollow. A few years would pass before I would read the story along with the myth of the Irish dullahan in the final installment about monsters of nightmares series.
Hello everyone, we are now in October which means Halloween is just around the corner along with Thanksgiving if you live in Canada. Since childhood, I always enjoyed this month as it brings gathering of family and friends, pumpkin pie, costume parties, and nights of free candy. One thing I look forward to during October is watching horror movies whether on television or at the movies. The vampires, werewolves, ghosts and other monsters from these flick delivered many hours of entertainment. In the spirit of Halloween, I will introduce you to other creatures of nightmares in a three part series, first beginning with the Ole Higue.
I always love hearing ghosts stories or urban legends especially around an open camp eager for those moments of spine tinging fear. Over the years, I had listened to many of them and evermore appreciating to encounter tales not yet known like the Ratman of Southend. My thanks to Flora from Britain in sharing this YouTube video with me, which I am posting on Abnormal Realms.
As mentioned in past articles, growing up in northern Ontario, I heard many native legends and lore. These stories are part of an oral tradition pasted down the generation to teach the way of life, explain how nature works and history of a people. Some of these legends, also server as a warning to the dangers lurking in the forest or swimming in the water. One such myth I came across was the story about the giant sturgeon of Lake Superior.
I have heard my share of some bizarre legends from haunted bathrooms to curse underwear. Earlier this week, a friend told me of this most odd myth about a spirit that I had to share with everyone. Comes to no surprise that the origin of this ghost comes from Japan. This country’s folklore holds many tales on how humans, animal and even inanimate objects could turn into spirits or demons, otherwise known as yokai. The story I was told is this week’s posting about an umbrella becoming the Kasa-obake.