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.
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 1826, Ann Roche was arrested for the murder of her grandson, Michael Leahy. Michael was a four years old boy, who was unable to stand or walk or even speak. Ann bathed the boy for three days in a river and on the third day she held the child under the water, drowning him. During the trail, she maintained her innocence claiming Michael was a changeling and she only intended to wash the fairy out of the boy.
Despite differences in any society or culture, you could find in many of their folklore common imaginary about the supernatural. Since the earliest human civilization, there have been stories about people returning from the grave needing to feed upon humans to substance themselves. Legends of these creatures are told across the global including Japan with its folklore holding some morbid myths such as the Hone-onna.
In Japan, yokai is a general term given to demons, monsters, and spirits mentioned within folklore. In some of the legends, these supernatural entities were once in life human, an animal or even an ordinary household item. Several yokai born resulted from the anger and hatred creatures felt for the mistreatment at the hands of humans. Even abused household pets may transform into a malevolent force that terrorize former owners such as the nekomata.