Monster of the Week: The Krampus

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KrampusCutoutThe Krampus is a yuletide monster of Alpine lore. He is one of the helpers of St. Nicholas, seeking out naughty children on Krampusnacht, the eve of St. Nicholas’ Day (December 6). He acts as the anti-St. Nick, frightening, and sometimes punishing—or even abducting—badly behaved children.

The Krampus, whose name likely derives from krampen, the Old High German word for claw, is of mostly humanoid form, though exceptionally furry, similar to a satyr. He has large, pointy ears, a bull’s tail, and big goaty horns. The Krampus has one normal foot and one cloven hoof, but his most distinguishing characteristic may be his huge red tongue, which perpetually lolls out of his mouth. Krampus will often carry a large sack in which to haul away bad children, though sometimes a washtub, basket or other conveyance is used. Along with a sack, his accoutrements often include chains, bells, and a ruten (a birch-twig switch) or whip. Continue reading

Caption Contest Winner

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Chuck Shurley/Carver Edlund says Thanks to everyone who participated in our first-ever Caption Contest! Our prizewinner is artist and educator Eric Evinczik, who shared, “I shouldn’t have made fun of the kid in sixth grade who constantly picked his nose and had bad taste in music!

Eric has been sent a EdlundBooksCarver Edlund-style blank notebook of Wendigo (Supernatural #2), good for all of his monster journaling needs. Be sure to check out Eric’s new podcast with Carl Thiel, “Cobwebs & Strange,” on Western New York’s Think Twice Radio network.

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Monster of the Week: The Woman in White

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White Lady Teresa Fidalgo

White Lady: The ghost of Teresa Fidalgo in the Portugese short film A Curva (2004)

The Woman in White is a ghostly apparition who most commonly haunts roadways and thoroughfares, seeking the attention of travelers. She is a tortured spirit who has often in life been betrayed by a lover, has lost her children, or both.

Dames Blanche in France, White Ladies in the Philippines, Mulheres de Branco in Brazil, Weisse Frauen in Germany, and Witte Wieven in the Netherlands are all varieties of Women in White, as is Mexico’s La Llorona (the Weeping Woman). Continue reading

Halloween Caption Contest—just a few more days to enter!

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Happy Birthday to us, Happy Halloween to you! Just a few more days left to enter our first-ever caption contest. October 31 is the deadline to submit your caption for this image:caption contest image


EdlundBooksSend it to us via the contact form below to enter. One winner will be chosen to receive their very own Carver Edlund Supernatural novel notebook! These blank lined notebooks are in the style of the fictional novels by the also-fictional author Carver Edlund from Supernatural. Notebooks are 5.5″ x 8.5″ digest-size, perfect-bound paperbacks. 214 pages. These extremely limited collector’s books are unavailable for sale. You won’t find one anywhere else!

Entries must be received by midnight on Halloween (October 31, 2015). The winner will be posted here, along with a link to their site if desired.

Winner must reply to notification email with a shipping address (and choice of book—The Benders, Scarecrow, Wendigo, or Route 666) before December 1, 2015. Prize will be mailed via USPS. Contest void where prohibited. You may enter as often as once per day until Halloween.


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Birthday Caption Contest!

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It’s here—our first-ever caption contest to celebrate our one year anniversary!

Write a caption for this image:caption contest image

… and send it to us via the contact form below. One winner will be chosen to receive their very own Fake Carver Edlund Supernatural novel! Entries must be received by midnight on Halloween (October 31, 2015). The winner will be posted here, along with a link to their site if desired.

Winner must reply to notification email with a shipping address (and choice of book—The Benders, Scarecrow, Wendigo, or Route 666) before December 1, 2015. Prize will be mailed via USPS. Contest void where prohibited. You may enter as often as once per day until Halloween.


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Coming Soon—Birthday Caption Contest!

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MonsterBirthdayThe Supernatural Fox Sisters are turning one year old this month! To celebrate our 250+ posts and nearly 90,000 views, and to thank our beloved readers, we will be hosting our first-ever Caption Contest.

The winner will receive one of our special-edition blank notebooks in the style of a Carver Edlund paperback! The writer of the best caption will receive their choice of a Wendigo, Route 666, Scarecrow, or The Benders notebook. Continue reading

Monster of the Week: The Vodyanoi

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The Vodyanoi on an early 20th-century Russian postcard.

The Vodyanoi on an early 20th-century Russian postcard.

The Vodyanoi (водяно́й in Russian) is a water-dwelling demonic creature of Eastern Europe. His appearance can be described as somewhere between that of an elderly man and a toad, with a greenish beard and dripping with muck and weeds. He is a curmudgeonly old spirit whose time outside of his lavish underwater home is often divided between murder and mayhem. Continue reading

Catching Up With iZombie

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iZombieS2The second season of iZombie begins tonight (CW, 9/8c)! We’re looking forward to catching up with our favorite revenant medical examiner, along with her friends, family and foes.

The finale of the inaugural season of iZombie, “Blaine’s World,” did not disappoint. Episode 13 was jam-packed with game-changing events and several explosions. Besides a fantastic “Der Kommisar”-soundtracked action sequence, a few other things happened: Continue reading

Monster of the Week: The Banshee

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“La Belle Dame Sans Merci,” Henry Meynell Rheam, 1901

“La Belle Dame Sans Merci,” Henry Meynell Rheam, 1901

The Banshee is an ominous spirit of the Irish fairy realms whose presence foretells the loss of a life. This “woman fairy” (from bean, a woman, and sidhe, a fairy), announces an imminent death with her mournful and terrifying keening. When she can be seen and not just heard, the Banshee usually appears as a beautiful woman, often clutching a hairbrush. In Scotland she is bean nighe (the Washerwoman, whose spectral form can be seen washing the bloody clothes of the soon-to-die), while in Wales she is Gwrach-y-rhibyn (Hag of the Mist).

The Banshee is sometimes seen along with a cóiste-bodhar (coach-a-bower), pulled by headless horses and driven by her fellow Celtic death omen, the Dullahan. Although like the Dullahan (and the Cluricaun), the Banshee is usually classified in lore as a solitary fairy, it has been suggested that she may in fact be a sociable fairy who has only become solitary due to her constant sadness—unlike most solitary fairies, she is generally not malevolent, but only foreboding and frightening. Continue reading

Monster of the Week: Hellhounds

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GytrashHellhounds are great infernal dogs that hunt the damned, guard the underworld and defend their demonic masters. There are tales of hellhounds in ancient Greek and Viking writings, and legends and even stories of sightings can now be found throughout the world. Hellhounds are often described as oversized black dogs with sharp teeth and glowing red eyes. Hellhounds transcend supernatural categories, alternately considered apparitions (the Black Dogs of Britain), creatures of Faerie (the hellhounds of the Wild Hunt) or demons (the Cajedo Negro of South America). Continue reading