Erin Mayer
January 23, 2018 11:00 am

Whether or not you believe in mythical monsters, it’s fun to imagine they exist. Big Foot and the Loch Ness Monster might be terrifying, but their presence would also be a little bit exciting, no? We’d be one step closer to living in a fairy tale.

And hey — if unicorns are real (kinda), why not some of the other monsters we’ve heard about in urban legends? Indeed, there have been some alleged sightings of mythical monsters across the United States. Most recently, you’ve probably heard about the so-called Mothman spotted in Chicago. But people have been seeing bizarro creatures on and off for centuries.

If you’re an avid Creepypasta fan, you’re no stranger to weird myths and urban legends. Part of the fun of these stories is the mystery. If there’s no chance that any of these nightmarish creatures could be real, they wouldn’t seem so scary.

Now, some of these mythical creature sightings can be written off as a bunch of BS. But not all of them are explained away so easily. Take these five creatures, for example. They’ve all been reportedly spotted in the U.S. at one point or another.

Read through the list and decide whether you’re still a skeptic.

1The Mothman

A recent rash of potential Mothman sightings across Chicago, originally reported by Vice, is responsible for our current cultural fascination with all things mystical. It’s said to be a winged creature with vibrant red eyes. Back in 2013, BuzzFeed reported that there were “over 100 recorded interactions with the Mothman” in West Virginia, where the myth originated.

2Chupacabra

The legend of the Chupacabra began in Puerto Rico, but it soon spread to Texas. According to a report by The Texas Observer, “In 2004, 2007 and 2009, several chupacabra carcasses popped up in the central part of the state, many with warty skin and protruding teeth.” DNA tests performed on the bodies matched them to “sickly coyotes or dogs,” but some remain unconvinced.

3Leprechaun

This one made the local news back in 2006. It’s significantly less eerie than most of the other stories on this list, too. According to the Daily Dot, the Alabama Leprechaun story was an early viral sensation on YouTube. It really was a simpler time.

4The Beast of Bladenboro

Okay, so the Beast of Bladenboro is probably just a wildcat that was in the wrong place at the wrong time. But that’s not nearly as fun as the myth that a literal beast stalked Bladenboro, North Carolina in the early 1950s. Residents noticed their animals mysteriously dying. At around the same time, others began reporting sightings of a large creature roaming the area. According to Mental Floss, a bobcat was eventually captured, killed, and blamed for the brutal incidents — but not before the beast became an enduring myth.

5New Jersey Devil

Pretty self-explanatory, we guess. This guy has been rumored to stalk the area of Pine Barren, NJ for eons. According to Vice, “stories of the Jersey Devil predate the United States itself” and there have been sightings as recently as 2015. He’s described on Wikipedia as “a  kangaroo-like creature with the head of a goat, leathery bat-like wings, horns, small arms with clawed hands, cloven hooves and a forked tail.” We officially have the willies.

Good luck getting a proper night’s sleep tonight!

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