Cutest Vampire Ever!
The Ustral from Bulgaria brings together two horrors into one frightful creature. The undead nastiness of the vampire combines with the inhuman energy levels and lack of a moral compass found in children to produce one of the nastiest monsters around.
An Ustral is created when a child is born on a Saturday and dies before it’s baptized. The child spends nine days in the grave then rises to attack livestock at night. When it’s finished feeding, it returns to the grave.
Once it has grown strong from it’s nightly feedings, it is able to stay out in the day time. It hides among the herd and picks off the animals one by one.
To humans, the Ustral looks just like a small child playing in close proximity to the dangerous hooves of farm animals.
If more than five animals are attacked in any one night, the owner of the herd is required to hire the services of a Vampirdzhija (vampire hunter) to destroy it.
The vampire hunter fills a bottle with the Ustral’s favorite food (blood or human excrement???). With an Orthodox Christian icon, he chases the creature toward the bottle. Once the Ustral enters the bottle, the vampire hunter corks it. He then throws the bottle into a fire. If everything has been done correctly, this is the end of the Ustral.
The Hodag scared its first victim in Rhinelander Wisconsin in 1893
Eugene Simeon Shepard first discovered the beast while hiking. The 7 foot long lizard-like creature covered with black hair and spikes bared its fangs, lowered its horns, and spewed flame and smoke from its nostrils. According to Shepard, the smell was a “combinations of buzzard meat and skunk perfume.” He wisely turned and ran.
Shepard became obsessed with capturing a hodag. He assembled a hunting party and armed them with rifles and squirt guns loaded with poison.
Shepard's Band of Hunters Discovered a Hodag Den!
They sent in their dogs to corner it. When the hunters went in to collect their trophy, they found instead pieces of the hunting dogs scattered around. Their guns had no effect on the irate hodag.
Instead of retreating, they decided to blast the beast with dynamite. The explosion and resulting fire killed the creature. Shepard brought the charred remains back in to town and put it on display.
Shepard's True Quest– Capture a Hodag Alive
Three years later, in the autumn of 1896, Shepard discovered another hodag in its den. With a chloroform soaked rag attached to a stick he was able to subdue the creature. Finally, he’d captured a living hodag.
Shepard displayed his prize from a dimly lit tent at the Oneida County Fair. The popularity of the exhibit encouraged Shepard to tour the state with his attraction. Hundreds paid to see the beast and hear it’s ferocious roar. When not touring Shepard housed the hodag in a shed behind his Rhinelander home. Visitors were always welcome.
Today the creature seems to enjoy sports. It appears frequently at football games at both the high school and college level.
To learn more about the hodag visit The Hodag Press or Hodag Sightings
Thank you to Brent Kelley for suggesting the hodag. Follow him on Twitter @spicyhambone