Category Archives: Weird Creatures

The wolf hound ghost of Southery, Norfolk

There are many accounts of huge and hellish hounds haunting the British countryside. Few, however, are as gruesome as the legend of the wolf-hound ghost of Southery as repeated by W H Barrett in his book Tales From The Fens … Continue reading

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Reader’s account of an Essex haunted house – part 1

As a Christmas treat, here is a fascinating account of an Essex haunted house that may have been affected by the close proximity of a ruined abbey. The reader who kindly recounted her experiences wishes to remain anonymous and has … Continue reading

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Dragons of St Leonard’s Forest, Sussex

MARK DAVIES treats us to another investigation of monstrous goings-on in Sussex, this time focusing on the dragons of St Leonard’s Forest. Whilst researching the Dragons of the South of England, one particular location immediately stood out for me – … Continue reading

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Birds of ill omen

British folklore is full of the belief in omens, mysterious or recurring incidents that warn of imminent death or some other misfortune. The form these portents take date back to antiquity, perhaps into our Celtic past and often feature both natural … Continue reading

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A Sussex dragon – the Knucker of Lyminster

Uncanny UK is delighted to welcome MARK DAVIES as a new contributor, with this interesting article about the Knucker of Lyminster, a notable beastie from his newly adopted home of Sussex in southern England. Having moved to Sussex in late … Continue reading

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Encounter with a Pooka? Weird creature in Northern Ireland

RICHARD FREEMAN describes another strange and menacing critter from his files. This time, a possible encounter with a pooka or phouka – an animal-like entity found in Irish folklore. In 1997 in the Grayfield-Greencastle district four miles from Kilkeen in … Continue reading

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Weird creatures of evil

RICHARD FREEMAN highlights three terrifying encounters with strange animal-like apparitions that seemed to emanate pure evil. In the 1950s writer Joan Forman was working in the village school in Goodhurst, Kent. During the first few days of the summer holidays, … Continue reading

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Pterodactyl sightings in England

Pteranodons over Yorkshire? Bat-winged monsters in Lancashire? RICHARD FREEMAN revisits a flap of pterodactyl sightings in England. On September 15, 1982, a man walking his dog in Pudsey, West Yorkshire, heard a loud scream, followed by a low groan. Fearing … Continue reading

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Sea monster in the Hebrides

I have just started reading – rather belatedly in life – ‘Ring of Bright Water’, Gavin Maxwell’s classic account of his life, in the company of various pet otters, at Sandaig, a remote bay in the western Highlands of Scotland. About a … Continue reading

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The Vampire Cat

We recently uploaded a story about a phantom pussycat. Now it’s time for one of the weirdest critters in the annals of spook-lore, a blood-lapping vampire cat! Lord Halifax’s famous Ghost Book of 1936 is a repository of classic true … Continue reading

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