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4 Aug 2012

News to Novels #26

Hello! The trip to Darlington is over and I'm back in the blogging world.  I had a fantastic time and visited a couple of inspiring settings which I'll be blogging about as well as posting about 2.8 hours later.  So much to say and show!

This week I came across an article on one of Scotland's most famous monsters.  Yep, Nessie is back in the news again with more sightings and I went searching for more articles on monster sightings thinking they'd be great for inspiration.  Whether you believe in them or not as a writer you have to admit they're great for story ideas!

'The most convincing Nessie photograph ever': Skipper claims to have finally found proof that Loch Ness Monster exists
Mr Edward's photograph
He has dedicated more than two decades of his life to the hunt for the elusive Loch Ness monster, spending 60 hours a week on the water.  And now George Edwards believes he has finally fulfilled his ambition of spotting 'Nessie'; he even photographic evidence to prove it.  Mr Edwards, who has spent 26 years on his quest, managed to capture this image of a dark hump slinking in and out of the lake's waters from the deck of his boat, Nessie Hunter, before it vanished back into the deep.  He claims the picture is the best-ever taken of the Loch Ness Monster and proves once and for all that the elusive leviathan exists - and is definitely not a sturgeon.

A monster of a find: Couple walking their dogs discover 30ft carcass of sea creature rotting on beach
A couple were left shocked when they discovered the rotting body of a sea monster while walking along a beach.  Margaret and Nick Flippence made the incredible find as they exercised their dogs at Bridge of Don, Aberdeen.  Mr Flippence, 59, who lives nearby, said: 'We were stunned. I thought, "oh my God what is it?"

Could England's own Loch Ness Monster be lurking in Lake Windermere?
The legend of the Loch Ness Monster has proved to be a marketing boon for the Scottish Tourist Board and now the Lake District looks set to be the next hot destination for intrepid monster hunters.  Seven sightings of a long hump-backed animal swimming in Lake Windermere have been reported over the last four years.

Is this Iceland's Loch Ness Monster? Amateur footage shows 'giant serpent' slinking its way through lake
Hjörtur Kjerúlf's photo
Iceland's equivalent to the Loch Ness monster has apparently been pictured on footage taken by an amateur cameraman.  The video, taken by Hjörtur Kjerúlf at the glacial river Jökulsá í Fljótsdal, east Iceland, appears to show the serpent-like monster known as Lagarfljótsormurinn, or Lagarfljót's Worm.  Belief in the existence of the worm, which is said to reside in the lake Lagarfljót, can be sourced back to at least 1345. Sightings of the beast are considered a bad omen.

New Montauk Monster sighting? Bizarre creature washes up in small Ontario town
Locals in a small Canadian town have been stumped by the appearance of a bizarre creature, which was dragged from a lake.  The animal, which has a long hairy body with bald skin on its head, feet and face, has prompted wild internet speculation that it is a more evolved version of the famous 'Montauk monster'.  The creature was discovered by two nurses in the town of Kitchenuhmaykoosib in Ontario, Canada, while out on a walk with their dog.

Sea monsters really DO lurk beneath the waves, scientists claim
From krakens to gigantic sea serpents, terrifying monsters of the deep have haunted the imaginations of generations of mariners.  Now experts in marine life claim sea monsters might actually exist. Because scientists are still finding new species of underwater life, the discovery of ‘marine monsters’ is not impossible, a meeting heard yesterday.‘The huge number of “sea monster” sightings now on record can’t all be explained away as mistakes, sightings of known animals or hoaxes,’ said palaeontologist Dr Darren Naish of the University of Portsmouth.

Do huge paw prints found in snow provide evidence of big cats roaming the British countryside?
Monster paw prints were found in fresh snow sparking fears predatory big cats are prowling the British countryside.  The mammoth tracks were five inches long and the space between each was 3ft - far too large for any domestic cat or dog.  They were spotted in pristine snow in the heart of the isolated Lincolnshire Wolds.

The beast of Lytham
Some say it looks like the Hound of the Baskervilles, others mention the cartoon character Wile E. Coyote.  But this, apparently, is the beast that has brought terror to an upmarket town and caused anxious residents to look over their shoulders at night.  Cynics claim it is the product of fertile imaginations - or one or two gin and tonics too many.  But more than 20 sightings have been reported in the last few weeks, leading to a local illustrator compiling an artist's impression.  Amateur photographers, meanwhile, have been descending on the area in the hope of getting a shot.

Roaming thick woodland

Dubbed The Beast of Green Drive, the mysterious creature has been spotted roaming in thick woodland at a beauty spot.  About as tall as a collie dog but with huge ears, a large mouth and a lolloping gait, the peculiar animal has caused a frenzy of chatter in the normally sedate Lytham St Anne's, Lancashire.  The creature, according to witnesses, is seen mainly in the largely wooded area of Green Drive, where there is plenty of brush and scrub to conceal a large animal.

Is this the legendary chupacabra? Giant-fanged 'mutant hellbeast' washes up on sea shore (but it might just be a boiled dog)
Josh Menard's photo
They call it the 'goatsucker' or 'devil dog' - and maybe, just maybe, this is the proof that the world has been waiting for.  With its sun-bleached skin, giant fangs and blond mohawk, could this strange creature that was found on a beach in San Diego really be the legendary chupacabra?  The picture was taken by Josh Menard, a 19-year-old snowboarder from Lake Tahoe - and he is convinced it is the mutant hellbeast.


  1. Hahaha these are, indeed, very interesting! Welcome back!

  2. I absolutely love these kind of stories. Legends are always fun. :) And thanks! =D

  3. Before I got to the "Sea monsters really DO exist..." story, I was already thinking about the possibility of such creatures being around. It's true that there are vast swathes of ocean that, due to water pressure, lack of light, etc. remain unexplored. Who knows what lurks in the depths, waiting to be found?

    Fodder for fiction, for sure! :)