There are a few things we’re not short of here in Britain; coastline, forests and motorways are a few that spring to mind. With so much history and folklore, we’re also not short of a mythical creature or two! We’ve all heard of friendly pixies and elves, but what about the not-so-friendly creatures? In honour of Halloween, we’ve put together a short list of some of the scariest, creepiest and downright spooky mythical creatures that are sure to leave your blood curdled and your spine chilled.
The Gwyllgi is a Welsh mythical creature also known as ‘The Dog of Darkness’. The Gwyllgi appears in the form of a large, black mastiff with red eyes and accounts of the creature suggest that it haunts lonely lanes and roads during twilight. Some have described the Gwyllgi as having the head of a man but the body of a large dog.
Nuckelavee is a horse-like demon that inhabited parts of Northern Scotland and lived in the sea, only coming on-land to feast on humans. When on-land the Nuckelavee rode a horse, however it was indistinguishable from its own body.
Most counties in England have at least one tale of a skull which resides within a stately home or other ancient building and that causes storms, poltergeist activity and screams when it is removed from its position within the home. It is thought these screaming skulls are entrapped spirits although the origin of these spirits is often unknown.
The Bean Nighe
The Bean Nighe was a small washerwoman who always wore green and had webbed feet. She resided beside empty pools and streams, washing the blood-stained clothes of those about to ‘meet their maker’.
The Lantern Man
A myth based in Norfolk, The Lantern Man is a visualisation of a man holding a lantern, who used the light to lure in travellers to his vicinity. He was believed to be dangerous and would attack anyone who came near him, however this belief varies throughout Britain.