Devil’s Lake Monster by Richard Stevenson

Devil’s Lake Monster Richard Stevenson Legend has it fresh water octopi reside in Devil’s Lake. Drowned canoes of Nakota braves.   Back in the day. But, nah, the Nakota Sioux have it the creature was more like a plesiosaur, and they tried to appease…

Organism 46B by Richard Stevenson

Organism 46B Richard Stevenson Organism 46B?! What kinda moniker is that for a lithe querulous cryptid who bumped his noggin to break ice in Siberia?   I’ve scarfed enough intrepid trappers who braved chilly temperatures to discover me.  The least the survivors could do…

The Zaratan by Richard Stevenson

The Zaratan Richard Stevenson The Zaratan’s giant turtle’s shell houses trees and shrubs, looks like an island, a good place to dock, but no –   The island that was an upside down monster turtle nibbled at birds, the landed gentry, anyone or anything…

(Care and Feeding of) The Flathead Lake Monster by Richard Stevenson

(Care and Feeding of) The Flathead Lake Monster Richard Stevenson Don’t surface much. You might see me once a year, though I do runs of six appearances when I feel up to it.   Slap tag, tumble turns – I can put on quite…

The Bald Beast of Nisqually Hill by Richard Stevenson

The Bald Beast of Nisqually Hill Richard Stevenson The Bald Beast of Nisqually Hill was said to be seven feet tall, had pink eyes that glowed in the dark, wore a Ben Casey white lab coat.   Who knows? He might have beamed down…

Carnivorous Algae by Richard Stevenson

Carnivorous Algae Richard Stevenson It may look innocent enough: a pond scum colony of algae floating in a large amorphous shape on the surface of the sea.   Amoeba-like, the colony first surrounds its victim. Then like a jellyfish, tiny underside stingers nerve poison…

The Muhuru by Richard Stevenson

The Muhuru Richard Stevenson The Muhuru don’t moo or croon; he just bops you on the noggin when he’s out sloggin’ in a swamp or fen and you get in his way.   Ol’ Stegosaurus had a thagomizer – four spikes to hit your…

from Dark Watcher: Cryptid Critter Poems by Richard Stevenson

octo-squatch has eight furry legs and a furry head the Basque mountain roads get cold best wear a Squatch Skin coat. * Tahoe Tessie’s on a tear!  Took off with Mawsie’s underwear! * the Lake Van Monster – kin to the Mosasaurus – snagged…

Pterosaur Sighting Report by Richard Stevenson

Pterosaur Sighting Report Richard Stevenson O.K. So let me see if I got this straight. You say you saw a pterosaur – not a dinosaur – gotcha – but a giant featherless flying reptile? Would that be a Pteranodon or a pterodactyl, m’am –…

Monster of the Mere by Richard Stevenson

Monster of the Mere Richard Stevenson Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust Reserve, Martin Mere, Ormskirk, Lancashire – not the sort of place you’d expect honkin’ big swans and ducks to just disappear! Somethin’ the size of and weight of a truck must be comin’ up…

Pocket ‘Squatch by Richard Stevenson

Pocket ‘Squatch Richard Stevenson Ain’t got a paunch, Mama. Ain’t got a lottta hair on top. Got a hankerin’ for Pita and Hummus, Mama. Wanna go for a cuppa joe? Wanna go for a walk? Or just stay home and snuggle In fronta the…

Kushii by Richard Stevenson

Kushii Richard Stevenson Lake Kusharo on the northern island of Hokkaido, Japan, can claim its own thirty- to- sixty-foot crater lake cryptid. Dubbed Kushii, she’s dark brown with a horse-like head with two giraffe-like stubby nubbins and broad boat bottom back. Plesiosaur or serpent?…

Hoan Kiem Turtle by Richard Stevenson

Hoan Kiem Turtle Richard Stevenson Only one Hoan Kiem Turtle left in Hoan Kiem Lake, Japan; only five specimens known to exist. Not as big as the legend has claimed, but acclaimed nonetheless. Big as a table, but soft and leathery as a couch….

Sabine Thing by Richard Stevenson

Sabine Thing Richard Stevenson The Sabine Things ain’t aggressive or mean; ain’t no gorilla escapee from some zoo: he’s a grey-haired bipedal hominid the like of me or you. Kinda shy, retirin’. Hang fire with the blunderbuss, Gus. Put away the bows and arrows,…

Quickfoot by Richard Stevenson

Quickfoot Richard Stevenson Two sightings reports in the rural U.K. – that’s all you’ve got. No hairy hominid cell phone camera pics, no scat, no hair samples. A hairy blur is all. Not interested in showing up for roll-call – let alone posing for…