Humanoids, Manimals, Hellhounds, Asian Vampires & Other Creatures!

Folklore researcher Neil Arnold discussed his study of a surreal safari of monsters including winged humanoids, paranormal ‘manimals,’ hellhounds, Asian vampires, and other creatures. He has classified such creatures as “zooforms,” a term first used by Jonathan Downes to connote entities or apparitions which seem to adopt an animal form, in contrast to cryptozoological specimens, which are flesh and blood but haven’t been officially discovered yet. Zooforms which may reside in an astral realm, could have a need to be seen by humans, or be part of the human psyche, he explained.

Such entities may have always been with us– in ancient Greece, there was a whole host of mythological creatures such as the minotaur– but today, we call them by different names, said Arnold. America is a particularly rich breeding ground for such reports, with Mothman and the Jersey Devil among the most well-known, he noted. Sometimes reports of a strange creature in a town can snowball, with strengthening belief leading to increased sightings, he added.

Among the creatures he highlighted: Monkey Man– a weird apparition resembling a monkey, said to bite the skull of victims in India. Flying Heads– reportedly terrorized people in Chile. Bunny Man– said to roam parts of Virginia, killing local rabbits and wearing their skins as costumes. Owl Man– seen by teenage girls in the U.K. near an old church; had the arms & legs of a human, huge talons, burning red eyes. Goatman– a hominid described as half-goat/half-man by Maryland residents; could be the result of a scientific experiment gone awry.

Arnold is working on a new book about the ‘monsters’ of London, featuring such entities as the Highgate Vampire, a 7-8 ft.-tall dark entity, with red eyes.

Biography:

Neil Arnold has had a passion for the stranger folklore since the age of nine. His main influence was an American movie called ‘The Legend of Boggy Creek’ about a hairy man-beast said to roam the river bottoms of Arkansas. Neil began to file reports of strange creatures locally and then across the world. As a teenager he became interested in Bigfoot, the Yeti, and other obscure monsters across the world.

About Andrew

Co-founder & lead investigator of Paranormal Encounters. I've experienced the paranormal all my life, having encountered ghosts, angels and demons. I live in a haunted house and when not exploring and researching the unknown, I enjoy single malt Scotch whisky & potato chips (though not necessarily at the same time).