Tag: cryptid

  • The Thylacine, or Tasmanian Tiger

    The Thylacine, or Tasmanian Tiger

    Humans have long been the reason for many species of animals going extinct. In prehistoric times this was understandable. How was anyone to know there were only a few of those animals left? But today I’m going to talk about an animal that went extinct right before our eyes, when we had every means of […]

  • Vampires from Around the World

    Vampires from Around the World

    The common perception of vampires comes from the European archetype of the pale, fanged, aristocratic monster. Count Dracula is usually the first vampire that people think of, but he’s not the original.  Bram Stoker was influenced by John Polidori’s The Vampyre, a story developed at the same party of Lord Byron’s where Mary Shelley wrote […]

  • The American “Fearsome Critters” and Other Tall Tales

    The American “Fearsome Critters” and Other Tall Tales

    I’m an Australian, and playing some good-natured pranks on tourists is a time-honoured tradition. Our most famous of these pranks is probably the Drop Bear, an aggressive relative of the koala that drops from trees onto unsuspecting prey. I was delighted to discover that we are not the only country that does this! It’s a […]