Shanghai Jim (shanghai_jim) wrote in little_details,
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Monsters/ghosts/critters of American folklore

Apologies for the vague and general question—God knows we've had one too many of those recently. I am looking for a monster. Or a ghost, or weird happening, preferably specific to either American folklore, or Native American folklore and religion, located within the vicinity of the states of Arkansas, northern Louisiana, Missouri, Tennesee and Mississippi. I'm looking for anything from Mormon angels to local lake monsters to the proverbial giant catfish or the like.

The story is inspired by the show "Supernatural", although technically these critters are not the baddies of the plot, so I need a "monster of the week" for several "episodes".

The plot begins in New Orleans and will later involve going into West Virginia, so the Adena mounds and the Mothman* will figure later on.


*Although the setting of this series of stories is the early '50s, before the first sightings of the Mothman, it's too perfectly localized to resist.

Searched: the Wikipedia category "American folkore legendary creatures"
Tags: usa: folklore, ~religion: native american
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