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Finally got around to updating my shop and now I’m featuring earring and ring sets!

My apologies for the horrid camera quality but my digital camera is not working at the moment.

All of these are handmade by me with surgical steel and all earrings come with rubber stoppers/backings.

I prefer to work through Paypal which we can work out through a private message but if you would like to purchase any of these through a more reliable website, I will link my Vinted and Ebay accounts below.

I also take commissions for no extra fee.

http://www.ebay.com/usr/chaoticdelerium?_trksid=p2047675.l2559

 

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Monsters of Texas

by Ken Gerhard, Nick Redfern

As some of you know, Ken and Nick are friends of mine, as well as professional monster hunters and fortean researchers. Here I offer a review of their book, Monsters of Texas, which we will be able to ask Ken questions about later this year here on my blog :)

When most people think of Texas, there’s usually some certain stereotypes that come along with it — besides the notion of cowboys, there’s the clichés that all Texans drive a big pickup truck, everyone has a country twang, citizens shoot first and ask questions later, and there are longhorn cattle in every expanse behind our homes.

While some stereotypes are rooted in truth, the Lone Star State can really surprise you once you see Texas beyond the common archetypes.

Like when people actually get to know or hear an average Texan speak, determine a cultural awareness in them and realise that most are neither cowboys nor are country accented. And just like there’s more to Texans than meets the eye, there’s also more to what roams our grasses than longhorn cattle.

Texas is not only rich in natural treasures but is one of the most biologically diverse states in the nation with so much wilderness and wonders filled with natural beauty to explore that it would take you a lifetime to really see it all.

Because Texas is such a large state and the climate within it varies greatly across the state, we have humid, rain-soaked swamps that lie toward the east and desert lands that lie in the far west and of course a highly varied topography of woodlands, grasslands, brushland, and other ecological regions (eleven in all) that can be found all in between and around the state.

In consideration of this topic, it is important to recognise that there are six major regions of Texas forest lands (nearly 12 million acres) which include the Big Thicket, the Piney Woods, the Gulf Coast, the lower Rio Grande Valley, the Trans-Pecos mountain forests and the Edwards Plateau. In the eastern portion of the Edwards Plateau is the Texas Hill Country which reaches into portions of the two major metropolitan areas, especially in San Antonio’s northern suburbs and the western half of Travis County, ending west of Downtown Austin.

With most of Texas’s population being centered around its metropolitan areas, that leaves a vast unsettled wilderness as refuge for animals and nature lovers alike.

So it should be no surprise that roaming across Texas on any given day or night are more than a few extraordinary beings of which are only occasionally glimpsed, and going further, no bewilderment that Texas has one of the nation’s highest incidents of Bigfoot reports.

There have been numerous Bigfoot sightings by native Texans, not to mention the intriguing habitations and tracks that have been discovered, audio captured, and bio-specimen materials brought forth to support the existence of these elusive primate and/or humanoid creatures moving around and throughout the Texas Wilderness, particularly in East Texas where there is four national forests and five state forests and of course, the mysterious Caddo Lake where hundreds of documented Bigfoot sightings have been reported since 1965 (you may have heard of the Caddo Creature).

Not only is the legend of Bigfoot alive and well in the Lone Star State, but in Monsters of Texas, San Antonio cryptozoologist Ken Gerhard and Dallas paranormal researcher Nick Redfern chronicle a many other curious critter that make the Lone Star State their home. Nevermind the so-called Texas Chupacabras, when there’s reasonable accounts of encounters with out-of-place and fringe animals, supernatural beasts, pterosaur-like things, lake monsters, flying humanoids and even werewolf-type creatures!

Fast-paced and enjoyable, Monsters of Texas is an interesting collection of the state’s legends, folklore, and eyewitness accounts as they pertain to mysterious and elusive creatures, some of which you may have heard of (but the newbie to cryptozoology probably hasn’t come across most of this research before), some of which will intrigue you, and others which are sure to creep you out!

Discover legendary Lone Star monsters over the following compelling twelve chapters:

Chapter I: Big Bird and Other Winged Monsters
Chapter II: Lone Star Werewolves
Chapter III: El Chupacabras Comes to Texas
Chapter IV: The Navidad Wild Man
Chapter V: Trailing the Texan Bigfoot
Chapter VI: Big Thicket Beasts
Chapter VII: Monsters of the Dark Waters
Chapter VIII: Goat Man Terror
Chapter IX: Fringe Creatures
Chapter X: The Horror of Hecate Hill
Chapter XI: Out-of-place Animals
Chapter XII: Bigfoot - East Texan Style

"Monsters of Texas" is a fun presentation of strange stories of what’s out there hidden and sometimes encountered in the dark shadows in a part of the world that is unfortunately mostly misjudged and is a must-read for those curious about Texas’s role in cryptozoology and fortean fields.

In only about 130 pages you will learn a whole lot about the many Texas monster sightings that are at odds with the confidently accepted mainstream sciences that the good folks of Texas can tell you doesn’t always have right.

Travelers and native Texans curious about the unexplained or paranormal as it relates to the great state and anyone who thirsts for knowledge of mysterious creatures in general should definitely pick up this intriguing book!

There really are things that lurk and haunt the Texas landscapes, many of which are fascinating, some are to be feared and others that intend no harm, but what are they?

Perhaps by the eerie light of a full moon, you are destined to discover them!

My review is also posted at Goodreads, feel free to add me there.

Cryptid Chronicles readers, what do YOU think?

Your Cryptid Chronicler,
Sydney Colvin


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HeyO! This was a bit of something I’ve wanted to do for awhile. Had it in my mind to do an Irish/Celtic/Gaelic/Welsh/Scottishwhathaveyou guide for awhile. Finally got around to it, at the very tail end of summer. So here goes.

Aos Sí: Irish term meaning “people of the mound”, they’re comparatively your faeries and elves of Irish mythology. Some believe they are the living survivors of the Tuatha Dé Danann. They’re fiercely territorial of their little mound homes and can either be really, really pretty or really, really ugly. They’re often referred to not by name, but as “Fair Folk” or “Good Neighbors”. Never, ever piss them off.

Cat Sidhe: Cat Sidhe are faerie cats, often black with white spots on their chests. They haunted Scotland, but a few Irish tales tell of witches who could turn into these cats a total of nine times (nine lives?). The Cat Sidhe were large as dogs and were believed to be able to steal souls by passing over a dead body before burial. Irusan was a cat sidhe the size of an ox, and once took a satirical poet for a wild ride before Saint Ciaran killed it with a hot poker.

Badb: Part of the trio of war goddesses called Morrígna with sisters Macha and Morrígan, Badb, meaning “crow”, was responsible for cleaning bodies up after battle. Her appearance meant imminent bloodshed, death of an important person, and/or mass confusion in soldiers that she would use to turn victories in her favor. She and her sisters fought the Battles of Mag Tuired, driving away the Fir Bolg army and the Formorians. In short: total badass.

Merrow: The Irish mermaid. They were said to be very benevolent, charming, modest and affectionate, capable of attachment and companionship with humans. It is believed that they wore caps or capes that would allow them to live underwater, and taking a cap/cape of a merrow would render them unable to return to the sea. Merrow, unlike regular mermaids, were also capable of “shedding” their skin to become more beautiful beings. They also like to sing.

Púca: Also called a phooka, these are the chaotic neutral creatures of the Irish mythos world. They were known to rot fruit and also offer great advice. They are primarily shapeshifters, taking a variety of forms both scary as heck and really really pretty. The forms they took are always said to be dark in color. Púcas are partial to equine forms and have known to entice riders onto its back for a wild but friendly romp, unlike the Kelpie, which just eats its riders after drowning them.

Faoladh: My all-time favorite Irish creature. Faoladh are Irish werewolves. Unlike their english neighbors, Faoladh weren’t seen as cursed and could change into wolves at will. Faoladh of Ossory (Kilkenny) were known to operate in male/female pairs and would spend several years in wolf form before returning to human life together, replaced in work by a younger couple. They are the guardians and protectors of children, wounded men, and lost people. They weren’t above killing sheep or cattle while in wolf form for a meal, and the evidence remained quite plainly on them in human form. Later on, the story of an Irish King being cursed by God made the Faoladh a little less reputable.

Dullahan: Dullahan are headless riders, often carrying their decapitated cranium beneath one arm. They are said to have wild eyes and a grin that goes from ear to ear, and they use the spine of a human skeleton as a whip (What the WHAT). Their carriages were made of dismembered body parts and general darkness. Where they stop riding is where a person is doomed to die, and when they say the human’s name, that person dies instantly.

Gancanagh: An Irish male faerie known as the “Love-Talker”. He’s a dirty little devil related to the Leprechaun that likes seducing human women. Apparently the sex was great, but ultimately the woman would fall into some sort of ruin, whether it be financial or scandal or generally having their lives turn out awful. He was always carrying a dudeen—Irish pipe—and was a pretty chill guy personality-wise. You just don’t ever want to meet him—it’s really bad luck. 

A text conversation with my friend who was looking for an app inspired me!

Android

Ghosts:

Aliens & UFO

Cryptids

General Paranormal

Games

iPhone

Ghosts

Aliens & UFOs

Other

Games

I had a much easier time collecting apps for android and some of the ones I found for ios cost money. I tried my best to find free apps, and MORE apps, but oh well. If you have any suggestions for any category, feel free to add to the lists! Also, there are not a lot of cryptid apps, but some of the general paranormal apps include info on cryptids as well.

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The professor is going down!

In need of inspiration for researching for an upcoming article for you guys on the (previously and erroneously referred to, but acceptedly known) Megalania (correctly Varanus priscus) possibly surviving into our century, I decided to use some of my Lego minifigs and a Komodo dragon educational toy (by Safari Ltd.) to help show scale between Megalania and a six foot man. It was probably a bit bigger, actually!

Also known as the “Ancient Roamer” or “Devil Dragon,” there is speculation as to whether this creature lives amongst man today. Megalania prisca was the largest ground-dwelling lizard that’s ever lived being at least twice the size of today’s Komodo dragon.

In my depiction here, the research team has gone in search of stories of relic Varanus priscus individuals only to encounter the beast for themselves!

Sorry to contribute to the properly defunct name of this creature, but Megalania stills sounds pretty great to me.

More on “Megalania” later :)

Cryptid Chronicles readers, what do YOU think?

Your Cryptid Chronicler,
Sydney Colvin


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It wasn’t until we first laid eyes on it that we realized how desperately our kitchen has needed a big soup ladle shaped like the legendary Loch Ness Monster. Just look at how its little plesiosaur-ish head peeks up out of a pot of soup!

This awesomely adorable Nessie Ladle was designed by Jenny Pokryvailo for Tel Aviv-based design studio OTOTO. It’s not just cute, it’s also more functional than a non-cryptid ladle. Nessie has stubby legs that allow the ladle to stand upright all by itself without tipping over.

The Nessie Ladle is currently available for pre-order here, shipping in late February.

Photos by Studio Dan Lev

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Black Dog is the name given to a being found primarily in the folklores of the British Isles. The black dog is essentially a nocturnal apparition, often said to be associated with the Devil or a Hellhound. Its appearance was regarded as a portent of death. It is generally supposed to be larger than a normal dog, and often has large, glowing eyes.

Stories tell of them terrifying their victims, but leaving them alone to continue living normal lives; in some cases it has supposedly happened before close relatives to the observer die or become ill.

In other tales the animal is regarded as relatively benign and said to accompany women on their way home. Some black dogs have been said to help lost travellers find their way home through the moors and are more often helpful than threatening. 

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Point Pleasant, West Virginia, has recently become home to a tiny storefront museum dedicated to the legend of Mothman, the cryptid that plagues the north-east of the United States, namely Point Pleasant itself. The town became famous in the 1960s for its multitude of Mothman sightings. It is the only known collection that is publicly dedicated to the creature. There is also a yearly festival dedicated to Mothman, operated by the same man who runs the museum. 

Photos by Kevin Bowman