obscuritiesoffbeat

I get a lot of asks from people who want to follow more blogs like mine. I’m not entirely sure what “like mine” means, as I’m heavy on personal blogging and navel-gazing, and I hesitate to make blog recommendations because I follow a ton of great blogs and forget ¾ths of them when I try to compile a list.

Anyway, here is a small handful of blogs that post content that “fits my brand”, in no particular order:


@bogleech - Does bogleech need an introduction? Science, monsters, parasites, art… an all-round decent bloke who attracts anon discourse even weirder than my own.

@naturepunk - Taxidermist in Oregon who cares for wolf dogs and takes great nature photography. Vulture culture and kinda ecogoth.

@peashooter85 - They post a lot of antique firearms, but also curiosities and odd history.

@cipherface - Cryptography, stenography, cryptic history, art, symbols, and cybersecurity. Enigmatic and funny in a subtle way.

@obscuritiesoffbeat - Their blog is like my “weird shit” tag without all the junk. A healthy dose of skepticism, which is honestly a breath of fresh air when it comes to the, er, blog genre.

@mizar113 - Camping, bushwhacking, survivalism, outdoorsy aesthetic.

@midwesterngothic - Any of the ‘regional gothic’ blogs apply, really, but I’m partial to this one. Spooky, atmospheric, some poetry and monster aesthetic.

@strangebiology - All the appeal of sixpenceee without the obnoxious lowbrow hackneyed sensationalism. Original content, personable, exactly what it says on the tin.

@end0skeletal - Cool nature photography, lots of bugs.

@buggirl - I’m biased towards cute girls who love bugs, as you all know, and she does not disappoint. Her blog is pretty spider-heavy, so if you’re not into spiders, there are plenty of other entomology blogs.

@speciesofleastconcern - Personable, wildlife, aesthetic, personal blog with good taste.

@the-late-great-abigail-quinn - Another personal blog, does not disappoint. Broad variety of content, usually science-oriented, good taste, cool lady.

Hey friends!

I’ve recently graduated from UNM and have moved out of the desert. (I’ll be in New England until the fall, when I’m moving to southeast Asia.) Because of this, I’d like to turn this blog over to someone (or multiple someones) who lives in the Southwest or is more actively interested in that aesthetic. The new blog runner should be:

  • not new to Tumblr (a few months on the site is fine, just enough to know how things work)
  • currently following this blog
  • interested in the desert and the American Southwest
  • friendly and approachable

You don’t have to be active much, just willing to queue things as you see them. Right now the blog has about 2k followers and a very low question/submission volume (<5 a year), so keeping it up should be easy. I’ll still be available at @obscuritiesoffbeat if you’ve got questions or concerns.

If you’d like to help out, please message me and explain your interest and any relevant experience.

Thanks!

I love all these blogs, they post weird stuff and I think you should give them a look and maybe even a follow ~

@creepytalesoftheweb

@bundyspooks

@occultdigest

@cryptid-wendigo

@queenanunnaki

@contactee-confessions

@nuforc

@cryptokitsch

@theparanormalblog

@factualfolklore

@dailycryptodrawings

@flatwoodsmonster

@nightmarishthings

@loreandlegend

@kosmicheski

@obscuritiesoffbeat

@strangebiology

@cryptid-king

@crypdoezoology

@cryptidcrossword

@paranormaldaily

@cryptidclub

@cryptocollege 

Mutuals:

@uptown-deathclaw

@mcraelodon

@fungal-herald

@theradioactivegod

@akkikumori

@quinnred

@priest-of-hell

@gimontigkaiju

Crypto-themed mutuals:

@cherrycryptid

@cryptid-wendigo

Cryptid Blogs:

@occultdigest

@obscuritiesoffbeat

@thylacine-dreams

@theparanormalblog

@crypdoezoology

@cryptidclub

@cryptokitsch

@cryptidchronicles

@dailycryptodrawings

@thecryptocreep

@thewhatcast

@unexplained-events

@ufo-community

@alienaxioms

@blogparanormalexpresso2stuff

@mothmandaily

@queenanunnaki

@flatwoodsmonster

@flatwoodsmomther

Horror Blogs:

@brundleflyforawhiteguy

@slashfilms

@horroaddict

@lucifers-queen

So the official announcement of excitement:

On the 30th of December, my mom and I will be headed up to Portland, Maine. On the 31st, we’ll be visiting Loren Coleman at the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland. (Word has it that @obscuritiesoffbeat might be there too!) I’ll tag the adventure as “wen’s trip to Portland” if you want to block it because I don’t expect people to care.

Feel free to come by and say hi when we’re there! Just be warned that I am very awkward in real life.

The akkorokamui is a Japanese cryptid that resembles a giant, brilliant red octopus.  Stories of this being are centered off the coast of Hokkaido, Northern Japan, but sightings have also been reported elsewhere along Japan’s coast line and as far away as Taiwan.  It can be seen from a long distance due to its size and color, and has been known to swamp boats.

The Ainu people have sighted the akkorokamui for centuries, but sightings have been recorded by non-Ainu people as well, including missionary John Batchelor.  In his book The Ainu and their Folklore, he recorded the following incident:

“In the morning, we found the whole village under a cloud. Three men, it was said, were out trying to catch swordfish, when all at once a great sea monster, with large staring eyes, appeared in front of them and proceeded to attack the boat. A desperate fight ensued. The monster was round in shape, and emitted a dark fluid and noxious odor. The three men fled in dismay, not so much indeed for fear, they say, but on account of the dreadful smell. However that may have been, they were so scared that the next morning all three refused to get up and eat; they were lying in their beds pale and trembling.”

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Trunko, aka “The Margate Monster” is a globster from South Africa. Many witnesses saw the beast fighting two Orca whales and described it as a giant polar bear with a trunk. Many more people observed its carcass when it washed up on shore and rested there for ten days. One of the most fascinating things about the case is that no pictures of the beast were known until 2010, when four pictures were discovered in old records. Based on the newly discovered pictures, some experts believe that trunko was a known marine animal, possibly a partially decomposed basking shark. The orcas weren’t fighting it, but instead were tossing its already dead corpse out of the water.

We don’t know who they were
We don’t know why they came
We only know
They changed our view
Of the universe
This universal sacred site
Is dedicated July 1997
To the beings
Who met their destinies
Near Roswell, New Mexico
July 1947.
—  Memorial at the site of the Roswell incident

If you want to do some digital urban exploration, Google maps has got you covered! Thanks to Google street view, you can virtually wander around an abandoned shark museum in Japan.  This link will take you there

(If the link doesn’t work, try entering “気仙沼リアスシャークミュージアム “ into Google maps and choosing the street view option.)

EDIT: I’ve been informed it’s not actually abandoned, it was just damaged in a storm and closed temporarily.

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The Hook Island sea monster photos are some of the most stunning cryptid photos ever taken. These images of a tiny boat floating over a huge creature are haunting and mysterious, and have intrigued many people since French photographer Robert Le Serrec snapped them in 1964. But do they hold up to scrutiny? Is there a monstrous sea monster resting off the coast of Queensland, Australia?

From a cryptozoological standpoint, it seems unlikely. I haven’t been able to find any mention of a similar beast in the vicinity, nor of an even more monstrous frog (if we’re assuming that this is a tadpole). Cryptids that end up existing don’t spontaneously generate. They evolve like any other animal and follow the same biological rules. The fact that none of these creatures have been reported before or since mars the case for the Hook Island sea monster.

What is in the pictures, then? Most likely a mass of plastic sheeting weighed down by sand. This explains why the edges of the creature in the (incidentally less-circulated) top pictures look like, well, handfuls of sand over plastic, and why the eyes are oddly un-animal like.

If we look at Le Serrec, the case that the Hook Island sea monster is a hoax grows. Le Serrec had unpaid creditors in France when he took these snapshots and was apparently wanted by Interpol. More damning, though, is the fact that Le Serrec tried to get a group together five years before for a “financially fruitful” enterprise that was “to do with the sea-serpent”.

All of this leads me to wonder: could you or I recreate these pictures through the sand-and-plastic method? Someone want to give it a try? For science?

New England Gothic, like other manifestations of the American Gothic, encompasses supernatural and explained phenomena, ghosts, witches, and monsters as well as inbred families, guilty secrets, and monsters in human shape. New England’s Gothic history, folklore, and literature combine nostalgia for a medieval or colonial golden age with the stronger belief that from the past comes horror and evil. Stephen King, the exemplar of Gothic New England since the 1970s, continues the tradition of collecting and rewriting supernatural legends begun by Cotton Mather and John Greenleaf Whittier. Nineteenth-century authors such as Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Harriet Beecher Stowe immortalized the region’s Gothic past. In the twentieth century, Rhode Island’s H. P. Lovecraft peopled the landscape with hybrid monsters and the reanimated dead. For these writers, seventeenth-century Puritans stand in for the Middle Ages of the first Gothic Revival.
—  Faye Ringel on New England Gothic