Hi pumpkins! For this week I’m gonna try something little different, focusing on only one cryptid but as part of each day, I’ll listen to a song and let that shape my view on the cryptid. Feel free to suggest a song, love new music~
This one is Red Skies by The Fixx! Suggested by @cryptidclub
An anonymous hunter in Point Pleasant, West Virginia has claimed to capture the first photos of the Mothman’s return to the quaint town. It’s the month of the 50th anniversary of the first sighting, could it have returned after 50 years? It’s a little hard to believe that these photos are authentic, especially since the Mothman hasn’t been spotted in the area since the collapse of the Silver Bridge. However Mothman sightings continued after its departure from Point Pleasant, including before the Chernobyl meltdown, a mine collapse in Germany, and even supposedly appears in some pictures during the terrorist attacks in New York on September, 11th.
People who have seen these photos have been very critical of them, claiming that they’re simply a hoax to celebrate the 50th anniversary. Some say it’s simply an owl with a snake in its talons. Others wonder where the iconic glowing red eyes are. But there are some who truly believe it to be the Mothman and that he has returned, but why? Perhaps the harbinger has returned to warn the town of yet another impending tragic event. Only time will tell… Let me know what you think! Stay Curious!
“Point Pleasant, West Virginia”, gouache & watercolor on paper.
In my pieces for VACVVM V1, I painted my own interpretation of well-known cryptids (animals or beings whose existence is disputed or rejected by biologists, but have been cataloged in the folkloric record through rumors, sightings, and anecdotal accounts).
This is my Mothman, a massive and allegedly supernatural winged creature with glowing red eyes seen around West Virginia in the 1960s; some have compared these reports to descriptions of a particularly large Night Heron.
The Mothman is a cryptid who has a very sinister background indeed. Sightings originated in Point Pleasant, West Virginia around 1966. Mothman is said to have bright red eyes, which if you look into your luck will decline and terrible events will happen.
John Keel published a book in 1975 called The Mothman Prophecies. In the book it told of the collapse of the Point Pleasant silver bridge and that the Mothman had potentially been the cause of it.
The people of Point Pleasant hold a Mothman festival each year, a tradition they continue to this day.
Last but not least, we have “Lost in the Night” by THBD, giving this soothing baseline that felt as if the night sky is holding my hand as I roam the forest. Was the mothman divine in nature? Mutation? We probably will never know.
Requested by Anonymous
This was was a whole lot of fun!! If you enjoyed this little experiment, message me about other crypts you’d like warped by music and maybe we can get it back and running in the near future~
Just north of Point Pleasant, West Virginia is 8,000+ acres that was once home to a US Army facility dedicated to the manufacturing of ammunition and explosives during World War II. The $45 Million project was only operational from 1942 to the end of the war in 1945 and employed around 3,500 people during the peak of operations. The explosives for safety reasons were stored in bunkers or “igloos” that were strategically scattered across the territory and hidden by a thick layer of earth to prevent being spotted from the air. The plant was disposed of shortly after the war and the surrounding land was utilized for a landfill, the Mason County Airport, an industrial park, and the McClintic Wildlife Management Area. This area is most famously known as the location of the first sighting of a cryptid known as “The Mothman” in November 1966. During the late 70’s a fisherman reported red water seepage at the site and in 1981 TNT, DNT, and other contaminates from the WWII operations were discovered. In September of 1983 the site was included on the EPA’s National Priorities List making it eligible for the cleanup under the Superfund program. It was then listed as West Virginia’s top priority site and one of the top ten polluted in the entire country.