Another day, another spooky writing prompt from the Spooky September Challenge!
I have a hard time choosing a favourite spooky creature. I love critters of all kinds. If you really want to creep me out (and thus make me actively avoid a book/movie/whatever) — use insects. I think they hold a very valuable place in our ecosystem and perform a necessary role, but….no. No insects for me.
To get spooky, though….I have three Big Favourites:
I grew up reading fairy stories, and when I came across the movie “Harvey“, I fell in love with the idea of the Pooka. According to the movie, “‘P O O K A – Pooka – from old Celtic mythology – a fairy spirit in animal form – always very large. The pooka appears here and there – now and then – to this one and that one – a benign but mischievous creature – very fond of rumpots, crackpots, and how are you, Mr. Wilson?’ How are you, Mr. Wilson? Who in the encyclopedia wants to know?”
The púca is a celtic trickster fairy, and are said to be found near standing stones, in rural and marine regions. Harvey, as idealized by the movie, seems like the perfect companion for James Stewart’s Elwood P. Dowd.
I like small bats and I cannot lie
The house I grew up in had bees in the walls and bats in the attic. Literally, bats in the attic. My father apparently had a huge cleanup on his hands when they decided to sell the place. Bat poop everywhere.
I recall how they would swoop over us in the evenings when we’d play basketball in the driveway. I also recall how the males in our group would run away, yelling about bats potentially getting caught in their hair.
Amazingly enough, the girls in the yard, even with their big, ratted 80’s hair, were much more trusting in the bat’s ability to avoid us.
To this day, an old Victorian home isn’t complete without the possibility of bats to keep the insect population down. Just sayin’.
I grew up on tales of Loch Ness, so Lake Monsters are one of my top favourite critters. I also happened to grow up in the Land of Ogopogo, Champ, Memphre, and Mussie. Wikipedia has a rather large list of reported lake monsters, a surprising number of which are Canadian. I grew up down the line from Muskrat Lake, so Mussie is the monster closest to my heart. On weekends, when we’d travel from Arnprior to Pembroke to see relatives, we’d often pass Muskrat Lake. I spent a large amount of time staring out my window, trying to catch glimpses of Mussie.
Anyone else have a favourite spooky critter or two?