The Mothman has been a feature of folklore and myth for many years. A prime focus of movies, books, and mentioned through television. The story goes that the Mothman appeared in the area Point Pleasant, West Virginia in 1966. The legend goes that it only appears right before something bad happens.

He was linked to a bridge collapse that killed over forty people, thus forever being linked with his appearance seen as a bad omen. A ‘bird like creature’ was seen near the bridge and then it collapsed leaving many to connect the dots and blame the creature. Though many believe a sighting to be bad, there are also the group that believe him to be a good omen. That he is a type of protector. This camp of people see his appearance at the bridge, before it collapsed, a foreshadowing or warning that wasn’t heeded.

He has been sensationalized throughout children’s books, but it wasn’t until the novel The Mothman Prophecies by John Keel published in 1975 that a nation became fascinated. This novel turned movie popularized him. The book, one I haven’t personally read, is a imaginative investigation of the cases surrounding the creature between the years of 1966 and 1967.

What this creature truly is no one knows. Theories range from demon to alien protector come to Earth.

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A tulpa is a thoughtform that comes to life and the practice of this is called tulpamancy.  The concept of tulpamancy can be traced back to Tibetan Buddhism. Monks practiced this; to create tulpas to overcome emotional attachments like phobias. An example of their practice that I discovered to explain this would be if a monk was afraid of a spider they would strongly focus during meditation that there was a spider (but it was really a tulpa) until there really was one that they could see. Ultimately, they would then use this to teach themselves that the fear of something was utterly useless.  These creations would move, speak or do whatever was required for the monk to overcome the fear.

In a modern more fictitious explanation through example, that I can relate this to would be from the Harry Potter movies where the audience was introduced to a ‘boggart’, a creature that took upon itself the viewer’s worse fear. I do not know the Harry Potter world in-depth, so I do not know if this was the basis for this creature in the books and movies, but that was what came to mind when I first learned of tulpas.

Another example of a fictitious explanation I can refer to is from a television show would be from the television show Supernatural. On the episode of Supernatural, basically, a group online was reporting the legend of Mordechai Murdoch, over time the group’s forum changes details of Murdoch, then the details of the spirit of Murdoch people were seeing would change. This goes along the lines of believing is seeing, that’s how a tulpa in the Western world works. If you believe in it enough it becomes real, the intense focus of the object. 


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Something was watching me, I could feel it before I saw it and then there it was. At first, when I saw it I wasn’t sure if it was just my eyes or something else. A black mass stood within the shadows of my bedroom, maybe I’m just tired, but as it began to move it took upon a silhouette, a humanoid outline. No longer blending into the shadows the horror zigzagged down my spine like a lightning bolt had struck me and I tried to move, but the fear overtook me, drowning in the ocean of emotions that had flooded over me.

That is a common experience. Many that have seen a shadow person have seen them while at rest, leading to the theory that they caused sleep paralysis.  Science has proven that sleep paralysis is caused when the mind wakes before the body does. This is something I have personally experienced, it is very scary. My family even believed I had a seizure when I went through an episode. I was diagnosed with sleep paralysis when I got done at the hospital. I didn’t consider it a ‘demonic experience’ just something that was scary that happened. When I began research into what would’ve caused this is when I came across the connection of ‘shadow people’. Do I think I experienced that at that time, no. A simple googling can give you many links to how science explains it. Do I take that as solid proof that is what is happening to everyone? No. I do believe in the paranormal and supernatural things, but for me it just wasn’t.


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WTF Cryptos originally began, by me, on the website The Buzzkill Magazine. I wanted to share my love of cryptozoology and the paranormal. It was a short-lived series on the website as I stepped down from working for TBK. The inspiration was just because it was something I had become interested in over the years but was something I had used to help others that came to me asking questions. Having this fountain of knowledge in some a ‘different’ area has helped me with researching for my own stories, but knowing so much on things I may never use seemed like a waste so I began sharing what I knew.

If you do not know what cryptozoology is let me define it for you. Cryptozoology is a pseudoscience and subculture that aims to prove the existence of entities from the folklore record, such as Bigfoot, the chupacabra, or Mokele-mbembe. Cryptozoologists refer to these entities as cryptids, a term coined by the subculture.

The name ‘WTF Cryptos’ was one of those things I debated and since I have decided to bring it back, some, here I decided to expand the subjects and that meant giving it a new name…The Veil.

I do recommend you going over to The Buzzkill Magazine. The website covers a large range of subjects. There’s a little something for everyone, seriously! They do podcasts, awards, cover conventions, special appearances in interviews, and so much more.