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Monsters of New England

Halloween is a great time of year to talk of monsters. Monsters in movies and scary fireside or bedtime stories, and those roaming our streets in the guise of trick or treaters are commonplace right now. But there are some individuals, like me, who think about monsters year-round. We are students of cryptozoology, the study of creatures that are possibly real but certainly alive in legend and lore. In the more rural parts of New England, residents have reported sightings of unexplained beasts that inhabit the night, dawn, dusk, and sometimes, most frighteningly of all, the daylight. Here’s a guide to some of the more famous creatures of the region we have catalogued at the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

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