Thursday, February 18, 2010

Return of the bullbeggar

A few months back, I had mentioned Virginia's traditions of the English goblin known as a bullbeggar and the presence of Bullbeggar Creek in the northernmost part of Virginia's eastern peninsula.

Now there come reports of what may be cougar on the eastern peninsula. Could these actually be the bullbeggars reported further north? Melfa isn't that far south of Bullbeggar Creek and besides, I can't see any reports where the witnesses actually claim beyond a shadow of a doubt that what they saw was a cougar. It's "a big cat-like thing".

It's interesting that Melfa, again, is right up the road from the town of Painter, 'painter' being a colloquial term for what would otherwise be called a panther. Also in a bizarre bit of synchronicity, the town of Exmore (which conjures up parallels with a certain English big cat) is nearby also.

Chad Arment's The Historical Bigfoot contains an account of the 'Bogey of Craddock Marsh', which seems to be likely situated about 7 miles west of Painter along Craddock Neck Road. However, as written the account is apparently of cries of 'yahoo' heard in the marsh and no description of the actual beast. Could it have been a 'cougar' as well?

The name Painter seems to suggest a previous knowledge of cat-like beasts. It should also be noted that some of the more southerly sightings are from just outside a sizable wildlife refuge.

I'm Back

I've decided on the direction of the blog. I'll be reporting things that occur on the East Coast, though I'll try to avoid Pennsylvania things for now, unless it's too late for their inclusion in the book, although (for now) Maryland is still fair game. The book, by the way, I think I'll title (at least for now) The Hills Rise Wild (provided Arkham House is cool with that), although as always anyone's free to suggest other titles. I dig that one, though I suppose it could give someone the idea that it's focused on New England. The following's a preliminary list (though in no order) of what's to be included in the book:

A. Deep in the Bowels of... Berks County: Lock 49 and Others
B. Sightings of the Jersey Devil in Pennsylvania
C. Sasquatch in Pennsylvania
D. Supernatural Sasquatch (the weird UFO, bulletproof, phasing, etc. encounters)
E. Thunderbirds of Northern Pennsylvania
F. Big Cat Sightings
G. Phantom Hounds, Black Dogs and Werewolves
H. Other Animal Ghosts
I. A section on things from my neck of the woods in Lancaster County
J. The Rest of the Weird (all the guys that don't fit anywhere else)

And probably other stuff I'm forgetting.