Posts Tagged ‘Texas’

Brownsville, Texas boasts a fairly unique story about ghostly cows!

The locals may well warn you about driving down Farm Road 511 at night, as you might well encounter the ghostly subjects.

As you drive along you might find your headlights illuminating a large cow right in front of your eyes. Swerving to avoid the bovine you’ll probably pull up to see if you can find it, or you might even drive through it, either way upon investigation you won’t find the elusive creature.

Whilst is sounds comical there have been accidents on the roads reported to have occurred so don’t take it lightly!

Weird US has their story on the site here.

Conspiracy theorists no doubt love this one, the JFK assassinations. Here’s a brief lowdown for you, with some of the notes I’ve found floating around the internet.

John F Kennedy, US president, died 1.00pm on November 22nd, 1963 in Parkland Hospital, Dallas having been shot half an hour earlier in his car, he was waving to spectators as they passed the Texas School Depository. The first shot missed him, the second pass through his neck and hit Texas Governor, John Connally, and the third shot proved to be the fatal one. The Vice President, Lyndon Johnson was sworn in immediately.

1.15pm Tippit, a Dallas policeman was shot dead, the killer ran into a cinema and was arrested. Lee Harvey Oswald was the man, he was identified as having left behind a rifle at the Book Depository Building. He was charged with double murder and whilst being moved to the county jail, Jack Ruby, pushed through reporters and shot him dead. There was to be no trial for the murderer of the president.

So the conspiracy theorists? They wonder if he could have made all three shots in 8 seconds, or if there was another shooter on the grassy gnoll? After all it seems that Jack Ruby had been able to to get through to walk up and shoot Oswald.

 

One of my favourite games with survival horror is Silent Hill, and one of the more famous icon monsters is Pyramid Head. He’s a fantastic icon for the Silent Hill game, specifically the second one, though I am prone to agree with critics that the poor guys got re-hashed too often due to fans.

James Sunderland is the main character who comes to town due to a letter from his dead wife. Pyramid Head himself is also known as “Red Pyramid Thing”, ‘Bogeyman’, ‘Triangle Head’ or in our house for a while it was ‘bucket head dude’.

He is there seemingly to represent James’ wish to be punished over his wife’s death. The creature that stalks him has no voice, no face and is a warped vision of torture in the town. The butcher’s apron and large knife he drags along, swinging in a cumbersome but deadly manner ensure that the fear factor runs high.

I’ll be honest with my comment here, that I feel Homecoming was the worst of the series. For me it just didn’t hold the same vibe and the over indulgent violence and combat detracted from the fear that drew me  in but one thing I did like is the way PH appeared. He appears as a cut scene through the Grant Hotel (an iconic spot in the games) and whilst there was no need to go to war with the thing the cut scene was pretty cool! However he is referred to as the Bogeyman not PH himself.

Gamespot placed him akin to the Leatherface antagonist from Texas Chainsaw Massacre. He is a hideous creature and made worse by the inability to attribute him to a human face. Outside of this comparison other comments that catch the eye are about a scene where the brutal rape of two other monsters appears, the idea of confronting this barbaric subject within the game seemed unsettling but again, remember, Silent Hill is based on nightmares.

I have included my speed paint of Pyramid head below but also surfed the net to find a good Pyramid Head cut scene. I hope you enjoy them.

The Goat Sucker is a famous Cryptid, who is believed to inhabit parts of the America’s. Puerto Rico has the first reported sightings, the name comes from he creatures habit of drinking the blood of livestock animals. The descriptions vary but it is supposedly a heavy set creature the size of a small bear with quills from the neck to tail. Sightings are usually not supported with any evidence and those that have are largely disproved as canid’s with mange.

A report, presumed the first. was made in Puerto Rico in 1995 where 8 sheep were found dead. They had three puncture wounds to the chest and were drained of blood. In 1975 a rather similar thing had been reported but had been attributed to the Vampire of Moca instead.

Many of the reports have turned out to be coyote with mange, one such case was August 2007 in Cuero, Texas, where Phylis Canion lost nearly 30 chickens. She brought the thing to light and it was tested, it was found to be a gray fox with extreme mange.

A similar legend from New Orleans concerns a lovers lane, location Grunch Road. It is said to be inhabited by Grunches who bear a similar resemblance to the chupacabre.

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