Artist's illustration of cryptids sitting around a campfire

Rural Monsters, Myths, and Legends

Across rural America — in its forested woods, its remote lakes, and its sprawling fields — there is plenty of room for the wild and weird to take root. Just beyond the gaze of “normal” existence, strange sightings and odd encounters have lingered in the minds and memories of many rural communities.

Contrary to what you might think, these stories are not simply silly or scary. Call them foolish or farfetched if you must, but they offer a valuable window into the unique culture and community life of places often unseen and under-appreciated.

The Daily Yonder invites you to join us in this closer look at the cryptids of rural America. Let your imagination roam, welcome feelings of wonder or dread, and, if only for a moment, ponder the possibilities beyond what’s proven and known.

Words by Liz Carey.

Art by Nhatt Nichols.

Editorial and production support by Jan Pytalski, Adam B. Giorgi, and Caroline Carlson.

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The Big Muddy Monster, hailing from Murphysboro, Illinois, used to belong to the less-desirable part of the town’s history. But a TV show and some renewed interest lured it out into the town’s limelight once again.

The truth is out there.

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