Old Hags, Lesser Indepedent Race
Folklore says terrible old hags are responsible for the phenomena of night-terrors, a frightening experience where one wakes up in the middle of the night, to find paralyzed, and unable to breath with a crushing weight on their chest. Science has since explained the nature of this phenomena — the body waking during paralysis caused by REM sleep. While this is true in most cases, some night-terrors are indeed caused by encounters with the wraith-like beings. Belief in the Old Hags may be waning, but they have not forgotten us.
The Smurl Poltergeist, Unique Entity
Named for the family it haunted throughout the seventies and eighties, the Smurl Poltergeist is a loathsome and violent entity, that delights in the agony it inflicts on human beings. The bestial spirit is known to have raked people with terrible claws, lifted and thrown them, and subjected its victims to repeated rapes. Though violent, it seems the entity does not seek to kill, but to torture and spread anguish.
“She must have been so frightened all alone there in the night
There was something strange about her
her face was deathly white;
She sat so pale and quiet in the back seat all alone
I’ll never will forget that night I took Mary home.”
— John Duffy, “Bringing Mary Home”
Resurrection Mary, Unique Ghost
Just about everyone has heard the tale of the vanishing hitchhiker, and just about every town has their own version of the story. Perhaps the most famous of these is Chicago’s Resurrection Mary. Reports of Mary began in the 1930s, though sightings of a similar spirit haunting the same area stretch back to the 1800s.
Mercy Brown, Unique Wraith
Mercy Brown is remembered in urban legend as America’s last vampire. Mercy is no vampire, however; she is a vengeful spirit, angered over the desecration of her grave and corpse.
“Have you seen the ghost of John?
Long white bones with the skin all gone.
Wouldn’t it be chilly with no skin on?”
— Traditional Halloween Song
The Ghost of John, Unique Entity
Little to nothing it known about the origins of “John”, who he was in life, how he met his end, or what horrid forces resurrected him from the grave. Even the title ghost is a misnomer, doing little to describe the true condition of this creature. Some aspects of the monstrosity’s nature to suggest a connection to Ithaqua. The Ghost of John hunts human flesh; not for consumption, but to cover his own naked bones.
La Llorona, Unique Wraith
There are many stories about La Llorona, but very few agree on any points. The one point they do all agree on is that she murdered her own children, methodically drowning each one of them. No one knows for certain who she was in life, or what drove her to commit such an atrocity. The act condemned her to an afterlife of wandering near creeks and rivers, wailing in grief and anguish over her crime. Her spirit is twisted, driven beyond madness by her torment. La Llorona can be found wherever there is a significant Hispanic population.
Wills-o-the-Wisp, Lesser Servator Race
Ominous lights that have fascinated and terrified humanity since before recorded history, Wills-o-the-Wisp are servants of Tulzscha. Born of human sacrifices to the Outer God, Wills-o-the-Wisp protect places sacred to Tuzlscha and its followers, confusing trespassers, leading them astray and onto dangerous ground. Omens of ill-luck and death, the Wills-o-the-Wisp may be sent to curse those who have run afoul of Tulzscha’s cult. The Wills-o-the-Wisp also serve as harbingers, appearing before the deaths of those Tulzscha has taken an inexplicable interest in.
Halloween, that time of the year when TV stations find an excuse to show any horror movie they have hiding in their library, and Call of Cthulhu players find an excuse to play their favorite game. In that spirit, we bring you the Octobernomicon, a project featuring one brand-new monster for your Call of Cthulhu game for each day of October.