Monday, August 15, 2011

The Creature of the Caves

No, don't get too excited, this is not evidence of one of Mac Tonnies' elusive Cryptoterrestrials! Nor does it validate the wild, underground tales of Richard Shaver and the diabolical Deros!

It's a photo which was sent to me around 1997 or 1998, and, in reality is just a life-sized model that can be found in a certain, famous series of caves in England, and which is meant to offer a bit of "sword-and-sorcery"-style entertainment to those who visit the caves in question.

But what was interesting was the intricately woven tale that accompanied the picture when it was mailed to me. I forget the precise details now, but it all revolved around the claim that intelligent, sword-wielding, dwarfish man-beasts were roaming the many and varied caves that exist deep below the British Isles.

The letter ran to 2 or 3 pages and was an entertaining piece of hokum written in a definitively atmospheric, Lovecraftian style.

But, if you too are ever on the receiving end of this particular photo and its accompanying letter, just enjoy it for what it is: a piece of man-made entertainment, coupled with the written ravings of someone with - apparently - a good imagination, but way too much times on their hands, and nothing else!


  1. Nick, great idea, love it. This isn't exactly a synchronicity, but just the other day I was playing around with an idea I've had for a long time about a blog I've titled (but not yet put on line) "I Come From Circus Folk" -- just basically pictures of my family in the circus and vaudeville, etc. I had almost put it up last night but got too tired. Anyway, love the blog!

  2. You should definitely do that Regan re the circus blog!