Thursday, April 12, 2012

K is for Kelpie

Most-Wanted Monsters is thrilled to be one of more than 1500 blogs taking part in the 2012 A -Z Blogging Challenge - 26 opportunities to help you survive a paranormal apocalypse. Don't let our epic monster limericks fool you - the lore we share about the beasties featured in each daily post could literally save your life. Know them before they GET you!
Mystic water horse from ancient lore
Rises to the surface, spots prey from the shore
Traps them in seaweed
Drags'em under for a feed
And they're seen again nevermore

Sure they look friendly, but Kelpies aren't exactly the type of creature you want to actually become friends with. 

Kelpies are shape shifters, most commonly taking the form of a pure white or black horse, luring unsuspecting prey with the promise of a ride on its back.

Oh, you'll go for a ride, alright - but it won't be into the sunset. 

The creature's skin is adhesive, so once you've hopped on, there's no way to get off. You'll head straight to the water where the beastie first drowns you, and then eats you - well, everything except your heart and liver. Not a pretty way to go.

Kelpies prefer young, fresh meat, so keep a special eye on your kids if you're traveling near lochs and lakes in northern European countries. 

SURVIVAL TIP: There's something to be said for being wary of strangers - and that means strange animals as well. Shape shifters can take many forms - keep your wits about you, and pay attention to anything that seems...shifty.

Kelpies are a pretty freaky "K" - but if you've got a scarier beast in mind, let us know. Tell us in the comments below and you could win an e-copy of SPIRITED, an anthology of 13 haunting stories.

And then, why not head over to some of the other blogs on the A-Z Blogging Challenge.


  1. But they're so cool looking! They can't really be murderous...can they? Sigh.

  2. I have never heard of a Kelpie before. I'm not a fan of liver myself, but why does the Kelpie avoid eating the heart & liver?

  3. OOO!!
    Second Kelpie today. Very cool.

    I am trying to read all the A to Z blogs, but coming back to the ones I really like.
    Looking forward to seeing what you do all month!

    The Other Side
    The Freedom of Nonbelief

  4. That looks more like a hippocampus to me, which is a 'water horse' from Greek mythology, which is usually pictured with the fish-like hindquarters. Kelpies are usually pictured as 'normal' horses, but a little more ....dead-looking. They need legs to lure you onto their backs, after all.

    1. Hippocampus are another name for Kelpies, along with Phookas and Capall Uisce. :)