Meet the top five monsters from the West Virginia hills

Meet the top five monsters from the West Virginia hills
Mothman, a legendary creature of the Ohio Valley, descends through the West Virginia night. (Illustration by Ted Fauster)

Illsutration of the White Thing of the Kanawha Valley
The White Thing yet roams the Kanawha Valley region, if tales be true. (Illustration from a European woodcut.)

No. 4: The White Thing

Also known as the White Creature, this monster of the mountains that rise along the lower Kanawha Valley has been described as being as large as a bear though shaped like a dog. Its saber-like fangs extend from a ravenous mouth, and the beast is covered in filthy white, woolly fur. It first entered the annals of folklore in 1965 in the book "The Telltale Lilac Bush and Other West Virginia Ghost Tales," a collection of stories compiled by Ruth Ann Musick. A folklorist, Musick proposed that such beasts appeared to be both phantom and physical.

The thing appears to be related to Sheepsquatch, which, according to, has been encountered in Boone, Mason, Putnam, and Kanawha counties in western and southwestern West Virginia. A gorge of sightings took place near , in the mid-1990s, though reports continue, according to the site.

It's front limbs are similar to those of a raccoon but are larger. From its head sprouts horns like those of a goat. It has a long tail, not unlike that of a raccoon. A stench of sulfur surrounds it. The creature has been seen racing through the woods and scurrying down riverbanks to drink. Some witnesses claim to have seen it standing on its hind legs like a bear. Others say it has four eyes. Others have heard it scream." Click Box 5 below to encounter the next monster.


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  1. I'd not heard of the Snarly Yowl, The White Thing, or Grafton Monster.

    Quite interesting... Thank you!

  2. Was such a joy to write this article. Thanks, David. Please let me know if you need additional stories or monster art. Safe travels!

    Ted Fauster
    Author of Supernatural Survival Guide: for the Appalachian Region