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Horror Ink Sketches by Miguel Guerra – Mothman

Horror Ink Sketches by Miguel Guerra - Mothman

Horror Ink Sketches

As part of our Halloween countdown, we’re posting one new ink sketch every day until the 31st and beyond. But Miguel was caught in a creative frenzy for a few days and created a ton more! So, we’ll continue to post all 25 of his horror sketches!

And no horror countdown would be complete without…Mothman!

★To see all of the Horror Ink Sketches, click here.

What is Mothman?

Mothman is described as a bipedal, winged avian humanoid with owl-like traits. Despite his name which was given to him by newspapers, he is in no way moth-like. His coloration varies from Black, gray, to even brown or white, although its is usually the darker shades. He is often reported to be about 7 feet tall, with a wingspan of about 10 to 15 feet or more, plus the ability to fly over 100 mph. Sometimes he’s described as not having a head with the two huge red eyes set in the chest. These eyes are reported to be glowing, or at least reflective. The details of his face and his feet have never been adequately described. One witness who saw the face clearly, could only say that the details were horrible and monstrous. She had terrible nightmares and nearly suffered a nervous breakdown…” [click here to read more]

Mothman Sightings

“The first recorded Mothman sighting took place on November 12, 1966, near Clendenin, West Virginia. Five men were in a cemetery preparing a grave for burial when they saw something they couldn’t explain. Lifting off from the nearby trees was a brown winged creature. The men held to the fact that what lifted off beyond the trees was no bird, it was a humanoid.

The TNT Area

The creature was sighted in many places across West Virginia and the surrounding states, but the largest number of sightings happened near the old West Virginia Ordnance Works, an area now known by locals as the “TNT Area.”

…In 1979, fishermen in the TNT area reported that chemicals had been left to seep into the ponds, causing it to be labeled an environmental disaster. By the year 1983, the TNT Area was among the country’s most-polluted sites.

…This creature would be seen throughout the next thirteen months in Point Pleasant, and it was estimated that there were over 100 sightings within this time, though these are unidentifiable reports and the actual number of reported sightings may be quite lower. Mothman witnesses were also harassed by the Men In Black who wanted them not to speak about the creature. The strange sightings all seemed to culminate in the collapse of The Silver Bridge on December 15th 1967…” [click here to read more]

The Mothman Prophecies by John A. Keel

Mothman really came into public awareness after the success of John Keel’s book, The Mothman Prophecies and the subsequent movie. Here’s the book description:

“West Virginia, 1966. For thirteen months the town of Point Pleasant is gripped by a real-life nightmare that culminates in a tragedy that makes headlines around the world. Strange occurrences and sightings, including a bizarre winged apparition that becomes known as the Mothman, trouble this ordinary American community. Mysterious lights are seen moving across the sky. Domestic animals are found slaughtered and mutilated. And journalist John Keel, arriving to investigate the freakish events, soon finds himself an integral part of an eerie and unfathomable mystery…” [click here to read more]

Mothman by Miguel Guerra

Horror Ink Sketches by Miguel Guerra - Mothman

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