somedarkholler: Tailypo, an Appalachian Folktale (illustration by Katherine Coville from the Robert D. San Souci collection Short & Shivery: Thirty Chilling Tales)  There are many versions of this tale. Here’s how I tell it: Old Man Fletcher lived in a log cabin, up a dark holler, deep in the mountains of West Virginia. He had three dogs… Continue reading

crittercompendium: Daily Monster 181: Tailypo Region of origin: Appalachia, United States A large cat-like creature with a markedly long tail that was, according to oral traditions and campfire stories, capable of human speech. The most common elements of the stories involve a hunter capturing one and cutting off its tail and, in the night following… Continue reading

crittercompendium: Daily Monster 181: Tailypo Region of origin: Appalachia, United States A large cat-like creature with a markedly long tail that was, according to oral traditions and campfire stories, capable of human speech. The most common elements of the stories involve a hunter capturing one and cutting off its tail and, in the night following… Continue reading

crittercompendium: Daily Monster 181: Tailypo Region of origin: Appalachia, United States A large cat-like creature with a markedly long tail that was, according to oral traditions and campfire stories, capable of human speech. The most common elements of the stories involve a hunter capturing one and cutting off its tail and, in the night following… Continue reading

crittercompendium: Daily Monster 181: Tailypo Region of origin: Appalachia, United States A large cat-like creature with a markedly long tail that was, according to oral traditions and campfire stories, capable of human speech. The most common elements of the stories involve a hunter capturing one and cutting off its tail and, in the night following… Continue reading