For centuries humans told tales of monsters, beasts and bizarre supernatural beings. Back then, people were convinced that these beasts were real and would warn each other to look out for them. Even though now freakish beings are accepted as fiction, stories of them still give us chills.

Artist from Portugal, Bruno Santos, brilliantly illustrated some of the lesser known beasts. From a 400-year-old spider who eats handsome men to the ghost of a whale that brings famine. These terrifying monsters are sure to haunt your dreams.
Check out the illustrations below and tell us in the comments if you've heard about any of these monsters.

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#1 Bubak

Bubak

The Bubak is a creature present in the old Czech folklore. It is usually described as a scarecrow looking monster, with the ability to cry just like a newborn baby, to lure its victims to their deaths.

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Kjersti Valberg 8 months ago

"Jeepers Creepers"

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#2 La Cegua

La Cegua

This supernatural creature from the Nicaraguan folklore is a shapeshifter. It typically takes the form of an attractive long haired woman who seduces drunken and unfaithful men before revealing her true face: a Horse Skull. The words she speaks to these men are so horrific that the victim goes insane instantaneously.

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spirit wolf 8 months ago

I sure hope she exist....

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#3 La Llorona

La Llorona

La Llorona (The weeping Woman) was a woman who committed suicide after drowning her own children in a Mexican river as a means of revenge against her husband. Her wandering spirit is said to cry every night ¡Ay, mis hijos! ("Oh, my children!) The legends warns all children not to go out in the dark for she might snatch them, throwing them to their deaths in the flowing... Read More

La Llorona (The weeping Woman) was a woman who committed suicide after drowning her own children in a Mexican river as a means of revenge against her husband. Her wandering spirit is said to cry every night ¡Ay, mis hijos! ("Oh, my children!) The legends warns all children not to go out in the dark for she might snatch them, throwing them to their deaths in the flowing waters.

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WeWillJustSeeAboutThat 8 months ago

That picture is creepier than the tale to be honest.

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#4 Wendigo

Wendigo

A Wendigo is a half-beast creature appearing in the legends of the American Indians. The most frequent cause of transformation into a Wendigo was if a person had resorted to cannibalism.

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Pam Conley 8 months ago

It is haunted in Supernatural!

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#5 Rokurokubi

Rokurokubi

The Rokurokubi are Japanese mythical creatures that look like normal women by day. By night, however, their bodies sleep while their necks stretch to an incredible length and roam around freely, drinking other people's blood and even (rarely) eating humans.

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Sarcasticow 8 months ago

If I had such powers, I would roam around at night drinking other people's wine

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#6 Jorōgumo

Jorōgumo

According to the Japanese folklore, the Jorōgumo is a magic, 400 year old giant spider, that can change its appearance into that of a beautiful woman. She seduces young handsome men, wraps them up in her webs and eats them.

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Thomas Kolev 8 months ago

Ever noticed how many monsters disguise themselves as beautiful women?

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#7 Bake-Kujira

Bake-Kujira

The Bake-kujira ("Ghost whale"), is a huge, ghostly whale skeleton that is accompanied by a host of strange birds and fish. They appear on rainy nights near coastal whaling Japanese villages, scaring the fishermen and delivering a powerful curse to anyone who spots it. The whale's curse brings famine, plague, fire and other kinds of disasters to the villages it hits.

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Christina Hayes 8 months ago

This is actually really cool! I love it :D It reminds me of the Ghost Leviathan from Subnautica! I LOVE THE GHOST LEVIATHAN :D Sorry for wasting your time if you read this. Move along. :3

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#8 Manananggal

Manananggal

The Manananggal is a vampire-like mythical creature of the Philippines. It is described as hideous, scary, often dipicted as female, and capable of severing its upper torso and sprouting huge bat-like wings to fly into the night in search of its victims.

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frank0ys 8 months ago

...You can kill a manananggal by looking for the lower half of her body while they are separated and spreading ash, salt or holy water on it. By doing this, the two halves cannot join and they will burn to death when the sun rises.

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#9 La Mano Peluda

La Mano Peluda

La Mano Peluda or "The Hairy Hand" is said to belong to a man who was killed during the inquisition in Mexico, chopped up and buried in an old Indian cemetery. Only his hand came back to life, and lurks in the darkness under the bed of misbehaved children hoping to grab them by the ankle and drag them to who knows where

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jevais 8 months ago

Why childrend? The hand should haunt the priest and monks. The inquisition was after all a Catholics thing.

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