Over at the Cryptid Wiki, they write that the Ozark Howler is "typically described as being bear sized, with a thick body, stocky legs, black shaggy hair, glowing red eyes, and prominent horns. Its cry is often described as being a combination of a wolf's howl, an elk's bugle, and the laugh of a hyena." People … Continue reading The Ozark Howler Offline
"The one aspect every witness agrees upon is the Ozark Howler's piercing, terrifying cry." This description of the Ozark Howler comes from Jason Offutt, in a new book about American mythological monsters, Chasing American monsters : over 250 creatures, cryptids, and hairy beasts, due to be released on March 7 this year. Offutt writes, "The Ozark Mountains in north central Arkansas are covered in … Continue reading Ozark Howler Out Front In New Book
A couple of years ago, the Standard, a newspaper out of Springfield, Missouri, told the story of Kenneth and Farah Rose Deel, a couple who makes a living by convincing people that they are being haunted by demons. In the ultimate economic convenience, prospective clients are told that only Kenneth and Farah are capable of solving the … Continue reading Exorcists Coming After The Ozark Howler
As many have noted, the Ozark Howler has an appearance so outlandish as to make the literal reality of its existence as an earthbound creature too implausible to ignore. Large land animals on Earth do not have glowing eyes. Carnivores do not have horns. Furthermore, the difficulty of obtaining reliable eyewitness reports about the Ozark … Continue reading Ozark Howler from Another Dimension
A few years ago, the folklore blog Into The Wonder attempted to give a scientific explanation for the strange characteristics of the Ozark Howler. The writer suggested: "Creodonts share a common ancestor with members of the order Carnivora. They bear a superficial similarity to large cats or enormous weasels, but are actually quite distinct. I’m thinking the claims about … Continue reading Avoiding Pseudoscientific Just So Stories of the Ozark Howler
There is a great deal of disagreement between different sources about just what the Ozark Howler looks like. Some say the Ozark Howler is something like a bobcat, or a lynx - a very small creature. Others say it's bigger than a bear. Some draw it with a long, snakelike tail. Others give it no … Continue reading Is the Ozark Howler a Shapeshifter?
My fascination with the Ozark Howler goes back to a newspaper article I read about a strange incident that occurred in Taney County, near what is now the entertainment hotspot of Branson, Missouri, way back in 1852. Branson was not formally incorporated yet - wouldn't be for two generations. As the well-known Branson history show … Continue reading Welcome to the Ozark Howler