Inside the Library: The Spirit of Halloween

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Once in a while The Library of Living Monsters allows the public a glimpse behind the curtain and into the library’s vast collection of monsters and ghouls of all shapes and sizes. From the serious to the mischievous. The cute and cuddly, and those which if seen would turn you to stone.They are so horrifying !
Today is one of those days. In fact it is the first time in a long time that the Library has allowed such unparalleled access into its walls of secrecy. In celebration of this The Library of Living Monster offers you a peek at one of our most rare and unknown inmates.

The Spirt of Halloween…

The Spirit of Halloween. The British saint of Halloween,

The Spirit of Halloween. The British saint of Halloween

Ever wondered why Britain isn’t as mad for Halloween as America ? Have you ever thought that at one time they were ? That in Britain Halloween was as big as Christmas !

Well it was.

In 1798 King George III declared a war on Halloween, announcing that his citizens were spending too much time and too much effort on the October Celebrations. He offered a reward for any man or woman who could capture The Spirit of Halloween.
Now The Spirit of Halloween had been part of the British Isles for many year prior to King Georges announcement. His large pumpkin face and cat balloon had often led the British in their celebrations. In fact The Spirit of Halloween was dubbed the British saint of All Hallows Eve. As the years passed the power and respect for the Spirit grew, to the point where this upset the monarchs and leaders of the times. King George was merely the first to put his foot down.
So on a grim November the people of the British isles arrived at the home of The Spirit of Halloween, and marched him into custody of the crown. He remained in prison for over two centuries, as Halloween slowly faded from the British public’s consciousness.

The origins of The Spirit of Halloween are unknown though portraits and works from the time suggest that he was a normal man, struck down in a Halloween themed accident and when he recovered he had a Pumpkin for a head and the body of a bat covered clown, his pet cat survived; only as a balloon head. 

The Library had tried on many occasions to gain access to The Spirit of Halloween, offering him refuge and safety within the library’s walls. However all request were turned down by the crown. Until the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, who released The Spirit of Halloween into The Library of Living Monsters custody, where to this day he sits in his padded room, where it is Halloween everyday for him and his little cat balloon.

As for Britain, they never quite have recovered  their Halloween spirit, despite many American companies attempts to bring it back into the mainstream. You will never catch them doing anything like this… Watch a Clip of American Halloweeners

In Celebration !

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The Library of Living Monsters is closing in on it’s 500th subscriber. To celebrate this event we here at the library have put together a playlist befitting of this achievement.

From Spooky Gospel Children’s Choirs, Monster Movie Legends, Brazilian Ritualistic Funk and even a song from a Betty Boo Cartoon.

This is the perfect Halloween or Monster Playlist. For Kids and Grown Ups alike.

Enjoy…

Inside the Library: Skeleton Owl – The Forest Room

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Once in a while The Library of Living Monsters allows the public a glimpse behind the curtain and into the library’s vast collection of monsters and ghouls of all shapes and sizes. From the serious to the mischievous. The cute and cuddly, and those which if seen would turn you to stone.They are so horrifying !
Today is one of those days. In fact it is the first time in a long time that the Library has allowed such unparalleled access into its walls of secrecy. In celebration of this the Library of Living Monsters offers you a glimpse into the Forest Room of the Library.

The Forest Room is the section of the Library which houses all bird, insect and forest dwelling creature and Monster that the Library has inside of it’s custody.
Our journey into the Forest Room today focuses on one particular monster, The Skeleton Owl.

The Skeleton Owl, who haunted Mexico's Grapefruit farmers.

The Skeleton Owl, who haunted Mexico’s Grapefruit farmers.

The Skeleton Owl came to The Library of Living Monsters attention following a series of bizarre incidents for Grapefruit farmers in Mexico.
During the 1940’s Mexico’s Grapefruit production was at an all time high, however in the months leading too 1946 several of the grapefruit farms began to close. Workers refusing to work. Farmers refusing to open their gates. Due to this even to this day Mexico’s Grapefruit production has never recovered.

The source of the unrest was the apparent fear of a winged beast who would haunt the workers by day and night, swooping down with it’s skeletal face and stealing the Grapefruits. As Grapefruit farm owner Doug Pederson stated; “My men refused to work. I couldn’t even get replacement staff. Nobody would work in the trees with the fear of the skull faced beast. At first I laughed of my worker claims. But I have seen it. I thought it was El Chupravidrio ! But this beast only eats Grapefruits”. (El Chupravidrio was a Mexican Creature that the Library also Investigated his story can be viewed over there >>> STORY HERE

The Library of Living Monsters sent its finest curators out to Meixco to investigate. When there they used a trap of Grapefruit and Grapefruit flavored confectionery to tempt the creature down from its trees.

To this day the Skeleton Owl sits in the trees of the library’s Forest Room. The library’s staff have created an endless flavored lollipop of Grapefruit extract to satisfy the Monsters craving for its Grapefruit diet.

It is just a shame about Mexican Grapefruit Farming, if you know anyone who would like to help out the Mexican produce market, send them to this sight over there >>>  SITE LINK

Current Investigation: Mutant Snail Racing ?

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The Library of Living Monsters in conjunction with Dreamworks Animation have been working on a documentary focusing on the underground Monster sport of, MUTANT SNAIL RACING !

In a film released later this year, we carefully observe the Monstrous sport of Mutant Snails attempting to recreate the human racing of Formula 1.

The trailer for the film can be found over there >>>> Trailer Click Here.

The Film also follows the story of one Mutant snails attempts to gain magical powers to attack the world at lightening speeds. Something the Library will continue to pay close attention too.

If you do not like clicking buttons then the trailer is also embedded bellow.

WARNING ! do not be fooled by their cuteness.

Inside the Library: The Orphan Skeleton Twins of Southampton

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Once in a while The Library of Living Monsters allows the public a glimpse behind the curtain and into the library’s vast collection of monsters and ghouls of all shapes and sizes. From the serious to the mischievous. The cute and cuddly, and those which if seen would turn you to stone.They are so horrifying !
Today is one of those days. In fact it is the first time in a long time that the Library has allowed such unparalleled access into its walls of secrecy. In celebration of this we offer YOU! the reader a once in a lifetime look at two mischievously cute orphan monsters.

The skeleton twins of the Southampton dockyard.

The Orphan Skeleton Twins of the Southampton dockyard.

The Orphan Skeleton Twins of Southampton England, haunted the docks of Southampton for over 39 years. Their presence was known throughout the ports across the country and fishermen and shippers dared not to enter the Southampton Docks for years. Though small in their stature, their mischievous actions left over 230 fisherman tied up in their own nets and around 1’287 dockers in hospital following various acts involving chili powder and super glue.
The Library of Living Monsters tried many times to capture the tiny skeleton pair and first sightings of the twins date back to an earlier Library case our curators investigated FROM 1802. You can view the details of that case over there >>> REPORT HERE 

Eventually the curators lured The Orphan Skeleton Twins into the library’s captivity using a selection of sweet trails and gobstoppers.
To this day the twins are kept under lock and key, making sure the public needn’t worry about practical jokes by skeleton orphans anymore. This example of capturing the pair by our curators was parodied in an episode of hit US cartoon, Family Guy.
You can see the clip over there >>>  CLIP HERE  

Looking Back: Do my eyes deceive me ? A Seaweed Monster ?

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Looking back at some of the previous events in the Libraries history is as captivating and astounding as hearing about the new and present exploits of the curators. Here we look back at the San Franciscan Seaweed Monster, and the curious case of the missing ships captains. In 1954 following the release of the Universal Monsters Documentary; The Creature from the Black Lagoon. There was a steep rise in the number of reports to police and coast guards regarding Sea Monster sightings and attacks.

The Press called it a phase, an over reaction. The Police dismissed reports as mass hysteria caused by the film they had seen.
(If you would like to witness the original documentary footage of the investigation into the Creature from  the Black Lagoon you can do so by clicking over there >> WATCH HERE )
But despite the supposed sightings and attacks being dismissed as fake, they continued to take place, and in San Francisco things began to take a bizarre twist.

In 1954 two years following the initial release of the Creature from the… The Library of Living Monsters was alerted to the suspicious disappearances  of a number of sea captains in the San Franciscan bay area.  The reports stated that for the past 3 months, all boats going through the area carrying cargo over a certain weight, had ended up washed up on the shores of the bay, the captain of the ship missing and crew crying madness about a Seaweed fiend.

Of course the library investigated, and the curators traveled to the bay area to examine the case. There our old records show that the curators of our library discovered not one but two Seaweed Monsters hiding out in the depths of the bay. Not only that, but inside there cavernous layer of evil seaweed, the held captive over 56 sea captains. Their reason for doing this ? They had none.

To this day those two Seaweed Monsters sit in silence in the Library walls, refusing to shed any light on their crimes. But for now at least we know that the San Franciscan Bay is safe for all sea captains to pass through, no matter their cargo.

Genuine photograph taken by a crewman aboard a ship targeted by the Seaweed Monsters.

Genuine photograph taken by a crewman aboard a ship targeted by the Seaweed Monsters.

For more information about Seaweed, feel free to look here

  

Inside the Library: GODZILLAAAAA!

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The Library of Living Monsters is pleased to announce that Japan will be releasing the very first commemorative stamps attributing to the Godzilla attacks of 1954.
The attack by Godzilla left a path of destruction, which many believed Tokyo could never recover from. The event was captured on film by Ishiro Honda, a brave native of the town who just so happened to have his camera with him at the time of the attacks. The film was seen around the world. Millions watched in horror wondering whether the monster Godzilla could be stopped or would he potentially reach other countries on its  path of destruction. Clips of the film can be found here >> FILM CLIPS

The Mindless actions of the beast are still vague to this day. But the effect its attack left upon the people of Tokyo will never be forgotten.

The limited run of stamps aim to remind the people of Japan and the world about what happened on that fateful day, and give thanks that  the beast Godzilla has not been seen since 1998.

Tribute stamp commemorating those lost in the 1954 attack by Godzilla.

Tribute stamp commemorating those lost in the 1954 attack by Godzilla on the people of Tokyo