Inside the Library: The Orphan Skeleton Twins of Southampton


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: Skeleton Store


Looking back at some of the previous events in the Library’s history is as captivating and astounding as hearing about the new and present exploits of the curators. Here we look back at one of the first know occasions where a monster managed to successfully ingrain itself into a local community…

1920’s Queensland was the scene of a curious case for the Library. Rumour had spread across the globe about a small tight knit community and there curious skeletal set of store clerks. The curator at the time sent to investigate could comprehend such a blatant act of Monster-Human interaction. On the lengthy journey across the seas, it is said the curator received more startling information surround the goings on he was about to witness.

In a telegram held in the Library’s records it states that the people of Queensland had become reliant on the shop of ‘Mufflin & Mcdermotts’, the towns local handy store. Mufflin & Mcdermotts’ are said to have sold a brand of whiskey that the town’s people couldn’t get enough of. In fact demand was so high for the drink that every morning men and women would cue way into the early hours just to make sure they got their hands on the freshest batch. Not only was Mufflin & Mcdermotts beverage in high demand, but also Daniel Mufflin’s prize winning apple snap cookies, said to contain a spec of gold in each bite, were as addictive to the customers as cash seemed to be to Mufflins & Mcdermotts cash register.

Eventual it was written that Mufflin & Mcdermott planned to take their hard earned cash and set up a new shop across the world in New York City. When word got out though, the people of Queensland were not too pleased. The thought of no more whisky or apple snaps, well it shocked and scared them. Eventually it was decided that the only way to maintain Mufflin& Mcdermott as residents of Queensland would be with the help of old Australasian magic buried in the rocks and grounds of the town. Of course this was successful and the bodies of Mufflin & Mcdermott remained slaves to the town, unable to leave, unable to stop serving and unable to die!

65 years had passed since the plan and of course the original town’s folk had long since passed. Whisky had expanded beyond the source of one local shop and apple snaps had become a household bake. Eventual less and less people began to visit the skeletal owned shop. But yet every day the smell of lingering apple snaps and salty malt whisky wafted from the run down establishment. But still nobody came to buy. It was the act of Cedrick Lee, a local butcher, who invited the men to come work for him, integrating them into society outside of whisky and baked goods.

When the curator landed in Queensland there was no trouble in offering both Mcdermott and Mufflin places in the library cafe.
A successful case and one to this day that the Library still enjoys the benefits of. Why right now I’m enjoying fresh Mufflin apple snaps.

Daniel Mufflin and Cedrick Lee riding bikes to an Orchard

Looking Back: Skeleton attacks Armstrong !


Looking back at some of the previous events in the Library’s history is as captivating and astounding as hearing about the new and present exploits of the curators. Here we look back at a failed investigation by the Library and what the future holds for the case…

In 1936 whilst onstage in New York City, Louis Armstrong came under attack from what appeared to on lookers to be, a skeleton. Whilst many dismissed the claims at the time and wrote the incident off as a publicity stunt. The Library investigated the disturbance and on doing so discovered it had not been an attack by monster kind on the musician. But instead the skeleton in question was that of Humphrey Turner a jazz musician from New York who had died in two years prior. Humphrey had been a fan of the upcoming star that Armstrong was and had come up especially to see the show. Merely carried away by the spirit of the performance Humphrey had tried to join in with Armstrong attempting to showcase his own jazz talents. Forgetting his place in his new- (lack of) skin Humphrey’s attempts to play came across as a vicious assault on a human. The following night the Library curator investigating the attack attempted to trap the Skeleton by luring him out with more of Armstrong’s Jazz. The attempt was unsuccessful.

Though the skeleton in question and pictured was never apprehended.

The Library remains confident that in time he will show his face again, this time they will be ready.

Skeleton Attack

1936 Humphrey Turner attacks Louis Armstrong, mid performance.