Articles By Author - John E. Ling

Monday Monster: Quicksilver Ooze

Quicksilver oozes are a freakish combination of alchemical reagents and magical energy, born from laboratory experiments gone awry. Their shape is completely malleable, but when at rest a quicksilver ooze most closely resembles a pool of liquid silver. The ooze is rarely at rest, however, as it searches the world for its lone source of nourishment—uncast spells. The glistening silver pool twitches then begins to slither towards you. An...

Monday Monster: Altamaha-ha

Darien, GA (WKQ News): State police today arrested a man on the Altamaha River for driving under the influence. The driver’s fishing boat flipped during a dangerous one craft incident. Both the driver and his passenger received only minor injuries. “We are determined to crack down on irresponsible operators who insist on driving while intoxicated,” said police spokeswoman Lt. Cheryl McGovern. Witnesses tell WKQ News that the operator – whose...

Monday Monster: The Headless Horseman

Tarry Town, NY (WKQ News): Local farmers report a series of odd events, as a man on horseback gallops through their fields each night. Local police believe the rider to be a single prankster. “Whoever this is,” said Sheriff’s Deputy Mark Andrews, “he should know that we do not find his actions funny. He’s causing serious harm to the farmers’ pumpkin crops, and we will arrest him, charge him, and prosecute to the fullest extent of the law when...

Monday Monster: Black Agnes

Baltimore, MD (WKQ News): Gang activity in the Saint Agnes neighborhood continues to vex authorities. The latest initiation rite is especially troubling for those serving the city’s youth: Gang members dare young people to spend the night in a local cemetery, only to strangle them during the night. Experts are hampered in their investigations by a persistent belief among gangs and the homeless that a statue within the cemetery — known as...

Monday Monster: The Pope Lick Monster

Louisville, KY (WKQ News): Earlier today, four teenagers fell to their deaths at the Norfolk Southern Railway trestle. One survivor suffered multiple fractures and is in guarded condition at Ten Broeck Hospital. He told authorities that the teens, all recent high school graduates, had been visiting legendary sites including the New Jersey Pine Barrens and the Altamaha River in Georgia. They stopped in Louisville to visit the Pope Lick Monster...

Monday Monster: Green Children of Woolpit

Woolpit, Suffolk, England (WKQ News): As they do every year, people in this small Suffolk County community celebrated the harvest, including re-telling tales of the Green Children. This year’s festival, however, took a decided turn for the bizarre, as two green-hued children appeared at the mouth of the flint mines in the area. Residents at first believed the children to be performers, but soon realized they were privy to the visitations of...

Monday Monster: La Llorona

Tequila, Jalisco, Mexico (WKQ News): For the fifth time this month, a child was found drowned in Lake Chapala. There are no witnesses to the terrible accident, which officials believe occurred sometime overnight. Officials tell WKQ News that there are no signs of foul play and they’re likely to rule this as yet another terrible accident. However, one member of the Policía de Jalisco, who refused to provide his name, insists he heard sounds of a...

Monday Monster: the Drop Bear

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (WKQ News): A tourist today was admitted to Canberra Hospital with severe injuries to his head and back. Officials report that the tourist, whose name is being withheld pending notification of his family, was attacked while exploring the outback. They suspect the animal in the attack was a dingo, and completely dismiss the stories being circulated that the animal was actually a drop bear. [More…]...

Monday Monster: The Wendigo

Grandmother’s Bay, Saskatchewan, Canada (WKQ News): A rash of murders in this Cree community has folks wondering just what law enforcement plans to do about the problem. While some folks think the tribal elders should turn matters over to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, many believe this tribal matter should remain under the jurisprudence of the local officials. Whichever force investigates, it will have its hands full, with seven...

Monday Monster: Jack the Ripper

Whitechapel, London, England (WKQ News) For the fourth time in the last two months, a prostitute working in Whitechapel became the victim of gruesome murder. The woman – identified as Maryanne Smithson – was found dead in an alley behind Durwood Street. An anonymous source from the medical examiner’s office tells WKQ News that the victim was strangled before her throat was slit. Afterward, the murderer – using the precision of a surgeon –...

Monday Monster: Skinned Tom

Etowah, TN (WKQ News): Investigators from the Tennessee State Police are investigating yet another brutal murder in the isolated area known to local youth as Lover’s Lane. As in the previous three cases over past two months, the woman was stabbed once in the abdomen, while the male was gruesomely skinned alive. Police aren’t releasing the names of the victims, as they try to identify the male and notify his family. [More…] Tom had it all...

Monsters: the Jersey Devil

Sicklerville, NJ (WKQ News): Farmers in this Camden County town are growing more concerned by the day. They say their livestock – cows, pigs, and horses mostly – are being attacked in the evening. Few animals have survived the attacks, and the deaths have been especially grisly. New Jersey Game and Wildlife officials are on the lookout for what they say is a very large bear, possibly infected with rabies. Some farmers, however, are whispering...

Monsters: The Nain Rouge

Detroit, MI (WKQ News): The severe storms have left the Detroit metro area. Over the past 24 hours, Detroit has suffered intense thunderstorms, with wind gusts up to 80 miles per hour felling trees and utility poles throughout the region. A spokesman for DTE Energy reports it could be a week before power is completely restored. Large hail stones smashed windows and damaged vehicles , and officials are blaming severe lightning strikes for...

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