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Duluth needs a monster of its own

Earlier today I was reading about the Red Dwarf of Detroit, a harbinger of doom that’s been haunting the Detroit area for hundreds of years. It’s described as “a small child-like creature with red or black fur boots” that has “blazing red eyes and rotten teeth.”

Other communities have monsters that are unique to their location. Point Pleasant, WV has the Mothman. Southern New Jersey has the Jersey Devil. Botetourt County, VA and Mattoon, IL have the Mad Gasser, who was more of a serial killer really but I’m still including it here.

Mayor Ness wants to get the population back up to 90,000. Maybe some good old-fashioned mass hysteria is what we need to put this town back on the map.

If Duluth had a monster of its own, what would it be like? When would would it appear? Where would it appear? What would it be called?

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27 Comment(s)

  1. You can start here: 1905

    spy1 | Feb 21, 2012 | New Comment
  2. spy1 | Feb 21, 2012 | New Comment
  3. Or, Jan. 9, 1912

    spy1 | Feb 21, 2012 | New Comment
  4. Cthulhu

    TimK | Feb 21, 2012 | New Comment
  5. June 1902

    spy1 | Feb 21, 2012 | New Comment
  6. I like where this is headed. Maybe some sort of electrical aquatic moose-monster, connected to a cult of “foreigners” that meets in the building next door to Central Sales.

    Barrett Chase | Feb 21, 2012 | New Comment
  7. TimK is right, this has all the signs of a Lovecraft-ian novella. A giant amorphous blob, a shambling mound of gelatinous taconite sludge, the “ancient ones” … Also, I like the idea of a huge 300lb sturgeon with eyes the size of pie-plates

    baci | Feb 21, 2012 | New Comment
  8. Oh, BTW didn’t Low do soundtrack work for The Mothman Prophecies?

    I’m starting to smell a script ….

    baci | Feb 21, 2012 | New Comment
  9. This is the best idea I have ever heard.

    catz | Feb 21, 2012 | New Comment
  10. That story about the two-headed baby is sad, but “SHIPS COMPASS GETS CRAZY” is awesome.

    udarnik | Feb 21, 2012 | New Comment
  11. Someone get Anthony Bukoski on the case…

    blind | Feb 21, 2012 | New Comment
  12. Have you all never heard of the Superior Sasquatch? Behold his ratty might:

    Jcarlon | Feb 21, 2012 | New Comment
  13. I nominate seagulls.

    The Big E | Feb 21, 2012 | New Comment
  14. I think the bunnies that used to swarm down around Park Point & Canal Park need to be incorporated into the legend somehow. Maybe we can blame their appearance/disappearance on the monster — plus, a story about a monster eating bunnies is sure to scare the kids.

    Mary | Feb 21, 2012 | New Comment

    The Ojibwe believed that spirits concentrated in the rock outcroppings of the Lake Superior shore, which belonged to the mysterious domain of the powerful Ojibwe sea monster Mishipizheu

    spy1 | Feb 21, 2012 | New Comment
  16. I have seen a creature! A gnome-like man, with a mighty beard, prone to fits of dancing and unintelligible banter!

    cork1 | Feb 21, 2012 | New Comment
  17. Cork, I too have seen this gnome-like man. He plays terrifying sounds from his mouth horn.

    baci | Feb 21, 2012 | New Comment
  18. Forget the monster eating bunnies. We call those things the killer bunnies. They’re the monsters, I tell you.

    jessige | Feb 21, 2012 | New Comment
  19. I think he looks something like this:

    Paul Lundgren | Feb 21, 2012 | New Comment
  20. I looked for this one when I was up in British Columbia a few years back. No such luck.

    Hotrod | Feb 21, 2012 | New Comment
  21. I too shall vouch that the gnome-like man exists! He of the broad-brimmed hat and mighty thirst. Rivers of beer empty themselves down his gullet, and lesser demons quail before his belching countenance.

    DaVe | Feb 22, 2012 | New Comment
  22. Lord Phosphorus | Feb 23, 2012 | New Comment
  23. The land is inhospitable enough that we don’t need a monster. The air or the lake would be pleased to kill you.

    consuelo | Feb 23, 2012 | New Comment
  24. Rhinelander, WI has a creature called a “Hodag.” It’s even the mascot for the high school athletic teams.

    laureli | Feb 23, 2012 | New Comment
  25. The Duluth Ball Slasher is enough to keep me from visiting too often…

    St.G | Mar 12, 2012 | New Comment
  26. The gaggles of hipsters roaming Superior St on any given night is monster enough. | Mar 17, 2012 | New Comment
  27. I just came across this Ripsaw cover we did way back when. One of my favorites. Rick Allen did the amazing illustration.

    brian | Mar 23, 2012 | New Comment

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