New cryptid on the block?

Pale, naked human-like creature crawling close to the ground.
Limbs seem unusually skinny/ long.
Stench of blood/ copper/ rotten flesh/ other horrible things.
Mimics sounds, voices, sometimes a whole person.

What is this?
Most stories I’ve read about this new (?) cryptid were posted on reddit under Skinwalkers. Is it a skinwalker though?
Something seems off.
There are similarities. The stench, the mimicry.
But still. Something isn’t right here.

One could argue that maybe many of the stories on reddit are fake/ fiction. True. Many might be. But even if “many” are, that still leaves a few. And reddit is not the only place I’ve read about these things…

Here’s one from about a creature in a ditch.

Phantoms and Monsters published a story yesterday about a witness describing the exact same thing. A creature that closely resembles the viral faked trail cam photo of a character referred to as “The Rake“.

The problem with this whole thing is that The Rake is not supposed to be real. It’s a creepypasta invention that began on the 4chan imageboard where they were trying to “create a new monster”.
Is it possible that they did not in fact create this thing, but instead tap into the collective consciousness somehow, picking up on a creature people really are seeing?
Or was it in fact created? Kind of a thoughtform created by a group of people that took on physical characteristics?

Either way, people are seeing it and it’s not a happy sight. The sightings appear very similar, even though the circumstances may differ:

A group of people are in the forest, camping usually.
Horrible smell permeates the air.
Alternative one: One person walks into the woods by him- or herself, returns seemingly changed.
Alternative two: The group suddenly discover there is an extra person among them.
Person returning/ new person is acting strange. Says very little, sound strange when he/ she does speak. Motions/ movement seems jerky and “off”, face looks either expressionless and slack-jawed or has an unsettling grin.
Strange person is eager to bring one other person to the woods.
In case anything is seen it appears to be the aforementioned pale, naked humanoid creature.
Sometimes screeches or howls are heard from the woods. Often a strange voice that doesn’t sound really human, trying to imitate words that have been said.
A person that’s “taken over” permanently starts behaving in peculiar ways, withdrawing from everyone and only seems to eat raw meat…


And another thing it made me think about was a story about a peculiar “werewolf transformation” that occurred on Mud Creek Road near Troy, Pa. A couple driving saw something on the side of the road and stopped to observe:

The woman initially thought that a naked man was crawling on the side of the road. The driver decreased his speed, swerved his truck in the middle of the road and directed the high beams of his headlights towards the subject. The driver stopped about 30-40 feet away. They soon realized that this was not a person, but instead a creature that was crawling very low to the ground.
The creature then seemed to morph into something else:

The witnesses indicated that this creature appeared to be changing form. The driver said, “Its shape was nothing like when it was squatted”. The woman stated to me that it “shaped into another form.” She thought it was a dark brown color, and looked like a werewolf with a little back hair. She estimated that when it was leaping into the woods, she thought it stood about 9 feet tall. The woman while reluctant to say it said, “I think it was a man changing into a werewolf”.

Are these creatures werewolf larvae in a way? Or are they really skinwalkers?

Some use the term Fleshgait for them. What a lovely word…

Below are some greentext stories found on reddit. Click to enlarge, click again to zoom on some:

And many more where those came from.

Here are some videos of peculiar creatures that seem to fit in. Can’t account for their veracity though.




7 thoughts on “New cryptid on the block?”

  1. I believe Skinwalkers and Flesh Gaits are the same, and I could see Wendigos being the same as well, although I was under the impression that Wendigos had antlers.(?)

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