Lake Monsters ... so vague but so intriguing. An author, who for now wishes to be anonymous, has tackled this creature and given us some input on why they were fascinated:
Ladies and gentleman, now slithering to center stage … please welcome our next creature!
What would any anthology of mythic beasts be without a lake monster? From British Columbia to Vermont, from Argentina to Africa, these creatures have been reported in lakes, reservoirs, ponds, and marshes.
They may be green or humped, sea serpents or giant eels. Others take the form of an enormous fish. Lake Superior’s Mishipeshu monster has a panther’s head and claws, plus an aquatic spine and scales. Many are reptilian, sporting lengths of twenty to forty feet, suggesting a relationship between lake monsters and the traditional dragon. No surprise there. These creatures appear in folk tales and ancient myths across the globe, from American Indian legends of a deity with curves like flowing water to the Greek Hydra, the many-headed serpent that guarded an entrance to the Underworld beneath a lake. A creature with so many faces would have to inspire another story. Look for it in Fantastic Creatures. You never know where it might be lurking!