What's hiding in those woods? Is there something under your bed? Have you heard the stories about the creature in the water?
Join Atlas Obscura, and author Colin Dickey for Monster of the Month, an new online show where we'll explore various cryptids, ghosts, and other creatures that lurk just below the surface of polite debate. Is there any truth to the stories? And why are we drawn to them in the first place? During this hour-long event Colin will share the lore and the history, the myth and the science of the world of the monstrous!
This month we'll tackle the strange story of two children—a boy and a girl—who appeared in the Suffolk countryside in the 12th century. Green in color, speaking a strange language, eating only raw broad beans, the Green Children of Woolpit seemed to appear, according to one medieval chronicler, out of a pit at the edge of town, with no indication where they'd come from or who they were. Nor were they the only strange, feral children to have been found through the years. From Kaspar Hauser to the Midwich cuckoos, why are strange children so frightening, anyway? Come find out!
Colin Dickey is the author of four books, including The Unidentified: Mythical Monsters, Alien Encounters, and Our Obsession with the Unexplained; and Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places. He is a cultural historian who has traveled the country in search of ghosts, aliens, and monsters, and whose work focuses on the morbid and the macabre, as well as the fringe beliefs that linger at the margins of culture.
Once registered, you can access the Zoom room for this experience through your confirmation email or Eventbrite account. Atlas Obscura online experiences are recommended for attendees age 13+.
This online experience will be recorded. A temporary link to the recording will be provided in a follow-up email to all ticket holders within 72 hours after the event. Access to this recording will be available for seven days.
This event is one of Atlas Obscura’s Online Experiences. At Atlas Obscura, our mission has always been to inspire wonder and curiosity about the incredible world we all share. Now, more than ever, there’s a need to stay connected—not only to our sense of wonder, but to each other.
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