Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Nick Redfern, author of Chupacabra Road Trip and the new Nessie.

The Loch Ness Monster: almost everyone has heard of it. More than a few say they have seen it. And many claim to have photographed or filmed it. But, what is it? Or, perhaps, more correctly, what are they? The answers are as controversial as the mystery itself. Loch Ness is a huge body of water situated along Scotland’s Great Glen Fault, and is 22.5 miles long and 744-feet deep. Reports of strange creatures within the dark waters of the ancient loch date back to the year 565. And, although sightings of the monsters are rare, the enigmatic beasts show no signs of going away anytime soon.

The most popular theory for the Nessies is that they are plesiosaurs, marine reptiles that became extinct tens of millions of years ago. Or didn’t. Giant eels have been offered up as candidates, too. As have catfish, sturgeon, and even oversized salamanders. There is, however, one particularly intriguing theory that doesn’t often get the publicity it deserves. Namely, that the monsters of Loch Ness are not flesh-and-blood animals, but supernatural creatures.

In support of the theory that the Nessies may have paranormal origins is the fact that reports of the appearances of the monsters vary widely and wildly. While many witnesses report seeing a plesiosaur-like long neck and humped back, others claim the beasts they saw had no neck at all. Tales of huge, frog-like animals are on record. As are things described as tusked monsters, as alligator-like, and even as huge worms. Some state that the Nessies have flippers. Others swear they saw feet. This odd state of affairs has given rise to the theory that the Nessies are nothing less than supernatural shapeshifters—monstrous things that have the ability to change their physical appearance at will.

It’s important to note that Loch Ness has been the site of numerous other mysterious activity and phenomena, including UFO sightings, ghostly encounters, confrontations with the menacing Men in Black, and dark rites and rituals undertaken by the world’s most infamous occultist, Aleister Crowley. In other words, what we have is an ancient, huge body of water that is an absolute magnet for infernal, supernatural activity—with the Nessies leading the paranormal pack.

Yes, there are monsters in Loch Ness. But, they’re not the animals that many believe them to be, or even want them to be. They are far, far worse…

Our thanks to Nick for his guest post! For more from Nick Redfern, read his article, “3 Theories to Explain the Loch Ness Monster.”

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