Back then, people were convinced that these beasts were real and would warn each other to look out for them. Even though now freakish beings are accepted as fiction, stories of them still give us chills.

Artist from Portugal, Bruno Santos, brilliantly illustrated some of the lesser known beasts. From a 400-year-old spider who eats handsome men to the ghost of a whale that brings famine. These terrifying monsters are sure to haunt your dreams.

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#1 Bubak

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The Bubak is a creature present in the old Czech folklore. It is usually described as a scarecrow looking monster, with the ability to cry just like a newborn baby, to lure its victims to their deaths.

#2 La Cegua

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This supernatural creature from the Nicaraguan folklore is a shapeshifter. It typically takes the form of an attractive long haired woman who seduces drunken and unfaithful men before revealing her true face: a Horse Skull. The words she speaks to these men are so horrific that the victim goes insane instantaneously.

#3 La Llorona

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La Llorona (The weeping Woman) was a woman who committed suicide after drowning her own children in a Mexican river as a means of revenge against her husband. Her wandering spirit is said to cry every night ¡Ay, mis hijos! ("Oh, my children!) The legends warns all children not to go out in the dark for she might snatch them, throwing them to their deaths in the flowing waters.

#4 Wendigo

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A Wendigo is a half-beast creature appearing in the legends of the American Indians. The most frequent cause of transformation into a Wendigo was if a person had resorted to cannibalism.

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