Mothman (Moth Man, or Moth-Man]], sometimes said to refer to itself as "Indrid Cold" (a name linked to a disturbing entity described as "The Smiling Man", who in turn is linked to the Men in Black)
Origin: North American folklore, most notably centering around a flap of reports in/around Point Pleasant, West Virginia in the late '60s, then popularized within the UFO culture by the early '70s; the first newspaper report was published in the Point Pleasant Register dated November 16, 1966, titled "Couples See Man-Sized Bird ... Creature ... Something".
"It was right here. There was only a foot or so between its head and that branch. That makes it, what, about eight feet tall? I was getting ready for bed and I just happened to glance out the window. At first all I could see were these two red eyes. I kept looking at it. I couldn't stop. Then I guess it just took off. I've never had that feeling before, like I couldn't move. And then I guess it just took off. That may not make much sense... but it's the only way I can put it into words...."
- The Mothman Prophecies (2002 film)
Eyewitnesses have described the Mothman to police as a large grey creature whose eyes glowed red when the car's headlights picked it up, or as "large flying man with ten-foot wings", capable of interfering with television and radio signals or hijacking those signals or telephone lines to communicate, as well as altering perception of time, causing blackouts, and communicating via telepathy. The Mothman has been linked to some mysterious disappearances and such disasters as the collapse of a bridge connecting eastern Ohio with Point Pleasant, West Virginia (where the best-known Mothman sightings originated.) By some accounts, the Mothman might not be native to time-space as we know it, but instead exist some eldritch location beyond normal time-space, from which the Mothman tampers with the course of human history for its own mysterious purposes, either directly, or via surrogates in the forms of the flying creature from which it gets its name, or the unsettling Men in Black, or such entities as The Fungi from Yuggoth or strange Elemental "poltergeists".
Heresies and Controversies
The Mothman is sometimes said to refer to itself as "Indrid Cold", a name also linked to a disturbing entity described as "The Grinning Man", who in turn is linked to the Men in Black and to UFOs; the Mothman might be thought of as an "avatar" of some extradimensional entity calling itself Indrid Cold, and served by the cult of the Men in Black and the "mothman" creatures (perhaps Mi-Go?) toward some unknowable purpose outside of time-space as we know it.
According to some reports, the Grinning Man calling itself "Indrid Cold" came from a planet named Lanulos in the Genemedes galaxy, and that there were two other "grinning men" by the names of Demo Hassan and Karl Ardo; other eyewitness reports describe the Grinning Man as exceptionally tall and bald, and with no ears or nose. Still other reports linked the Grinning Man to poltergeist activity and the appearance of strange lights.
Associated Mythos Elements
- cult: Men in Black, which might sometimes work with the Mothman via one or more of their number in the guise of "Grinning Men"
- race: Elementals, which may sometimes accompany the Mothman's cult in the form of poltergeist activity and mysterious will-o-wisp lights
- race: Mi-Go, with whom the moth-like creature shares some similarity; the Mothman might, in fact, be a Mi-Go....
The Mothman Prophecies (2002 film):
"It was right here. There was only a foot or so between its head and that branch. That makes it, what, about eight feet tall? I was getting ready for bed and I just happened to glance out the window. At first all I could see were these two red eyes. I kept looking at it. I couldn't stop...."
" Last night I woke up... with the worst headache I've ever had in my life. And I... I went into the bathroom to get some aspirin... And I happened to look in the mirror... and... I swear to God, I see something I can't describe. But it sure as hell ain't my reflection. And then I hear this weird howl coming out of the sink. And there's a voice. It's a voice and it's saying: 'Do not be afraid. Ninety-nine will die. Denver Nine.' I even wrote it down."
"See, [the voice]... it's sticking up here around one thousand nine hundred and fifty cycles per second. But it never gets any lower than maybe one thousand nine hundred and thirty or so. But yours is way down here in the normal vocal range, anywhere between a thousand and twelve hundred cycles per second.... Near as I can tell, it's an electrical impulse. But whatever it is, it's not coming from human vocal chords...."
"You know the buildup of energy before something happens? How hair stands up before lighting strikes?" "Do you mean that they cause disasters? Are they trying to warn me?" "Their motivations aren't human." "I think we can assume that these entities are more advanced than us. Why don't they just come right out and tell us what's on their minds?" "You're more advanced than a cockroach, have you ever tried explaining yourself to one of them?"
"If there was a car crash ten blocks away, that window washer up there could probably see it. Now, that doesn't mean he's God, or even smarter than we are. But from where he's sitting, he can see a little further down the road...."
- The Mothman Prophecies (2002 film)