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* I like to think the Flat is smart, maybe as smart as primitive man and maybe even descended from him, and that the Flat hunts in packs, and gathers secretly in cults dedicated to appalling secrets in the darkest of the mountain thickets. (fan theory)
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Revision as of 01:25, 10 February 2020

Flat, or Rumtifusel

Origin: Manly Wade Wellman's "The Desrick on Yandro (fiction)"

Description

"And there's the Flat. It lies level with the ground, and not much higher. It can wrap you like a blanket...."

I could see, but Mr. Yandro couldn't, as around from behind the corner of the desrick flowed something. It lay out on the ground like a broad, black, short-furred carpet-rug. But it moved, humping and then flattening out, the way a measuring worm moves. It moved pretty fast, right toward Mr. Yandro from behind and to one side.... The crawling carpet brushed its edge against his foot. He looked down at it, and his eyes stuck out all of a sudden, like two door knobs. He knew what it was, and named it at the top of his voice. "The Flat!" Humping against him, it tried to wrap around his foot and leg. He gasped out something I'd never want written down for my last words, and pulled loose and ran, fast and straight, toward the edge of the clearing....


Manly Wade Wellman's "The Desrick on Yandro (fiction)"

The Flat is a low, flat, hairy, fast-moving nocturnal ambush-predator that creeps with uncanny stealth and speed, inchworm-like, through the forests of the Appalachian mountain country, waiting for a chance to grab its pray by the ankles, and wrap it up like a blanket, gnawing the flesh from the bones with dozens of small mouths on the beast's bare, membranous underside.

By some accounts, the beast will sometimes camouflage itself as a fur coat left hanging on a branch or draped over a tree stump, conveniently available to be taken and worn by unsuspecting passers-by; when the victim picks the coat up, the Flat envelops and devours them, leaving behind only splinters of bones wrapped tightly in balls of undigested clothing which city scientists often mistake for "owl pellets" of bones and fur regurgitated by owls. Country folk know better, and will avoid investigating the tempting mystery of what seems to be a perfectly good fur coat hanging near a heap of clean-picked human bones.


Keeper Notes

  • See the Discussion tab for fan theories and suggestions.


Associated Mythos Elements


References