Monster Monday: Hexham Heads

We all know about vampires and werewolves, or at least we think we do. The legends and myths that inspired these monsters are sometimes surprisingly different, but no less chilling. In this series of posts, Monster Monday, we’ll investigate the monsters that have informed our modern notions, as well as some lesser known monsters. Today, we talk about the Hexham Heads.

Drawings of the Hexham Heads by Mary Hurrell
Drawings of the Hexham Heads by Mary Hurrell

The Hexham Heads are a set of allegedly Celtic artifacts found in 1971 by two brothers in the garden of their home in Hexham, a town in Northumberland in England. Immediately, the family reported strange phenomena, including glass bottles being thrown by an unseen force, the heads moving location seemingly on their own, and sightings of a strange half-man, half-animal creature in the house.

The heads were turned over to an expert in Celtic artifacts, who reported the same strange phenomena, including sightings of the half-animal creature, as well as cold drafts in her house and doors opening and closing on their own. Once the heads where removed, the paranormal activity stopped.

There is evidence that the Hexham Heads were a hoax and that their creation was much more recent, but there is no way to verify their age because they were lost and their current whereabouts are unknown.



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