Reader Submission: The Gray Beast of Challock

Of the many stories of the Kentish Weald villages, the sightings of the gray beast in the old village of Challock are quite possibly the strangest on record. The present village is around a mile and a half away from the original settlement, though Challock church is still there and is still used. The countryside around the church is wild and wooded and reached from the present village down a twisting, dark, tree-shrouded, and narrow lane.

For many years, local people and walkers have reported seeing a strange beast which prowls the woodland, often following them, but only just in sight. Descriptions vary a little, but the animal, if animal it is, seems to be a cross between a huge goat or sheep and a human figure. It is said that the beast is misty gray with glowing amber eyes, horns of a golden metallic appearance, and a bearded face.

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Legendary Monsters Toys Invade!

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Here’s a press release I received that might interest all the monster lovers out there

February 10, 2013 (New Freedom, PA) – Nevermore Toys is excited to announce “Legendary Monsters,” a new line of figures based on creatures from popular urban legends. The announcement accompanies a new Kickstarter campaign, offering special incentives for its supporters.

Nevermore Toys is headed by R. Todd Broadwater, Owner and Design Director of the studio. Broadwater has more than 13 years experience in the toy and game industry, recently lending his talents to such titles as XCOM: Enemy Unknown, Fallout 3 and Oblivion.

“Our experiences with the unknown live on and are still a part of the curiosity and wonder that exist within us today,” says Broadwater. “It is my pleasure to share these stories with children and adults in the form of these collectible toys.”

Broadwater has spent a number of years researching and designing the “Legendary Monsters” line. Each creature is created from composite descriptions found in eyewitness accounts of sightings, and each package includes a written account of the encounter.

Four creatures are included in the first “Legendary Monsters” series:

Mothman – a winged, man-like creature spotted by two couples in Point Pleasant, West Virginia in 1966.

The Jersey Devil – a horned, bestial biped that revealed itself to Forest Ranger John Irwin in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey in 1993.

The Missouri Monster – a hulking creature covered in long, blood-spattered fur, terrified two small children in their Louisiana backyard in 1972.

Chupacabra – a pale, powerful creature with long claws and spikes running down its back, seen outside a woman’s home in Puerto Rico in 1995.

The Legendary Monsters Kickstarter campaign is scheduled to run until March 9, 2013, with a stated goal of raising $25,000.

About Nevermore Toys

Nevermore Toys has set out to produce high quality toy lines with a focus on inspiring new generations of collectors and kids alike with toys of cultural significance. For more information about Nevermore Toys, visit www.nevermoretoys.com.

About R. Todd Broadwater

R. Todd Broadwater is the Owner and Design Director of Nevermore Toys. His home studio is in New Freedom, PA. He has worked as an artist and designer for the toy and game industry for over 13 years and “Legendary Monsters” represents his first product line under Nevermore Toys.