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The Whirling Whimpus (Latin, Turbinoccissus nebuloides) is a creature which draws its roots from North American folklore.


Inhabiting the forested mountains of Tennessee, the Whirling Whimpus is a creature known to have an insatiable appetite for human blood, and has been blamed with the disappearance of many a vanished woodsman. With a body and head reminiscent of that of a gorilla, the Whimpus has short, stubby legs, simian arms and large paws and feet.

When hunting, the Whirling Whimpus picks a spot along a trail, preferably around a bend, and begins to spin. As the Whimpus spins faster and faster it finally becomes invisible, emitting a strange droning noise. Those who are not aware of what this noise denotes will walk right into the Whimpus’s danger zone, where they are smashed into a paste by the creature’s high-speed fists; this paste is what the animal feeds on.

Further reading

"The Whirling Whimpus" from Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods (1910) by William T. Cox

"The Whirling Whimpus" from Fearsome Critters (1939) by Henry H. Tryon