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World’s Scariest Legends: Mosquito Man

According to Native American folklore, many tribes have legends about man-eating monsters that were turned into mosquitoes, thus continuing to feed on people but in a merely annoying way rather than deadly. The Northwest Coast tribes have some particularly gruesome variants where the original monster, Mosquito Man, thrusts his proboscis into a person’s head and sucks their brains out, often so surreptitiously that the people around him don’t even notice their companion is dead. A 
typical Haida version of such a legend, for example, involves a baby is being passed around at a party when Mosquito Man stealthily sucks its brains out before passing it to the next person, who is horrified to find the child brainless and dead.

A haunting cottage road deep within the British Columbia mountains.

Now, although Mosquito Man, the novel, is vaguely based on the Native American legends, in reality it is much more a domestic thriller. Here’s the blurb: After a woman bangs at the door in the middle of the night, and promptly dies from her injury, a couple’s remote cabin getaway becomes a psychological night of terror as they are hunted by an unknown assailant. Now they must go far beyond what they thought themselves capable of if they hope to save their young children and survive until morning.

Click a button below to read a sample below from the USA Today bestselling novel Mosquito Man, Book 1 in the World’s Scariest Legends series.

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Scariest Places in the World: Mountain of the Dead in Russia

In January 1959, nine Soviet college students from the Ural Polytechnic Institute in Sverdlovsk (now called Yekaterinburg) set out on a skiing expedition to reach Mount Otorten. After being caught in an escalating blizzard on February 2, the group’s leader, Igor Dyatlov, made the call to pitch their tent on the eastern slope of a mountain called Kholat Syakhl, or Mountain of the Dead. In the middle of the night, the students inexplicably sliced open the tent from the inside and fled into the snowstorm, many of them leaving behind their boots and warm clothes. They all died within hours, the reason for their bizarre behavior and deaths remaining a mystery to this day.

It has become known as the Dyatlov Incident.

The Dyatlov team with their ages below their names.

Click a button below to read a sample below from the USA Today bestselling novel Mountain of the Dead, Book 5 in the World’s Scariest Places series.

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