Friday, January 17, 2020

ERRITEN


ERRITEN
"Chitendu was even more inhuman than his resurrected minions. His elephantine legs rose from the ground like wrinkled tree trunks. Long, bony arms hung like sticks from a pair of narrow, knobby shoulders. The hands at their ends were incongruously delicate and graceful. Other than his head, those hands were the only human features Chitendu had left."

"His torso was worst of all: a mass of tendrils that seemed imbued with a life independent from that of the rest of his hideous form. Like a swarm of maggots infesting a rotted carcass, the tendrils writhed, expanding and contracting in their anchors of grotesque alien tissue. They glowed green, like fungus."

"With both hands he plunged his simi deep into Chitendu's bulbous torso."
Charles R. Saunders, Imaro


Thursday, January 16, 2020

KYAGGATH


KYAGGATH
"It stood upright on bent froglike legs with huge webbed feet, and its body was a round lumpy mass of gray green slime. From the misshapen body protruded not arms but six octopus-like tentacles, tho of which were already wrapped around Imaro's body."

"It was the thing's face, however, that was its most horrible aspect. Half froglike, half hideously anthropomorphic, that face was dominated by a wide slash of a mouth filled with row upon row of needle fangs. Its eyes were lambent green, and burned with both intelligence and an eternal hatred and contempt for all things human. The creature was a Kyaggath, the last of its demon-spawned kind."

"From tiny pores on the underside of its tentacles, a virulent venom began to trickle. The effect was immediate; wherever the tentacles touched, white-hot pain shot through Imaro's body."

Charles R. Saunders, The Pool Of the Moon



Wednesday, January 15, 2020

KHODUMODUMO


KHODUMODUMO
"Gaping in disbelief, the goatherd watched as something glistening and huge lapped over the side of the defile. Shapeless, featureless, limbless...the thing heaved yard after yard of pearlescent bulk onto the pasture. With frightening speed, several protuberances shot from the main body of the thing toward the terrified animals."

"But slits in the pseudopods suddenly gaped open like great, vertical mouths, and engulfed the goats like gigantic snakes."
Charles R. Saunders, Khodumodumo


Tuesday, January 14, 2020

TUYABENE


TUYABENE
"A moment later, the river's surface erupted, and the tuyabene leaped out of the water and charged toward the haramia. The river demons were man shaped, but their resemblance to humankind was only superficial, for the knees of their long legs bent backwards. Yet they moved with lethal speed and grace. Their slippery, naked skin was the color of the soil at the river's bottom. Elongated jaws gaped wide, exposing rows of needle-sharp teeth."

"From the first fingers of their hand hand the first toes of their feet grew long, hooklike claws that ended in joints that were as sharp as the tip of a dagger."
Charles R. Saunders, Imaro


Monday, January 13, 2020

AZUTH

AZUTH

"From the waist up, the creature the sculpure depicted resembled Ngagi, the gorilla, and animal of which Imaro had once caught glimpses in the Kajua forest, where the Mtumwe dwelled. However, the skin of this creature was hairless, and its wide mouth bore fangs that were even longer than those of the red panther Imaro had slain."

"It was the lower extremities of the unknown beasts's body that marked it as something alien to the world of natural life. Its legs were like those of the hindquarters of Mboa the buffalo--thick muscular haunches tapering to sharp, lethal hooves. A tail like that of the buffalo hung behind the creature. It was as though the halves of two separate creatures had somehow been melded into an appalling whole."
Charles R. Saunders, Imaro II: The Quest For Cush



Friday, January 10, 2020

N'TU-MCHAWI


N'TU-MCHAWI
"The n'tu-mchawi had dispensed with his cloak; his gaunt, blemished body was naked save for a strip of hide around his loins. Surely, the hideous apparition the Turkhana had become was not real...N'tu-mwaa's face had not really become the face of Ngatun the lion, and it could not be the horns of a ngombe that sprouted from the thick-maned skull--the horns of Kulu, still crusted with the blood of the Turkhana warrior she had wounded..."
Charles R. Saunders, Imaro


Thursday, January 9, 2020

MPAU


MPAU
"At first, the object appeared to be little more than a large ball of scales that glinted with the same green as the light of the sphere. Then the ball unfurled, and a creature rose on four bent, lizard-like legs."

"Its narrow, tube-like body was as long as a man's, and its whip-like tail longer still. Atop a neck that stretched far upward, the creature's head was mostly snout. Needle-like fangs protruded when it opened its mouth. Lambent green eyes stared at the soldiers for a moment."

"Xbo knew what the creature was - a mpau, a seeker, a creation of the Erriten, with a sense of smell keener than that of any natural animal, and extraordinary tracking abilities."
Charles R. Saunders, Imaro IV: The Naama War



Wednesday, January 8, 2020

WOYAYA

WOYAYA
"It was the head of a rhinoceros -- a small rhinoceros with skin as green as the water of the swamp and eyes like yellow fire-points. The teeth of a carnivore protruded from the open jaws of its head."

"The green body of the creature was more lizardlike than mammalian, yet its hide was smooth rather than scaly. Its limbs were longer than a lizard's would've been, and the paws that gripped the twisted limb of the tree resembled the hands and feet of an ape, each digit bearing a blunt claw. From it's two-horned snout the the end of its tapering tail, the rhinoceros-beast was about the size of a lion."

"The rhinoceros-headed ones are woyaya -- Death's guardians."
Charles R. Saunders, Death's Friend


Tuesday, January 7, 2020

MANGABAAN


MANGABAAN
"But the massive body was...divided"

"Its left half was human, although the skin was the marbled gray hue of a corpse left to rot in the sun. The head was hairless, with a vacantly staring eye, a single, wide-flaring nostril and a truncated slash for a mouth. The arm, leg and half the torso were thick with muscle, but those thews were buried beneath slack skin."

The right half was...horror. Pale, pitted stone tinged green by the mysterious luminescence composed the other side of the creature's body. Replicas of eye, nose and mouth were crudely delineated on the stone side in a mocking mirror of the human half of the amalgam. Part flesh, part stone--it was as though a man had been sliced in half, with the missing part replaced by a poorly sculpted replacement of rock."
Charles R. Saunders, Imaro II: The Quest For Cush


Monday, January 6, 2020

ISIKUKUMADEVU


ISIKUKUMADEVU
"Isikukumadevu was an enormous, squatting lump with a swollen, melon-like head that bore jaws similar to those of a hippopotamus. Pale, fishlike eyes glared chillingly beneath a tangled mane of mossy filaments that only slightly resembled hair. Mottled grayish skin covered her naked, bloated body. Multiple breasts that were huge sacs of flesh spilled slackly over an abdomen that was grossly distended. Huge arms tapered into incongruously delicate hands that clenched in anticipation as Isikukumadevu scrutinized her latest prey."

"Imaro still betrayed no reaction. Isikukumadevu grinned then, her mouth stretching wide, showing rows of peglike, grinding teeth."
Charles R. Saunders, Imaro


"We close our supernatural safari with a look at Isikukumadevu, a Zulu variation of the swallowing monster theme. Isikukumadevu is a huge, bloated, mossy creature that once lived in a river that no longer exists. As the proper form of address for Isikukumadevu is Madame Monster, it is safe to assume that she is female. Politeness is indeed a virtue when dealing with a swallowing-monster; once Isikukumadevu ingested an entire village because one of its inhabitants offended her!"
Charles R. Saunders, Out Of Africa essay Dragon Magazine #122