"Devilish laughter broke out all around him.
Hideous monsters galloped in herds before him."
Nikolai Gogol, A Terrible Vengeance
"This is the name of a curious humanoid monster in the folklore of the Volga region of Russia. The Palesmurt is described as looking like a human but having only one half of the body, one arm and hand, one leg and foot and a head with only one eye. This horrific being trapped unwary travelers in his territory and choked them to death."
Carol Rose, Giants, Monsters and Dragons