WATCH: Britain’s Scariest Mythical Creatures

The Grindylow. (Photo: Warner Bros.)

The Grindylow. (Photo: Warner Bros.)

Is Nessie dead? No one knows for sure. But her apparent absence has not made the British Isles any safer, as the U.K. and Ireland are well-populated with mythical creatures that have sparked fear in the hearts of residents for many centuries. These bizarre legends have also fed the fertile imaginations of British writers like J.K. Rowling, who wrapped a couple of these monsters into her Harry Potter mythology.

In Episode 4 of Anglophenia’s new YouTube series, Siobhan Thompson takes a look at a few of these creatures, from the treacherous Black Shuck to the grotesque Nuckelavee, and the stories behind them.

It’s the video Britain’s travel industry doesn’t want you to see.

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Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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