The Legend of the Cornish Owlman

The Owlman


NIA JONES tells the terrifying tale of the Cornish Owlman!


With sightings as far back as 1976 and as recent as 2011, reports of  an Owlman stalking and terrifying a rural Cornwall village churchyard and woods after dark draws many parallels with the folk law of The Mothman of Point Pleasant, West Virginia, a story that inspired the 2002 film The Mothman Prophecies.

The Owlman Of Mawnan or The Death Raptor, has been described as a grey/dark brown feathered, 5 -6 feet tall creature, its feet clawed with hybrid owl/humanlike features. With a wingspan of approximately 10 feet, a loud hissing / screeching noise accompanies the spectre, its large eyes glow a fiery crimson.

The first sighting of the Owlman took place on April 17, 1976, June and Vicky Melling (aged 9 & 12) and their family were on their Easter break in Mawnan Smith, they saw a “bird man” hovering over the tower of Mawnan Old Church. Running to the police station the girls were taken into different rooms and independently drew a similar image of what they saw. So frightened by their encounter the family cut short their holiday.

The spring weather in Cornwall was unusual that year, cold snaps and then heat waves. There was a spate of UFO sightings and animals behaved oddly; there were feral cats and more dog attacks than usual. It has been debated whether Mawnan Church is actually built on a ley line, (a line that links several ancient sites) and the appearance of the Owlman may be a product of the earth’s energy. Others have speculated the creature was invoked by occult rituals from as far back as 1937.

Author: Nia Jones

NIA JONES is Spooky Isles Assistant Editor and Wales Correspondent. She is a playwright and writer who has written for many different publications including The Guardian Community Film Blog, The New Empress magazine, The Best You.co and Inside Media Track. Follow her on Twitter @niaserenwib

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