Cryptid fans, I have a treat for you this week. Ever heard of the Indonesian jenglot? Check out Patrick Winters’ take on this tiny but terrifying creature.
Keeper of the Jenglots
It’d been hours since Arief collapsed, a great pain racking his chest on the way to feed his charges. The bowl he’d been carrying lay beside his head, the blood inside having spilled and dried.
He could hear his two dozen jenglots beginning to chatter from the other room, awakening with their mounting hunger, leaping from their shelves. Then came the scratching of their mummified feet along the floorboards, the sounds growing ever-nearer.
The old man moaned as the little creatures came into view, their hair wild and fanged mouths opening.
Their keeper saw to their needs, one last time.
Patrick Winters is a graduate of Illinois College in Jacksonville, IL, where he earned a degree in English Literature and Creative Writing. He has been published in the likes of Sanitarium Magazine, Deadman’s Tome, Trysts of Fate, and other such titles. A full list of his previous publications may be found at his author’s site, if you are so inclined to know: http://wintersauthor.azurewebsites.net/Publications/List
Patrick has 3 drabbles in each of Mythical Creatures of Asia, and the forthcoming Mythical Beings of Asia.