Region of origin: Richmond, Vermont
Per several articles written by H.P. Albarelli Jr. circa 2006, the creature known locally as “The Awful” was sighted around Richmond and Berkshire, Vermont starting around the early 1900s into the 1920s. Described as a large grey griffon-like creature, eyewitnesses claimed it was seen perched on rooftops or in flight carrying small animals. It was often described as observing people but there were no reports of it interacting directly; the only specific harm it caused was in one of the first sightings supposedly caused one of the witnesses to be startled into cardiac arrest. According to one of Albarelli’s articles, H.P. Lovecraft had become interested in tales of the Awful, going so far as to visit Vermont and try and locate the beast, and used the stories as inspiration for some of his later writings.