I want my Tailypo!! DX lol!
So, for some reason yesterday I randomly remembered that old scary story "Tailypo." I always liked that story as a kid because it was really freaky when the right person told it.
But thinking about got me wanting to draw the little monster in the story. Now, in all the versions I've heard, the monster isn't actually frightening, threatening, or even very large. Actually, sometimes he sounds kind of cute. At least until he loses his tail, and then he gets absolutely terrifying. TTATT So I made some Tailypo monster designs just for the fun of it! (P.S. the purple on is just a variation of the green one really) A lot of people seem to interpret the monster as a sort of cat-like creature, or rabbit-ish, but that was never what I thought of as a kid. :I Also, everyone seems to think the monster's name is
Tailypo, but it's not. Tailypo is just what the monster calls its own tail, the creature itself is never actually given a name.
For those of you who don't remember this story, it's the one about... oh wait, lol
Okay, now that that's out of the way- Story time!!!!
Tailypo is the story of the man who leaves his previous life to go live in the woods/mountains/bayou (just depends on the version) with his three dogs. Then, one night he sees a strange creature in his house (or on his porch) and tries to shoot it (or kill it with an axe). He misses, but manages to sever the creature's tail. Since the man has little food and is quite hungry he decides to eat the tail for dinner. That night when he goes to bed he starts to hear scratching outside of his house and a small voice saying "Tailypo? Where is my tailypo?" The man sends his three dogs out to investigate the noises, but only two dogs return. A little while later he hears the scratching again, this time at his front door, and the voice again, though it's louder this time. He sends his two remaining dogs, and again, one less dog returns. A while later, he hears the scratching again, though this time it seems to be inside of his house. Terrified, he sends his last dog, but it does not come back. The man shuts himself in his room for several hours and eventually falls asleep, only to be awoken by the sound of scratching at the foot of his bed. He wakes to see the monster's soulless eyes starring at him over the edge of the bed frame.
"You've got my tailypo." The monster hisses, then lunges at the helpless man.
Several weeks later, people in a nearby town finally get worried about the man, since they haven't seen him in some time. They go to his remote cabin, only to find the gruesome remains of the the man and his dogs. As they leave later that evening they hear a small voice from somewhere in the trees laughing,
"Now I've got my tailypo."
Yay for children's scary stories!
There's also the 4kidz'd version where the man doesn't eat the tail, the dogs don't die, and he just gives the monster its tail back at the end and lives happily ever after, but that's no fun. -_-
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I don't know who originally came up with Tailypo. It's just one of those urban legend/ghost story kind of things that's been around forever.