In Search of the Honey Island Swamp Monster

In March of 2009 I traveled to Louisiana on a quest to find the Honey Island Swamp Monster. While I cannot claim to have photographed the elusive beast, I did tour the Honey Island Swamp in a small boat that allowed me to experience the creature’s pristine, primitive, habitat. Deep inside the cypress swamp, wildlife such as alligators, bald eagles, herons, egrets, and feral hogs coexist in one of the country’s most unique and untouched environments. Getting to the Honey Island Swamp is not easy and without a guide, it could be downright dangerous. The marsh is an hour or so drive from New Orleans in St. Tammany Parish and is bordered by U.S. 90, the Pearl River, Lake Borgne, and the West Pearl River.

The Honey Island Swamp Monster legend was born in 1974 when Harlan Ford, a retired air traffic controller and wildlife photographer, encountered the seven foot tall bipedal creature he dubbed the “Honey Island Swamp Monster”, also called “Tainted Keitre” by the Cajuns. Ford claimed the Honey Island Swamp Monster had gray hair, yellow eyes, and an awful smell. He took plaster casts of the creature’s web-toed footprints from the mud near the carcass of a wild boar with its throat gashed, allegedly by the monster.

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J Thorn

J. Thorn is a Top 100 Most Popular Author in Horror, Science Fiction, and Fantasy (Amazon Author Rank). In March of 2014 Thorn held the #5 position in Horror with his childhood idols Dean Koontz and Stephen King at #4 and #2 respectively. He is an official, active member of the Horror Writers Association and a member of the Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers. J. is a contributor to and a staff writer for

Thorn earned a B.A. in American History from the University of Pittsburgh and a M.A. from Duquesne University. He has spent the last twenty years researching mysticism and the occult in colonial American history.

1 Comment on "In Search of the Honey Island Swamp Monster"

  1. marvin nubwaxer | Jul 2, 2013 at 2:08 pm |

    you cannot have a solitary creature without having a population of those creatures unless you believe they grow out off the swamp.

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