Local Delawarian Todd joins for a wacky unmasking of the Selbyville Swamp Monster! Back in 1964 Fred Stevens, a resident of Selbyville, Delaware, decided to sell a load of newspapers by dressing up as a monster, carrying a spiked bat and scaring the living daylights out of unwary drivers! 

A few dead chickens and drunk shooters later, Fred was forced to abandon the mantle of The Swamp Monster… yet even decades later people still keep witnessing Dat Gosh-Darn Swamp Monster!

However, the swamp monster is only the tip of the anomalous iceberg that is Sussex County: Decapitated ghost girls, witch trees, phantom cars, misplaced kangaroos, sentient UFOs and even the Catman’s graveyard, there are many more liminal residents who call the surrounding area home! 

Could Sussex County be an actual window area hidden right beneath our noses… or is this stench of high strangeness just the result of us pulling stuff out of our asses? Ask any skeptic, they will tell you it’s all just swamp gas!


R.I.P. William Frederick Stevens, a.k.a. “The Swamp Monster”! (1937 – 2021)


Huge THANK YOU!!! to Todd Purse for radiating with so much enthusiasm and positive energy, but also for the amazing episode artwork he created!

If you wish to see more art like this, follow Todd on Instagram @toddde85

Check Todd’s new spooky season podcast Weird Coffee for more creepy Delaware legends!

Check Todd’s regular podcast Create Magic – Daily Weirdo Art

…and support him by visiting his website www.createmagicstudios.com


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Frederick Stevens – Obituary – Bishop-Hastings Funeral Home

Selbyville Swamp Monster: Fact or Fiction ShoreBread

The Witch’s Tree & the Selbyville Swamp Monster

Selbyville Swamp Monster ~ The Crypto Crew

Catman – An Urban Legend – Puzzle Box Horror

12 Creepy Stories and Urban Legends from Delaware – Ranker

Denver Michaels (2018): Detours into the Paranormal: Atlantic City Road Trip.

George Mitrovic (2020): Amazing Encounters with Monsters and Mysteries of East Coast North America- Volume 1: Connecticut to New Jersey.

Josh Hitchens (2021): Haunted History of Delaware. The History Press

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