15 Paranormal Harbingers Of Doom Seen Before Tragic Events

Have you ever been on a late-night walk through the moors (or whatever your local version of the moors happens to be) and heard a mournful cry? Or have you been lying in your bed, restless, and heard three knocks at your door? If so, supernatural beings may be giving you warning signs about some impending doom that’s coming your way.

Not every dark prophecy is directed specifically at you, however. Seriously, get over yourself. Sometimes, mysterious beings from beyond our realm of understanding make themselves known in order to warn humankind about a disaster that’s about to occur in our own backyards.

There have been multiple sightings of creatures like West Virginia’s Mothman who have predicted catastrophic events throughout the 20th century. To learn about all the ways you can spot danger by using supernatural entities, keep reading and make sure you stay inside.

There’s no way around it, harbingers of doom are the worst. First of all, no one likes to be given a creepy warning sign, and secondly, they’re spooky as all get out. None of the ghouls sent to deliver paranormal prophecies are even remotely cuddly - they’re all, like, demon dogs or hags who sleep in a river or giant headless crows that glide through noxious fumes. If you’ve seen any of these creatures, you may want to start putting your last will and testament in order. 

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  • The Mothman

    The Mothman
    Photo: The Mothman Prophecies / Screen Gems

    The Mothman may be the most well-known paranormal harbinger of doom in the world. This creature was witnessed by multiple West Virginians throughout 1966 and '67 prior to the collapse of the Silver Bridge on December 15, 1967. There's no argument that the Mothman is something that you never want to see, but there are disagreements about whether or not the creature is simply a harbinger of doom or if it actually causes the destruction that comes in its wake.

    The final Mothman sighting occurred prior to the Silver Bridge's collapse, leading many to believe that all of its appearances were meant to warn people about the incident. Some people have even claimed to have seen the Mothman near the bridge just before it fell into the river.

  • Black Bird Of Chernobyl

    Beginning in April 1986, people living near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant began to see a giant winged creature that looked like a headless man with piercing red eyes - or at least, piercing red dots.

    People who saw the creature claimed to have experienced horrible nightmares after seeing it coasting on the wind, and after the meltdown of the power plant on the morning of April 26, 1986, multiple workers who survived the initial blast described seeing a large black, bird-like creature (with a 20-foot wingspan) flying through the noxious smoke pouring from the reactor. The bird was never seen again. Some theorists believe that the Black Bird of Chernobyl was the Mothman continuing its foul work. 

  • Nain Rouge

    Nain Rouge
    Photo: Fantasia / RKO Radio Pictures

    Detroit has it hard enough, do they really need an evil sprite running around town and causing mischief where ever it appears? The Nain Rouge is a red, impish creature who kind of looks like what you would imagine a cartoon devil to look like.

    The creature has been sighted as early as the Battle of Bloody Run in 1763 and as recently as 1996 when something in a "nasty red coat" was seen fleeing the scene of a cat burglary. When will the little red devil strike again? Only time will tell.   

  • The Flying Dutchman

    The Flying Dutchman
    Photo: Albert Pinkham Ryder / Wikimedia Commons / Public domain

    According to legend, in the 17th century, a ship named the Flying Dutchman was sailing around the Cape of Good Hope when it ran into a storm. Rather than batten down the hatches or head in the opposite direction, the captain ordered the ship to continue sailing into the inclement weather.

    The men were washed overboard and the captain was cursed to sail around the world forever. Now, if a seafaring person sees the Flying Dutchman while they're out of port, then they know that something terrible is going to happen to them. 

  • The Cyoeraeth

    When it comes to spooky harbingers of doom, the folks across the pond have creepy figures that act as portends of natural disasters on lock. In Wales, one of the most objectively magic islands of the United Kingdom, the Cyoeraeth (or the wailing) is said to be a sound heard by someone (or a group of people) who are about to suffer a terrible fate.

    But that's not as bad as coming face to face with the Cyoeraeth, a robed and hooded spirit. It was said that anyone who runs into this Welsh wraith will either perish or will have a family member pass. 

  • The Demon Cat

    If you've looked at the internet in the last hour, then you know that cats are constantly knocking stuff over and are typically complete jerks. But you know what's worse than a regular cat? A demon cat. Luckily, most of you will never have to deal with the Demon Cat.

    Unless you work in Washington, DC, that is; and even if you work there, you probably won't see the cat unless something terrible is about to happen. The Demon Cat was allegedly sighted the night before the assassination of President Kennedy. Many think this spooky cat is the spirit of a feline who was brought into the basement tunnels of the Capitol buildings to hunt rats and never left.