It was a year ago when the internet was taken up by a storm, alleging that hundreds of sealed wooden boxes were discovered in the basement of an old abandoned London house in 1960.
The house was said to be owned by Lord Theodore Thomas Merlin, a crypto naturalist who during his long career had salvaged the bodies of various unidentified creatures ranging over different species from all over the world.
Rumor has it that back in the 60s, the workers assigned to the demolition of a London house made a strange discovery.
They stumbled upon a large number of wooden containers and glass jars with all kinds of crazies in there.
Imagine their surprise when those workers began to find bodies of mythical creatures such as fairies with their rotted wings and shriveled skeletal remains, vampire specimens, aliens and what not. You can see it for yourself in these images.
As far as Lord Theodore Thomas Merlin is concerned, his gigantic collection of unknown creatures clearly defies modern day biology and scientific laws.
These creatures are still thought of nothing more than a myth, or a mere fragment of one’s imagination.
Elaborate jokes, weird artificial creations, lab made dummies or whatever you may call them, just take a few minutes and see the intricate details on these corpses.
This collection is now managed by Alex CF, who is the curator of the recently founded Merrylin Cryptid Collection.
Alex CF has a website dedicated to this bizarre collection of undead mythology.
He is a London based writer and illustrator. As curator and custodian of the Merrylin Cryptid Collection, he has admitted to answering all kinds of weird questions.
A lot of time, people come up to him and say that his entire discovery is manmade, and that it’s a hoax.
Well, even if these “creatures” are manmade, or work of a fine sculptor, you have to give credit where it’s due.
The details, imaginative creativity and every single ounce of effort put into creating these things is worth appreciation.
In his own defense, Alex CF says that in 2006, a trust was setup to analyze and collate a huge number of wooden crates found sealed in the basement of an old abandoned London house.
The house/mansion was due for demolition since the entire building’s condition had given way to depreciation. It wasn’t fit for accommodation anymore.
Seemingly uninhabited since 1940, the city council decided to destroy the house to give way to new construction opportunities.
However, demolition experts found a large number of crates, jars and wooden boxes that led to the discovery of over 5,000 specimens of flora and fauna.
Almost all of these specimens belonged to unknown or now extinct species. Dissected and preserved in an immaculate condition by forgotten scientists, the entire collection stood testament to lost civilizations and mythical beings that once walked the earth hundreds and thousands of years ago.
However, Alex CF says, the most curious part of this entire discovery was the man himself: Lord Thomas Theodore Merrilyn.
According to historic references, Lord and Professor Thomas Theodore Merrilyn was born to a rich family in 1782. His mother died during childbirth and he was raised by his Father: Edward, who was a General in the Army.
Edward was enamored with esoteric natural history, investing in profitable companies and archaic digs which also led him and his son, Thomas Theodore, to travel to remote regions of the world.
The father and son duo spent many years together, dedicating a huge part of their lives to preserving forgotten remnants of human culture and history.
Soon after his father’s death, Thomas Theodore sought solace in the company of his house’s basement. He turned into a recluse, befriending very few and spending most of the time alone.
He tutored himself in the grand Library at the Merrilyn house, yet also studied at the University College London on Gower Street.
Throughout his lifetime, Thomas Theodore Merrilyn was attributed to various anomalies.
For instance, at the age of 80, he still resembled a 40 year old man; maybe the appearance factor was associated with good genetics or use of some secret age defying tonic which Merrilyn never admitted to using.
The Thomas Merrylin pictured in a local newspaper, handing over the documents for ownership to the new proprietor was in his forties. By this time, Merrylin would have been over 160 years old.
The name sparked interest from those who had followed Merrylin’s work, most assuming him long dead. But the man claiming to be Thomas promptly disappeared. Leaving no evidence of his existence.
The Merrylin estate was also sold off and money given to charity. However, Thomas did take his specimens on a tour of the Americas.
The brief foray turned out to be a disappointing experience. His collection was condemned as a fraud and his life was put under intense scrutiny. People called him “crazy”, delusional and a madman.
Anyhow, that’s a subject of discussion for another day. Humans have always called scientists and inventors crazy for their bold initiative, and for doing things that us, “normal folks” wouldn’t do throughout our lives.
The macabre collection features what appears to be a range of mythical beasts, in cases and jars in gruesome poses.