Make your own monsters

Las Vegas has a lot going for it. But, with the approach of Halloween, we’re reminded yet again of one thing Las Vegas, surprisingly enough, doesn’t have.

Its own homegrown, indigenous, locale-specific, mythological monster.

New Jersey has its Jersey Devil. Central and South America has its chupacabra. The Himalayas has its yeti. But when it comes to scary, supernatural beasts, Las Vegas comes up as empty as a particularly unsatisfying trick-or-treat basket.

We’d like to remedy that, so we’re asking you, our readers, to describe to us the imaginary beast Las Vegas deserves.

A tuxedoed ghost that haunts a local lounge and continues to perform even beyond the vale of the afterlife. A deranged valet parking attendant who lost it after a too-small tip and now, our new legend has it, returns to wreak havoc on unsuspecting cheapskates.

You get the idea. So tell us about the supernatural, mythic, scary creature you think might haunt Las Vegas. Be thorough in your description — what it looks like, where it lives, what it does — and, most of all, be original.

Keep your descriptions to 150 words or less (feel free to send us a drawing, too, if you’d like), and send them to: Vegas Monsters, Features Department, Las Vegas Review-Journal, P.O. Box 70, Las Vegas, NV, 89125-0070. Or, email them to jprzybys@reviewjournal.com (but be sure to put “Vegas Monsters” in the subject line).

Also, be sure to include your name, age, address and a daytime phone number, and get them to us by 5 p.m. Oct. 23. We’ll run some of the more intriguing profiles online and in the Oct. 30 Life section.

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