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The many faces of the Malombra

The Malombra, whose name means "evil shadow," is a spiritual presence that is found throughout all of Italy, mostly as a variant of a ghost into which a lost soul could manifest, appearing as a dancing shadowy hag engulfed in black smoke, a spectral shadowy vermin or even as an actual skinwalker (in this case the monster from "It follows" could be considered a Malombra.) However, the Umbrian version of the cryptid takes a very different and horrific twist to this ghostly myth, abandoning the idea of a resentful specter and presenting a malevolent manifestation of misfortune.

Sleepless Nights and Exhausting Days

The Umbrian Malombra, similarly to its ghostly counterparts, isn't bound to a place and can appear anywhere, however what really makes this monster stand out is its relentlessness in pursuing its target which it picks at random. The monster only attacks during the night, aiming to strangle its victim to death, while during the day it follows its victim around wherever they go emitting an aura of misfortune that can cause various accidents that can range from a shelf falling to a lethal car crash.

How to deal with the Malombra

Since the entity is hidden during the day, the only moment when the creature becomes vulnerable is at night when it attacks, however the creature is mostly intangible, apart from its hands. If a person is brave enough to cut the monster's finger while being strangled, the creature will be defeated for good and the curse of the Malombra will be lifted. An alternative to this would be to put a broom near the target's bed, forcing the monster to count each fiber until dawn comes. This is a typical deterrent for many monsters of Italian folklore, however the object used to keep the Malombra at bay for the night loses its influence once the night has ended, so you either find another broom for the night or stay awake until the sun rises hoping that the Malombra won't attack you.

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