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Flatwoods monster

In West Virginia folklore, the Flatwoods Monster, also known as the Braxton County Monster or the Phantom of Flatwoods, is an entity reported to have been sighted in the town of Flatwoods in Braxton County, West Virginia, United States, on September 12, 1952. Stories of the creature are an example of a purported close encounter of the third kind.

Flatwoods Monster

Sub grouping: unidentified extraterrestrial

Other name(s):
Braxton County Monster
Phantom of Flatwoods

Country: United States

Region: Flatwoods, West Virginia


Location of Flatwoods, West Virginia

Various descriptions of the entity exist. Most describe it as being at least 7 feet (2.1 m) tall, with a black body and a dark, glowing face. Witnesses described the creature’s head as elongated, shaped like a sideways diamond, and as having non-human eyes; a large, circular cowling appeared behind the head. The creature’s body was described as “inhumanly-shaped” and clad in a dark, pleated skirt-like exoskeleton, later described as a shadow.

Some accounts record that the creature appeared to have “no visible arms” due to its incredible speed, while others reported long, stringy arms, protruding from the front of its body, with long, claw-like fingers.The creature is referred to as the “Lizard Monster” on the March 10, 2010, episode of MonsterQuest. Some witnesses reported seeing a large, pulsating red ball of light that hovered above or rested on the ground. Ufologists believe that it may have been a powered craft that the entity had piloted.


A newspaper clipping of the story of the Flatwoods Monster

At 7:15 p.m. on September 12, 1952, two brothers, Edward and Fred May, and their friend Tommy Hyer (ages 13, 12, and 10 respectively) witnessed a bright object cross the sky, coming to rest on land belonging to local farmer G. Bailey Fisher. Upon witnessing the object, the boys went to the home of the May brothers’ mother, Kathleen May, where they told the story of having seen a UFO crash land in the hills. From there, Mrs. May, accompanied by the three boys, local children Neil Nunley and Ronnie Shaver , and 17-year-old West Virginia National Guardsman Eugene Lemon, traveled to the Fisher farm in an effort to locate whatever it was that the boys had seen.

Lemon’s dog ran ahead out of sight and suddenly began barking, and moments later ran back to the group with its tail between its legs. After traveling about 0.25 miles (402 m) the group reached the top of a hill, where they reportedly saw a large pulsating “ball of fire” about 50 feet (15 m) to their right. They also detected a pungent mist that made their eyes and noses burn. Lemon then noticed two small lights over to the left of the object, underneath a nearby oaktree and directed his flashlight towards them, revealing the creature, which May reported as bounding towards them. Other sources[which?]describe it as emitting a shrill hissing noise before gliding towards them, changing direction and then heading off towards the red light. At this point the group fled in panic.

Upon returning home, Mrs. May contacted local Sheriff Robert Carr and Mr. A. Lee Stewert, co-owner of the Braxton Democrat, a local newspaper. Stewert conducted a number of interviews and returned to the site with Lemon later that night, where he reported that “there was a sickening, burnt, metallic odor still prevailing”. Sheriff Carr and his deputy Burnell Long searched the area separately, but reported finding no trace of the encounter other than the smell. Early the next morning, Stewert visited the site of the encounter for a second time and discovered two elongated tracks in the mud, as well as traces of a thick black liquid. He immediately reported them as being possible signs of a saucerlanding, based on the premise that the area had not been subjected to vehicle traffic for at least a year. It was later revealed that the tracks were likely to have been those of a 1942 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by local Max Lockard, who had gone to the site to look for the creature some hours prior to Stewert’s discovery.

After the event, Mr. William and Donna Smith, investigators associated with Civilian Saucer Investigation, LA, obtained a number of accounts from witnesses who claimed to have experienced a similar or related phenomena. These accounts included the story of a mother and her 21-year-old-daughter, who claimed to have encountered a creature with the same appearance and odor a week prior to the September 12 incident. The encounter reportedly affected the daughter so badly that she was confined to Clarksburg Hospital for three weeks. They also gathered a statement from the mother of Eugene Lemon, in which she said that, at the approximate time of the crash, her house had been violently shaken and her radio had cut out for 45 minutes, and a report from the director of the local Board of Education in which he claimed to have seen a flying saucer taking off at 6:30 a.m. on September 13 (the morning after the creature was sighted).


After encountering the creature, several members of the September 12 group reported suffering from similar symptoms, which persisted for some time and which they attributed to having been exposed to the mist emitted by the creature. The symptoms included irritation of the nose and swelling of the throat. Lemon suffered from vomiting and convulsions throughout the night, and had difficulties with his throat for several weeks afterward. A doctor who treated several of the witnesses is reported to have described their symptoms as being similar to victims of mustard gas, though such symptoms are also commonly found in sufferers of hysteria, which can be brought on by exposure to a traumatic or shocking event.

Conventional explanations

After examining the case 48 years after the event, Joe Nickell of the paranormal investigation group Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI), then known as CSICOP, concluded in 2000 that the bright light in the sky reported by the witnesses on September 12 was most likely a meteor, that the pulsating red light was likely an aircraft navigation/hazard beacon, and that the creature described by witnesses closely resembled an owl. Nickell claimed that the latter two of which were distorted by the heightened state of anxiety felt by the witnesses after having observed the former. Nickell’s conclusions are shared by a number of other investigators, including those of the Air Force. Skeptics have also proposed misidentified owl sightings as explanations for the Mothman and the Kelly-Hopkinsville encounter .

The night of the September 12 sighting, a meteor had been observed across three states—Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia—and had been mistakenly reported as a flaming aircraft crashing into the side of a hill at Elk River, approximately 11 miles (18 km) southwest of the location of the Flatwoods sighting.[citation needed] Three flashing red aircraft beacons were also visible from the area of the sightings,[citation needed] possibly accounting for the pulsating red light seen by the witnesses and for the red tint on the face of the creature.

A barn owl, seen with “claw-like hands” and a face shaped “like the Ace of Spades”

Nickell concluded that the shape, movement, and sounds reported by witnesses were also consistent with the silhouette, flight pattern, and call of a startled barn owl perched on a tree limb, leading researchers to conclude that foliage beneath the owl may have created the illusion of the lower portions of the creature (described as being a pleated green skirt). Researchers also concluded that the witnesses’ inability to agree on whether the creature had arms, combined with Kathleen May’s report of it having “small, claw-like hands” which “extended in front of it”, also matched the description of a barn owl with its talons gripping a tree branch.

Alternative explanations included those put forward by the local media: that the September 12 group had witnessed the impact of a meteor which resulted in a man-shaped cloud of vapor, and those of Kathleen May and her sons (recorded some time after the incident); that they had seen some kind of covert government aircraft.

References in popular culture

Flatwoods held an annual festival to celebrate the “Green Monster”. The three-day festival included a weekend of live music, the Green Monster museum and trips to the site of the original sighting. The last year the festival took place was in 2006.

The final boss at the end of the videogame Amagon

A creature resembling the description of the Flatwoods monster appears as the final boss of the 1988 NES videogame Amagon and as the stage 02 boss of the videogame Space Harrier II. Other videogame aliens with a similar appearance are “Gimme” in the Wii U game The Wonderful 101, the aliens referred to as “Them” in The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, the Space World boss in Tumblepop, the Hayokonton in Wild Arms, enemies in the Las Vegas level of Ninja Baseball Batman. The player is capable of conjuring a version of the monster in the Scribblenauts game series.

The Flatwoods Monster appears in the “Mystery” apartment look in Tomodachi Life. The monster is shown in chapter 218 of the anime Shinryaku! Ika Musume, where one character uses its picture to scare another.

The Flatwoods Monster is the subject of Argyle Goolsby and the Roving Midnight’s song “The Being”.

The monster inspired the Braxton County CVB to create a series of oversized chairs in the likeness of the monster placed in Braxton County. The Braxton County Monster Chair project started in 2014.


TDB’s Great Glee Rewatch

Okay guys - we’re really going to do this thing, and I’m excited to kick it off soon.  :) 

Season One Schedule: 

  • Sunday May 7th: Welcome Week - I thought it might be fun have everyone send in, or reblog, some get-to-know-you stuff - like how did you enter Glee fandom, what made you stay, some stuff about you.  I know a lot of us know each other already, but this is a way for newer (or less vocal) people to meet others and find new blogs, etc.  

  • May 14: Pilot
  • May 21: Showmance
  • May 28: Acafellas
  • June 4: Preggers
  • June 11: Rhodes Not Taken
  • June 18: Vitamin D
  • June 25: Throwdown
  • July 2: Mash Up
  • July 9: Wheels
  • July 16: Ballad
  • July 23: Hairography
  • July 30: Mattress
  • August 6: Sectionals
  • August 13: Hello
  • August 20: Power of Madonna
  • August 27: Home
  • September 3: Bad Reputation
  • September 10: Laryngitis
  • September 17: Dream On
  • September 24: Theatricality
  • October 1: Funk
  • October 8: Journey to Regionals


Some notes - 

~I’m not going to double up on episodes - the ending date for the rewatch will be sometime in the fall of 2019. 

~Tag for the rewatch: TDB Rewatch, and then individual episodes will be - TDB Rewatch: Acafellas (etc) 

~I’m still planning to do Meta on Mondays, Polls on Tuesdays, Throwback Thursdays, and Music on Fridays

~All my opening posts will be on Sundays - but if you guys want to do a liveblog thing on Saturday nights/afternoons - go for it! I encourage you :) 

~Season 2 will start on October 15, I’ll post the next part of the schedule around that time. 

~I plan on redoing the sidebar. Old things will probably be condensed down to one page.  

This is all still a big work in progress as to how it’s going to work - but I’m on board, and think it’ll be a fun thing.  Thanks for being patient! 


I could use your help with two things

1. If you guys have poll ideas or meta question ideas that you’d like to share (or any additional content) please feel free to drop a line any time, and I’ll include your questions, etc in the corresponding posts.  

2. I plan on doing round up posts that include links to people’s meta and thoughts.  I NEED VOLUNTEERS TO HELP WITH ROUND UP POSTS.  Seriously guys - this is a two year project, and if I get a handful of people who will help out with this it’ll go a long, long way.  Drop a line if you’re interested in helping out. 

TIMELESS FANS AND SYMPATHIZERS, we’re on a mission to get this amazing show a second season. We need your help in this! The cast and crew can’t do it alone, they need our help. And us fans can’t do it alone either, we need your help.

It might feel like there’s not much we can do and that we have our hands tied behind our backs now, but we must at least try. If we don’t even try then there’s no way for things to change at all. So what are the small things we can do? Let’s show our love and support in social media. We already try to get the show trending on Monday nights when new episodes are airing, and that’s great, but how about we go one step further?



This Monday, January 23rd, let’s make it trend! Let us make sure it trends. And every Monday after that as well. It’s not completely hopeless. Kripke said the remaining five weeks are going to be crucial in determining the future of the show, let us take that to our advantage. Once a networks decides to cancel a show, there’s no use in crying to them and begging them to “bring X back”, BY THEN IT’S TOO LATE. But we can use these five weeks to our advantage, five weeks is a considerable amount of time to make an change, LET’S DO IT.

For episode 1x12, let us not only tweet our thoughts with #Timeless, but also #RenewTimeless. DO NOT FORGET TO INCLUDE #RENEWTIMELESS!!!!!

Worried about time difference? WORRY NOT! Not every person can tweet with the Eastern/Pacific showings, and your support is just as important. Starting Monday, wherever you are in the world, TWEET ABOUT TIMELESS, TWEET YOUR FEELS, TWEET YOUR SUPPORT, TWEET ABOUT HOW EXCITED YOU ARE FOR THE EPISODE. Just tweet. I’ve spoken with someone who understands a bit about twitter traffic and analytics and they say sometimes it’s even better when something is being constantly mentioned, so if we spend the entire Monday talking about it, chances are when the episode actually airs it’s going to exponentially increase its chances for trending with a significant number of mentions. Just tweet it whatever time you can. Tweet during your lunch break, tweet when you wake up, when you’re about to go to sleep, when you’re on the bus, or while you’re walking to class, just tweet it. Don’t be shy.

Tweet at @NBC @sony @nbctimeless

Also tweet at the writers, producers, cast and crew so they can also spread the word and see the support they have! 

Let’s do this every single Monday from here on out! Let’s try to turn the tables!! LET’S TRY TO BRING THE RATINGS UP!

We could also try and go the extra mile and make it trend on another particular date and time of our choosing, NOT ONLY WHEN IT’S AIRING ON MONDAY. Maybe we could try and do that one of these weekends? This is something a lot of people would have to agree upon and we have to organize it in such a manner that everyone is contributing on said occasion. It can’t be spur of the moment thing with only 10 or so people trying to get it to trend. It has to be organized and collaborative. We could set a tentative date for it and then come up with an actual one that would work for everybody.

Don’t watch Timeless yet? Refer to this post and check out why you should!

Haven’t started Timeless yet but want to give it a chance? PLEASE HELP US TOO! You don’t know it now but if you go back and watch this show after s1 is over and there’s no s2 for you to watch after, you’re gonna regret it. Please help us in our endeavor!!

Watch Timeless and want a s2 too, but don’t understand what all the fuss is about? Refer to this, Kripke, Timeless’ Executive Producer HIMSELF is asking us to do something about it. It doesn’t get any realer than this.


So, in conclusion, let’s try our best and do every thing we can think of that might change the perspective of a s2 for us






6 August 2017 13:30 // Got some more studying and revising done. Now it’s question answer time. I made flashcards on anki for all that I studied yesterday and today. I flashcard ed myself once but, I plan to use it while I commute to and back from uni.
Also, I got a lot of things on my to-dos done.
It’s not very pretty like the ones I see on my feed but, It’s minimalistic, easy to maintain and gets the job done.

The Amityville Horror: A Tale of Murder and the Paranormal

The history behind the famous house at 112 Ocean Avenue in Amityville, Long Island, N.Y. is much more horrific than the classic 1970′s horror film which depicts paranormal events supposedly experienced by the Lutz family. The film was based on a book about the supernatural activity, written by Jay Anson and published in 1977.

George and Kathy Lutz moved into the house in December of 1975, with Kathy’s three children, Daniel, 9, Christopher, 7, and Melissa (Missy), 5. The house had been vacant for 13 months before the Lutzes purchased the Dutch Colonial, dubbed “High Hopes” by the previous owner, Ronald DeFeo, Sr.

What had occurred at “High Hopes” 13 months prior to the Lutz family moving in is more like a slasher movie than a ghost story.

Twenty-three-year old Ronald Defeo Jr., a.k.a. “Butch” burst into Henry’s Bar, on a Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m., November 13, 1974 with a shocking announcement: “You got to help me! I think my mother and father are shot!” A group of people from the bar went with Butch DeFeo to investigate the family’s home at the now-infamous 112 Ocean Avenue. What they found was a gruesome scene. All six members of his family were shot dead in their beds: his parents, Ronald DeFeo Sr, age 44 and Louise DeFeo, 42, sisters Dawn, 18 and Allison, 13, and brothers Marc, 12 and John Matthew, 9.

It would later be determined that the family was killed 3 a.m. that morning by a .35 caliber Marlin 336C rifle. Each member of the family was found lying on their stomachs in their beds. The parents suffered two shots each and each one of his brothers and sisters was shot one time each.

Ronald “Butch” DeFeo Jr. first claimed that the murders were the work of a mob hitman. As investigators interviewed Butch DeFeo, they found that there were many inconsistencies in his story.  Butch DeFeo confessed to the murders the next day. Besides having the confession, the hitman named by DeFeo as the killer had a solid alibi. DeFeo even told police where he got rid of his bloody clothes and the murder weapon. DeFeo had casually gotten up and gone to work that morning, getting rid of the evidence on the way to his job.

The DeFeos were far from the perfect family. Father Ronald DeFeo Sr. was physically abusive towards his wife and children.

DeFeo Sr. worked for his father’s car dealership and allegedly had been stealing money from the business.

Juror Peggy Giambra recalls Butch DeFeo’s words on the stand: “I remember the chilling words of him saying that once he started, he just couldn’t stop.”

DeFeo Jr. was convicted of six counts of second-degree murder on November 21, 1975. He was given six life sentences and is incarcerated at Sullivan Correctional Facility, Beekman, N.Y.

When George and Kathy Lutz moved in and learned about their new home’s gruesome past, they decided to have a Catholic priest come and bless the house. As he attempted the blessing, the priest claimed that many flies appeared and that he heard a voice commanding him to leave.

The Lutzes also claimed that the front door suddenly blew off its hinges in the middle of the night, a pig with glowing red eyes appeared to them, Kathy claimed she was levitated two feet off her bed and that she received mysterious welts, George claimed Kathy’s appearance would change into that of an elderly woman with wrinkles and white hair and Kathy said she saw a demonic entity appear in the fireplace. The Lutzes described many other bizarre experiences while living at 112 Ocean Avenue.

According to Butch DeFeo, the Lutzes’ story was a fabrication, created to help the Lutzes out of debt. DeFeo’s lawyer William Weber admitted to help fabricate the story in the hopes that the tale would lead to a lesser sentence for DeFeo.

For example, the story of the demonic pig was supposedly based on the neighbors’ cat who DeFeo Jr. hated and called “a fat pig.” Another detail was that George Lutz used to wake every morning at 3:15 a.m., which is the time the murders occurred.

“Weber and the Lutzes started this whole thing,” DeFeo says. The strange tale of the supernatural was meant to be a financial arrangement between DeFeo, the Lutzes and William Weber.

“Amityville itself is just a story – the whole thing is a hoax,” DeFeo says. “The agreement was $850,000.”

However, DeFeo and Weber never got their share of the money. Instead the Lutzes took their story to writer Jay Anson.

“I knew them Lutzes weren’t stable. They double-crossed everybody, then took off and went to California,” DeFeo says.

Reporter Marvin Scott attended a seance at the infamous house, conducted by demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren.

Scott says: “ Lorraine Warren and I walked upstairs to the sewing room. Now, the sewing room was the location where there was reported the strongest presence. She started talking, and at one point, became a bit hysterical, saying, ‘Marvin, I hope this is as close to hell as I’ll ever get.’ I didn’t see anything oozing from the walls. I didn’t hear any strange voices.”

One year after the séance, Jay Anson’s book about the Lutzes’ experiences was published.

The Lutzes lived at 112 Ocean Avenue for 28 days before leaving, supposedly driven from the house by demonic forces. They left all of their belongings behind.

Sources: Wikipedia: The Amiltyville Horror and Ronald DeFeo Jr.

Documentary: “High Hopes: The Amityville Horror Murders” (2014)


Final Fantasy XIII Trilogy 30-Day Challenge: Day 12 - Favourite Garb: Heartstealer

“What’s your most valuable treasure ?”

It’s probably because Locke is my favourite Final Fantasy character of all time, but I simply love this outfit and I really like to use it.

Went to The Sassy Sister’s Twisty Turny Trails event tonight. Was tons of fun as it was last time they did it. I only remembered to take a screenshot after we’d got out. The event is a maze in the basement of the mansion, made to be navigated while camera is in first person mode. It’s always a laugh! But thanks guys for running it! 

Also It’s still on for a few more hours! Stop by!  (Goblet Ward 6, plot 30, Oct 13 til 8pm Eastern time) >event info link<

@keroascrazy @dd-ffxiv @thegildenheart @missmeela