The Flatwoods Monster Revisited

Like the Hopkinsville Goblins and the Pascagoula ETs, the Flatwoods Monster belongs to the rich, wonderfully bizarre UFO-themed folklore to emerge out of rural America during the 1950s. This time, the extraordinary tale comes from the town of Flatwoods, West Virginia.

The narrative itself is a fairly typical one — a group of teenaged boys witnessed a strange light streak across the sky on the evening of September 2nd, 1952. The “light” crashed — or possibly landed — near an area dubbed the Bailey Fisher Farm. The boys — along with mom Kathleen May — went to investigate. What they discovered would become an enduring local legend and one of the most unique cases of extraterrestrial contact.

It’s here when the narrative takes a wild turn. As the group reached a hill, they observed a glowing object roughly one hundred yards away. One of the boys flicked on his flashlight to get a better look, but the beam of light fell on a terrifying, inhuman face.

The creature was massive, towering over ten feet tall. Its physical description is unlike anything seen before or since. The alien had a perfectly round, blood-red face shielded in a circular helmet, and wore a hood in the shape of the ace of spades. Long, branch-like arms, large blue eyes, and a flowing green robe completed the mind-boggling sight.

According to the horrified witnesses, the monster moved in a smooth, gliding motion and gave off a noxious — but generally harmless — odor.

An iconic image of the alien-like visitor. Source:

An iconic image of the alien-like visitor. Source: suntecautoglass.com

The group fled and reported their unbelievable encounter to the Sheriff. Soon afterwards, reporter A. Lee Stewart investigated the crash site, confirming the existence of an overwhelming metallic odor, as well as skid marks where the object had reportedly touched down. There were no other signs of the hooded, gliding creature.

Kathleen May, right, shows a sketch of the mysterious creature. Image Source:     Kathleen May, right, shows a sketch of the mysterious creature. Image Source: esp-realm.blogspot.ca

Kathleen May, right, shows a sketch of the mysterious creature. Image Source: esp-realm.blogspot.ca

For skeptics, the Flatwoods Monster was nothing more than a misidentified barn owl on a tree branch, while the UFO was just a simple meteor. Still, the tale remains just as fascinating today as it was half a century ago. The good people of Flatwoods have embraced this colorful legend, hosting an annual “Flatwoods Monster Festival” to commemorate the time their sleepy town came face to face with…something.

Along with the Hopkinsville Goblins and the Pascagoula ETs, the Flatwoods Monster will appear in the next Legend Trippers book, Legend Trippers: Addonexus. It’ll be available for download this December. Legend Trippers: Screaming is Believing is on sale now. Download it from Amazon!

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