Monday, October 9, 2017

Spooky Stories: The Mothman Revisited.

Going back to 2005 (phew), I always dedicated the month of October to telling "Spooky Stories." I've had so much fun with these, and despite not having blogged steadily for two years, I still get tons of hits every day on these scary posts.

I've posted about the Mothman four times in the last 12 years, so I decided to reboot the urban legend on my blog to include new information. For those of you who don't know much (or anything) about the Mothman, let me give you a quick summary:

Starting on November 16, 1966 in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, locals started reporting sightings of a giant winged creature. They said it was very tall, with large wings, and it flew all over the area, particularly near an abandoned TNT plant. Despite all the differences between eye witnesses' descriptions, one thing remained consistent: the creature had bright red eyes.

Witnesses weren't town drunks or people looking for attention. What was strange about these incidents was that most of the reports came from normal people who were reluctant to even come forward in the first place. Sightings of the Mothman was the least of the locals' problems. They also reported having weird and vivid dreams of death and destruction.

The craziness went on for more than a year. Finally, on December 15th, the Silver Bridge that linked West Virginia to Ohio collapsed, killing 46 people. The Mothman sightings completely and suddenly stopped.

Here's why the Mothman phenomenon was so...weird:

1) Media attention: local newspapers and out of town reporters ran stories about the Mothman sightings

2) The very first sightings of the infamous Men in Black were reported during the sightings

3) A flurry of UFO sightings also coincided with Mothman stories

Chicago traffic sucks! I think I'll just FLY!
Today, the Mothman remains a mystery. Many believe the creature is somehow connected to terrible tragedies that are about to occur. There's photos of a reported Mothman taken just before 9-11, for example. Most recently, there's been sightings in Chicago (North Lake Shore Drive Area) on August 7th of this year:

"Then suddenly, the large winged being slowing descended in front of them, no more than 25 feet away. It hovered about 5 feet above the sidewalk, with it's wing spread open, as it peered at the couple with large bright red eyes that slowly altered back and forth in intensity. Several people on the other side of the street, including a delivery van driver, reacted with screams and frightened yelps. The winged being hovered for 10 seconds, then quickly pulled the wings into its body and shot up quickly into the night sky."

With all the research I've done on this subject, you can bet I'm working on a book about my own spin on the Mothman. I started the manuscript three years ago, and I've recently come back to it. I hope to share more about it in the coming months. 

18 comments:

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

So creepy! I think I saw a movie about this years ago....

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

That is super cool and spooky. Could it be an angel giving warning or a demon delivering the catastrophe?

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Yes, I remember the movie. One of those unexplained stories that was more than just a wisp of someone's imagination.

Pat Dilloway said...

Creepy clowns are another phenomenon that seem to come and go almost at random, though there are probably more now with that It movie. There's a documentary that was on Netflix called Killer Legends about some popular myths, though the Mothman one isn't on there. https://ptdilloway.blogspot.com/2015/07/killer-legends-where-do-stories-come.html

L. Diane Wolfe said...

A demon perhaps, arriving ahead of disaster? It's a fascinating creature.

DEZMOND said...

jeepers creepers!

Cherie Reich said...

Whoa! I have heard of Mothman, but I didn't know there were recent sightings in other places. Creepy!

Pat Hatt said...

I remember the movie. Sure one dude I never want to come across.

Maurice Mitchell said...

I remember reading about the Mothman when I was a kid in one of those awful tabloids LOL. It always fascinated me. Sounds like a great idea for a book

Loni Townsend said...

Mothman does sound spooky! I hope your story works out well. :)

Elizabeth Seckman said...

I went to college in Huntington, WV, which was only a few miles from Point Pleasant and somehow never heard of the mothman until the movie came out.

Carol Kilgore said...

Oh, wow. Work hard on that book!

H.R. Sinclair, Southpaw said...

Tis the season for returning to and working on creepy stories! Have fun!

David P. King said...

Love to hear your take on the Moth. I've never really understood it, but this enlightened me. Good catching up with you again! :)

Mr. Shife said...

Nice seeing you blogging again, Jay. Take care.

Chrys Fey said...

I've seen the movie based after this with Richard Gere. Creepy stuff.

Cynthia said...

Jay! How have you been? Thanks for visiting my blog. I remember seeing a movie about this awhile ago. I would be curious to hear your take on all this.

Nick Wilford said...

Good to see you back around again! I've heard of the Mothman, but not too much detail. Nothing to say it couldn't be benign, trying to forewarn of disasters. Are there reports of it harming anyone? I bet your book would be fascinating!

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