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Monster of the Week: The Flatwoods Monster

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Also known as the Braxton County Monster or the Phantom of Flatwoods, The Flatwoods Monster has been labeled as either an extraterrestrial creature or an earthbound cryptid. It was originally sighted in Braxton County, West Virginia, in the United States on September 12, 1952.

The alien-like creature supposedly appears as a large, pulsating ball of light. Associated with such a creature is the so-called Lizard Monster that was chronicles in a 2010 episode of MonsterQuest. This creature was described as a large, red ball of pulsating lights.

The cryptid version of the creature is at least 10 feet tall. It has a red face and a green body, both of which appear to glow from within. The creature’s head has bulging eyes shaped like small hearts. Some witnesses claim that The Flatwoods Monster has no visible arms, although there are witnesses who say that the creature has short, stubby appendages protruding from the front of its body. The creature has a roughly human shape is has been described as wearing clothing, such as a dark pleated skirt.

The three original witnesses who first experienced an encounter with The Flatwoods Monster reported that they experienced an unknown sickness. Symptoms of this sickness included irritation of the nose and throat, as well as vomiting and convulsions. These symptoms persisted for some time, and a doctor who examined the young men said their symptoms were similar to those suffered when inhaling mustard gas.

Explanations for The Flatwoods Monster include a possible meteor, as well as hysteria related to encountering a barn owl late at night (the heart-shaped face and eyes and claw-like appendages). Another common assertion is that the creature is little more than swamp gas.

Frank E. Feschino has written a book about the creature. This book is titled The Braxton County Monster: The Cover-up of the Flatwoods Monster Revealed.

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