20 Things You Never Knew About The Alien Entity West Virginians Call The Flatwoods Monster

By Sarah Norman | January 11, 2024

Mrs. Audra Harper Sighting - First Sighting

Welcome to West Virginia, cryptid lovers and UFO enthusiasts! Today we're traveling to the once-sleepy town of Flatwoods for a look into the lore of its resident otherworldly beast. Described as an alien creature with glowing eyes, metallic garb, and a penchant for lurking in the shadows, the Flatwoods Monster has inspired countless tales and investigations. So, buckle up as we journey into the mystifying realm of the unknown, where the lines between fact and folklore blur, and we explore the eerie legacy of the Flatwoods Monster together!

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(Flatwoods Monster Museum)

In 2015, it came out that the Fisher's Farm encounter wasn't the first reported sighting of the Flatwoods Monster - there had been another encounter the same night, September 12, 1952.  Five miles north of Flatwoods, in Heaters, West Virginia, Audra Harper and a friend were on their way to a local store when they saw a ball of fire at the top of the hill. When they looked again, the ball of fire had been replaced by a giant, dark figure that began following them. 

"We started running, crossing a barb-wired fence I never even saw, and came to a gate. We opened it and [Audra's Friend] started to close it. ‘It’s right behind us,’ she said. I didn’t think it was possible for it would have to run twice the distance we did. I turned around and fastened the gate before I looked up. There it stood. I can’t remember anything but just this big, black shape.” 

Harper and her friend escaped unscathed, and Harper's granddaughter eventually gave Audra's report to the Flatwoods Monster Museum in 2015. 

You Can Learn More About Braxxie on Your Living Room Screen

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(A & E Studios)

Want to learn more about your favorite green monster? The T.V. Series Project Blue Book, running for two seasons, is based off the U.S. Air Force UFO Investigation of the same name. Episode 2 combines fact, fiction and folklore about the Flatwoods Monster into an entertaining and educational episode that any UFO enthusiast will enjoy. Additionally, The 2018 documentary The Flatwoods Monster: A Legacy of Fear, delves deep into the 1952 incidents and their aftermath.