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

By Sarah Norman | August 1, 2023

The Fisher's Farm Encounter Was A Nationwide Phenomenon 

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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(Tampa Bay Times)

Stories of the lights in the skies seen September 12, 1952, appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe and dozens of other newspapers around the United States. When news of the Fisher's Farm encounter spread, in-depth magazine articles were written about it by UFO enthusiasts like Gray Barker and Ivan T. Sanderson, and New York journalists traveled to West Virginia to interview the May family. Kathleen May even attended television interviews on talk shows like We The People. The image here is a cartoon depicting the Fisher's Farm encounter drawn by Richard Bothwell for the Tampa Bay Times in 1952.

The Flatwoods Monster Hails From West Virginia


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(Flatwoods Monster Museum)

The most famous sighting of The Flatwoods Monster took place on September 12, 1952, in Braxton County, WV. A group of boys (Edward May, Freddie May, Neal Nunley, Tommy Hyer) was playing football outside when their eyes were drawn to a fiery streak in the sky. Accompanied by Edward and Freddie's mother, Kathleen May, and a National Guardsman, Eugene 'Gene' Lemon, they decided to investigate. As they advanced on Fisher's Farm, they were confronted by a pulsing red light, and then - a creature measuring at least 10 feet tall, with a blood-red, heart-shaped face, piercing, glowing eyes, and a bizarre hood-like structure encircling its grotesque visage. Its body was shrouded in a dark, metallic exoskeleton, with spindly, clawed arms outstretched menacingly. The creature hissed, glided towards the group, and they ran. The encounter was reported to authorities, who searched the area that night but found nothing.