Posted:4/3/2014 10:57:59 PMBack in the late ’90s, I was asked to pen a book of folklore about Appalachia. I opted instead to create my own tales based on local myths and legends, stories I came to learn during my time as a police reporter for The Register-Herald newspaper in Beckley. That book is pure myth, a tongue-in-cheek tombful of creepy tales and spooky superstitions.
Everyone knows it’s pure fantasy. That’s half the fun. But some other legends are much more closely grounded in the soil of West Virginia culture. Maybe you haven’t heard such tales. Perhaps you’re planning a trip to this great state. Well, folks, you have been warned. What follows is the top five supernatural monsters you may encounter in West Virginia. My advice? Educate yourself. Speak kindly to the folks you meet. And stick to the road.
Posted:3/21/2014 10:14:09 AMThe Travel Channel ranks two West Virginia landmarks among the most haunted in the U.S., but ghost hunters know there are many more. The following five are favorites of Jason Burns and Jonathan Moore, who are among the state’s best known purveyors of the paranormal.
Posted:9/4/2008 12:00:00 AMYou know all about Mothman, and you’re probably familiar with the Flatwoods Monster. But have you heard of Rivesville’s Morgan’s Ridge Monster? Did you know of the horrific events of the summer of 1964 when the headless horror known as the Grafton Monster stalked the Tygart River?
Posted:11/19/2006 12:00:00 AMAn iceberg has been spotted from the New Zealand shore for the first time in 75 years, one of about 100 that have been drifting south of the country.
Posted:11/18/2006 12:00:00 AMThe desire to communicate is inherent in the man. It is a part of his own nature. Since the first graffito to the Renaissance, since the Baroque to the Impressionism, Art has been and it is the first form of communication, base of our civilization.
Posted:11/18/2006 12:00:00 AMDark energy - the mysterious force that is speeding up the expansion of the Universe - has been a part of space for at least nine billion years.
Posted:11/18/2006 12:00:00 AMNASA is appraising a human mission to a near-Earth asteroid—gauging the scientific merit of the endeavor while testing out spacecraft gear, as well as mastering techniques that could prove useful if a space rock ever took aim for our planet.
Posted:11/18/2006 12:00:00 AMIf his experiment with splitting photons actually works, says University of Washington physicist John Cramer, the next step will be to test for quantum "retrocausality."
Posted:11/18/2006 12:00:00 AMA very strange event occurred on the night of October 1st 2006 an event that caused nearly one hundred people to report strange events to the National UFO Reporting Centre.
Posted:11/18/2006 12:00:00 AMDevout Christians are flocking to a church on the French riviera where both Jesus and the Virgin Mary are said to have appeared to worshippers.
Posted:11/18/2006 12:00:00 AMMid-November brings us the return of the famous Leonid meteor shower, which has a storied history of producing some of the most sensational meteor displays ever recorded.
Posted:11/16/2006 12:00:00 AMA strange voice captured on audiotape during an investigation of a home in Sanford, Fla., is believed to be that of an elderly woman who died years ago, according to a Local 6 News report.
Posted:11/16/2006 12:00:00 AMA strange animal in one Arkansas county has residents looking for answers as to what it is.
Posted:11/15/2006 12:00:00 AMAt the southern end of Madagascar lie four enormous wedge-shaped sediment deposits, called chevrons, that are composed of material from the ocean floor.
Posted:11/15/2006 12:00:00 AMNot only did Dr Louis discover that there were tiny biological cells present, but because they did not appear to contain DNA, the essential component of all life on Earth, he reasoned they must be alien lifeforms.
Posted:11/15/2006 12:00:00 AMMirrors in orbit around Mars could create Earth-like conditions on a small patch of the planet’s surface, according to a NASA-funded study.
Posted:11/12/2006 12:00:00 AMDo you believe in ghosts?
Whether you do or don’t, this next story may at least have you believing in the unexplained.
Posted:11/12/2006 12:00:00 AMLast week, Gordon Brown and his chief economist both said global warming was the worst "market failure" ever.
Posted:11/12/2006 12:00:00 AMAngel, a University of Arizona Regents’ Professor and one of the world’s foremost minds in modern optics, directs the Steward Observatory Mirror Laboratory and the Center for Astronomical Adaptive Optics.
Posted:11/12/2006 12:00:00 AMApplying a gentle electric current to the brain during sleep can significantly boost memory, researchers report.
Posted:11/12/2006 12:00:00 AMMore and more of us fly every year. As we do so, the political pressure to act to curb greenhouse gas emissions from planes is rising.
Posted:11/12/2006 12:00:00 AMJapanese researchers said Sunday that a bottlenose dolphin captured last month has an extra set of fins that could be the remains of back legs, a discovery that may provide further evidence that ocean-dwelling mammals once lived on land.
Posted:11/12/2006 12:00:00 AMFor one guy it will be a homecoming. For the other, it’s boldly going where he, at least, has not gone before.
Posted:11/12/2006 12:00:00 AMThe world’s driest inhabited continent was in the grip of the worst drought in 1,000 years, a river management expert told Australia’s political leaders.
Posted:11/12/2006 12:00:00 AMUK scientists have applied for permission to create embryos by fusing human DNA with cow eggs.
Posted:11/12/2006 12:00:00 AMIn the 1950s, two sisters named Helen and Betty Mitchell claimed to have met humanoid creatures from outer space in a St. Louis, Missouri coffee shop.
Posted:11/12/2006 12:00:00 AMObservers around the world watched Mercury make a rare passage in front of the Sun on Wednesday, in an event that will not be repeated until 2016.
Posted:11/12/2006 12:00:00 AMThe new Japanese spacecraft sent into orbit in September to study the Sun has returned its first scientific data.
Posted:11/12/2006 12:00:00 AMIn this interview, Monica Grady discusses the varieties of dust and meteorites that have fallen to Earth, and explains what they tell us about the history of the solar system and its potential for life.
Posted:11/12/2006 12:00:00 AMA hurricane-like storm two-thirds as wide as the Earth is raging on Saturn’s south pole, new images from the Cassini spacecraft reveal.
Posted:11/12/2006 12:00:00 AMUFO sightings and alien visitors tend to be solely the reserve of sci-fi movies.
Posted:11/12/2006 12:00:00 AMA man in Washington County said he saw something he couldn’t explain -- something that may have resembled a yeti or Big foot.
Posted:11/12/2006 12:00:00 AMLive broadcasts from space next week should be visually stunning and historic, NASA said from Houston, because they’ll be broadcast in high definition.
Posted:11/12/2006 12:00:00 AMTHEY may be more used to dealing with superannuation than the supernatural, but a Scottish financial advice firm has been forced to call in a priest after being targeted by a suspected ghost.
Posted:11/4/2006 12:00:00 AMMELBOURNE — “Water dowsing has been done for over 5,000 years,” Sue Chrisco said to the Izard County Historical and Genealogical Society recently, “but only recently have people begun to recognize the important of dowsing for graves.”
Posted:11/4/2006 12:00:00 AMA super-powerful camera orbiting Mars may help discover the fate of long-lost spacecraft that never phoned home after reaching the red planet.
Posted:11/4/2006 12:00:00 AMFor years ’lost’ tapes recording data from the Apollo 11 Moon landing have been stored underneath the seats of Australian physics students. A recent search has uncovered them.
Posted:11/4/2006 12:00:00 AMThere may be no more commercial fish stocks left in the sea by 2050, according to a new study cataloguing the global collapse of marine ecosystems.
Posted:11/4/2006 12:00:00 AMMany believe that Nessie is a plesiosaur, a long-necked marine reptile which sought refuge in Scotland’s second-largest freshwater loch when most of the species died out 160 million years ago.
Posted:11/4/2006 12:00:00 AMA ghost hunter, Jorgensen and her partner, Marie Odom, scour Utah and surrounding states for evidence of the paranormal.
Posted:11/4/2006 12:00:00 AMThe steady rise in atmospheric levels of the greenhouse gases blamed for climate change shows no signs of abating, a UN agency has announced.
Posted:11/1/2006 12:00:00 AMSome believe a 50-year-old spirit might haunt the Ohio Tavern, and the Madison Researchers into the Paranormal decided to investigate whether there was anything to the ghost stories.
Posted:10/31/2006 12:00:00 AMRecently many reports appeared talking about the weird creatures, the so-called skyfish. It remains unclear whether the animals are fish, birds or worms.
Posted:10/31/2006 12:00:00 AMIN BYRON, the gutted, burned-out shell of a hotel stands blanketed in moonlight. In Antioch, leaves rustle in the trees of a dilapidated cemetery that stands in the shadow of a deserted old mine.
Posted:10/31/2006 12:00:00 AMDover –Twenty-nine years later, William Bartlett stands by his story of what he saw on Farm Street that night. It was an eerie human-like creature, he said, about 4 feet tall with glowing orange eyes and no nose or mouth in a watermelon-shaped head.
Posted:10/31/2006 12:00:00 AMGhosts are big business. For entities that may or may not exist, they seem to be everywhere, especially during Halloween.
Posted:10/31/2006 12:00:00 AMASTORIA -- The ghost hunters arrived as the sky above the Pacific Ocean darkened and the old-fashioned sign at the Liberty Theater glowed to life.
Posted:10/31/2006 12:00:00 AMA number of residents reported hearing a loud bang between 1130 and 1200 BST around the Bude and Holsworthy area. Others said their homes were damaged.
Posted:10/31/2006 12:00:00 AMMOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. - Convicts serving afterlife sentences keep things lively in West Virginia’s creaky, creepy old penitentiary.
Posted:10/28/2006 12:00:00 AMGoogle Earth spotters have discovered a strange rock formation in Canada that resembles a Native American in headdress.