had a FANTASTIC time at the albany comic con yesterday; saw LOTS of friends, sold LOTS of haps shirts and squaddie comics...and we even went and did a little late night ghost-hunting...
but i'll hafta tell you all about that on wednesday...
i don't know what i'd've done without rich this year. mr. woodall came through with more great fodder for our halloween blogs than i could've imagined, with the 10 creepy paranormal mysteries you've never heard of and the story about the isle of madness--! great stuff, rich--and, again, thanks!
but i saved the best for last--and he wasn't even trying on this one...just telling me a story of his own.
it came about as we were 'talking' (emailing) about the dover lights, a strange eerie phenomena experienced by the folks down around dover, arkansas.
here's a little backstory on alla that...
Location: Dover, Arkansas
Located about 17 miles outside Dover, Arkansas, the "Dover Lights" can be viewed on almost a nightly basis. Just off of Highway 7, down a lonely, dark stretch of a dirt road, is a scenic area where the lights can be seen from. During the day, this is a beautiful sight, a scene of a green Arkansas valley, still untouched by man. At the base of the valley lays a waterway known as "Long Pool" which is popular for canoeing and fishing. On the other side of Long Pool, is the mountainous area where the lights are seen during the dark hours of the night. At night, the area is very dark with no source of man-made light. It begins to emit a more eerie feeling as darkness falls in and the only light is the moon itself. It is often said that the lights would respond to other sources of light and to sounds.
The "Dover Lights," an unexplained phenomena that appears, flickers and sways in various colors. Some say they are the ghosts of Spanish Conquistadors searching for their lost gold in the Ozark foothills.
so rich sent me this thread of people chatting about the lights...
...and then continued with this story about his brother.
very conversational. and i don't think rich realized how scary this story was while he was writing it.
So... last thing today... http://www.strangeusa.com/ViewLocation.aspx?locationid=1612
I used to live in Clarksville, which is like 20-30 min away, my Dad lived in Dover, I know all the places mentioned in this (read the replies). I never saw the Dover lights myself, cause I've never been up there, but my Brother who went to high school there, and lived around there in his 20s said he's seen the Dover lights... he also has a similar story to one of the guys that commented... he said that he and his buddies used to go up there and just hang out, watch the lights (which I guess are a pretty regular thing)... anyway, he's up there w/ his buddies on the hoods of their truck looking up at the stars. So, he's leaned back, ya know, they're on almost a cliff... there's a wall, and then a steep drop down into the woods... so he can't really see the wall or anything... anyway, he says for some reason he looks forward toward the wall, and he sees this huge shadow kinda watching them... said it's the scariest thing he's ever seen... said it didn't move until it saw that he saw it, then it jumped off the wall strait down the cliff into the woods. He said he's never moved faster! The guys he was with heard the thing smashing down the cliff into the woods, and they jumped... by the time they realized what was going on, my brother says he was already in the truck and had it started. He said he was going in reverse before the last guy could fully get into the truck. He said they tore down the mountain fast and ended up getting a flat tire half way down... said they wouldn't get out of the truck to change the tire they were so scared. He said a cop ended up showing up at 3am and gave them a ride home.
Now just to put that in perspective, when he told me this, I got scared... cause my brother isn't one to scare easily. He's 6'2" was working as a mechanic at the time, so he's built, from moving engines and shit like that around... he's worked as a lobsterman for the last 7 years and has been in prison a couple times. The only thing he's ever been scared of is our Dad, ya know. When he was telling me this story, he was almost white. you could see he was still freaked out.
He says he doesn't know what it was watching them, but the closest thing he could think of was Bigfoot... he said "I don't know if it was a Bigfoot... or a giant man, or what the hell it was, but it was huge... like really big, because it was standing on the wall, and it was just towering over us... and the noise it made going down the mountain... man, I just don't know what the hell it was."
great stories, all, rich!
once again, i gotta fly outta here!
see ya wednesday with some more about the con...and after the con...
smell ya later!