Subsequent month, January 2013, will mark the tenth anniversary of the surfacing of a really scary story of definitive “British Wild man”-style proportions – a topic on which I’ve a model new ebook out proper now. Printed by CFZ Press, it is title is Wildman! The Monstrous and Mysterious Saga of the British Wild man. And the case under typifies the form of accounts that seem within the 300-plus pages of the ebook.
A excessive plateau bordered by the Trent Valley to the north and the West Midlands to the south, the large, picturesque and heavily-wooded Cannock Chase has been an integral function of the Staffordshire panorama for generations. Following an preliminary invasion of Britain in A.D. 43, Roman forces superior to the south to what’s now the city of Cannock and alongside a route that will change into generally known as Watling Avenue, a serious, and historic, Roman highway. The encircling countryside was very closely wooded even again then, as is demonstrated by the Romans’ title for the world: Letocetum, or the Gray Woods.
In 1872, John Marius Wilson stated of the Cannock Chase, in his Gazetteer of England and Wales, that the “…historic forest…extends to the neighborhood of Bednal, Lichfield, and the Trent, with an space of about 25,000 acres; and was anciently a hunting-ground of the Mercian and the Norman kings. It lengthy was lined with wooden; however is now bleak, moorish, and wild; but is so wealthy in coal and ironstone as to have been a lot encroached upon each for mining and for cultivation. Giant parts of it current the points of interest of a hill nation; and a few spots have historic standing-stones, imagined to be Druidical.”
It was in opposition to this historic, wooded backdrop that in January 2003 a sensational story surfaced, when Peter Rhodes, of the native Categorical and Star newspaper, wrote an article on a unprecedented and monstrous eye witness encounter on the Cannock Chase. Rhodes reported, below the graphic and memorable headline of Evening Terror with a British Wild man: “No matter it was, it scared the dwelling daylights out of Craig Blackmore. His mom Val says: ‘I’ve by no means seen Craig like that earlier than. He got here residence shaking, completely petrified and white, as if he’d seen a ghost.'”
What Craig – and a good friend – had truly seen was not a ghost however a “large, ape-like creature along with the highway on Levedale Lane between Stafford and Penkridge.” Craig advised Peter Rhodes that: “I used to be driving my [Ford] Fiesta down the highway in direction of Penkridge and as we approached a home, the safety gentle got here on. I noticed one thing within the nook of my eye. It was coming in direction of the automobile, operating very quick. It wasn’t a canine or a deer. It was operating like a human would run, but it surely was actually furry and darkish. It got here stage and jumped on the automobile however simply missed. My good friend turned spherical and stated it was large and had run via the hedge and throughout the sector. I turned the automobile round however there was no signal of it.”
Craig’s mom added: “I assumed perhaps Craig had been consuming, or maybe somebody had spiked a drink. However that hadn’t occurred. He’s a really truthful boy. He wouldn’t say one thing had occurred if it hadn’t. And anyway, his good friend was in the identical state of shock.”
Peter Rhodes famous: “Though the occasion had been terrifying, Craig, a 19-year-old HGV mechanic, didn’t report it to the police. He advised a couple of mates (‘all of them laughed’) and tried to neglect the expertise.”
Rhodes additionally spoke with British-based Wild man investigator Geoff Lincoln, who advised the Categorical and Star newspaper that: “Wild man in Britain is an odd topic and fairly often the goal of ridicule. However sightings are going down and I’m at the moment trying into two different experiences in 2002, one in Northumberland and one other in Lancashire.”
To Craig Blackmore, Lincoln supplied a easy message (and one which Peter Rhodes stated was “worthy of The X-Information“): “You aren’t alone.”
As for what these mystifying British Wild man-style creatures is likely to be, properly, when you go digging you discover they’re far stranger than mere flesh and blood entities, that is for certain. For years, I’ve been on the path of this mystifying mystery beast of the British variety – one which provokes worry, amazement and controversy at any time when it rears its horrific, furry head. The Shug-Monkey, the Beast of Bolam, the Large Gray Man, the Man-Monkey, and the Wild Man of Orford are just some of its many names.
However, the wild males and Wild man-style beasts of Britain aren’t what many would possibly assume them to be. They’re not simply scary. They’re past scary. In Wildman!, I current controversial information that locations the British man-beast in a definitively paranormal class.
Lycanthrope-style shape-shifting, occult rituals, the human lifeless returned in beastly kind, animal sacrifice, thought-forms and monsters of the thoughts given a semblance of life, UFO exercise, and wonderful encounters at sacred, historic and historic websites all throughout the British Isles, are simply among the many points lined in Wildman!, the primary, full-length research of a weird and nightmarish phenomenon of appropriately monstrous proportions.