Thursday, August 20, 2009

Mothman: An Interdimensional Rebel?

The legend of the Mothman has taken on a life greater than intended once it went commercial, but the concept is an interesting one:

(Wikipedia) “The Mothman is a creature reportedly seen in the Charleston and Point Pleasant areas of West Virginia from November 12, 1966, to December 1967. Most observers describe the Mothman as a winged man-sized creature with large reflective red eyes and large moth-like wings. The creature was sometimes reported as having no head, with its eyes set into its chest.”

On November 15, 1966, two young, married couples from Point Pleasant, David and Linda Scarberry and Steve and Mary Mallette, were traveling late at night in the Scarberrys' car. They were passing the West Virginia Ordnance Works, an abandoned World War II TNT factory, about seven miles north of Point Pleasant, in the 2,500 acre (10 km²) McClintic Wildlife Management Area, when they noticed two red lights in the shadows by an old generator plant near the factory gate. They stopped the car, and reportedly discovered that the lights were the glowing red eyes of a large animal, "shaped like a man, but bigger, maybe six and a half or seven feet tall, with big wings folded against its back", according to Roger Scarberry. Terrified, they drove toward Route 62, where the creature supposedly chased them at speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour. However, as quoted in Keel's The Mothman Prophecies, the Scarberrys, despite driving more than 100 miles per hour, claimed to have noticed a dead dog on the side of the road, and in fact made such accurate note of its location that they claimed to have gone back the very next day and looked for it.”

This “creature” was seen many times during the year of its appearance. Often times, supposedly giving people information about upcoming disasters. In Wikipedia they also reported “John Keel claimed that Mothman was related to parapsychological events in the area, including UFO activity, Men in Black encounters, poltergeist activity, Bigfoot and black panther sightings, animal and human mutilations, precognitions by witnesses, and the December 15, 1967 collapse of the Silver Bridge spanning the Ohio River.” Interestingly, reports of other phenomenon in certain areas comes in clusters as well, such as Bennington Triangle reporting Bigfoot, UFOs, Men in Black, et cetera. (see Gummerfan's great post on Bennington Triangle)

Are these clusters a sign of a portal?

Although I don’t have any established beliefs in portals or other phenomenon, I do keep a very open mind. With all my interest in the concept of portals as of late, the Mothman has been a puzzler for me (more on that later).

I’ve wondered about things such as Bigfoot and Chupacabra. It would seem that if we’re talking about creatures entering and exiting possible portals from other dimensions or worlds, the logical question would be “why don’t they have technology?” Jeez, we can’t leave our neighborhoods without our cell phones and GPS on the dashboard. Why isn’t Bigfoot sporting a headset? Hmm?

Here’s my take on it: If such a thing were possible, the fact that no major city has reported porthole phenomenon is pretty telling. Obviously, some knowledge exists where to most remotely enter and exit. Why no technology? Why should they? Aren’t you helpless when your batteries are drained? Don’t you sometimes leave your phone on the restaurant table? If you're travelling dimensions/worlds, would you want to be at the fate of a device? Why not have technology of a different sort—-biological; a kind of evolutionary ability to control principles of physics.

Supposing Bigfoot is nothing more than a being from another dimension/world who likes to vacation in the Northwest where there are tasty berries and salmon and lack of humans? Why wouldn’t chupacabra choose rural areas with lots of livestock? Come and go as they please. Perhaps we’re a favorite vacation destination. I can see the ads now "Come to Earth; where you can let your inner beast hang out."

Now, working the Mothman into this concept, is it possible that this creature (often associated with precognition for locals about upcoming disasters) could be a bad boy of his kind? Is he breaking rules by telling us of events he’s seen traveling through our time line? Has he taken a kind of interest in humans? Does he hope to promote us to the next level to get closer to arriving at co-visitation? Is he a lone rebel from his world? Does he just like messing with us? It’s hard to say, but the concept of him being one of the many visitors but who actually sought contact is an interesting one.

I’d love to hear your input.

The movie “The Mothman Prophecies” starring Richard Gere was actually a very disturbing and chilling film. It wasn’t action packed, but it was a tense psychological thriller that gave you enough concern it might be paranormal and enough doubt to wonder if it’s something else. I have to admit, it’s one of those films to watch in the dark, but then don’t go to bed for a few hours…


  1. I don't know what to make of all the different crypto-monsters. Like you, I think it's best to always keep an open mind until we can know for sure. The idea of a portal to this world from somewhere else entirely is a fascinating concept and one that at least should be considered.

  2. Stephen;
    Yeah, I'm on the same page. I keep finding similarities between paranormal incidents and certain characteristics of the areas geologically which makes me wonder if there are "prime" conditions for a portal. I'm always intrigued by the idea of fleeting glimpses of things, whether it's in the ghost hunting world or other paranormal incidents. Occasionally, it seems that man gets a peek at something and then it's gone. He scratches his head, feels a bit insane, and then moves on with some kind of twisted logic to satisfy his confusion. Flying humanoids, alien visitations, UFOs, Bigfoot, Jersey Devil, Chupacabra, Mothman, etc., all have the characteristics of something that goes in and out. When I was on a ghost hunt the other night, when we were in the middle of questioning this "responder" and getting answers on the KII meter, I finally got frustrated with the assumption we're talking to a dead person, they didn't seem to like to answer questions about their death, so I asked the only thing that came to mind "are you from somewhere else and just visiting?" Got a "yes" from that. Made me shake my head.

  3. this is a great concept, i never thought of it this way. i too don't know what to make of these crypto monsters, but i love to hear the witness accounts and wonder what it is exactly these people are experiencing - such a good mystery.
    i too loved the movie with richard gere and was it debra messing

  4. oh i forgot, on your next ghost hunt, maybe you can ask the "spirit" from where they are visiting - hopefully it's not hell.

  5. Sandra;
    Yup--Deborah Messing. I would like to get a little time in the woods to see what I think of the whole strange creature thing. I have a best friend who described an encounter with a creature that was so different than anything I've heard of, that I hope to get her to sit down with me and let me type up her description. It gave me the chills so much that just thinking about it creeps me out. I want an encounter like that. I've seen a lot of strange things, but weird creatures would be pretty cool. Some people report Bigfoot tracks stopping all of a sudden as if he leapt into the air. Creepy.

  6. i would love to read about your friend's encounter!

  7. autumnforest-this is a neat concept, one that i can easily believe. in stephen king's book of short stories "nightmares & dreamscapes", there's a great story called 'crouch end', & if you ever read it, it'll stay with you forever!

  8. Autmnforest that is such a fascinating concept about Mothman perhaps wanting to warn us and not be the "bad guy"-"bad moth:)" he is usually made out to be in the research-I have long been fascinated by Mothman and the Skinwalker Ranch-I will check out Gummerfan's article next time I am online. Whatever was happening at Point Pleasant WV in the mid 60s it does seem to have involved a definite capability to see through time!! best to you as always and again great new take on Mothman!!

  9. Funny, I was just thinking about Mothman the other night. I admit it still stymies me. Was he warning of disaster? Did he cause the disaster? Was he just here to spectate? Was the sexual energy of the TNT Area (a well-known "parking" spot) a factor in his appearence?
    I'm working on some future posts about crypto-creatures based on their staying power. Bigfoot and Lake Monsters are spotted pretty frequently, while the Mothman, the Fouke Monster, Springheeled Jack, the Mad Gasser of Matoon and others seemed to enjoy a "limited run", and there are other weird creatures that (thus far) have only been "One-Timers" (like the Walking Tree Trunks, the Dover Demon, the Flatwoods Monster, the Hopkinsville Goblins...)
    Is there any rhyme or reason as to why so many creatures come and go, while others seem to sick around?

  10. Gummer;
    Good question. I have to admit that some of the short-lived ones could be victims of local idiosyncrasies. They might be the imaginings of a few bored locals who spread a rumor that caught on in town, but had no real basis. If the area was rather isolated, it wouldn't spread much further. If I were doing a study on the cryptids that might potentially use a portal, I'd probably have to look a lot closer at the smaller less famous guys before knocking them off the list and going to the ones that have some actual physical "evidence" like Bigfoot and the foot castings and multiple sightings and photographs. I've always considered that one as a permanent resident of the woodlands, but admittedly the inability to find their resting places and the elusiveness of their actions seem incongruent. Such as, apes aren't wanderers in the nighttime, but apparently Bigfoot is. Hmm... Skinwalker ranch saw its fair share of Bigfoot and strange places like upstate New York, Ohio, Florida, and even Arizona's White Mountains have loads of sightings. Now, for a creature that weighs probably upwards of 400 pounds, seems kinda hard to believe he's living on enough nuts and berries; however, bears seem to do it and they're equally large. I really look forward to your explorations of cryptids. It's my second favorite subject after ghosts!

  11. this discussion reminds me of one of my son's theories when he was 8 yrs old and really into UFO's - he suggested that there were no aliens from other planets and that the sightings were us seeing ourselves from the future, traveling back in time to see what the planet was like way back when.