posted on Jan, 4 2019 @ 11:17 AM
I know a lot of ATSers love a scary story. This is not just another ghost or haunting story. It has off-the-chart high strangeness.
This story was told by a caller on Art Bell C2C radio in the early 90s. A friend of mine has hours of these shows on tape. This show dealt with
ghosts and hauntings. The woman who told the story was very intelligent and seemed sincere and believable.
She lived in Iowa, and had relatives that were farmers in Iowa and Missouri. As a teenager, she would visit her cousins, and often stay a couple of
days. She had some relatives in rural Missouri who had a large farm. There was a very spooky abandoned farm about 2 miles from her cousin's place. A
house, barn, and several buildings just completely abandoned and falling to ruin. Near the farm was an old abandoned civil war era cemetery that
according to her, was incredibly scary. She described it very well, and suggested it would have made a perfect setting for a horror movie. It was
absolutely surreal. It was totally abandoned and neglected, with weeds and wild berry bushes, a couple of broken statues, an old wrought-iron fence
and gate, and gnarly, dying trees.
While staying with her cousin on an October weekend, they were hanging out with a local boy from a nearby farm. He had just started driving and he had
an old pickup truck. Around 10PM, the girl's cousin (who was pretty daring and adventerous) suggested they go visit the graveyard. She described
the graveyard scene as creepy beyond belief. A full moon completely illuminated the area. They went through the gate and proceeded a short way inside,
then stopped because they were too spooked to continue.
After a few minutes, she thought she saw one of gnarly old trees moving strangely. It wasn't very tall, maybe 5-6 feet. It was to her left, about 50
feet away, and slightly up an embankment on the edge of the graveyard. She gasped and told the others, and they all began watching the tree. Her
cousin and the boy said they didn't see any movement and commented "it's just a tree." She kept watching, and then grabbed her cousin's arm.
"I swear it's moving!" They began watching the tree intently, and to their utter disbelief, it actually looked to be slowly morphing into a sort
of humanoid figure. Over the course of about 3-4 minutes, the branches became like twisted, spindly arms, and the whole tree began slowly twisting.
The boy said "This can't be happening!"
It then began moving towards them very, very slowly. They ran through the gate, jumped in the truck, and took off. The girl and her cousin were too
scared to even look back. They were probably in a state of shock. Later, the boy told them he looked in the mirror as they were driving away, and saw
the thing coming toward the gate.
My takeaway from this story is that there may be spirits or entities that are very territorial about the places they inhabit.
These things don't like to be disturbed at all, and will frighten intruders away. What I found most bizarre is how the thing took so long to take
form. Like it wanted to scare them away, and not harm them. I wonder what have happened if they had stayed there? I got the impression it just wanted
them to leave.