The Flatwoods Monster, also known as the Braxton County Monster or the Phantom of Flatwoods, is an alleged unidentified extraterrestrial or cryptid reported to have been sighted in the town of Flatwoods in Braxton County, West Virginia, United States on September 12, 1952. Stories of the creature are an example of a purported close encounter of the third kind.[1]


Flatwoods monster is located in West Virginia

Flatwoods monster

Location of Flatwoods, West Virginia

Various descriptions of the entity exist. Most agree that it was at least 7 feet (2.1 m) tall, had a black body, and a black face which appeared to glow from within. Witnesses described the creature’s head as elongated, with non-human eyes. Witnesses describe the head as either shaped like a sideways diamond, or as having a large circular cowling behind it. The creature’s body was described as inhumanly-shaped and clad in a dark pleated exoskeleton; later described as a shadow. Some accounts record that the creature appeared to have “no visible arms” due to its incredible speed. Others describe it as having long, stringy arms which protruded from the front of its body, ending in long, claw-like fingers.[2][3][4][5][6] The monster is referred to as the “Lizard Monster” on the March 10, 2010 episode of MonsterQuest.
A large, pulsating red ball of light was associated with the monster It hovered above or rested on the ground. Ufologists believe that it may have been a powered craft the entity piloted.