I slowly moved and stared watching the sun rise on a quiet morning; it was just after my sophomore year in college. I decide to call up a few friends and see if they wanted to spend a week fishing up north in my uncle’s cabin.
A few hours later, my friends Steve, Colin, and Drew arrived at my house and brought along their gear. We order some pizza before heading out when Steve asks “Nick, where is this cabin at?” “About an hour from here why you ask” Steve continued with “Well haven’t you heard what happened a few years ago”. He proceeded to tell a story where a group of high school kids went there and none of them have returned and the only thing left was some tattered clothes. “That’s some bullshit man” Drew said as he finished chugging his beer and tossed a crumpled paper plate at him. “Enough guys let’s pack up and get ready to go” I said, and then we loaded the car and once everyone was ready we headed off to the cabin.
We drove through the forest as the sun slowly began to set, giving an eerie feeling throughout the drive. Drew and Colin were asleep in the back while I drove and Steve sat staring through the passenger window when he quickly said “Nick stop the car!” I pulled over and these made the two in the back wake up and groan, when Steve climbed out of the car.
Before I could ask Steve why I should stop; I was hit with the stench of death and found quite a gruesome sight. We saw a deer, or what was left of one, with a large hole that punched through its skull. The side of the deer was torn open and the insides were chewed on and what appeared to be massive claw marks around the deer neck. “Dude what the fuck could have done this?” Drew said as he quickly turned away, resisting the urge to throw up, though Colin was already vomiting. “I don’t know but whatever it is, it could be nearby” I said. “We should keep going” the guys looked at me, looked at the carcass, and quickly loaded back into the car.
As we drove off, Drew looked back and noticed the deer carcass was gone, but didn’t say anything as we continued on. Finally, we reached the cabin and noticed that the door was open and what appeared to be scratches along the wall. “Fucking teenagers” I said as I ran my hand along the marks, which seemed too deep to be made by knives. The rest of the guys looked at the marks, and said that they couldn’t have been marks made by a bear due to the size and the spaces between them. Then Drew saw something; a series of footprints leading from the wall to the forest. “Hey guys look at this” he said pointing to the prints.
These prints were massive, much larger than any of our footprints, and had four toes. Three toes were located in the front while the fourth was pointed backwards and a faint print of what appeared to be webbing between the toes. “What kind of creature made these?” Colin asked as we followed the prints into the woods, which was when we found the deer carcass again, this time the carcass was cleaved in two and the lower half was flung far off in the other direction. “Guys I don’t like this” Steve said as we wandered into the cabin where it seemed to have a tornado tear through the place. The beds were flung down the steps; the fridge had a hole similar to the deer skull punched through, the furniture tossed about. “Well what now” Colin said as I went in and looked at the hole, which actually was just a dent. We decided to stay but keep our knives next to us and Colin brought one of his pistols with him.
It was about 10 o’clock when we finally finished setting up the cabin and we sat drinking beers. We were laughing and joking when suddenly we heard something coming from the woods.
Tap tap tap tap.
I told the guys to be quiet as the tapping continued for about three minutes. We sat there hoping it went away when Drew screamed “it’s at the fucking window!” We looked and saw a massive head pull back from the window. I ran to turn off the lights and we hid behind the couch. “What did you see” I asked Drew. “I saw something at the window. It didn’t look like any animal I ever saw” he explained as his voice trembled and eventually he went silent. We peered up and silhouetted by the moonlight a pair of massive arms tipped with massive claws hung in front of the window. The smaller part opened and closed quickly, like that of a pistol shrimp and made a loud crack. The arms quickly retracted and we heard footsteps walk away from the cabin. We didn’t get any sleep that night.
The morning after, while the guys fell asleep, I went out to look where we saw the claws. I found the same type of tracks like the ones we found yesterday and decided to follow them.
Armed with only a large knife, I followed the tracks to what appeared to be some sort of a large nest which seemed to lead off into a tunnel, covered in some thick black viscous liquid. I dared not to traverse the tunnel in case the owner was close and I ran back to the cabin. As I ran I heard a strange clicking sound and I quickly slid down into a small ditch and hid behind some rocks. I heard the clicks stop and I got chills down my back as I heard a long hiss break the silence. I looked up and saw something truly terrifying; a creature with a massively elongated head with a mouth full of wickedly sharp teeth, long praying mantis like arms that ended in the same claws we saw last night, and the massive four toed feet.
This thing must have been around eight or nine feet tall and I saw the legs were somewhat bent so it could have been taller. The creature didn’t seem to have a tail, but a large abdomen similar to an insect that ended in a large spine and that is when the creature turned its head and let out a sickening hiss. The creature’s skin looked like insect armor and was green and grey. It just stood there and appeared to sniff the air when it turned and went back into the tunnel.
I continued to sit there, fearing the creature would reappear when I got up and ran back to the cabin. “Guys, get up” I said as I ran in and closed the door while the guys shot up. “What, Nick what’s going on?” Drew said as he got off the couch, looking out the window. “I saw the creature and it is massive, we need to go now! The creature doesn’t look like anything on Earth.” I started to freak as Steve came over and calmed me down and he then asked to show them where the tunnel was.
After calming down, I decided to show them but the tunnel seemed to be covered with grasses and debris. We moved the debris and were hit with a strong scent of decaying flesh and as we moved the flashlight through the tunnel, we could see carcasses of deer, birds, a bear, and what looked like human remains. We gasped as we heard scratching from the tunnel as the creature climbed out of the hole. We ran through the woods as the creature chased us, crashing through the underbrush.
“Oh fuck, oh fuck” yelled Colin as the creature attempted to grab him with its massive claws, but missing and tore into his shirt. We made it to the cabin and locked the door behind us. The creature stopped and just watched us before heading back to the woods. We sat there deciding whether to stay or leave the cabin, but we chose to stay and decided to have a small campfire to help calm us down.
As the day went on, we did not hear nor see the creature and it started to feel like we were going to have some fun on this trip. That night we decided to have that campfire and cook some food over it. We started to tell stories when we heard stick cracking and brush moving behind us. We looked nervously and what happened next scared us to the bone. Steve started to scream as we turned to see massive claws grab his shoulders and hoist him up. “Shoot it!” Steve said as he looked the creature into its face. It had no eyes, just a massive mouth and a silver head dome.
From the dim glow of the fire, Steve could see the thing’s bronze colored teeth as they dripped with saliva. The mouth slowly opened to reveal a second pair of jaws and just before it struck, the creature dropped him and let out a horrifying screech of pain. Steve fell and Drew and I drug him back to the cabin while Colin fired at the creature. It stumbled back as we made a quick decision to head for the car and get our stuff tomorrow. “Colin, get in!” I yelled as he stood there, where he emptied his clip at the beast. He ran and dove into the car and we raced home. We saw the creature give chase, it stomped the fire out with one foot and leaped at us, and it closed the distance and used its claws to grab the car. I pushed the gas pedal to the floor and with a sickening metal screech, the creature tore up the back and we drove down the road.