First Experience With The Jersey Devil

I live in Southern New Jersey in a very small town located near the Pine Barrens.  This stretch of woods is a famous area and home to the Jersey Devil.

I’m sure you’re wondering why is that area named the Pine Barrens?  For lack of better words all that grows there is pine trees and nothing else.  You can read up more about these woods on the site Weird New Jersey if you’re interested because trust me it’s interesting.

That’s not what this stories about though, as I mentioned this is about the Jersey Devil.

My friend, let’s call him Dan, lived in a house in a section of the pine barrens that backs up into my town.  There’s not many houses out there and it’s extremely dark at night.  There were five of us there that night me, Dan, Kenn, Natasha and Emelia.  We were in highschool and as we often did we sat in an old van parked outside Dan’s house, you know the kind, the creepy windowless ones people associate with pedophiles.

It wasn’t a functioning vehicle so us being the typical stoner kids would go outside and hot box the van as we smoked some weed.

We were out there for about an hour or so when Kenn had to go pee so he went outside to go and shut the door behind him.  About two minutes later he began banging on the van door shouting “Guys, guys let me in quick!”

So we did and he slammed the door quickly behind him.  We all were giggling in our high state and I asked “What he hell man, what’s your deal?” He was trembling and pale as a ghost.

We stopped laughing when we finally realized he wasn’t joking around.  “There, there’s some… something out there man.” After he said that we started hearing a long scratching sound that began at the back of the van and went all the way to the front as if someone was keying the van with a set of claws.

We went silent, cupping our hands over our mouths to cover the sounds of our breathing.

Then I heard the most terrifying noise I’d ever heard in my life, a very loud high pitched screech that could never come from any human.  The van began shaking violently as if this thing was trying to push it over.

My friend Natasha started whimpering in the back mouthing the phrase “we’re gonna die here.  I’m going to die here.”

I put my finger to my lip to shush her and Emilia held her tight to try to calm her.  It went silent for a moment and then we heard a huge whooshing sound that I could only imagine was something taking flight.  There was a heavy thud on top of the van, then heavy pacing back and forth across the roof, that sounded like hooves.

After about ten minutes of the pacing we heard that ear piercing screech again and then the whoosh of wings as this thing flew off.  The five of us sat in silence, waiting and praying that it was gone.

After about thirty minutes Dan slowly opened the van door to take a peek.  “I think it’s gone.” He whispered.

We all rushed out and made a beeline to the sliding door of Dan’s house.

We didn’t say much the rest of the night, we just kept smoking until we all fell asleep in Dan’s room, Dan and Kenn on the floor with me, Natasha and Emilia on the bed.  We talked about it a bit the next morning, as we accessed the damage to the van.

We didn’t have to say it, we knew who it was it could only be the one thing that lived around here besides the deer, the Jersey Devil.

I’d like to say that was my last experience with him or it but it wasn’t.  But that’s a story for another time.  Don’t let you guard down in the pine barrens, you never know when the Jersey Devil might be lurking in the area.

Dragon on Vacation

Hello, my name is Noah and I’m 17. Her is a little bit about myself before I tell the story. I have two younger siblings, a brother Josh and a sister Christa, they are both 14. My mother is a very kind woman always helping other members of my family when they needed it. My father passed away when I was 10, he always had a way of making any situation a good one. Finally theirs my moms brother, my uncle Jesse, he was living with us because he had lost his arm a year before. this story may sound crazy but I swear on my life this happened. I have a scar to prove it but I will explain later in the story. This happened to me and my family when we were on vacation to the UK.

We had been driving to a small town in the UK countryside it was about a five hour drive. There were five of us in the car. Myself, my two younger siblings, my mom and uncle. Both Josh and Christa were asleep, my mom was driving while my uncle Jesse and myself were talking about what our plans were.

We had rented a cottage by a lake for two weeks. After about ten more minutes of driving we arrived at the cottage. My mother got out and went to wake up Josh and Christa while uncle Jesse went to unlock the door. ” Mom I’m going to take a walk ” I said climbing out of the car. My mom responded with an “OK just don’t wonder off.”

The cottage was laid out like this: Out front was a deep forest that stretched around till it reached the back of the cottage then it opened up to reveal a beautiful lake. If you stood on the shore you could see other cottages around the lake.

I started walking about twenty meters into the forest when I saw claw marks on some trees they looked like they could have been from a bear except they were about as long as my entire arm and they wrapped around the whole trunk of the tree like something had used the tree to pull its self up.

Then I felt it, a feeling I will never forget, the feeling that I should run and fast. I kept walking and as I did the feeling kept getting worse and worse until I was about thirty meters in when I couldn’t take it anymore and ran back out. When I had gotten back to the cottage my family had already brought our bags in.

The rest of the day went without any problems. We all went to bed and I soon discovered that night this would be one night that I wish had never happened.

The cottage had two bedrooms me and my siblings were all sleeping in one and my mom in the other, uncle Jesse was sleeping on the couch. It was about 3 am and I was laying in bed unable to sleep when I got up because I saw uncle Jesse leave the cottage. I got up and ran after him, I caught up to him about half way to the beach, he told me he was going to sit by the water for a bit so I joined him.

We were sitting by the water for about half an hour before we started to head back. The distance from the shore to the backdoor was about 150 meters. We had walked about 50 meters when the feeling from before returned stronger then before. I was guessing uncle Jesse felt it as well because he told me to speed it up. This is the hardest part for me to tell when we were about 25 meters from the door uncle Jesse broke out into a full blown sprint. Before I could as well, I felt a sharp pain on my back and something push me to the ground and I, again, heard a rumbling growl. I then felt a pressure on my back as if something was standing ontop of me. I heard screaming from the cabin, I raised my head to see my mother, siblings and uncle standing there with their faces locked in look of fear and they were white as snow. I could feel it. Whatever was causing the pressure had a scaly texture. Suddenly it lifted off of me.

I couldn’t move until my mom ran over and helped me up and I turned my head to see a massive creature hidden among the tall trees, all we could see were to large yellow lizard like eyes. My mom and I ran inside and locked the door and the five of us never left the cottage for the rest of out vacation. The creature had left a scar on my back from what I guess were its claws scraping against my skin.

Thank you for listening to my story I know how crazy this sounds but I swear this happened.

 

 

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