A Snake That Splits?

Posted by: Nick Redfern on June 26th, 2012


In a new post at my World of Whatever blog, I begin:

Stan Gordon has shared with me yet another weird creature report from his files. And this one is pretty much beyond creepy and almost positively Lovecraftian! I’ll let Stan (author of Silent Invasion: The Pennsylvania UFO-Bigfoot Casebook, a book you really should own!) relate the details in his very own words.”

And here’s how Stan starts the story:

“This incident first came to the attention of Brian Seech, founder of the Center for Unexplained Events, who quickly made me aware of the occurrence. I have had the opportunity to interview the husband who was driving the car during this experience.

“This incident occurred on September 19, 2009, at about 3:45 pm, on a beautiful, clear and sunny afternoon, in rural Westmoreland County, not far from Youngwood. A woman, her husband and child were in their car driving along the country road that afternoon. Suddenly, the woman seated behind her husband yelled out, ‘watch out for that snake.’ The man slowed down as they focused on a black snake about four feet long that was slowly moving across the road ahead of them from right to left.”

And that’s where the story gets really weird…

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Punk music fan, Tennents Super and Carlsberg Special Brew beer fan, horror film fan, chocolate fan, like to wear black clothes, like to stay up late. Work as a writer.

2 Responses to “A Snake That Splits?”

  1. muircertach responds:

    How bizarre. I wonder if there was any recent UFO activity in the area when this occurred? I know some here refuse to acknowledge the link between unknown creatures and UFOs and the paranormal but it does exist.

  2. Fhqwhgads responds:

    This sounds vaguely like something that happened to me when I was leaving Texas for a new job in West Virginia a few years back. The move had exhausted me physically and emotionally, and because I had to drive a moving truck with all my things in it, I had to fly back to get my pickup, which I had left with a friend. (It was too large to tow behind the moving truck.) My flight was delayed, and by the time I picked up the truck in Dallas I was more tired than I realized, but I had determined to make Texarkana that evening.

    Somewhere around Mount Pleasant I saw a shadow in the interstate (which fortunately was almost empty) get up and run off in the shape of a crocodile, or maybe a giant monitor lizard.

    That scared the hell out of me because I knew I was so tired I was hallucinating. I tried all the tricks to stay awake and made it safely to the room I had reserved in Texarkana.

    In retrospect, this was probably not just a case of hallucination. I think there was a little dip in the road, and as my headlights got closer the shadow in that depression would have changed shape and vanished. When seen by someone who was half-asleep, those shadows would have been easy to misinterpret.

    A “snake in the road” that moves oddly and then splits up sounds like it could have been the same sort of thing.

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