May 05, 2021 I Nick Redfern

Do the Dog-Men Have a Language? “A Dark Time Coming”

The phenomenon of the Dog-Men is strange to begin with. Never mind the possibility of the creatures having the ability to speak! Yes, I know: the whole thing sounds bizarre. And that's put it mildly. For those who aren't aware of the phenomenon, here's some background from good friend Linda Godfrey, without doubt the leading figure in the investigations of these strange and sinister upright wolf-like beasts. She says: "The story first came to my attention in about 1991 from a woman who had heard rumors going around here in Elkhorn, and particularly in the high school, that people had been seeing something like a werewolf, a wolf-like creature, or a wolf-man. They didn’t really know what it was. But some were saying it was a werewolf. And the werewolf tag has just gotten used because I think that people really didn’t know what else to call it."

Linda continued: "They were all mostly saying that they had seen something which was much larger than normal, sometimes on two legs and sometimes on four, with a wolfish head. Some described it as a German Shepherd-like head, pointed ears, very long, coarse, shaggy, and wild-looking fur. One thing they all mentioned was that it would turn and look at them and gaze fearlessly or leer at them, and it was at that point that they all got really frightened. Everybody who has seen it – with the exception of one – has been extremely scared because it’s so out of the ordinary. It was something they couldn’t identify and didn’t appear to be afraid of them. It would just casually turn around and disappear into the brush. It was never just out in the open where it didn’t have some sort of hiding place. There was always a cornfield or some brush or some woods. So, that was pretty much the start of it." And the phenomenon still goes on. Now, we come to the matter of the controversial title of this article: the possibility that the Dog-men have their very own language. Yep, we're into very strange territory. Jefferson County is an area known as a hot-spot for these things. Now, we come to a case that might show that, yes, the Dog-men can speak.

Lind states: "Jefferson is also the site of the former St. Coletta Institute where in 1936, night watchman Mark Schackelman encountered a tall, unknown hominoid with long claws digging in an ancient burial mound. The beast produced a polysyllabic utterance that sounded like 'Gadarrah' to the man. Gadara is a region of old Judea where the New Testament says Jesus cast spirits out of two demon-possessed men (Matthew 8)." Moving on, I have a solitary case of a Dog-man that seemed to display some kind of language. In both cases, the location was the heart of the Cannock Chase woods in central England (a place where there have been numerous reports of werewolf-like things). The story came from a man named Tommy Bruce. He had an encounter in the summer of 1971 - that he held back from sharing - until seven months ago. At the time, Bruce was thirty-one-years-old and strolling through the trees. For just a handful of seconds, he saw a large, wolf-like beast that rose up to a standing position and that stared at him through a pair of bright, yellow eyes. Bruce was frozen to the spot, something that isn't surprising. What really chilled Bruce was when the creature baked away and appeared to say: "A dark time coming," in a way that Bruce described as "half-human and half like a dog growling."

I even had my own similar experience close to twenty-years ago. I had an experience not unlike that in 2002. Except that it occurred while I was in a state of sleep paralysis – in my bedroom. As I believe that sleep paralysis has an external, supernatural aspect to it (rather than it being due to the mysteries of the mind), I feel it’s relevant to share the story here. I had gone to bed, I had an extremely curious encounter. It was around 4.00 a.m. and I was awake and yet not awake. And I couldn’t move. I was suddenly aware that something was slowly heading down the corridor of my duplex that linked the bedroom to the living room. That something was a humanoid figure with the head of a wolf. It was attired in a long, flowing black cape. It emitted strange and rapid growling noises that seemed to be an unintelligible language. And the creature, whatever its origin was, seemed mightily pissed off about something. As it closed in on the room, I made a supreme effort to move my rigid, paralyzed form and finally succeeded, just as the beast entered the bedroom. In an instant it was gone and I was wide-awake.

Do the clearly supernatural Dog-men have a language? While the whole thing sounds bizarre, and even nightmarish, it's something we should not dismiss.

Nick Redfern

Nick Redfern works full time as a writer, lecturer, and journalist. He writes about a wide range of unsolved mysteries, including Bigfoot, UFOs, the Loch Ness Monster, alien encounters, and government conspiracies. Nick has written 41 books, writes for Mysterious Universe and has appeared on numerous television shows on the The History Channel, National Geographic Channel and SyFy Channel.

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