Tuesday, 30 April 2013

In Search Of The Wolf-Man

The Encyclopedia Mythica defines a werewolf as “a man who is transformed, or who transforms himself, into a wolf in nature and appearance under the influence of a full moon”. It goes on to say that “the werewolf is only active at night and during that period, he devours infants and corpses”.

Now, I understand completely that under a normal set of circumstances these statements would generally be considered true, but Cannock Chase is undoubtedly a paranormal portal area like no other. Although there have been many wolfman-like sightings in recent years, rather oddly, a number of the cases I've investigated have occurred, not during the solemn radiance of a serene full moon, but at the early onset of the bright and bustling daylight hours.

No-doubt this somewhat hairy revelation will pose more questions than answers in the mind of the truly ardent researcher. Folk may say that the appearance of werewolves during the daytime is a ludicrous, even foolish, impossibility, but are they heedlessly overlooking something profoundly important? In the case of Cannock Chase, I think they may well be.

One report I received came in from a gentleman who, on the morning in question, while walking his Labrador Retriever around the ancient Iron Age hill-fort at Castle Ring, heard the distinct sound of abnormal and unearthly howling coming from the surrounding damp and misty woodland. So loud was the noise, that his dog immediately began to draw back and cower in fear. Mr Chapman recalled that, upon glancing into the shadowy trees he saw two bright, fiendish yellow eyes glaring menacingly back at him. This was enough to seriously spook Mr C and, in his own words, he promptly “ran like the wind”.

Castle Ring 2013

Another report involved a group of 3 teenagers who, whilst stopping for a cigarette break on a popular car-park near to the village of Brocton (a place that describes itself as the Gateway to Cannock Chase), witnessed the understandably terrifying sight of what they described as an “oversized, upright, wolf” rummaging through a litter bin. Luckily, at a distance of around 20 meters, the creature didn't notice them and soon moved on, but those lads have been deeply affected by it nonetheless.

I am certainly not the first person to uncover sightings of this nature in the area though. Throughout 2006-2007 dozens of articles were printed in local newspapers relaying tales of mysterious howling and sightings of wolf-men, and quite a few people came forward with details of their experiences. Many of these cases were investigated by my friend and fellow researcher Nick Redfern, who has written about Cannock Chase in a number of his best selling books. Several of the incidents Nick refers to happened within the confines of the infamous German Cemetery, which is home to the graves of some 5000 Austrian and German soldiers who fought and died in WW1 and WW2. However, I'll go into that place more thoroughly in another post.

So, if people are regularly seeing werewolf type critters during the daytime, what possible explanations could there be? Well, I admit the idea that these creatures are in fact real wolves isn't entirely beyond the realms of possibility, but scientifically it is highly unlikely. This can be illustrated by the fact that, officially, all the wild-wolves of England were killed many years ago by hunters. Although some researchers do believe that small packs may continue to survive, successfully evading human attention, in the deepest, darkest areas of England's forests, I feel this theory can be ruled out for the vast majority of sightings coming in from Cannock Chase, simply because the hairy beast people claim to see, is reported as being much to large to resemble an English Wolf.

As discussed previously, the standardized understanding of werewolves also collapses when we are dealing with daytime sightings, so could it be possible that we are not dealing with an entirely physical creature? Could the werewolf encounters, far from being hallucinations, represent just one element of the direct manifestations bought about by the opening of a genuinely fascinating, but incredibly rare, paranormal window? I'll leave you to ponder on that one.

The time has come for me to take my leave, but before I do, I'd like to offer you the only sincerely rational, yet admittedly slightly humorous, advice I have ever been given on the topic of snarling beasts:

Never moon a werewolf!

Until next time my friends......

Written by Lee Brickley 2013

Friday, 26 April 2013

Orbs and Black Triangles

For well over 2000 years, the beautiful and tranquil Cannock Chase Forest in Staffordshire, England, has been home to the most intense concentration of unusual phenomena ever to manifest in the British Isles. From heavily documented UFO sightings and ghostly apparitions, to disturbing tales of animal/human hybrids and top secret military activity, the Chase (as it is known locally) exhibits all the standard traits, often attributed to a paranormal portal, which, to me, makes the area endlessly fascinating.

Over the last 12 months, I have been collating evidence, stories and witness reports from residents and visitors to Cannock Chase, and have nearly finished writing a book detailing my findings. When the publication is complete I will post a link on here, but until then, I think a little taster is in order........

In January 2013, I received an email from a 38 year old lady who resides in the town of Rugeley, which boarders Cannock Chase. She claimed that, whilst driving home from work on 22nd December 2012 at around 6pm, she witnessed 3 strange orb-like lights in the night sky, travelling at an increasingly rapid speed towards the Pye Green Tower. (for anyone unaware of this structure, the Pye Green Tower is a huge communications beacon that was built during the cold war as a back-up communication source in response to the Soviet advances in EMP technology.) The lights apparently merged into one big orb as they reached the tower, hovered in the sky for a few seconds and then disappeared....... this sounded quite interesting.

After a few emails back and forth, I arranged a phone interview and dialed her number at the pre-arranged time. Expecting details to be rather limited, I was pleasantly surprised that our conversation lasted for well over half an hour. As it turned out, this was not the first time she had experienced odd and unexplained activity.

Two months previously (exact date unknown), at around 9pm on a Wednesday night, the land-line telephone in her family home began to ring, except, every time someone stood up and moved towards it, it stopped. Thinking that someone was outside watching them, and perhaps playing a prank, the lady and her husband crept into their garden to see if they could locate the culprit. Almost as soon as they had stepped out onto the patio, an unusual buzzing noise could be heard, slowly but surly getting louder. Looking up, the couple saw a black, unlit, triangular shaped craft, around 30 feet in length, seemingly floating over their home.

Strangely, she reports that “the craft didn't fly away, or glide away – it just seemed to dissolve slowly into nothingness”.

Also notable is the fact that, the sporadic telephone issues ceased immediately after the craft de-materialised, so we would be forgiven for assuming the two are connected.

This is just one peculiar report of many. Although certainly not the most extraordinary case I'm dealing with, for now, it serves as an illuminating example of why this 26 mile square area of outstanding natural beauty, is regarded by myself, and by other researchers, as England’s strangest location.

In my next article I'll let you in on some genuinely mysterious, yet truly horrifying, werewolf sightings that are sure to make even the most resistant neck hairs stand to attention.

So until our paths cross again I bid you farewell and wish you good health, but I must insist you always remember to scan the night sky - the time has come for us to watch the watchers... 

Peace Out!

Written by Lee Brickley - 2013

Thursday, 4 April 2013

If You Go Down In The Woods Today

Welcome to Paranormal Cannock Chase, a blog set-up solely to educate the world on England's strangest paranormal hot-spot. 

Over the following weeks and months, ufologist, paranormal researcher, cryptozoologist, author and publisher Lee Brickley will be contributing numerous articles detailing shocking new cases of alien activity, disturbing ghostly sightings, and even an update on the illusive Cannock Chase Panther, that are sure to blow the lid off this supernatural pressure-cooker.

You can expect the first article to be published around May 1st, so keep your eyes peeled.

The Truth Will Be Uncovered!