Author photo of the “tunnel of trees” on Weary Road
The entrance to the “Tunnel of Trees” on Weary Road, about one mile south of Evansville, Wisconsin, in Rock County, does make it appear as if you’re about to drive into a black hole, even on sunny days like the one on which I snapped this pic. There are a variety of other spooky claims about this narrow country lane, but area residents pooh-pooh most of them. I’ve also heard from a few that they wish the legends would just go away. (The fact that traffic levels spike from thrill seekers on Halloween and moonlit summer nights may have something to do with that.)
Many of the legends were submitted anonymously to Weird Wisconsin and also appear on various online sites, but most have been in circulation among Evansville area teens for several decades. They range from appearances of a spectral, smirking farmer, to a bridge that will not allow a stopped car to be started again. Like most unknown phenomena, these things seem to appear only at times of their own choosing.
I took an accidental tour of Weary Road recently thanks to area detours. I kept an eye out for the farmer’s ghost but didn’t see even a live human. I also stopped on the bridge to take a pic, but was too chicken to turn off the engine since my cell phone had zero reception in that spot. Two people had also written to Weird Wisconsin that something big flew out of the trees at them; in one case it was a white owl and in another, some invisible thing that allegedly left long scratches on the eye-witness’s arms as it fluttered by. The trees were eerily still during my drive-through. I kept thinking that anything could have been in the corn field, however, and indeed, the site is not many miles away from multiple past sightings of Bigfoot and dogman at Lima Center and Fulton.
A phantom train and unknown lights are among other described anomalies here. My advice is the same as with all spook lanes: If you go, please remember that real people live there–and own the property. And while there may be kernels of truth in these types of legends, they should always be taken with a large grain of road salt.
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New cover by Nathan D. Godfrey
Werewolf doodle; individual drawings will vary
“The original account of the 1992 bombshell news story that revealed reports of werewolf-like creatures in southeast Wisconsin –The small town of Elkhorn, Wisconsin made national headlines in the early 1990s with reports of a strange, hairy, wolf-headed creature that walked upright and seemed unafraid of man as it stalked the cornfields just outside of town. Journalist Linda Godfrey dubbed the canid sensation “The Beast of Bray Road” after the location of the first reported sightings. Two decades and hundreds of nationwide sightings of similar creatures later, no one has ever proven whether the beast is a flesh-and-blood canine or will-o-the-wisp, demon dog, or a magical werewolf. But the author provides plenty to chew on, with sightings of related creatures, Native American connections, historic lore and a keen-eyed look at possible explanations.”
So many people have asked me for a new print edition of the Beast of Bray Road ever since the former publisher popped a silver bullet in it, that I finally decided it was time for the creature’s return. I’m so glad and excited to announce that the Beast is now indeed back! In concert with Dystel & Goderich Literary Management and Amazon, here is the link! The interior includes the entire contents of the first book–photos, art and all. The cover, however, is brand-spankin’ new, and was created by my son, Nate, an artist who has contributed his work to some of my books and also History Channel’s Monsterquest for the American Werewolf episode.
To celebrate, I have a special FREE offer for those who would like my autograph with the book; until December 25, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to me and I’ll send a hand-autographed sticker decorated with an originally drawn “werewolf doodle” that can be applied to your book’s inside front page. One sticker per envelope, and please specify if you wish it inscribed to anyone or would like a special (tasteful only) phrase included. Mail to me at Linda Godfrey, PO Box 702, Elkhorn WI 53121. Offer starts immediately! (You can also mail the whole book with return postage and suitable envelope.)
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