I've struggled with whether or not I should share this story. The reason being the location, a scene where not so long ago a number of people lost their lives. Relatives of the deceased are alive and visit this location. Some people close to this location may even be members of this website. If one of them saw my story here, what would they think? The event I saw is "close to home" in more ways than one.
Ultimately I decided keeping quiet wouldn't change what I saw. Nor would it relieve the loss people felt. So, I'll tell the story. It happened at the site of the old Ghent Little General store in Ghent, WV. In 2007 it was destroyed in a propane blast. Today a vacant lot with some handmade memorials are all that remains. It sat at the entrance to Flat Top Lake near Winterplace ski resort.
I live near there and a few years ago I took a job that requires driving by this location often. Usually these trips are uneventful except for the odd deer jumping out in the road. I used to keep a mp3 player hooked up to my car stereo to make these trips better.
In mid-August 2014 I was making a trip out to the Knight's Inn motel on Odd Rd. (real name) Had my music going, it was a clear but steamy night. I started up the hill where the GLG lot is. As I approached it I saw a dark figure standing on GLG side of the road. It was shaped like a person but with no characteristics. Like a shadow. This was at night but the figure was even darker somehow. It stepped onto the road so I braked hard and the figure ran across the road. As I lifted my foot of the brake to leave three more of these black figures ran across. Again, human shaped but no features. All of them ran into the woods on the other side of the road. I left quickly.
This scene was made even scarier by the song that was playing on my stereo which was "Anthem" by Deep Purple. As I was driving up to the GLG lot the lyrics said:
"If the day would only come
Then you might just appear
Even though you'd soon be gone
When I reach out my hand.
If I could see you,
If only I could see you.
To see if you are laughing, or crying
When the night winds softly blow."
I finished my trip shaken to say the least. I haven't seen anything disturbing at this location before or since what I described.
You should definitely write Rod Evans--I bet he would write you back. If you haven't heard it you should check out the album Rod Evans did (post Purple) with Captain Beyond. It's great early 70s rock with some heavy duty guitar action.