The Shapeshifter in the Forest

04 December 2018 | Demons, Your Stories, Your True Encounters

This is actually a story my dad told me. It happened to him when he was a kid.

My dad lived in a small town in Mexico. He was nine years old at the time and because my grandfather was up here in Arizona, he had to get a job to help put food on the table. The year was 1957.
He was walking back home. The distance from the market he helped at and his house was approximately about 3 miles. He had to walk through an avocado grove and then cross a dirt road to get to his house.

It was late Fall and it got dark pretty early so when he was heading home at around 8 pm it was already very dark. As he made his way through the grove, he started feeling pretty uneasy. It was like someone was watching him. He felt a bit better when he came to the halfway point of the avocado grove. It was marked with a post that was lit up with one light bulb. It was a dim light, but a light nonetheless. Once he walked past it, that feeling returned. He started whistling to get his mind off the fact that he was scared. A few minutes passed and he felt like something rubbed up on his leg. There was just enough light for him to be able to see it was a medium-sized dog. At least that is what he thought.

When he came to the side of the dirt road, a car happened to be driving past. He looked down when what he thought was a dog this whole time let out a blood-curdling screech and what he saw terrified him. This thing stood up on two legs, it was covered in black hair and it had red eyes.

My dad said he ran as fast as his skinny little legs could carry him. He told his mother all about it.

About a week after he experienced that, the local authorities were called to investigate the whereabouts of the avocado grove’s owner’s daughter. Her body was found right about where my dad said he walked past the light post. She was clutching a rosary and they determined she had died of a fright-induced heart attack.

Apparently, this thing sounds like what the indigenous people of Mexico call ” el nahual”. It is a dark entity. A shapeshifter that usually appears in the form of a dog.


Submitted to Weird Darkness and My Haunted Life Too by Anon.

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