Grinning Man in Black

Grinning Man in Black
Grinning Man in Black

Date: 1992

Location: Staffordshire, England

The door banged really slowly but hard, like someone was hitting it with their fist instead of knocking, when I opened it there was this horrible little man, about 5' tall. He was dressed in a black suit and tie and had a funny little black hat on. His face was really strange. He looked like someone with anorexia. His cheeks were all gaunt; his eyes were dark and his skin was almost white.

That’s how Helen Sullivan, began her remarkable story, when interviewed, about what can only have been an encounter with a Man in Black, Helen, who, at the time of the encounter, 1992, lived in the English county of Staffordshire.

I didn’t know what to do and just stared; it was really frightening. Then he suddenly gave me this horrible grin, and I could tell his lips had been colored, like with make-up or something. He took off his hat and had this really bad wig on. He looked about 60, but the wig was jet black.

All he said was, We would ask you cease your studies. I said, What? Then he repeated it, exactly the same, and I had to ask what he meant. The sky lights, always the sky lights, he said. Then it dawned on me. I’d seen a UFO late at night about a week before when my husband and I had been driving home and we both had a really weird dream after about some little men standing around our car on the edge of the wood. Which was a portion of Staffordshire’s Cannock Chase

Then he said something like, Cease and dream easy. I think that was it and he gave me a really long stare, like he was going to attack me or something. But he just walked away, down the drive. I started to feel dizzy and slammed the door. I just crawled to the bed and fell asleep for about three hours.

But when I woke up there was this horrible smell like burning rubber all through the house. We had to have the windows wide open for days and get the carpets cleaned and the furniture cleaned to get rid of the odor.

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