Free Short Story: The Bigfoot Effect

Traces of Bigfoot by Lisa A. ShielThis story is taken from the e-book Traces of Bigfoot, available now from your favorite e-book retailers, including

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New Mane Braids & Stick Signs

The stick sign and mane braiding phenomena are topics I’ve discussed a great deal, particular in my book Forbidden Bigfoot. These unexplained occurrences have not stopped—nor do they seem like to, though there are periods during which I find very little of either. You might think wintertime would be a lull, but this is not always the case.

This winter has been especially harsh up here in Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula, with a record number of morning lows dipping well under the zero-degree mark. Snow has been heavy too. The horses and deer have worn down hard-packed paths in the snow, paths that lie several feet above ground level, though you’d never guess it just by looking. The horses could step right over their fence if they wanted to—but luckily, they don’t want to do that. The hard-packed paths don’t preserve footprints very well, meaning that any creature walking by—particularly creatures with large, humanlike feet—wouldn’t leave any  noticeable tracks.

Perhaps this explains why I’ve begun to find braids in the horses’ manes and even stick signs along those trails. Below are photos of some of the things I’ve found. These signs have turned up more since the weather warmed up a bit (into the thirties, woo-hoo!), though the trails remain firm and resistant to tracks.

Mane braid. Photo copyright Lisa A. Shiel, all rights reserved.

A braid in one of my horses’ manes. Note how the smaller locks are twisted around the main lock.

Mane braid. Photo copyright Lisa A. Shiel, all rights reserved.

A close-up of the braid in the first photo, showing how the smaller locks are woven around the main lock.

Stick sign. Photo copyright Lisa A. Shiel, all rights reserved.

This stick sign showed up along a trail near the barn at around the same time the braid appeared in my horse’s mane.

Free Short Story: The Man in the Suit

The Faces of Bigfoot Collection This story is taken from the e-book The Faces of Bigfoot Collection, available now from your favorite e-book retailers, including

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