Thursday, November 15, 2012

Goatman of Greer Island - Story 3 - Done

Yesterday, I wrapped up the third story for my Middle Grade creeptacular collection. This one features the wild legend of the Lake Worth Monster, aka the Goatman of Greer Island. I first read about this story in the Weird Texas book. Here's a link to their site and the story: Weird Texas - Goatman.  Here's a sketch I did of the Goatman.

My story blurb:

The Beast Under the Bridge

Fourteen-year-old Charlie Sutter never walks across Goatman bridge; he runs. But there comes a time when a boy must conquer his childhood fears. While out fishing, Charlie decides to cast his line from the center of the bridge, even though he's secretly freaked. And for good reason. There, lurking behind him is the infamous Goatman. When Charlie whirls around and discovers the creature, he realizes he's trapped and there's nowhere to run. 

I had a blast researching this Texas legend. I discovered a half-man, half-goat creature is also known to roam in a couple other states. I was disappointed to learn I missed attending the Lake Worth Monster Bash hosted by the Fort Worth (Texas) Nature Center and Refuge by a few weeks.

The late Sallie Anne Clarke, a well-known researcher of the Lake Worth Goatman self-published a book The Lake Worth Monster of Greer Island in 1969. She claims to have seen the creature three times over her years of research. Southern Fried Bigfoot, which aired on the Documentary Channel, features an interview with Sallie Anne Clarke about the encounters.

Nick Redfern, a ufologist, cryptozoologist, and author wrote a great blog post here about the Goatman.

Stephanie Erb, a local Texas author wrote a picture book, Cam the Man Hunts the Spooky Goatman .

I have two additional stories to craft for this collection, which is yet to be titled. My goal? To self-publish and travel Texas sharing the stories with middle grade readers, especially boys, about the wild legends living right here in their own state.

And next year for the Lake Worth Monster Bash, I'm so there. I wonder if Ms. Erb would mind sharing her author space. :)


  1. A real goatman? Hope you don't miss that bash next year!

  2. Yay for creepy goatmen and for anything else that sends delighted shivers down the back of MG readers! I think it's great your writing appeals to boys. (I can't seem to write for them.) Good luck with everything -- I think you're well on your way to great success. :-)

  3. Oooo, that's so cool about the Goatman. Sounds like a great story!

  4. Cheering you on... Go. Go. Go! :D

  5. OOh, I love stories like this...based on urban legend!
    Sounds so fun :D
    Nice to meet you!

  6. @Alex, I think the festival would be so much fun, and who wouldn't want a t-shirt??
    @Lexa, I couldn't agree more. The 3rd-5th grade boys I worked with at the library love this sort of thing.
    @Cherie, thanks! Hope your cover reveal is going well. :)
    @Melissa, aw, thanks!
    @Ella, so sweet of you to drop in. Thank you!

  7. you are on a roll, candilynn! way to go!

  8. Hey Candilynn,

    Just wanted to stop by to say thanks for signing up for the Cheers, Cavanaugh BlogFest, or what we are now nicknaming “AlexFest.”

    Looking forward to reading your entry, y'all :)

  9. Love that sketch! The Goatman looks a bit peeved and also surprised.

  10. A Goatman is a perfect nemesis. You have to tell us all about the Monster fest next year. That sounds like so much fun!