The Goatman of Nags Head Woods

Even after two years spent researching and writing my latest book, Goatman: Flesh or Folklore?, I still didn’t track down every Goatman legend out there (which doesn’t surprise me at all). Part of what attracts me to the subject of Goatman in America is the plethora of legends (and sightings) that thoroughly saturate American suburbia, yet they mostly remain completely unknown to people who live more than a twenty minute drive from said legend.

Today I was contacted by Catherine Kozak, a reporter for the Virginian-Pilot, a Chesapeake Bay-area newspaper, regarding an upcoming article on the Goatman of Nags Head Woods, a Goatman I’d previously been ignorant of. Such are the perks of writing about really weird things for a living.

Unlike its peers though, this particular Goatman isn’t described as a monster but rather as an eccentric transient that enjoys terrifying children, horny teenagers, and conducting satanic rituals on dead cats.

The Goatman of Nags Head Woods is rumored to occupy a tiny yellow cottage located deep inside the Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve.

A photo of the legendary Nags Head Yellow Cottage by Chris Curry of the Virginian-Pilot.

A photo of the legendary Nags Head Yellow Cottage by Chris Curry of the Virginian-Pilot.

The youth of Kill Devils Hill, North Carolina frequently mount safaris in search of the old man, which unfortunately often involve kicking in the doors of the small cottage, and spraying it with graffiti. As someone who has an intense passion for visiting legendary locations, I have to say this: KNOCK IT OFF! Vandalizing is never cool, and it ruins legend tripping for everyone!

Kozak’s 2009 article about the Yellow Cottage is available HERE via HamptonRoads.com. Watch this blog. when Kozak’s next article is published, I’ll be sure to share a link!

P.S. I’d like to send a personal message out to the people of Kill Devils Hill, North Carolina: your town has the coolest name ever! Hell, Michigan has nothing on you guys!