When I learned of the existence of a monster known as the “Stump-Jumper,” how could I NOT go off in search of it? When passing through the area (the Florida panhandle) last week, I knew I had to make a detour to the Stump-Jumper’s stomping grounds. This latter comprises the teeny tiny hamlet known as Two Egg, Florida (which is every bit as quirky and charming as it sounds) and the neighboring ghost town of Parramore. The tradition of sightings in the area isn’t terribly long, stretching back only a few decades, but as the most recent occurred in 2010 (that photo of the eyes below was reportedly captured by a trail camera) I’d say it’s still an “active” area. I cannot, alas, claim to have seen the Stump-Jumper myself (rather I COULD claim it, but it would be a lie); I can say that I stood where the Stump-Jumper has stood and breathed the same air it has breathed. I had to drive–slowly–down a lot of winding dirt roads to do it, but I am nothing if not tenacious.
If you are wondering what exactly the Stump-Jumper IS, we must rely on the eyewitness sightings. It would appear to be an albino or simply white version of the southern Florida Skunk Ape–only smaller. And it can run fast and jump high, thus its name. Its diminutive size has earned it the alternative moniker, locally, of “the Hobbit.” Which of course puts me in mind of the Indonesian Hobbit, Homo Floriensis. Any relation betwixt the two? I doubt it, as I’m not altogether sure the Stump-Jumper is a corporeal entity at all. But who can say?
WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS (www.evilcheezproductions.blogspot.com, www.facebook.com/evilcheezproductions), specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced and directed (and occasionally acted in) over a dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and Crime genres. His first novel, THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF, is available for purchase at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/734763
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