Suffer The Children

Suffer The Children

No one is really quite sure when the noises started in that house in the Pine Barrens.

Or when they stopped.

They do know that, curiously, often times people that would go into the old house were never seen again.

There was that guy hired to fix the roof.

The roof got fixed….but he was never seen again.

Then there was that salesman who stopped by….once.

Well, they did find his shoe.

Then, late one Sunday, that preacher stopped by.

Ah, yes…the preacher. That’s pretty much when all the stories really got started.

The noises (screams?) were loud that night.

That’s when the children started to tell the stories late at night, at sleepovers and around campfires.

They would huddle under their blankets with their flash lights on and tell these stories…

Stories about how a witch lived up there, stirring up her witch’s brew.

Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and caldron bubble…

Stories about how the owner of the house had caught the Jersey Devil itself and kept it chained up in that lighted room.

The children would say how The Jersey Devil hated the light and would cry out (scream?) every time the little chain was pulled to light the bare, yellow bulb.

Others said it was Mrs. Jane Leeds herself, wailing at the thought of what she brought into the world.

The Pine folk know when it comes their way,
Slowly and quietly stalking.
But human beings are not it’s prey;
when the Jersey Devil goes walking.
Small animals hide in their holes away;
And ‘Hush, oh, hush!’ the campers say,
when the Jersey Devil goes walking.

No one is really quite sure what the noises were. Some still hear them, especially late in October, when the air is crisp, the ground fog is rising and the leaves rustle in the trees.

They claim they hear this wail (scream?)that makes the hair on the back of their scalp stand on end and their steps quicken to some place warmer and more well-lighted….

Happy Halloween everyone!

(c)Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography| 2015

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