In the surrounding area, there were footprints that looked like those of a puma, but it soon became apparent that no puma had done this. The group suddenly heard blood curdling squealing sounds and the air became pervaded by a stench described as smelling like burning wood. The terrified group of teenagers looked and saw a hunched over, humanoid figure crouched upon a rock outcropping about 15 meters away from them.
The creature apparently started bounding towards them and one of the groups emptied his pistol at it, although the bullets seemed to have no effect.
Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Nick Redfern July 25, A girl is found dead in Morocco, an heiress disappeared and reporter Kennedy supposed to do an interview with a terrorist. From spectral evil to ferocious mystery beasts, here we take a journey through these lonely, sandy expanses, to pry at some of the weird, spine-tingling, and terrifying enigmas that permeate them. The desert may seem to be a strange place to find Bigfoot, but not only have they been reported in this savage wasteland, but they seem to be of a rather aggressive variety, especially the ones that have come to be known as the Borrego Sasquatch.
As the panicked group turned tail and ran for dear life, they reported passing yet another humanoid creature that was described as being metallic green in color and standing only 80 cm high. Desert nomads of the area have long spoken of enormous, monstrous serpents up to 4 meters long, known to the locals as taguerga , which are said to be venomous and capable of devouring goats, sheep, and even camels. In the s, nomads reported a large number of incidents involving the giant snakes and appealed to colonial authorities for help.
A French army detachment was allegedly sent out into the desert sands near a place called Beni Ounif in an effort to track down the beasts. According to the reports, the French contingent came across a snake that was 20 meters long, so large that it required machine gun fire to kill.
The skin was allegedly kept, but was later lost. This is not the only reported skin of the creatures to have been found. In the same area, a local man allegedly shot and killed a snake measuring around 15 feet long that had horns and a crest of hair on its head. The giant mystery snakes were seen again in when a bulldozer operator by the name of Hamza Rahmani was working on the construction of a dam in Morocco and spotted a 9 meter long snake with a mane of hair on its head that was rather oddly eating engine grease. The startled bulldozer driver alleged rammed the thing with the bulldozer blade and killed it.
The construction site was apparently a popular haunt for the creatures because several more were subsequently seen in the vicinity; a 10 meter long snake with horns that was seen in and another 15 meter long one spotted in It is not known what happened to the body of the serpent allegedly killed by Rahmani. The horrors of the desert come not only from the land of the flesh and blood, but also from beyond the realm of the living, and the desert harbors various seemingly paranormal horrors as well.
The story goes that an ill young woman arrived here by stage in the late s on her way to Sacramento to meet up with her lover. The ravages of travel, malnutrition, and lack of water had taken their toll on the woman and although townsfolk tried their best to save her, she soon perished. When the bag she had been carrying was examined, among the various belongings was found an immaculate, laced, brand new white dress that was speculated to have been her wedding dress.
The dead woman was dressed in the dress and buried at Campo Santo nearby the stage station.
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Since that time, the ghostly woman has been often seen on moonless nights wandering around the town in her white dress. Although this ghost is not known to be malicious, she is reported to instill a distinct sense of unease and fear in those that see her. Vallecito also has the distinction of being the lair of a spectral horse that holds the key to a long lost desert treasure.
It all started with the botched hold up of a stagecoach on its way to Vallecito Station carrying an estimated 65, in cash. As the four would be robbers made their escape, the stagecoach driver fired at them and took one of the men down.
Oddly, the driver found two bodies where he expected to find one, and surmised that one of the bandits had killed a member of his own party as well, possibly so that he could have a larger share of the loot. The two remaining thieves made their way into the desert wasteland and buried their loot before heading into town to have drinks. It is at this point that the two are said to have had a drunken argument and the bandit leader went to get his white horse after which he barged into the establishment atop the horse and maliciously shot his partner, who before dying managed to shoot back and kill the horse mounted leader of the gang.
The horse, spooked by the loud gunfire, fled into the desert and was never seen again, at least alive. The story goes that if anyone approaches the secret stash of loot, the ghost of the white horse will come stampeding out of the desert to chase them away before vanishing into thin air.
Not far from the Vallecito stage station is another supposedly haunted locale, a place called Carrizo Wash. It is said that a ghostly stagecoach known as the Phantom Stage can be seen from time to time blazing across the desert, pulled by a team of four spectral mules and driven by a mysterious hunched over shadowy figure. The ghostly stagecoach is said to slow down by where Carrizo Station once stood, only to seemingly realize that is not there anymore and continue on into the desert badlands.
A spooky element of the story is that the Phantom Stage is said to leave behind rut marks from its wheels, as well as the footprints of the mules. The Phantom Stagecoach has been linked to another legend of the area, that of a lost treasure of gold coins that was carried within a stagecoach during the s. Legend has it that a stagecoach was loaded with gold coins and headed out from El Paso on its way to San Diego when in the vicinity of the Fish and Coyote Mountains near Yuma, Arizona, it was held up by robbers.
The robbers shot the driver dead, who slumped over in his seat. The stage then apparently continued on as the spooked horses dragged it on into the desert where it disappeared into the desolate badlands. There are those who believe that the Phantom Stagecoach is the ghostly incarnation of this stagecoach, eternally looping about its original route. The phantom vehicle is said to drive about aimlessly and sometimes race around doing donuts out in the barren landscape.
The ghostly Jeep is said to have headlights that can become dazzlingly bright, bright enough to blind eyewitnesses, and the blue tinted illumination is known to light up the desert as if it were broad daylight. The Jeep apparently has a mischievous streak, with the rather disconcerting habit of bearing down on witnesses as if to run them over only to vanish right before impact, leaving the terrified, baffled victim in a state of confusion. The Mangueiras River of the area also has stories of mysterious phantom boats that are said to similarly put themselves on collision courses with fishing boats only to disappear before colliding with them.
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To meet him she is pushed out of a plane into the desert where she meets hostile tribes that will test her will and her mettle. The Torch demands the publication of a man Kennedy Hunter, an international investigative journalist travels to Casablanca to interview The Torch, a rebel living deep inside the Sahara.
The Torch demands the publication of a manifesto to which she cannot acquiesce.
Back in Casablanca, an American student disappears and The Torch claims that he has her. What ensues is cat-and-mouse game of intrigue and of international proportions involving Kennedy Hunter, The Torch, the local authorities and the international press. Paperback , pages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Ghosts of the Sahara , please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Tricia rated it really liked it Nov 06, Mar 27, Wytzia Raspe rated it it was amazing Shelves: Thrilling detective novel set in Morocco: