High Strangeness: The Escalante Entity (Spain, 1914
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High Strangeness: The Escalante Entity (Spain, 1914)
By Francisco Renero
One evening in the late summer of 1914, Claudio Rey was walking home from Lastra to Escalante (Santander, Cantabria) late in the evening after having dropped off his girlfriend at her home. Upon reaching the corner of the town’s church, he saw a rather tall man standing in a luminous outfit. The entity wore a sort of metallic tunic, and no features were visible at all.
Thinking someone was trying to play a prank on him, Claudio Rey approached the entity, but it moved away, keeping its distance. Seeing that he could not approach it, he chose to ignore it and resume the walk home, but always keeping an eye out for the prankster.
Rey soon found out that he was the one being pursued, and came to a halt. The entity did the same, kicking off a game of cat and mouse.
Growing weary of the charade, Claudio Rey pulled out a knife and faced the unknown figure. The being retreated to a nearby well. Rey thought the figure was going to fall into the water supply, but the entity floated right over it. It was at that point that he began to feel fear.
The entity stopped and began to go around the church. Rey decided to go around in the opposite direction in an effort to meet it head on. He found “the critter” standing by the church door.
Seeing its considerable size – standing nearly as tall as the upper section of the portico – the man dashed away in fear, convinced that what he had seen was not normal. As he retreated, he came across three miners, who told him they had seen a light “rising and dropping” along the road he was walking.
Claudio Rey spent of the night in a sleepless state. The next day, unsure whether he had dreamed the entire situation, he revisited the places he had been the previous night, finding his own footprints in the mud.
[Translation © 2013, S. Corrales, IHU. Special thanks to El Viejo Desván]