The Stonemen are the largest bigfoot creatures in North America, growing up to 9 - 10 ft tall and weighing around 1,000 lbs. The giants have long, coarse hair that is found in a variety of single or multi-tone colors: different shades and hues of brown, gray, red, white, or mixtures of two or more tones. Stonemen have very muscular bodies—enabling them to lift twice their weight—and a musty, sour body odor like that of a sweaty, long unwashed human. The creatures can also be distinguished by others of its kind by their lack of hair growth on the upper lip, overly-large hands, and tracks. Footprints left behind display what is known as an Egyptian foot shape: the first toe is the longest with each consecutive toe being shorter, forming a downward slanting line. Early settlers of the Appalachians claimed to have been barraged by enormous apes that would throw rocks at their campsites and homes. Land surveyors, map makers, and timbermen frequently ran into the Stonemen who greeted them with displays of strength or growls. Many assumed they were a species of giant bear or primate at first glance. Unlike lesser creatures, the beasts were not frightened by loud noises, fire, bright lights, or gunshots—instead they stood their ground with a steely stare. Nevertheless, the increase of human activity and further settlement pushed bigfoot troops into more secluded environments. Today, the creatures reside in the most remote regions of Canada and the United States. In West Virginia, they are said to reside in uninhabited mountainsides, large, hidden caves, abandoned mining operations, and networks of underground tunnels that form small city settlements connected to other sites, such as quarries. Often their distant calls can be heard, sounding like human women screaming; others see them bathing themselves or their young in rivers, gathering fruit, drinking from puddles, or watching silently from the trees—their eyes a bright, reflective red in the light. In West Virginia alone, there are around thirty Stoneman sightings a year
8 1/2 x 11 art print of West Virginia cryptid based on an original drawing by Kristen Puckett.
I'm a pretty quiet person from Southern Ohio that loves monsters, animals, stories, and history. I moved to Fairbanks, AK to study art and received my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2017, afterward moving to & working in El Paso, TX. Currently, I reside in Lucasville, OH.
I enjoy outdoor activities - like hiking, kayaking, and sightseeing - reading, drawing, throwing pottery, sculpting, playing video games, and playing dungeons and dragons with my friends. ~Kristen Puckett - Appalachian Illustrator, Folklorist, & Ceramicist