Heaven and Earth
Thick woods surround Potter’s Lake on three sides. It looks pleasant enough for afternoon picnics and recreational camping, but the locals know better than that. The woods are not safe. There are stories of disappearances and accidents, abandoned cabins that are never in the same place twice, and a graveyard predating the Civil War that is so weather-worn and overgrown by forest, that the grave markers are nameless. Parents tell their children not to play in the woods though it has become customary for teens to brave the forest for one evening, telling stories around the Devil’s Claw. Town legends feature the woods themselves, almost as a regular character. The superstitious believe that there is something in the woods, but nobody talks about it because it’s considered bad luck to do so. The strange monolith at Megiddo’s Hill is a particular source of rumor and superstition.
Since 1947, the woods around Potter’s Lake average twenty-four disappearances per year.