Modern Monster Chair.

Modern Monster Chair

Field review by the editors.

Flatwoods, West Virginia

This is the fourth of five Monster Chairs that appeared in and around Flatwoods in 2015-2016. All five were built by Allan Johnson, a local woodworker, then painted on-site by Andrew Smith, director of the Braxton County Visitors Bureau. Smith, with a fine arts degree from Fairmont State University, gave this chair what he felt was a more modern 21st century alien look; of the five chairs, it least resembles the classic descriptions of the Monster. But it's also the chair nearest to where the Monster was actually seen.

Each monster chair is ten feet tall, the same height as the Monster itself, which briefly visited Flatwoods and terrified the locals in the late summer of 1952. Three steps at the front of the chair lead to a platform seat between the Monster's outstretched arms, big enough to hold several panic-stricken-posing people at once.

All five chairs have the same wooden design, but Andrew painted each slightly differently, with the first chairs being truer to the Monster's reported appearance, and the last being examples of Andrew more-or-less winging it. "We figured if they were all the same, why would anyone visit more than one?" he told us.

Also see: The Monster That Wouldn't Die

Modern Monster Chair

Flatwoods Municipal Bldg

Address:
5 Doctors Lane, Flatwoods, WV
Directions:
Flatwoods Municipal Bldg. I-79 exit 67. Turn east, then turn left at the stoplight onto WV-4. Drive 1.5 miles. You'll see the chair on the left, next to the sign for the Flatwoods Municipal Bldg.
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