|Santa Lucias Dark Watchers|
An illustration in "Weird California"
|Theories|| · Demonic presence|
The Santa Lucias Dark Watchers, alternatively known as the Black Watchers, are a group of black phantoms that have occasionally been seen in the mountainous hills of the Santa Lucias mountains in California.
The entities have been described as black humanoid figures that sometimes stand silhouetted against the sky on the mountain tops. They are often said to wear hats and long capes.
There are several explanations as to what the creature could be. Theories include:
- A demonic presence
Several years ago, a local high school principal was hunting out in the mountains with some other hunters when he noticed a dark figure in a hat and long cap, standing on a rock across the canyon. When the principal called out to the other hunters, the being had disappeared completely.
- Two well-known Monterey County writers have made mentions of these figures in their writing:
- Nobel prizewinning author John Steinbeck, in his short story "Flight", wrote of the main protagonist seeing "a dark form against the sky, a man standing on top of a rock" in the Santa Lucias mountains.
- Poet Robinson Jeffers, in his poem "Such Counsels You Gave to Me", wrote of the mountains' "forms that look human...but certainly are not human".