These are the thoughts of a Texas transplant in West Michigan who makes his living as a newspaper reporter by evening, and a struggling novelist by day.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

melon heads

who would have thought that a trip to the book store would result in such a strange and compelling local tale about deformed humans called "melon heads," who supposedly roam the allegan woods near the felt mansion.

i scanned the book "weird michigan" and came across the felt mansion, since me and some coworkers have been talking about a halloween story and the felt mansion came up. i opened up to the page and began reading. soon dawn picked up a copy of the book and exclaimed, "oh, i forgot abll abut the melon heads." being from holland, she had heard of them.

the tale said that the melon heads were created by a doctor who injected the brains of children with fluid. the children were said to be safflicted with hydrocephalus. the injections made the heads longer and longer, eventually becoming melon-shaped. one day the melon heads, now very feral, either burned down the place where the doctor had them and killed the doctor, escaping into the nearby woods and living there.

i was so intrigued by the melon heads taht i googled them later saturday night. to my surprise, i found many entried with the word melon head in it. some were about sports fans and sports, but a good majority were on the melon head people.

i started glancing through the links, eventually making my way through a good 10 of them and staying up to almost 3 a.m. reading accounts of these strange creatures.

tales vary, according to the link and person telling it. some tales have the creatures going mad after the doctor's wife died and burned down the place, others say they killed the doctor, who had government money to perform experiments on these kids, some owhich were kidnapped by the doctor, who was referred to as dr. crowe (one site having a picture of the actor russell crowe in it). other acounts place the melon heads in ohio, lake county in michigan and in bridgeman, michigan.

some say the melon heads hate "normal" people because of their own deformity and will run after, kill, and eat people who are unlucky enough to encounter them in the woods. others say their spirits haunt the place where they were supposedly created, which is a building behind the felt mansion in laketown township, in allegan county.

i ran into local accounts of them online by a person (now an adult) from holland who revisted his youth and said he and friends were out drinking in the vicinity of the allegan woods and started talking ghost stories and the tale of the melon heads came up. they saw nothing but quicky left. another individual from hudsonville is glad the melon head tale is online and not forgotten, while a myspace.com blog from someone who owns the grass cup cafe south of holland said she lives in the area where tales of the melon heads are common (so i'm guessing she's heard tales from locals who requent her cafe).

i looked up another entry on the felt mansion, located in laketown township, and the link said something about "getting activity going and scaring off the melon heads." after clicking on it, i found it was a guest book where people could write comments about the mansion. there must have been 100 comments and i never found that particular comment.

still, it's amazing how once you find something interesting you can locate so much info online, and it's something that is practically in my backyard. i never knew of the meon heads, even though dawn did as a child. their presence was used to scare kids. and in my nearly three years here, i've never encountered the tale of the melon heads. i enjoy reading tales of the bizarre and of things that can't be but still make their way into people's imaginations, starting off as a story then progressing into a story that eventually makes its way to the internet. it's crazy.

would this make a fascinating halloween story for the newspaper? hell yeah. i'd love to talk to locals about it. go up to the felt mansion and see the old building behind it where supposedly you can see the curtains (your imagination at work?) moving behind broken or cracked windows. maybe get permission to go up to the mansion one saturday night and hang out there for awhile, if not all night, and get a feel on the atmosphere of the place at night with no one around but myself and some friends. who knows, maybe a melon head will pop out of the woods and we'll make its acquaintance. hopefully it'll end with us running for the car and not into the woods, getting lost and only to be found by a group of ravenous melon heads who make quick work of one or all of us.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

AWESOME!!! Bring on the MELONHEADS!!! I'm sure they're easy to out run, being top-heavy and whatnot.

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7:03 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i checked out this melon head story in bridgeman,mi ....its fake i went back to where there are suppose to be ..nothing but a bunch of million dollar houses with normal people....

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