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from http://www.strangemag.com/firstperson.html#giantshrimp

"Giant Shrimp in the Laundry Room

Transcription of tape recorded phone message:

Hi. My name is Virginia Staples and in 1948 I lived in Bremerton, Washington. The apartment where I lived had a gigantically huge basement. There were huge holes in the walls and the apartment house manager used to tell me that it was rumored there was a passage to the water. The huge apartment houses were so close together and they all had basements and they were old buildings. There was a washer and a washtub and a clothesline. And on this particular day I had gotten my clothes all hung up but I kept feeling someone was staring at me or looking at me. And it was such a creepy feeling I finally turned around and looked towards the back of the basement and froze. I was so scared I can still feel it. I couldn't move. In one of the huge holes in the basement there stood this thing. [She breaks down here.] Oh, it was horrible! I stand five foot tall and this creature was as tall as I was. It had a bright orange colored body and little spidery thin legs and antennae on its head that kept moving back and in and out. [Crying now.] That thing started towards me. I backed out of the basement and got up to my apartment and I packed all my things and moved. I was so scared. I moved over to Seattle to my cousin's. I went to an aquarium to see if I could see anything that looked like what it was, and the only thing that I could find that looked anything like it was this little tiny shrimp. But it just doesn't make sense. I had horrible nightmares for years. I finally got up enough nerve a couple of years ago to go back to revisit Bremerton. But the Navy has enlarged so much and the apartment house on Denny Street has been torn down. Really nobody would really believe this, but as God is my witness it really happened.

Originally published in Strange 6."

Never forget.

Date: 2017-02-12 11:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] boonedog.livejournal.com
I'm trying to figure out - if the creature was five feet tall and it was staring in at her through a giant hole - then was the hole 5 feet tall? When it started coming toward her was it outside coming toward the hole or was it in the basement and walked through the hole? Was it standing upright like a person? So many questions ...

Date: 2017-02-13 07:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] squamous.livejournal.com
Many questions indeed! Do you live anywhere near Bremerton...? This is the one and only report of a literal giant shrimp I've ever heard. I actually first read about it in the print copy of the magazine, back in the '90s, and it has always stuck with me.

Date: 2017-02-14 03:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] boonedog.livejournal.com
I actually live really close to Bremerton! If you take the ferry to Southworth it's only a short drive south (maybe 20 minutes). Keep in mind I live on an island so you have to take a ferry to get anywhere - literally. So, if the giant shrimp was real, he lives in the Puget Sound which is the body of water where the island is that I live on! Now you and Melissa really need to come visit :)

I actually got sucked into that link and read all the stories. I can't stop thinking about the guy who kept getting bit while he was asleep and the lady told him he'd brought back an entity from meditating. Creepy!

Date: 2017-02-14 03:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] boonedog.livejournal.com
Ok - I looked on the map and from where she says she was (Denny Street) it's about a 40 minute drive from the Southworth Ferry Terminal. Which in my world of living on an island is still pretty close :)



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