Henry da Massa of Manchester, UK, asked a friend if anything spooky ever happened to him. The friend told him of a weird experience he had in October 1984, at the age of 14. “One dusky autumn evening” he and eight school buddies were walking along Sandhurst Road, a dirt path running through a park in Didsbury, Manchester. Da Massa’s friend fell several paces behind and veered off the road into the grass.
His gaze fell upon some grass stalks, 10 or 12 inches long, uncut and green but lying flat on the ground. Suddenly four of the stalks, situated as if at the corners of a perfect square, snapped upright. Da Massa writes:
“He said they jerked upright but were arched slightly, bowed outwards. Then in unison, they each bent at the middle and pointed inwards to join at what would have been the centre of the square.” [da Massa, p. 12-13] Together the grass stalks formed a sort of Daddy Longlegs, and to the teenager’s shock the assembled thing started crawling toward him!
The boy turned and ran back the way he came. He was athletic and fast, but the Grass Monster kept up with him. At least, “he felt something ‘buzzing’ at his feet, first on the left (being the side he saw the ‘grass monster’ on) then the right,” as da Massa writes. Finally he reached a paved road and houses. The thing broke off its assault here, perhaps disliking these trappings of civilization.
After catching his breath, the youth checked his new running shoes and found the laces “frayed in a way he had never seen laces frayed before,” as if the construct-creature had raked at them with claws or fangs.
He ran back down the road to catch up with his pals, past the origin point of the monster, though he dared not look at the spot. He finally reached his friends, who were aware of his sudden flight but had not seen the grass-thing. He simply told them “a beast” chased him.
Many years later, after presenting the story on the Fortean Times Message Board, Henry da Massa visited the spot of the “Grass Monster” attack and took several photographs. The thing, whatever it was, made no appearance.
Da Massa, Henry, “The Grass Monster,” in:
Sutton, David, editor. It Happened to Me! Vol. 3 (London: Dennis Publishing, 2010), pp. 12-13.