REDNECK STORY OF THE WEEK:
Redneck Ghost Stories
“I don’t know if anyone outside of my family would find this interesting or amusing, but here goes…
Usually when families or friends go camping, they tell scary stories around the fire about typical monsters like bigfoot or zombies or whatever, or just plain crazy killers, but in my family, we had cornmonkeys. I’m not sure exactly how the legend of the cornmonkey came about, but as far as I know, it originated in my family. Basically cornmonkeys were just really ravenous, big-fanged primates that lurked in cornfields. And perhaps something that contributed to this story were the local rumors about what some thought to be a monkey loose in the woods/abandoned brick yards in the area. Not to mention, there have been unidentifiable bodies found there now and then. Some people were really serious about these monkey sightings. And maybe all that got rolled up into a horror story my family found entertaining, adjusting it to fit the cornfield setting in which we lived.
It was both to have a little fun with each other, and to scare the kids enough to stay out of the fields, or to at least not go in alone. Call it a redneck safety precaution.
Although, at our big family get-togethers, which were basically every other weekend when I was little, the men of the family would tell the kids a story about the cornmonkeys at night, while sitting by the cornfield, and they would have a few of the guys set up inside ready to jump out and scare us. Us kids would sometimes split into groups with the older cousins and go in looking for (or running from) the cornmonkey uncles and dads. It was as much fun for our parents as it was for us.
Now that I and my cousins are older, we try to pass this story on to the new, younger generation of cousins/siblings/sons/daughters. Unfortunately, kids these days just don’t seem to be as gullible. How sad for them, because when I little, being scared was such a blast. :-D”