|Theories|| · Interdimensional being|
The Black Flash, also known as the Provincetown Phantom and the Devil of the Dunes, was a bizarre entity encountered many times, mostly by children, in Provincetown, Massachusetts, throughout 1939. He lurked around Provincetown jumping at people, laughing maniacally, and eluding pursuit with extreme agility and speed. Witnesses would report seeing the Black Flash in one location, and a minute later, other reports would come in of sightings across town.
The Black Flash is very similar to Spring-heeled Jack.
The Black Flash was described as an impossibly tall, impossibly fast human-like creature who dressed all in black, with a black face, pointed ears, and silver eyes. According to witnesses, the Black Flash also made a loud buzzing sound.
There are several explanations as to what the creature could be. Theories include:
- An interdimensional entity
- A normal-but-creepy human being
One October night, as Miss Costa walked by Town Hall, an inhumanly tall figure dressed all in black jumped out in front of her from out of the bushes. He had glowing blues eyes, big silver ears, and the ability to jump like a gazelle. Costa ran into a coffee shop screaming and several men inside ran down Commercial Street looking for the apparition, but found nothing. The police apparently chuckled after taking a statement from the visibly shaken Costa. (provincetownmagazine.com)
- The police believed the Black Flash was the work of practical jokers. Chief Anthony Tarvers claimed he knew the identity of the hoaxers, but he declined to name them. “The Black Flash is dead and buried,” he once said.