DUNBAR, W.Va. -- Tom Burger said he's tried to remain skeptical, but there's a room in his mother's house in Dunbar that gives him the creeps.
"There's something about it," the 53-year-old former Dupont employee said. "The room doesn't hold paint, and just getting a night's sleep in there can be rough."
From time to time, there are little noises outside the window.
"Thumping sounds. It's like there's somebody out there, banging on the wall."
But when you look, there's no one at all.
And then there's the door to the closet. Burger swears he can see the devil coming out of the wood.
"I don't know what caused it, " he said. "I guess something has always been there. I remember when we were kids, you could see something, but over the last year or so, it's really come out. That's when I noticed the fangs."
Friends, he said, grown men, have refused to sleep in the room.
"It's like it's staring at you."
How the door became a vision of unspeakable evil is beyond Burger's ability to explain. His parents bought the place new more than 60 years ago. His mother, Hilda, still lives there. Burger looks after her.
As far as any of them knows, the house was just one of several built at roughly the same time in the neighborhood. He's never heard anything about the land being used previously as an Indian burial ground or a vacation spot for deranged cultists looking to bring forth some horrible creature from another dimension.
Dunbar is pretty quiet, actually. No real incidents of mass murders or serial killings, but the town is home to the Dutch Hollow Wine Cellars, a historic wine cellar built in 1855, consisting of three stone vaults, 14 feet high at center.
Burger said how the door might seem to channel the face of some wicked being was a mystery to him.