WORMWOOD FILES: “Horrors of Headless Valley”

Wormwood Tales By Dr. Abner Mality

“It’s a fancy place that old-timers dream about. … Some said the “valley was full of gold and some said it was hot as hell owing to the warm springs. … It had a wicked name too, for at least a dozen folks went in and never came out’ … Indians said it was the home of devils.”

The above quote comes courtesy of famous author John Buchan, who wrote the mystery classic “The 39 Steps”. It sums up very well the enigma of the place we will be visiting today.The area is known on maps as the Nahanni Valley…but in legend, it has the much more ominous name of “Headless Valley”. It did not acquire that name through random chance.

Are there any more lost worlds left to discover in our modern world? Very few, that’s for sure, but in North America, not too many places are better qualified for that description than the Nahanni Valley. It is an incredibly beautiful and rugged location…and absolutely unreachable by conventional means. Even today, the only real access to it comes through single-engine “bush planes” or boat. It is located in Canada’s Northwest Territories, near the border with Alaska and at the southern terminus of the Mackenzie Mountains.

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