Fortean librarian Cole Herrold presents the most comprehensive research into the Vegetable Man, or rather the man of mystery behind this case: Jennings Frederick. 

We uncover an intricate contactee story hidden under all our noses for decades! Was this tale just a silly hoax by Gray Barker, was it his own erotic fan fiction, or was it rather a forgotten tale of high strangeness from an unsung Fortean icon? 

Vampiric plant creatures, demonic imps, psychic UFO communications, alien abduction, secret NASA UFO programs and even the dreaded Men in Black, this episode has it all! 

Will we be able to piece it all together without a comprehensible timeline? Probably not, but at least we are laying the foundations for future research!


Huge THANK YOU!!! to Cole Herrold from New World Explorers Society for sharing the most comprehensive research into the Jennings Frederick saga!

Check out his work for New World Explorers Society at

Follow him on Instagram @coleherroldresearcher or via his Facebook Group

Check out Cole’s articles related to Vegetable Man:

The Vegetable Man

The Veggie Man

Farmersville Green Man


Huge THANK YOU!!! to The Crescent Hare, a.k.a. Christina (actually a barn owl in “human” disguise) for her amazing Veggieman Fae art!!!

Show your support by following her on Instagram @thecrescenthare

If you wish to proudly display the Veggieman or other whimsical fairy-fied cryptids, all of Christina’s art can be found at


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Intro sampled from “Something strange lurks in the shadows” by Francisco Sánchez (@fanchisanchez)

Sound effects obtained from



Cryptonaut Podcast Episode 13: Vegetable Man


Veggieman – Cryptid Wiki

Brad Steiger (1978): Alien Meetings. Ace

Gray Barker’s Newsletter March 1976

Albert S. Rosales (2021): Humanoid Encounters: 1965-1969: The Others amongst Us.

Turner & McKinnon (2011): Monsters & Ghosts of West Virginia. Quarrier Press

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Vuk/Darwin, host of Tracing Owls Podcast. All-around trickster weirdo discussing biology, forteana, the paranormal and their intricate cultural nuances!