"...it was just a hulking, humanoid figure that was almost as black as the night around it..."
IS THIS A THUNDERBIRD?
"Suddenly I was overcome by a feeling of sheer terror. I have never felt anything like it in my life. I have been scared before, but this was a totally different level of fear than I have ever experienced...."
"As I drove by it looked up and there was no face just black with red eyes...."
"The Thing was black and its body was about the size of a large dog. It was the arms and legs, if they WERE arms and legs, that looked as though they belonged to an entirely different creature. "