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Gregory Burkart’s Top 10 Creepypastas of 2016

Let’s face it, folks… 2016 has been one of the scariest years on record, no matter how many decades of life you’ve managed to survive so far. It comes as little surprise to me, then, how horror entertainment in all its forms has flourished during this tumultuous period. No greater authority than Stephen King himself has […]

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Is West Virginia’s Shawnee Lake Amusement Park Cursed?

If you learn anything from a lifetime of watching horror movies, the most important rule is to never, ever build atop a Native American burial ground. The people of Mercer County in West Virginia learned that the hard way. A bloody fight over land that once belonged to the Shawnee tribe, followed by an amusement […]

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Flashlight Test in an Abandoned Mine Suddenly Turns to Terror

As one might expect from a YouTube channel called Exploring Abandoned Mines, there’s a whole lot of nightmare fodder available there… and the channel’s creator, who delves into these crumbling, often century-old mine shafts and tunnels on the regular seems to be rolling the dice of death every time he switches on the camera. But […]

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CREEPYPASTA: The Day Two Friends Barely Escaped “A Town Called Knowhere”

Today’s tale originates with a user who identifies himself as “Berry,” but whose full name is currently unknown. His blog entry describes a nightmarish afternoon he experienced while driving through Massachusetts in the spring of 2012 with an unnamed friend, but his detailed account of that day did not surface until two years ago, via […]

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Does this Vintage Photo Reveal the Infamous Ghost of Sarah Eustace?

If you’ve seen Brad Anderson’s chilling 2001 horror feature SESSION 9, then you’re familiar with the hellish domain that was once the Danvers State Lunatic Asylum in Massachusetts. While the film’s central tale is fictional, there are literally dozens of legends, myths, rumors and first-hand accounts of paranormal phenomena connected to the massive gothic structure […]

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The Bizarre Haunted History of Taiwan’s Abandoned “UFO Pod City”

In 1978, developers in Taiwan started building what became known as the “Sanzhi UFO Pod City.” The “pods” were intended as a vacation resort property, and plans were made to market them to American military officers coming off East Asian postings. The project was inspired by Matti Suuronen’s “Futuro” housing — prefabricated houses that looked like […]

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Exploring Two of Disney’s Most Nightmarish Abandoned Parks

Earlier this year, Greg Burkart shared a particularly creepy creepypasta about Mowgli’s Palace, an alleged Disney park that was built in the 1990s and abandoned before it opened. Mowgli’s Palace was allegedly made of a strangely porous material and haunted by evil Disney character costumes that could walk and talk and kill on their own. It […]

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Rural Explorer Enters a Long-Abandoned Farmhouse… and Finds Something Horrifying Inside

Urban Exploration (a.k.a. UrbEx, UrbX, or just “Creeping” in some circles) is definitely a thing — especially among photographers, extreme tourists and scare-seekers who take their nightmares straight up (with a twist of potential paranormal shenanigans) by digging through the rubble of abandoned locations. Urbex’s country cousin, Rural Exploration, hasn’t made quite enough press until […]

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The Doomed Swinger’s Paradise of Pennsylvania’s Penn Hills Resort

Movies and TV have told me about cheesy honeymoon resorts — with heart-shaped beds, mirrored ceilings, and Jacuzzis in the middle of the room. Maybe it was just pornos that I saw these hotels in. But apparently, they were real… and one of the most famous was the Penn Hills Resort. Located in the Pocono […]

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CREEPYPASTA: Who (or WHAT) is Behind Four Gruesome Murders in THE DOLL CEMETERY?

This deeply disturbing creepypasta is credited to a user known only as CMT, who posted their account of these horrific events in late 2013. No updates have come from that user since then, but their story has developed a reputation as one of the all-time scariest doll-related mysteries, with direct parallels to the infamous “Island […]

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Dogtown Common — Where Abanbdoned Plush Toys Hide a Deadly Curse

Dogtown Common is a ghost town on a hilltop near Gloucester, Massachusetts with a long, sordid history that begins in 1693. Despite not being suited towards agriculture, its inland location afforded protection from pirates, and many of the well-off families made the area, then known simply as The Commons, their home. By about 1750, pirates […]