The 13th Floor

Real Life Scares 

The Frightening Legend of the “Melon Head” People of Ohio, Michigan, and Connecticut

Many of the most famous urban legends in the U.S. are focused on ghost stories, Bigfoot, or that one time your uncle swore that he saw a UFO and little green men. But there are reasons other than ghosts and alien life forms to be wary… at least in Michigan, Ohio, and Connecticut. In the […]

Real Life Scares 

The Horrifying True Story Behind the “Pig-Men Hunts” of Colonial New England

The term “prodigy” once meant a monster — a hideous abnormality, an unnatural being. The kind of prodigies that Colonial New England feared the most came from the suspected sexual liasons of men with female beasts, resulting in creatures of the imagination that we now know to be scientific impossibilities, but in the 1600s were […]

Films Real Life Scares 

Seven Chilling (and Totally True) Historical Inspirations for THE WITCH

The title card that ends 2015’s historical horror flick THE WITCH proclaims that the story is partially based on truth. Unlike most “true” horror movies, this isn’t just a device to make the movie seem more frightening. THE WITCH’s portrayal of the eerie power of witchcraft is based on court records, diaries and other first-hand […]