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This Teaser for CARTRIDGE Expands the Infamous Legend of a Haunted Video Game

Some of the most disturbing web legends out there involve video games which have been dangerously altered — whether it be through a horrific curse, the angry spirit of a deceased player, a top-secret mind experiment, or even some combination of the above. Among these tales of dangerous or deadly games, arguably the most enduring and […]

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The Gruesome Unsolved Crimes of “The Chess Killer”

The following case was compiled and uploaded in 2013 by user Rookurou, who cites a series of graphic and disturbing police reports from the city of Chichibu in the Japanese prefecture of Saitama in 1986. Over three decades later, the case remains unsolved, and the once-classified files were recently leaked online by an unnamed source. […]

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Recalling a Horrifying Childhood Encounter With THE COUCH

Childhood fears lurk at the heart of so many viral horror tales — from dark, fuzzy memories of lost TV episodes, to murderous predators lurking in the deepest shadows of the bedroom — and those nightmares sometimes return to haunt us as we grow older. Such is the case for one anonymous user known only […]

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Is the Devil’s Toy Box a Real-Life HELLRAISER Box?

Thirty years ago, Clive Barker brought his sadomasochistic vision of Hell to life in the 1987 release, HELLRAISER. This tale of demons who offer pleasure or pain (and are summoned a puzzle box) was truly a unique vision in the world of horror. As it’s my absolute favorite horror film, I’ve watched every installment, as well […]

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If You Find This Envelope in Your Mailbox… You’re Doomed

While the majority of creepypastas have unknown origins, there’s a very good reason the teller of this short but potent tale wishes to remain anonymous — a reason you’ll soon come to appreciate. The post which made its way to the Creepypasta Wiki is the only record of this author’s terrifying encounter with an intruder […]

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Have You Seen THIS MAN? You’re Not Alone…

When I first launched this column nearly two years ago, I offered a quick primer on some of the most notorious and heavily-shared viral tales known as creepypasta. Among the most enduring of these legends are a nightmare gallery of villains… of course, there’s the iconic and headline-grabbing Slender Man, but creepy web lore contains […]

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He Thought it Was Faulty Wiring… Until He Learned the Terrifying Truth

Today’s report comes from a disturbing account posted by a user who calls himself “Hairy Monster Man,” which is a nickname I’ve heard applied to myself before, in some variation or another. But this chilling incident didn’t happen to me personally… and I’m very glad for that. The young man recounts a bizarre and increasingly […]

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The 25-Year-Old Mystery Behind “Mortuary of the Dead” [NSFW]

The ghastly, nightmarish legends surrounding a notorious (and redundantly-titled) video known as “Mortuary of the Dead” has elevated its seedy legacy from the underground domain of VHS bootlegs and “true gore” sites, and into the realm of internet legends… and that place, as you probably know by now, is where I live and breathe. Still, myths and […]

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This Author Knows Why 3AM is Called “The Devil’s Hour”

Three A.M…. Doctors say the body’s at low tide then. The soul is out. The blood moves slow. You’re the nearest to dead you’ll ever be save dying. Sleep is a patch of death, but three in the morn, full wide-eyed staring, is living death… and wasn’t it true, had he read somewhere, more people […]

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Mystery Hacker Trolls a Computer Class — Then the REAL Horror Begins

Technology’s pervasive hold on our day-to-day lives is one of the most common themes in creepypasta horror stories… but today’s featured tale gets right to the heart of the beast, so to speak. The following information comes from a cached blog formerly hosted on the private server of Clearwood Elementary School in Lawton, New Jersey. […]

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This Town Endured Weeks of Heavy Rain… and Something Even Deadlier

One of the amazing things about creepypasta tales is that they tend to spawn offshoots and hybrids as they travel, like creeping mutant vines, working their way through the nooks and crannies of the web. One example of this is a strange post by user Havoc98 on the Creepypasta Wiki, which he titles “A Month […]

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Infamous “Suicide Photographer” Describes His Macabre Profession

The subject of today’s column may not be suitable for all readers, so please exercise caution before proceeding. Today’s story involves a very disturbing first-hand account written by an anonymous photographer with a morbid fascination: his preferred technique is to capture images of his subjects at the moment they take their own lives. “People hate my […]

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Florida Campers Find Themselves Surrounded by “The Masked Ones”

As you’ve likely learned from the headlines (and not just ours), the Sunshine State has been home to some rather unsettling occurrences lately: we’ve found dinosaur-sized alligators invading human turf; a nightmarish YouTube channel allegedly originating from Nassau County (we still can’t decide if it’s the work of a real-life psychopath); a literal “spider tornado” […]