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CREEPYPASTA: The Skin-Crawling Tale of “The Boy Who Loved Lightning”

Today’s story is derived from a single father’s recall of the experiences of his three-year-old son, credited to DeviantArt user alapanamo. It’s a short but harrowing account of increasingly troubling events which occurred mere weeks after the man and his son relocated from the noisy chaos of the big city to an idyllic ranch house […]

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TINDER TERROR: The Scariest Hookup Story of All Time?

I know, we’ve all been there… being single and down to mingle usually presents an social minefield for all but the bravest of us, and while online dating apps are often helpful for folks whose social circles are a bit… well, smaller than most (guilty), there’s always some risk involved in letting your guard down. Sure, […]

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The Five Most Bizarre and Horrific Serial-Killing Groups Ever

We usually think of serial killing as a solitary vocation, practiced by loners driven by unspeakable personal demons, but sometimes groups of people come together to kill — and when they do, their motivations are fascinating. Whether they killed for pure profit, love, or some weird group madness, the five death-squads below are among the […]

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Spiders, Sharks, Scorpions and More Horrors from the Headlines

Face it, folks: the world we live in is getting weirder by the minute. Seriously, at this point, the urge to retreat into a world of fictional monsters is nearly impossible to resist. But journalists still have a job to do (even if we’re just writing about demon sightings, botched exorcisms and… uh, Florida?). Honest, well-researched […]

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CREEPYPASTA: The VHS Tape Bore His Name… and Its Grisly Contents Sealed His Doom

The origins of today’s gruesome viral tale are still something of a mystery, but the details appear to have be excerpts from the personal journal of a teenager in Belleville, Illinois, who identifies himself only as “John.” The first known entries begin shortly after his family relocated to the new city from Florida, where John […]

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Say Hello to Bachelor #1: The Shocking Crimes of “The DATING GAME Killer”

Cheryl Bradshaw thought she found her dream date when she chose Bachelor #1, Rodney Alcala, on the popular 1970s show THE DATING GAME. Introduced by the host as “a successful photographer who got his start when his father found him in the darkroom at the age of 13, fully developed,” Alcala cooed from behind the […]

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CREEPYPASTA: This “Elf on the Shelf” Isn’t Just Watching… It’s Hungry Too

Our Creepypasta Christmas tradition continues with our second and final Holiday-themed entry for 2016 [be sure to check out our previous blood-freezing winter tale if you missed it], which will have you huddling a little bit closer to the warmth and light of a crackling fire… and looking over your shoulder for any sudden movements […]

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The Original UNSOLVED MYSTERIES Makes its Streaming Debut Soon!

Nearly three decades after it first premiered on network TV, one of the most chilling true-crime TV series ever made is about to debut on digital streaming services. The show’s current distributor FilmRise announced today that original episodes of UNSOLVED MYSTERIES will be available soon via digital streaming platforms. The announcement did not specify which services […]

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Spiders, Snakes, Dolls, Trolls and More From Today’s Horrific Headlines

Are you currently buttocks-deep in holiday stress? Yeah, I feel ya there. But relax, we’re here to help… and by “help,” I mean I’m about to show you some incredibly disturbing stuff that’s actually (or allegedly, depending on your level of skepticism) happening in the world around us, to help put our day-to-day problems in […]

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CREEPYPASTA: Who Was “Christy” — and What REALLY Happened to Her?

Today’s viral tale comes shrouded in ambiguity, so don’t expect easy answers to the questions posed in that headline. Those who read the unnamed author’s account of his marriage and its tragic aftermath have differing interpretations of what may have truly happened during one brief and surreal period of his life — but most agree […]

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CREEPYPASTA: A First Date Leads to True Love… But Ends in Homicidal Horror

Single and down to mingle? Can’t find anyone within your social circle? Afraid of skeevy hookup apps? There are other supposedly “safe” options available… but even those can be risky. Very risky, it turns out, for the unnamed author who submitted his tale of the ultimate dating nightmare to the Creepypasta Wiki. Working a dead-end […]

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Five of the Most Terrifying Posts From Reddit’s Notorious “NoSleep” Sub

Web legends and mystery memes have been oozing bone-chilling horror from every corner of the social media universe long before the catch-all term “Creepypasta” was coined as a label for these viral phenomena. But recently, these haunting hybrids of freakish fact and fiction have crossed over from niche online communities to mainstream media — as […]

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CREEPYPASTA: A Monstrous Fate — and a Shocking Twist — Waits Behind “DOORS”

Today’s powerful and horrific tale, credited to user aCJohnson and a favorite on the Creepypasta Wiki, contains elements common to the most violent and grisly viral legends… but in this particular case, the eeriest and most effective aspect of this story is the way in which it’s told. I’ll do my best to recreate that […]