The 13th Floor

Real Life Scares 

The Shockingly Brutal Crimes of Axe-Murderer Clementine Barnabet

As the blow from an axe crushed another skull, South Louisiana’s unparalleled reign of terror continued… It was February 1911 in Crowley, Louisiana, a small town near the Texas border. The Byers family went to bed as usual. It was a typical night until an intruder broke in and brutally bludgeoned them all to death […]

Real Life Scares 

The “Satanic” Story of Infamous Murderer Ricky Kasso

One of the oldest bromides in American society, perhaps in the world at large, is that the young people of any given time period are always awful, and so much worse than the generation before them. We’re seeing it right now with all the trendy hatred for millennials — who are apparently the worst generation […]

Real Life Scares 

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, […]

Real Life Scares 

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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Real Life Scares Scary Fun 

This Unwary Traveler Had a Christmas Visitor… But It Wasn’t Santa Claus

This week, we’re continuing the Creepypasta Christmas tradition we began last December (with the bone-chilling tale of “Mr. Elf”) by dropping off a couple of mysterious, anonymous gifts at your doorstep. The first of these spooky surprises comes from a teenager whose holiday trauma began when a family flight to Virginia was canceled at the last […]

Real Life Scares Scary Fun 

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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Real Life Scares 

The Horrific Crimes of Bruce Pardo, “The Santa Claus Killer”

It’s like something straight out of the SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT franchise… only it’s real. In Covina, CA, in 2008, at 11:30 pm on Christmas Eve, a man named Bruce Pardo arrived at the home of his ex-in-laws dressed as Santa Claus. Under one arm, he held a large, giftwrapped package; in the other hand, […]

Films 

Five Horror Movie Genres That NEED to Make a Comeback!

The horror genre is a cyclical beast with many frightening faces, and when one of those faces stops scaring the crap out of you, one of the others always rises takes its place. Slashers gave way to torture porn, torture porn gave way to found footage, and eventually they all make a comeback in one […]

Music Real Life Scares 

The Time Rocker Joan Jett Helped Apprehend a Killer

Any ’90s punk kid worth their weight in black leather likely knows all about the short-lived punk band The Gits. To offer a brief introduction for the unfamiliar, The Gits were formed in Ohio in the mid-1980s, and eventually relocated to Seattle to take advantage of the then-burgeoning early-’90s music scene. This was a time […]

Real Life Scares Scary Fun 

Ten Infamous Creepypastas Based on a Single Terrifying Image

Over the years, we’ve searched every corner of the web for the scariest, most popular and most perplexing examples of internet phenomena known as “Creepypasta,” and shared our findings with you. [For a quick primer, be sure to check out our list of The 10 Creepiest Creepypastas, some of which are recapped below.] In our ongoing […]

Real Life Scares 

The Horrific True Story of Nazi Germany’s “S-Bahn Killer”

As horror fans, we are drawn to the darker side of life — and that often includes a preoccupation with true crime. Sure, we all have seen the countless (mostly terrible) movies based on Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy, the usual round-up. I have so many books on the subject of serial killers, […]

Films Scary Fun 

Slashback! Why JAWS 2 is Really Just a Slasher Movie with a Shark

Enjoying Shark Week, everyone? Well, far be it from me to steer the boat too far off-course while there’s prime fodder for my companion “Snark Week” theme. (If you’re wondering what that is, check out this in-depth thesis on the SyFy epic GHOST SHARK, and learn why you must drop everything and watch it immediately.) […]

Films 

Slashback! SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE II Features the Best Slasher Weapon EVER

As a slasher fan for more than half my lifetime, I’ll be the first to admit that there’s not always a lot of variation on the genre’s time-worn tropes, even during the Golden Age. There’s nothing wrong with that, of course; one of the things that identifies any genre (be it spaghetti western, giallo, film noir, take […]