The 13th Floor

Real Life Scares 

This Zoo Wants YOU to Collect Venom From One of the World’s Deadliest Spiders

Did you read our story yesterday about the massive spider plague that’s about to overrun Australia? (I know what you’re thinking… in Australia, “spider plague” is probably just another term for “Tuesday”). Well, it seems a few fearless and/or possibly insane spider-wranglers might benefit from this doomsday scenario — because a zoo in New South […]

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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 […]

Real Life Scares Scary Fun 

We Dare You to Watch This Man Feed a Room Full of Deadly Cobras

While I believe we’ve done our humble part in supplying enough horrifying spider stories to keep arachnophobes in therapy for a couple more years (how else is your psychiatrist going to pay for that new swimming pool?), I fear I’ve been remiss in balancing those out with sufficient nightmare fodder for ophidiophobes — that is, […]

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Four Absolutely Bizarre Tales from Florida

Over the past several years there has been an unusual trend of bizarre stories emerging from the state of Florida, so much so that it has developed a reputation for weirdness. Whether it be a man arrested for trying to shoot heroin in a police station bathroom or another man arrested for trying to ride […]

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Gruesome Footage Shows a Giant Wasp Preying on a Huntsman Spider

Yay Australia! You never, ever disappoint us when it comes to giant, horrific creepy-crawly creatures that bite, sting, squeeze, leap on and generally terrorize other species… including Homo sapiens, of course. Infamous among that continent’s local fauna is the huntsman spider — one of the most aggressive and venomous arachnids in the world — which […]

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WHO HAUNTS THE BAKER HOTEL of Texas?

All photos taken by NATASHA MICHAEL The Baker Hotel was unusual from the beginning. The lavish fourteen story resort opened just two weeks after the devastating stock market crash of 1929. While the rest of the country was submerged in the Great Depression, patrons of the Baker were drowning themselves in champagne and rubbing elbows […]

Films Real Life Scares 

SHOCK WAVES Bonus Episode: The Notorious Cecil Hotel and Hotel Horror Movies

On this special bonus episode of SHOCK WAVES, join co-host Rebekah McKendry along with special guest and weird history expert David McKendry for a journey into strange hotels and why they often serve as a haunting backdrop for both ghost stories and movies. The duo discusses the notorious, supposedly haunted Cecil Hotel located in downtown […]

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The Mysterious and Unexplained Incident of Ohio’s Circleville Letters

Circleville is a small town in Ohio, the kind of place where everyone knows everyone. But starting in 1976, sinister, sexually explicit and threatening letters began to appear in the mailboxes of Circleville residents. All were postmarked from nearby Columbus, Ohio, and none included a return address. Only one person’s letters have been well documented, […]

Films Real Life Scares 

The Shocking Story of Rasputin the Mad Monk

They poisoned him, shot him, stabbed him and threw him, bound, into an icy river – still RASPUTIN, the mad monk of Russia, wouldn’t die! A hundred years after his demise, his origin and his supernatural control of the Tsar of Russia has been chronicled by dubious memoirs, sensational movies and the unrelenting legend of […]

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The Bizarre and Gruesome Saga of Linda Hazzard: “The Starvation Doctor”

Doctor Linda Burfield Hazzard was many things to many people: A wealthy socialite. A female doctor in a time when there were almost none. A pioneer in alternative medicine before the term had even been invented. And one of the deadliest female serial killers in history. Her murder method was as unique as her life […]

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The Bizarre, Unsolved Story of the Toxic Lady of Riverside, California

People who work in emergency rooms can tell you some crazy stories about what they’ve seen come through the door. To most ER doctors and nurses, the daily parade of illnesses and injures blend together into an easily forgettable conglomeration of work. But Riverside General Hospital in Riverside, California will probably never forget when Gloria […]

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When Selfies Kill: Careless Photo Stunts That Ended in Death

Sorry if this is kind of a harsh way to begin your week… but try to see it as a valuable lesson. I’m not trying to say that selfies are a bad thing — hell, I’ve posed for several of them myself, and I consider them fun way to personalize your experiences when sharing photos […]

Films Real Life Scares 

The Story Behind the Movie BORDERLAND: The Real Occult Drug Cartel of Mexico

Zev Berman’s 2007 horror film BORDERLAND is the story of three college friends who travel down to Mexico. Once there, they are kidnapped by a drug cartel that isn’t interested in holding them for ransom. It turns out this cartel has a penchant for human sacrifices and a love for all things Satan. You never […]