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The Ten Most Terrifying Moments in Non-Horror Video Games

Horror fans are a jaded lot. The first time you see a zombie gnawing on a screaming victim’s intestine, it’s scary, but by the time you’ve seen it happen 73,134 times, it kinda loses its pop. Sometimes, though, horror sneaks up on you, like the serial killer standing behind your desk. Right. Now. Sometimes the […]

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If “Funnymouth” Invites You to Chat With Him… DON’T!

Time to gather ‘round the digital campfire and discover another bone-chilling curiosity from the darkest corners of the web… and like many previous entries in this column, this haunting account could be seen as a cautionary tale about venturing down communication pathways that are probably best left alone. There are several versions of this story, but […]

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When Trees Attack! The 11 Scariest Trees in Fiction

Out from the mossy earth rise enormous immortal behemoths, older than any man, who have seen death and destruction throughout the centuries. Yup! Trees sure are scary if you look at them the right way. Storytellers have been eyeing these fierce fauna for centuries, searching for fearsome new ways to frighten their fans. A lot […]

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MR. ELF: A Creepypasta Christmas Story

This horrifying holiday tale was first posted to the infamous Reddit community NoSleep — home of the world’s most chilling creepypastas — by user manen_lyset, who recounted the arrival of an unexpected nocturnal Christmas visitor. The previous year, at a post-Christmas clearance sale, the author found an interesting gadget: a tree ornament containing a miniature […]

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Scientists Prove Scary Movies Can LITERALLY Curdle Your Blood!

The old-fashioned expression “blood-curdling” is still used to describe anything extremely scary, but according to a scientific study recently published in the British Medical Journal, that term might e accurate: watching horror movies can literally trigger a measurable change in your blood. The study, entitled “Bloodcurdling Movies and Measures of Coagulation: Fear Factor Crossover Trial,” […]

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The Gruesome Revenge of Lacy Morgan

Is that a chilly December wind whispering through the crack in your door… or is it something else? Maybe it’s just a little reminder that it’s time for a new creepypasta! For this week’s installment, I found the perfect winter-themed entry, posted three years ago by an anonymous user. The author recounted suffering years of […]

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‘Ghost Ships’ Carrying Human Remains Are Drifting Into Japan

In one of the most chilling, unexplained stories to hit the news lately, several unmanned wooden fishing boats have been appearing off the northwestern coast of Japan, several of which contain decayed human bodies. According to Associated Press reporter Mari Yamaguchi, Japanese authorities are investigating the arrival of nearly a dozen such boats in the […]

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Wisconsin Students Creeped Out By Campus Clown

It seems there’s been another spike in reports of creepy clowns on the prowl… this week it’s happening at Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin, where a silently ominous clown in an orange prison jumpsuit has been sighted on multiple occasions stalking the campus grounds. Local TV stations WKOW and WISN both report that the clown’s […]

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The Horrifying Mystery of Charlie Noonan’s Last Photograph

As with every creepypasta cited here, I make no claims regarding the validity of my sources… but if you feel compelled to follow up with your own research, just be damn sure you know what you’re doing. This story — and the nightmarish photo that accompanies it — involves a man by the name of […]

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800-Pound Alligator Invades Texas Shopping Center

A humongous alligator — appropriately nicknamed “Godzilla” — was found wandering around a shopping center in Sugar Land, Texas on Saturday morning, according to Associated Press. The 800-pound behemoth was discovered by shopping center staff when they came to work in the morning, and it seems the gator had wandered onto the property from a […]

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‘Wrinkles the Clown’ is Terrifying Children… and Getting Paid for It

Don’t stare too long into the hollow, dead eyes of “Wrinkles,” the pudgy, pasty-faced clown who has been terrorizing residents of Naples, Florida for years… but if you’re interested in hiring him to scare the shit out of your kids, he’s apparently available. Wrinkles has become an infamous figure in the area, showing up in […]

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Five Frightening Paranormal Events That Could Be Caused By Sleep Paralysis

If you’re bedeviled by demons, vexed by witches, or mildly annoyed by stubborn shadow people, you can either call the Ghostbusters, or consider that you are suffering from sleep paralysis. Sleep paralysis is a weird disorder that traps people in waking nightmares. When we sleep deeply, our bodies essentially become paralyzed (probably so we don’t […]

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This Creepy Walking Doll Has the Entire World Horrified

It started a few years ago in Saltillo, Mexico, when someone shot footage of an unnervingly lifelike doll… a doll with black, soulless eyes… a doll that is shown holding a woman’s hand and apparently walking on its own. YouTube user Antonio Lopez uploaded the clip, which has recently gone viral; to date it’s been […]

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Revisiting the Short Horror Film 2AM: THE SMILING MAN… Plus a Bonus Short!

In the early days of the site, we featured Michael Evans’ 2AM: THE SMILING MAN as part of our Short Film Picks of the week… and fans absolutely loved it! Comments rolled in immediately, telling us how absolutely terrifying and unique the segment was… often for reasons they couldn’t quite pin down. In case you […]

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The 1979 ALIEN Toy That Was Too Terrifying For Kids To Play With

Ridley Scott made quite an impact with his second feature, unleashing the Dan O’Bannon-scripted ALIEN on audiences in 1979. Films like THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE and HALLOWEEN had by that point already become ingrained in the nightmares of movie-goers, and Scott’s sci-fi/horror masterpiece rounded out that golden age of truly terrifying films by giving rise to […]