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Real Life Scares 

CREEPYPASTA: The 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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Music Real Life Scares 

We Dare You to Listen to “Gloomy Sunday” — The Song That Kills

Many legends and myths throughout human history have involved songs, chants or musical incantations believed to bring misfortune or even death upon those unfortunate enough to hear them. One of the most famous examples of this is the legendary account of the Sirens in Homer’s Odyssey, whose seductive songs were capable of luring sailors to […]

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This Postmortem Photo of “Loana the Bloodthirster” Bears a Deadly Curse

According to most sources, the photograph you see here was reportedly taken in 1909, during an era where staged photographs of the recently deceased were a common practice, and at the time considered a dignified way of honoring the dead. The passing of more than a century has obscured most of the stories behind these […]

Films Music Scary Fun 

A Rare Glimpse at Kurt Cobain’s Homemade Horror Movies

Nirvana was one of the defining bands of the 1990s, and a staple in the CD players of Generation X-ers like myself. The day lead singer Kurt Cobain shot himself to death is still a fresh memory, even more than twenty years later. It plays like a horror movie in my mind: coming home from […]

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VIDEO: Be Sure to Keep Your Car Running on Crybaby Bridge!

Some of America’s spookiest myths and urban legends come from the good ol’ Midwest — aliens, ghosts, even entire towns haunted by bad luck and superstition. One of the most widespread urban legends that I’ve heard my entire adult life is that of “Crybaby Bridge.” Nearly every state in the Midwest — from Oklahoma to […]

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Does the Bizarre Board Game RAP RAT Have a Horrifying History?

Jackson Stewart’s retro-stylin’ horror feature BEYOND THE GATES has a lot of genre fans looking fondly back to that once-popular trend of VHS-based interactive board games like NIGHTMARE, in which players are guided by the instructions and time limits decreed by an onscreen game-master. Those players’ fates are decided not by a roll of the […]

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This Apartment-Hunting App Reveals Which Properties May Be Haunted

Thinking of relocating in 2017? Get ready for the pain. Packing, cleaning, hiring movers, credit checks and deposits can be a total nightmare… but while there are plenty of new user-friendly resources out there to relieve most of those burdens, there’s still very little help available when it comes to finding out of your would-be […]

Music Real Life Scares 

The Shocking Suicide That Inspired Pearl Jam’s “Jeremy”

By the time Pearl Jam had released their third single and video from their debut album, TEN, in late 1992, they were already on the cusp of super stardom, following in line with a long list of Seattle-based bands that the media and record labels were hoping would be “the next Nirvana.” They’d already successfully […]

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The Bizarre Haunted History of Taiwan’s Abandoned “UFO Pod City”

In 1978, developers in Taiwan started building what became known as the “Sanzhi UFO Pod City.” The “pods” were intended as a vacation resort property, and plans were made to market them to American military officers coming off East Asian postings. The project was inspired by Matti Suuronen’s “Futuro” housing — prefabricated houses that looked like […]

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CREEPYPASTA: “Feed Her to the Sharks” Proves Some Phobias Can Bite

While I thought today’s creepypasta would be an ideal choice for Shark Week (and it is), I have to warn you up front that it goes to some extremely disturbing places — and I’m not just talking about the deep blue nightmares of shark-infested waters. The themes addressed here are all too real for those […]

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The Ten Creepiest Creepypastas (That Aren’t Slender Man)

What exactly is this thing called creepypasta? Is it that lasagna atrocity your vegan roommate tried to force on you last week? Nope… unless, perhaps, you found a human finger in it, and when you showed her the grisly evidence, she just stared at you, unblinking… and slowly began to smile. For the uninitiated, creepypasta […]