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Discover Why Terrified Locals Call This “The Devil’s Tree”

This massive and stately oak tree, towering in isolation over a field in Somerset County, New Jersey, is spooky enough just to look at in the fading light… but if you know its bloody history, as well as the legends which have surrounded it, the twisting, skeletal limbs of “The Devil’s Tree” take on a […]

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Nursery Crimes: Terrifying Tales of Creepypasta’s Creepiest Kids

While there are dozens of blood-curdling creepypasta legends revolving around children, when a child itself is the monster of the tale, it shatters our perception of innocence, destroys our long-held conceptions of good and evil, and even puts the very nature of reality in question: after all, if a mere child, with so little knowledge of the world around them, […]

Creepypasta 

Scary Monsters & Super Creeps: Ten Terrifying Creepypasta Creatures

Today, we’re going to look at some of the most chilling viral web tales from creepypasta culture (many of which we’ve covered on these pages over the past year) which revolve around a mythical creature, an inhuman demonic being or similar malevolent entity — in short, a who’s-who (or what’s-what) of creepypasta’s scariest monsters. For […]

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Does this Vintage Photo Reveal the Infamous Ghost of Sarah Eustace?

If you’ve seen Brad Anderson’s chilling 2001 horror feature SESSION 9, then you’re familiar with the hellish domain that was once the Danvers State Lunatic Asylum in Massachusetts. While the film’s central tale is fictional, there are literally dozens of legends, myths, rumors and first-hand accounts of paranormal phenomena connected to the massive gothic structure […]

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Chilling Security Video Reveals a Sleeping Couple Visited by “The Creeper”

Terrified locals have nicknamed him “The Bucktown Creeper” and “The Ghost”… and as of this report, he’s still out there. Police suspect that a series of home invasions throughout a Chicago neighborhood can likely be traced to a single, unidentified perpetrator in a ghostly gray hoodie — likely the same individual who was recently caught on camera […]

Creepypasta 

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 […]

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Project MKUltra: The Horrifying True Experiments That Inspired STRANGER THINGS

STRANGER THINGS obviously draws more than a little inspiration from our favorite films of the 1980s — classics like ET, THE GOONIES, and POLTERGEIST are major influences that the show wears proudly on its proverbial sleeve. But did you know that show creators Matt and Ross Duffer also drew inspiration from the real world? A […]

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Five Photos With Chilling Backstories

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. But sometimes, looking at a photo in context of whatever backstory came before or after it can sometimes lead to some of the creepiest, most chilling tales. After all, fact is stranger than fiction! The fine fiends from Top 5’s on You Tube, whom have delivered […]

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Millions Shocked by This Footage of a “Haunted” Playground Swing

When parents take their kids to the local playground for some summer fun, they often come back with phone-cam footage of the young folks at play. Sometimes those videos even go viral — usually due to a kid doing something precious like pretending she’s a zombie and biting her brother. But when Scott Denton took his kids […]

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Watch This Man Stuff Live Vampire Bats, Snakes and Tarantulas in His Mouth

I guess these clips are going to need a little setup. So there’s this guy, right? And he shoves horrifying live creatures into his mouth. Um… that’s pretty much it. Wait, you need more than that? Really? Okay, fine… you asked for it. The man depicted in the footage below is Arteval Duarte, an environmental activist […]

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Rural Explorer Enters a Long-Abandoned Farmhouse… and Finds Something Horrifying Inside

Urban Exploration (a.k.a. UrbEx, UrbX, or just “Creeping” in some circles) is definitely a thing — especially among photographers, extreme tourists and scare-seekers who take their nightmares straight up (with a twist of potential paranormal shenanigans) by digging through the rubble of abandoned locations. Urbex’s country cousin, Rural Exploration, hasn’t made quite enough press until […]

Creepypasta 

How Did the Entire Town of Ashley, Kansas Simply Disappear?

In my experience as a journalist exploring the realm of strange, fascinating and often terrifying web phenomena, I’ve seen just about every variety of creepypasta to come slithering down the inter-tubes. If you’ve been following our regular creepypasta coverage (if not, here’s a crash course to get you started), you know that your basic creepypasta […]

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Man Live-Tweets His Horrifying Encounter With a “Spider Tornado”

On a business trip to teach disaster-response classes to emergency workers in Fort Myers, Florida, FEMA contractor Chris Tarantino (no relation) picked up a rental car — something he’d done many times before without incident. But this Tuesday, Chris realized his emergency training was totally inadequate to deal with the horrors he was about to […]

Creepypasta 

This Man Rediscovered His Childhood “Flip Book”… But Something Had Changed

As with so many creepypastas and assorted viral lore, today’s horrific tale originated from an author whose personal information is sketchy at best. The only details we have originate from a user who went by the handle ArmTheAnon, who posted the account in 2010. As of today, that user’s profile has disappeared, and his true […]