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Real Life Scares 

Will Monday’s Solar Eclipse Trigger an Invasion of Lizard People?

This may seem like a parody piece, but you’ve got to admit we live in extremely weird times… and it’s getting easier to imagine just about anything could happen as we teeter on the brink of global doom. Maybe. That said, this theory is pretty bonkers… so it’s a bit surprising to learn how much […]

video games 

Lead Your Own Diabolical Death Cult on THE SHROUDED ISLE!

There are tons of mind-bendingly strange and confounding computer games available from the Steam community… but the H.P. Lovecraft-inspired, elegantly nightmarish “cult simulator” THE SHROUDED ISLE stands out as kind of brilliant in its doom-filled weirdness. Designed by Kitfox Games (the team behind MOON HUNTERS and SHATTERED PLANET), the scenario of ISLE is deceptively straightforward: […]

Films 

Five Horror Movies With Totally WTF Concepts

Besides the well-designed posters and intriguing trailers, another element that draws my interest in a horror movie like a magnet to the fridge is a uniquely original, out-of-this-world concept that will eventually make me say “Fuck yeah, bring it on!” If you’re like me, seeking something entirely refreshing, weird and over-the-top in your genre viewing — […]

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CREEPYPASTA: This Mysterious Phone Call Contains a Terrifying Hidden Message

The recording has come to be known as “Hypno’s Lullaby” — but its origins remain a total mystery since it was first discovered 30 years ago this month, at the site of a grisly crime which also remains unsolved to this day. According to police reports, the following message was left on the answering machine […]

Scary Fun 

Read the Book! Remembering Time-Life’s MYSTERIES OF THE UNKNOWN

“I never thought I would believe in it… until it happened to me.” If those words just triggered a slight chill in your bones — or perhaps just a brief flash of goofy nostalgia — you’re definitely not alone. The above quote was first directed to an unflinching camera in 1989 by Oscar-winning actress Julianne Moore, […]

Real Life Scares 

Thousands of Slime-Oozing Eels Caused This Bizarre Highway Horror

Did you think we were slacking off on skin-crawling true horror stories from the animal kingdom? I’m delighted to say that’s totally not the case — in fact, this one is about as creepy as they come. Just read on, and enjoy the pretty pictures. We’re not visiting Australia or Florida today for our usual […]

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CREEPYPASTA: Recalling a Horrifying Childhood Encounter With THE COUCH

Childhood fears lurk at the heart of so many viral horror tales — from dark, fuzzy memories of lost TV episodes, to murderous predators lurking in the deepest shadows of the bedroom — and those nightmares sometimes return to haunt us as we grow older. Such is the case for one anonymous user known only […]

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CREEPYPASTA: If You Find This Envelope in Your Mailbox… You’re Doomed

While the majority of creepypastas have unknown origins, there’s a very good reason the teller of this short but potent tale wishes to remain anonymous — a reason you’ll soon come to appreciate. The post which made its way to the Creepypasta Wiki is the only record of this author’s terrifying encounter with an intruder […]

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Playing With Radiation: The 1951 “Atomic Energy Lab” — For Kids!

The years following World War II were a glorious time for many Americans — financially speaking, anyway. There was a great wave of prosperity for middle-class working people, and the notion of a consumption-based society was just taking root. The market flooded with new, high-tech products that could now be produced thanks to the end of […]

Films 

CINEMA IN EXTREMIS: Twisted Horror-Comedy DEEP DARK Opens a Glory Hole to Hell

I’ve mentioned in previous installments of this column that extreme cinema is about more than graphic gore or explicit sex; it’s about pushing the boundaries of visual storytelling in ways that may shock the viewer into seeing a new perspective… whether they want to or not. The obscure but weirdly compelling 2015 horror-fantasy feature DEEP […]

Real Life Scares 

CREEPYPASTA: Have You Seen THIS MAN? You’re Not Alone…

When I first launched this column nearly two years ago, I offered a quick primer on some of the most notorious and heavily-shared viral tales known as creepypasta. Among the most enduring of these legends are a nightmare gallery of villains… of course, there’s the iconic and headline-grabbing Slender Man, but creepy web lore contains […]

TV 

Die Laughing: The Nightmarish Humor of ADULT SWIM’s “Informercials”

The comedy and horror genres often cross over, though in theory they target completely different demographics… so why is this so commonplace? Maybe it’s the way they both explore the extreme and absurd, even if their approaches vary; that’s why works that can successfully embody both categories are so impactful — laughing and screaming come […]

Real Life Scares 

Five Mysterious Objects That Should Not Exist

The five objects and technologies below should not exist. They are tangible, physical evidence that history, culture and perhaps even Reality itself are a collection of agreed-upon theories instead of verifiable fact. They’re physical glitches in the Matrix, as it were. These five things include out-of-place archaeological finds, objects that indicate ancients used advanced technology, […]