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New Footage Documents Creeping “Black Mist” in Allegedly Haunted Texas Hotel

Built in the 1840s, the Magnolia Hotel in Seguin, Texas has a reputation for being haunted, and has since been considered a hotbed of paranormal activity — more than one investigator claims to have captured evidence of unexplained and extremely unsettling phenomena since the current owners reopened it for ghost tours in 2013. But this […]

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 […]

Films 

Relive a Deadly Paranormal Incident (and its Aftermath) in the Chilling Short INTRUDERS!

Without a single word of dialogue, Quebec-based filmmaker and FX artist Santiago Menghini has conjured slow-burn chills and some seriously intense scares with his stylish, dreamlike horror short INTRUDERS — based in part on a pair of short comic-book stories by Al Columbia (“5:45 AM”) and Uno Moralez (“Jacov”), with a third tale (“Inspector”) that ties […]

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Man Tweets a Dead Child is Trying to Kill Him; Internet Freaks the Hell Out

It all began yesterday with a mysterious tweet from New York-based author, blogger, artist and illustrator Adam Ellis — who goes by the memorable Twitter handle @moby_dickhead. That’s not the kind of username you’d expect to source the kind of pure nightmare fuel this man just spilled onto the social media landscape… but it happened […]

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6 Real-Life Creatures That Will Make You Squirm

Now that summer is in full swing, and the sun is shining on the western hemisphere, it’s time to rise from our coffins, slather on some sunscreen, and become one with nature… or so I’m told. I’ll be hiding in a movie theater somewhere in the darkness with air conditioning. For many, summer is the season […]

Films 

THE JESTER Has a Deadly Trick Up His Sleeve in This Chilling Short

Ready for a little taste of Halloween in July? No problem! THE JESTER can deal you in… but the stakes in his game are higher than you think. Directed and co-written by Colin Krawchuk and the filmmaking team of MakeDo Entertainment, this slick and stylish short is more of a tone poem than a narrative […]

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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, […]

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Real Life Scares 

CREEPYPASTA: The Gruesome Unsolved Crimes of “The Chess Killer”

The following case was compiled and uploaded in 2013 by user Rookurou, who cites a series of graphic and disturbing police reports from the city of Chichibu in the Japanese prefecture of Saitama in 1986. Over three decades later, the case remains unsolved, and the once-classified files were recently leaked online by an unnamed source. […]

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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 […]

Real Life Scares Toys 

Remembering “The Snacktime Kid” — The Terrifying Doll That Eats Children’s Hair

The first “hot” Christmas toy I recall from my own distant childhood is probably the Cabbage Patch Kid. Cabbage Patch Kids were launched into the world in 1982, and have been a mainstay at toy shops ever since, having produced hundreds of variants over the decades. The gimmick behind the hard-headed, soft-bodied baby dolls was […]

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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 […]