Adventures in Links — October 30, 2015 (Scary Stories)

Theme: Scary Stories

So tomorrow is Halloween, which means it’s a great time to gather friends and listen to or read scary stories, especially if there’s a city ordnance in your town making it illegal for you to trick or treat (-raises hand-). Naturally, you can sit around talking about real life encounters you’ve had or read from a book (Perhaps taken from your local library?), but if you’re a child of the Internet, you’d probably rather just click on a link and go. Fortunately for you, there are thousands/millions of different sites to click on, but to make your night a little bit easier, I’ve provided several links of really horrifying shit. Click at your own discretion and maybe grab a blanket first.

Let’s start off light with serial killers. Serial killers, as most of us know, are real individuals that murdered multiple people and often share similar patterns of pathology and remorselessness. Some that you may have heard about are Jeffrey Dahmer, the Zodiac Killer, and H.H. Holmes, America’s first serial killer, but there are many, many, many more out there (And most of them are American!). To learn more about these horrifying real people, click here.

Speaking of real life horrors, Cracked has generously decided to talk about 12 Real Life Horror Stories Creepier Than Any Movie this year. If you click here, you can listen to their podcast. The intro is a bit long, but it gets really good after that.

Two other real life resources from Cracked are 6 Ghost Videos Even Sane People Have to Admit Are Creepy and 9 Unbelievable Urban Legends (That Happen to Be True). All of the videos are really disturbing, regardless of the host’s sunny, sardonic demeanor, as are the urban legends. Click if you dare.

Another resource for supposedly true horror stories is this link to Your Ghost Stories, a collection of thousands of user-published “true” stories. Some of them sound absolutely bonkers but there are a few that grab you with their verisimilitude. It’s… weird.

Likewise, this link about Urban Legends has the potential to house true, horrifying stories. Urban legends are tales that people tell each other about things that their friend of a friend of a cousin totally saw and could totally happen. This web site does a decent job of trying to parse out if any of them could actually be true.

The web site American Folklore tries to capture other supposedly true/urban legends with a focus on Halloween right now. You’ll get such classic American tales as Bloody Bones, Bloody Mary, and the White Lady. It’s pretty fun.

Hey, you know who can be really creepy without even trying? Children. Children can say the creepiest fucking things, point to empty corners, wake up screaming, and hover over you with knives. They are just fucking creepy. And, fortunately for us, some intrepid parents captured some of their creepiness here and here. Yay…

Additionally, Reddit has supplied us with some seriously Not Cool two sentence horror stories. You can always tool around and find the subthread (just Google “reddit two sentence horror stories), but it’s kind of a mess right now. To read some of the more famous/coherent ones, click here.

Another “fun” resource is the No Sleep Podcast, which is a horror fiction podcast for “mature adults.” It’s a little melodramatic, but it has good production value and some really good stories. It certainly makes my morning commute a bit more lively.

And finally, click here for a comprehensive link of classic horror short stories including most of Edgar Allen Poe’s work, some of H.P. Lovecraft’s stories, and works by Ambrose Bierce among many, many others. Perfect for a night of whispering horror tales with your friends.

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