Before I start marathoning scary movies and TV shows, I want to recommend one of my absolute favorite stories. Jacob Emory, an aimless young man, returns from a trip abroad with a strange object that allows him to create moving, living drawings. Things inevitably go wrong. I hope everyone has a very happy Halloween!
Goosey Night, Mischief Night, Gate Night, Cabbage Night. Whatever you call it, this day of pranks and thrills needs to be commemorated by a very scary story. The Russian Sleep Experiment is about an experiment that supposedly took place in 1940s Russia, where a group of men were exposed to an experimental gas that forced them to stay awake. What happens to these men is absolutely horrific. This story is extremely gory and contains scenes of absolutely horrific violence so please take caution!
Most of the stories I’ve featured here this month are things that most likely didn’t happen. At least I sincerely hope that Mr. Widemouth and the creature from the crawlspace aren’t real. But this strange story about a group of New Jersians who become obsessed with the name “Jessie Mack” always gives me a chill because I really could see this happening. Unlike the many more literary and well plotted stories, “Jessie Mack” is a very strange story that has no neat resolution, which makes me wonder if the author, who swears that his story is autobiographical, might just be telling the truth. Some notes of warning: this story contains lots of profanity and includes many mature topics including drugs and drug overdose, vomit, and suicide.
Knowing how cheap and crusty our flat in London was, I’m kind of surprised my roommates and I didn’t have a creepy crawlspace (though we did have a suspicious-smelling fridge). We may have had to deal with mice and mold, but the girl in this story finds something much worse lurking in the dark corners of her flat. Be careful studying abroad in Rome!
A gas station worker tries to catch his strange coworker in the act of stealing motor oil, but when he watches the security tapes, he uncovers a disturbing mystery. This story contains some profanity.
A mysterious, mimicking being stalks and infiltrates a group of teenagers during their camping trip. Though many scary stories are easy to dismiss as being fake, this raw and unsettling story might make you think twice about taking a trip into the woods. This story contains mentions of vomit and lots of profanity.
“Anansi’s Goatman Story” was made into a short film. Though the dialogue and casting leave much to be desired, the portrayal of the Goatman is very well done. Click here to watch!
An urban explorer decides to visit an old, controversial, abandoned Disney resort called Mowgli’s Palace. Unfortunately he finds out the real reason the resort was abandoned. “Abandoned by Disney” is a great mix of history, fantasy, and chills. This story contains some profanity and gore.
In this sequel, the author “Abandoned by Disney” has become paranoid and believes that he is being stalked by Disney. He continues to expose Disney’s wrongdoing by publishing unsettling, anonymous stories from current and former park employees, finishing with the terrifying tale of Room Zero. This story contains some mature themes and profanity.
A Few Suggestions
This darkly comedic story shows a glimpse of what Mowgli’s Palace might have looked like back in the day, as told by cards left in the employee suggestion box. This story contains profanity, mentions of vomit and sexual harassment, and some gore.