Category: Urban Legends

Can Fantasy Evolve Into Reality?

Can Fantasy Evolve Into Reality?

By Lon Strickler On the heels of the Slender Man legend comes the story of ‘The Rake‘, a creepy tale of an unknown being that originally started on a few alternative boards. The narrative eventually reached a larger audience and transformed into a full blown urban legend. Is this allegory have tulpa potential? Well, that remains to be seen…but there have been reports that […]

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The Lady in the Barrel

The Lady in the Barrel

The story of the ghost of a murdered woman who was stuffed in a barrel. Video credit: kinghere1  

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The Angel of the Golan Heights

The Angel of the Golan Heights

By Dr David Clarke As the centenary of The Angels of Mons, the greatest urban legend of WW1, approaches, I am on the look out for rumours and stories about supernatural intervention in modern warfare.  So I was pleased to read a contemporary story in a review of Valery Rees’s new cultural history of angels by TV historian Tom Holland (author of […]

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Spring Heeled Jack Revisited

Spring Heeled Jack Revisited

Among the oddest criminal cases in history is that of Spring-Heeled Jack. Starting in 1837, with a sighting as recent as 1987, this paranormal creature was said to be capable of very high leaps reminiscent of someone bouncing on springs, wore a tight fitting helmet and skin-tight clothing described as something like an oil skin, and was claimed to exhale […]

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Return of Spring-Heeled Jack?

Return of Spring-Heeled Jack?

Terrified Banstead family confronted by 'dark figure' on bypass A taxi ride home on Valentine's night turned into a nightmare when a family were confronted by a terrifying apparition that looked and moved like the legendary Spring Heeled Jack. Scott Martin and his family were travelling home by taxi from Stoneleigh on Tuesday, February 14, at about 10.30pm when they […]

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Seeking a ghostly encounter at the Peavy House

Seeking a ghostly encounter at the Peavy House

Credit: Joel Andrews/The Lufkin Daily News For our final week of Urban Legend adventures, photographer Joel Andrews and I traveled to the Peavy House nestled in the woods off Highway 94 west, hoping for a “white noise” encounter with one of the many spirits who, according to a local ghost hunter, linger inside. As we walked up the rocky drive, […]

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Could "Hell Gates" Link to Other Dimensions?

Could "Hell Gates" Link to Other Dimensions?

By When we hear the urban legends telling of strange gates that must be gone through in a certain order that lead to a terrifying hellish realm, many simply remove it to the realm of folklore. But is it possible we could actually be looking at a very real phenomenon that not only exists in the real world, but has […]

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Top 10 Urban Legends / Hoaxes of 2010

Here, in ascending order of popularity as gauged by reader interest and site traffic, are the Top 10 Urban Legends, Rumors, and Internet Hoaxes of 2009: 10. Spokeo.com Invades Your Privacy Direct from Facebook: “FYI EVERYONE: There's a site called Spokeo.com and it's an online phone book that has a picture of your house, credit score, profession, age, how many […]

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Spring Heeled Jack is Back

Spring Heeled Jack is Back

When the notorious and devilish Spring Heeled Jack first graced the pages of penny dreadfuls in Victorian England, readers were shocked to learn of the horrifying encounters people were subjected to by a mysterious and enigmatic man dubbed Spring Heeled Jack. But as the reports of the man's exploits spread throughout London, some wondered if one man could be responsible […]

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The Clown Statue / The Clown Doll

The Clown Statue / The Clown Doll

John Foxx / Getty Images So-and-so's friend, a girl in her teens, is babysitting for a family in Newport Beach, Ca. The family is wealthy and has a very large house – you know the sort, with a ridiculous amount of rooms. Anyways, the parents are going out for a late dinner/movie. The father tells the babysitter that once the […]

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