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A Brief History What follows is (as far as we are aware) a continuation of a work of fiction written several years ago by a young lady interested in the supernatural in the style of the stories found in Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (1981) or a more modern creepypasta.  For Chapter 1, please click here. Digging Deeper: Full text of Chapter 4 of The Nightmare of the Baby Head There once was a 6-year-old boy named Jason, who loved playing with his Sonic the Hedgehog toys and dressing up as Sonic for Halloween.  What he would not love is…

A Brief History On November 15, 2010, Manchester University Press published a hardcover edition of Andrew Smith’s The ghost story, 1840-1920.  In this book, Smith shares his wealth of knowledge with his readers as he attempted to critique the history of the ghost story over a substantial period of time. This effort did not please critic Matt Foley, who considered the course of eighty years, starting from 1840 to be “wide in its scope,”[1] which it certainly is. Smith, however, seems to be quite knowledgeable on the topic of gothic literature, having produced numerous works in that department and gained…

A Brief History On May 14, 1816, romantically linked English authors Mary Godwin and Percy Shelley arrived at Geneva, Switzerland.  The poet Lord Byron (pictured on the right in the image above with Godwin in the middle and Shelley on the left) joined the young lovers on May 25th, with his young physician, John William Polidori.  Eventually, the friends decided to have a competition to see who could write the best horror story.  After thinking for days, Godwin, who would later that year marry Shelley, dreamt about a scientist who created life and was horrified by what he had made; her dream…

A Brief History What follows is (as far as we are aware) a continuation of a work of fiction written several years ago by a young lady interested in the supernatural in the style of the stories found in Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (1981) or a more modern creepypasta.  For Chapter 1, please click here. Digging Deeper: Full text of Chapter 3 of The Nightmare of the Baby Head This chapter is about all of the morbid mom’s cruelly killed kids. Her first kid to suffer from the bizarre baby head was just like Jack from the first chapter…

A Brief History The following short horror story was written in 2018 by a student at John Carroll University interested in the supernatural.  The story is written in the style of the stories found in Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (1981) or a more modern creepypasta. Digging Deeper: Complete Text of “The Backroom” We have two rules when we go to our family reunion. Don’t wander by yourself, especially at night, and never enter the basement. These rules seemed fair, especially when considering the size of my uncle’s manor. It wasn’t that hard to follow the rules anyway, since I spent…

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