Scary Paranormal Stories & Short Horror Microfiction

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Many classic horror icons, such as Geger’s Xenomorphs, Silent Hill’s Pyramid Head, and other disturbing creatures, share common characteristics. Pale skin, dark, sunken eyes, elongated faces, sharp teeth, and the like. These images inspire horror and revulsion in many, and with good reason. The characteristics shared by these faces are imprinted in the human mind.

Many things frighten humans instinctively. The fear is natural, and does not need to be reinforced in order to terrify. The fears are species-wide, stemming from dark times in the past when lightning could mean the burning of your tree home, thunder could be the approaching gallops of a stampede, predators could hide in darkness, and heights could make poor footing lethal.

The question you have to ask yourself is this:

What happened, deep in the hidden eras before history began, that could effect the entire human race so evenly as to give the entire species a deep, instinctual, and lasting fear of pale beings with dark, sunken eyes, razor sharp teeth, and elongated faces?

… Just be careful out there.

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  • Anon

    This one’s never made sense to me. Pyramid Head is NONE of the things that they reference in the last paragraph. At all. I think the original writer just threw him in because he’s popular.

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  • Anonymous

    Sorry. Misspelled “affect”. Can’t take it seriously now.

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    • dudemanperson

      no… he spelled it right.or he spelled it the way its
      spelled in mass effect.

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      • Anonymous

        Affect and effect are both proper words, one is a verb, the other is a descriptive term. Affect is the verb form, as in “It has an affect of…” while “effect” is the descriptive term, as in “There’s a strong effect”. If I remember correctly. But they are both proper words.

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    • Anonymous

      Yeah, he spelt ‘effect’ correctly, you mispelt ‘mispelt’

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      • Andi

        You misspelled ‘misspelled’.

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        • The Doctor

          Mispelt and mispelled are both correct, but mispelt is more common in Britain than it is in America. And he did mispell “affect” he wrote “effect” when it should have been the former.

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  • Anonymous

    inb4 dinosaurs

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  • Anonymous

    Pyramid head and the Xenomorphs don’t have dark sunken eyes, they don’t even have (visible) eyes. Pyramid head doesn’t have sharp teeth, and the Xenomorph doesn’t have pale skin. Maybe find something that has all these before putting them in the story eh?

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    • Anonymous

      Why are

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  • icarus

    rather than argue semantics maybe we should consider what the author was getting at.

    Why ARE those things so scary to us (regardless of which named characters have/don’t have them)?

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    • Endoplasmic Reticulum

      Sunken dark eyes and pale skin are a characteristic of dead people and almost all of our natural predators have sharp teeth.

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  • Anon

    You have a point, icarus.

    Someone on /x/ actually explained this once. The sunken eyes and pale skin remind us of sickness and death, which we wanted to avoid lest we ourselves get sick, thus the fear of those things. Most predators have elongated faces and sharp teeth.

    Enigma revealed.

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  • Holly

    Hmm. I like this idea. It does have a very real basis in being a prey species. Its kind of easily explained that way, but I like the way the author did it better.

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  • Anon

    actually, it’s probably just scary to us because there is no creature that ever looked like that. It’s unique, and we fear that.

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  • Just a Girl

    Anon 6 is probably right.
    Still though, with the teeth.

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  • Readman

    Pale skin, dark, sunken eyes?

    Sounds like the recently deceased, or someone suffering from scurvy.

    So were either afraid of the dead/death, or were afraid of a sudden lack of fruits.

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    • Mrs. AWESOME

      LOL, hilarious

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  • Readman

    Razor-sharp teeth makes sense (so much sense in fact, that I would question your mental processes if you didn’t catch this).

    Elongated heads? Now that’s a hard one. Maybe other early proto-human species had elongated heads. Maybe there was a species in our early evolutionary history that hunted us. Maybe it was an accidental genetic defect that managed to weasel itself into humanity’s psyche over a few hundred thousand generations.

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    • http://TheARTDEFINITION.deviantart.com The White Emperor

      I agree, There were many early species of human.

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  • Lolcow

    I say…. Pyramid Head is still awesome.

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  • Random reader

    people fear anything that seems unnatural – desease, deformation…

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  • The Piano Player

    Pyramid Head is pale with an elongated head
    The Xenomorphs have elongated heads and sharp teeth

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  • BonerFruit

    I sitll love this one.
    It makes me want to draw.

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  • LMLYUT

    Readman:

    The elongated heads are a throwback to days long past. When humans weren’t the top of the food chain, many things wanted to nom on our tasty, tasty flesh. Most large predators had elongated heads.

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  • Foolish

    So, essentially, we fear creatures who are pale, with dark, sunken eyes, razor sharp teeth, and elongated faces because of a combination of our instinctual fears. Firstly, our fear of death (pallid skin tone, dark, lifeless, eyes) and secondly, our instinctual fear of predators (razor sharp teeth, elongated heads).

    Perhaps our fear is additionally intensified by the combination of both fears. The fact that death (fear no.1) could result from an encounter with a natural predator (fear no.2) ensues that we are especially afraid of Xenomorphs and Pyramid head – characters that play on both instinctual fears.

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  • Darkest

    Your all fools.

    These traits may be similar to other ones, but dont be fooled. Whatever creature has given us this species-wide fear, its waiting.

    In the dark.

    In the deep.

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  • Sigma

    Haha, Darkest, the Messenger of Evil, made a typo.
    “You’re”, not “Your”

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  • blah!

    he should have used the grudge girl or something.

    SHE is scary lookin.

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  • The person formerly known as ‘noneya’

    I always think of elves when I hear this one. not the tolkien-tall-and-pretty ones, or the santa clause Happy-munchkin ones, the old fashioned kind that liked to kill and kidnap people and let them go hundreds of years later.

    Sorry, I have to post this quote now.

    Elves are wonderful. They provoke wonder.
    Elves are marvellous. They cause marvels.
    Elves are fantastic. They create fantasies.
    Elves are glamorous. They project glamour.
    Elves are enchanting. They weave enchantment.
    Elves are terrific. They beget terror.
    The thing about words is that meanings can twist just like a snake, and if you want to find snakes look for them behind words that have changed their meaning.
    Nobody said elves were NICE.
    Elves are BAD.

    – Lords and Ladies

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  • test

    amidoinitrite?

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  • Anonymous

    Like other people have said, there are understandable reasons for fear of all these qualities. Combining them like this is an interesting idea, but seems kind of random when only two examples are given and each of them has only two of the four qualities.

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  • DJ LoONa

    humans fear what is different
    we also fear the unknown…no creature in our world looks like said description and therefore we fear it because it is not familiar to us

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  • Monkey Face

    This… I like this. Gave me chills.

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