Scary Paranormal Stories & Short Horror Microfiction

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They say that the hour of three A.M. is the time when spirits can become active, and I’m sure of that. My apartment was always a little too quiet for one in the city, especially at night. No drunk shouting in the street at that time, no sound of car horns and alarms could penetrate the dark at that particular hour. It’s like my apartment was high on a platform, surrounded only by a dense fog that the sharpest of hawk eyes couldn’t penetrate. I was usually attempting to sleep at that time, after bleaching my skin in the pure electric light of my computer screen. Emphasis on the phrase attempting, because from that stems this tale. I advise you, if you’ve been here long enough to find it, you’ll soon discover of what I’m talking about. I should really tell you anyway, just so you know you’re not insane. I know I’m not.

Every night for the past four months that I decided to make this apartment my home, a strange sound would pierce the strange blur that surrounded my home– or maybe just my mind. I have searched the apartment many times for it, but behind the hollow-sounding ivory walls and hard pine floors, I couldn’t find any source. The sound, at first, was like scratching. If you have fingernails, drag them along a table. Like that. It was slow, and every time I heard it, I froze up. It wasn’t as dramatic as anything like ghostly moaning or anything like that, but it still scared me so much I reverted back to childhood and stuck my head under the blanket.

During the day I worked at what could possibly be the most boring place on earth, a factory that stamped out cans. They didn’t even need workers, but I really didn’t care. It paid the bills, and getting to sit around until someone needed help fixing a machine wasn’t too bad. I sort of miss it. There was always something bad happening though; in retrospect, I feel as though it was following me. For instance, a man’s hand ended up being caught in the stamping machine under a sheet of aluminum. The crunch was sickening, it sounded like a dog chewing upon a bone. That same splintering sound.

Every night, I would retire from this slightly gory boredom to my apartment, back to my beloved computer. The cycle was always the same. Work, computer, scratching sound. I never really thought to ask anyone about it, I would usually forget about it by morning.

But one day I didn’t. I sat there in my folding chair at work, surrounded by the drab, bleak grey concrete walls, a long ignored cigarette that was gradually becoming one trembling tower of ashes in my grasp, trying to think of a way to discover whatever this thing was. Why wouldn’t I just follow it? Get my nerves together and find the continual source of fear for me. It made me cold just at the thought, but I knew I had to do it.

So that night, I turned off the computer as usual, but then took one extra step. I grabbed a flashlight. It would be faster than dashing across the room to my light switch. ‘It could even be mice,’ I thought to myself as I slipped into bed, wearing the hero’s garb of any sleepy man; a pair of boxers and socks. At least if I ran crying out of the building, a few people could get a laugh.

The clock slowly began to head towards three o’clock. My heart began to pound nervously. Like a sword I held the turned-off flashlight to my bare chest. The necklace around my neck felt strangely cold, even though I had at least three comforters on. Oh, the joys of a particularly cold winter. Closing my eyes, I heard the scratching. Slowly it got louder. My hand began to shake, but I kept my eyes shut. Why wasn’t I turning on the light? Why wasn’t I looking? Because there was a new sound. A tinkling, strange shaking, like a maraca full of metal instead of beans or beads.

A loud thunk against my door made me leap up. Turning on the flashlight, I managed to run to the light switch and flick it on as well. With an icy, trembling hand, I opened the door.

What I saw will never leave my mind. There was the source of my fear, the thing that had somehow invaded my home. An oddly small, waif-like creature, like a starving child with skin that was too pale. It was like a corpse dropped in water, for its skin was tinged with blue. Every vein was visible. Oh, how I wanted to gag at the sight. But it gets worse. Strategically placed in this demented creature’s flesh, long metal nails were embedded. Through the tips of its fingers and toes, sticking out of its neck and shoulders, down its chest and out of its eyes. They were everywhere. How loudly I screamed, I didn’t know. Would anyone hear it through the fog surrounding my house? Would I hear it? I couldn’t stop staring. The dried, cracking blood against that decaying flesh brought up my earlier meal, and a gushing hot river of vomit poured out of my mouth onto the ground.

I backed up as the creature took a step. Its lank hair was missing in chunks, and as it stepped closer, its feet dragged upon the floor, the nails in them making…a scratching sound. Why I had to keep my room in a state of continual chaos, I don’t know, but the mess was astounding. Of course I fell. Scrambling back, I stared in horror at the dead thing.

It didn’t move right, I realized. It didn’t just walk. Its motions were snappy and disjointed, and one foot dragged behind it while the other advanced towards me. In its hand, there was a heavy, rusted hammer, dripping with what I hope was water. It was slightly rust-colored. I couldn’t bear to see it, but in the other, there was a plastic grocery bag that sagged and poked out with the weight within it, like if someone hung a porcupine from a diaper. I felt the wall against my back. The creature moved forward; I was paralyzed with fear at the sight of it. It was so grotesque. In front of me, it stopped. I noticed the puncture marks upon its tiny calves where the nails were, and I felt a strange sense of pity.

The bag in its hand split a little, and the sight of what was within made me let out an audible, and most likely bile-scented groan. A nail jutted out. I cried out loudly as the thing pounced upon me, as I felt the first nail go into my eye, it was worse. Through the blood blocking my vision, I could see its tiny mouth pull back in a widely-toothed smile, the nails in its lips making them split and gush rotten black blood down onto me. I moaned in pain again as another nail entered my second eye. Blindly I swatted, but it was to no avail. Perhaps it would be over soon. Perhaps death would be better than being tormented by this rotten thing. But still, the nails entered. Still I cried out loudly, especially when I was dragged. I couldn’t see where, but damn, it hurt.

It’s gone now, the nailed child. I don’t know where it went, but I know somewhere, it will be coming out at three o’clock. And so will I.

I think you ought to check your clock, because it looks like this bag in my hand is about to split.

I’m so excited to see you.


Credited to astharot

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  • Anonymous

    BUT WHO WAS NAILS

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  • obama

    first! also this story was….decent. sounded like a combination of chuckie, freddy crougar, and pinhead. not bad at all though. i liked the descriptions of all the gore

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    • RedBloodRedneck

      Krueger…

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      • RandomFandom

        lol

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  • Undefined

    Awesome. Totally unpredictable. I thought the scratching sound would have come from the guy’s hand that was caught in the machine, but no. The ending surprised me. I like it.

    9/10

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  • Guy

    Eh. The bag splitting seemed a bti arbitrary. I already thought there were nails in it when you compared it to a porcupine. I’m damned sure this’ll get those late night viewers, though. Good pasta. 8/10.

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  • What

    Well written, high in detail yet lacking in just the right parts. Ending was pretty standard, but all in all some yummy pasta. 8/10

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    • user sixx66

      Awesome one of the favs

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  • Lenore

    Hey Obama. Fail at being first. Fail at spelling Freddy krueger. Fail at spelling chucky. You fail at life.

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  • Lunarfox

    I liked it. A bit off in places, but overall I found it delicious and will have to share with friends.

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  • Damien

    Oh, Nail boy.

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  • Kerhwin

    BUT WHO WAS CREATURE?

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  • BananaCorn

    Reasonably impressive, but it seemed to be missing something, that SNAP! moment where “I’m so glad to see you” was just a bit… cliche, but I’ve got the sun at my back, so, if I read this at night, I might have felt a bigger chill… 7/10, maybe these pastas are just not working anymore, I don’t know..

    Peace out

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  • http://channelislandsghosttrackers.com Deathbecomesme

    I liked the story very much..very detailed.. I especially liked the description of the antagonist. Pity with fear..an excellent combination of emotions…..81/2 / 10. Needed a better twist to the ending

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  • http://thehungryreader.com Krepta

    Good monster, kind of weak pasta.

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  • Chace

    It was good kinda scared me since it was 2:58 AM when I read this

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  • Z

    My biggest fear is having things stabbed into my eyes (such as rusty nails) and it’s around 2:00 AM here as I’m reading this.
    Great pasta, but I’m never going to sleep tonight.

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  • RussellSprouts

    I absolutely loved this! The imagery was spot on and not so over the top that it poured too much into my already perfectly pictured setting and monster. It would have been more terrifying if it wasn’t already four a.m. All in all very good pasta; I could complain about some things but the pros definately out-weigh the cons.

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  • Mystery

    Freaky thing was my grandfather clock chimed three exactly when I finished reading. Freaked me out

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  • Double L

    Interesting concept, pretty well written. I just don’t like the whole ‘Generic Pasta Ending #23: “Now I’M coming to get YOU!”‘

    On the whole though, I give it a 7/10 for good writing and nice build up.

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  • SuperDannyGlover

    Solid, and a good read.

    “I cried out loudly as the thing pounced upon me, as I felt the first nail go into my eye, it was worse.”

    had to read that sentence like 5 times, and I still don’t get what it’s supposed to mean. What was worse?

    Still, good read and perfect length, long enough to establish things properly, yet still bite sized.

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  • CrapCarp

    i couldn’t get past the first paragraph because it’s awful to read.

    “I advise you, if you’ve been here long enough to find it, you’ll soon discover of what I’m talking about.”

    who writes a sentence like that? it’s like i’m 10 and my grandpa is trying to tell me a scary story, only English is his second language.

    Also, in trying to read the story, my bag split open.

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  • Anonymous

    Good thing it’s 8:54 in the morning, or I’d be pretty terrified.

    I can’t help but wonder what would have happened had the guy NOT opened the door, though..

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  • James Quall

    i didnt really like this one at first but it turned out to be really good ive been needing some good pasta latly and this one is awesome

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  • Anonymous

    People have to stop with the “I am the monster now and I’m coming to get you” thing. It’s tired.

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  • Anonymous

    Predictable with an utterly cliche ending but very nice descriptions.

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  • HarglBlargl

    I think that it was cute. :C The monster didn’t seem very threatening to me. The whole story didn’t. I mean, who’s going to be afraid of a monster who said to you just a few paragraphs ago that he was wearing boxers and socks and “At least if I ran crying out of the building, a few people could get a laugh.”

    So I don’t think it’s scary, but it was fun to read. The descriptions are good.

    And yeah, the whole “Imma monster, lol” thing is getting a little old.

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  • BUT WHO IS THIS IS?

    It sort of sucked sort of.

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