Scary Paranormal Stories & Short Horror Microfiction

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It’s a simple enough thing. It’s all a part of the body’s sleep processes. Sleep Paralysis, right? No big deal, really. Your body produces a chemical that paralyzes your body during R.E.M sleep to prevent you from hurting yourself by thrashing about during your dreams. No big deal.

Okay, so, you opened your eyes and you can’t move your body. It’s the chemicals. Oh, you can keep trying to wriggle those toes, but it’s not happening. Forget it. Just relax. It’ll go away. It’s fine. It’s normal.

Oh, now there’s something pressing on your chest, real hard, it’s making it hard to breath. It’s heavy, so very heavy, whatever’s on your chest. Chemicals. It’s all chemicals. Stop trying to scream, it won’t work. Your throat muscles are paralyzed too. You still can’t breath.

You are staring at a blank ceiling, you can’t stare anywhere else. Shadows flit across your vision, forming shapes you try not to think about. A clawed hand, a flash of jagged, shadowy teeth. All images from your subconscious. A face forming above yours, leering through black void eyes. You think you
hear sibilant whispering. Angry hissing, like a snake that’s been disturbed.

Suddenly, a sharp white light briefly flares in the room as a car pulls down the street, dispelling the shadows. The weight is gone. You can breath, your hands clench sheets.

You feel an eternity has passed by but it was all the work of a moment. You wriggle, just to prove to yourself you can. You sit up, take a deep breath and then laugh a little at yourself. Sleep Paralysis. Stupid.

You turn to shake your spouse awake, eager to share your experience. You feel paralyzed again, but it has nothing to do with Sleep Paralysis. You stare at the blood, the jagged wound in her throat, her wide, staring eyes, mouth opened in soundless scream.

You survived your Old Hag Syndrome.

She didn’t.


Credited to C. Noel Huff

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  • Anon

    Holy cow. I’ve had sleep paralysis. Scary poo too. D:

    I hallucinated about a giant black shadow with glowing red eyes. Scared me so bad.

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    • Angel

      Anon, that may have been a REAL thing. A Red Eye Shadow Person. The paralyses comes from…. well no one knows but it happens in most Shadow People encounters. I’ve seen many Shadow People so I know what it feels like first hand. But I suffer from frequent episodes of sleep paralysis so I can’t say if all my encounters were real. But I’ve seen them in day light too, while wide awake. It’s creepy stuff

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      • Liu

        Stop it Angel, you’re drunk.

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    • Tedward

      Yea, I’ve gotten sleep paralysis too, but only four times. The first one, there was this horrible sound that was similar to a distorted version of the sound effect for casting spells in The Elder Scrolls III, Morrowind (which I was playing at the time, so it would make sense that my mind would choose this), and everything was “melting”. The others included a cloaked figure that just watched me, a giant beast that tore through the door to my room while roaring, and some sort of demon creature, although it’s the sounds that happen while I go through this that really bother me.

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  • Hippie

    This one was actually really interesting. :-D. At first I thought it was a ghost but it was a person. I didnt expect that.

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  • Dammerung

    I’ve also had several night terrors/sleep paralysis experiences, and this is quite terrifying. Good story!

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  • Anonymous

    At the beginning I thought I had read this one before. Is there another sleep paralysis creepypasta out there?

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  • Poster

    That was pretty awesome. Ive never had sleep paralysis before, though.

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  • buttrice

    g’damn!!! that was awesome!

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  • http://misterwelldone.wordpress.com/ Mr. Welldone

    Hello.

    Sleep Paralysis. Hypnagogia. Hypnopompic Trance. Kanashibari. Pee Umm. Guǐ Yā Shēn. Mottaka. So many names.

    Curiously, there are just as many names for an anomalous entity which causes this fascinating state. Night Hag, Kriksy, Plaksy, Nocnitsa, Gorska Makva, Succubus, Dab Tsog… the list is curiously long.

    I wonder if any of you have heard of Sudden Unexpected Nocturnal Death Syndrome?

    No?

    What fun.

    Go on, friends. Use those handy research faculties provided by this advanced form of “communication.”

    What knowledge I have imparted is easily attained.

    What knowledge I keep in confidence is damning.

    Do not tarry, friends. Look.

    Look.

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    • WonkyTARDIS

      I think I just fell in love.
      In all honesty, though… Does it really exist? I can’t seem to find any, er, trustworthy information on the phenomenon.

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  • The person formally known as “Noneya”

    Sudden Unexpected Nocturnal Death Syndrome sounds like what happens when people see themselves die in a dream. It isnt the dream that kills them, its the shock of actually seeing themselves die.

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  • yeah right

    Sorry to have to play editor, but you meant to write “breathe” not “breath”. Kinda kills the mood.

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  • your mom

    good, but it sort of ruined it for me when it said “breath” instead of “breathe” EVERY SINGLE TIME. but i’m a spelling nazi so whatever :]

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  • Stefanie

    “Mr.Welldone, no one asked what it was.. everyone is friendly here really, I don’t believe there is any need to be cocky. :D

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  • Stefanie

    Forgot my other quote on “Mr. Welldone,” sorry.

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  • C. Noel Huff

    Thank you all for your kind thoughts. Will try to remember breath/breathe. I was in a bit of rush when I wrote this and didn’t proof-read very thoroughly. I had this happen to me once, and it is very terrifying, when you see things that ‘aren’t’ there. Bhawawa

    C. Noel Huff

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  • Ahmea

    Maybe a jealous daughter of Lilith?

    I dunno. Just a thought…

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  • Russell Crowe

    i get sleep paralysis on purpose just to have a good fight with that bitch

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    • Ryan

      Kinda funny that nobody called you out on this, but how would you fight back during sleep paralysis? I understand you were being funny and that I’m an ass for pointing it out but I felt the need to.

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  • http://Codymathiewitz@yahoo.com Devon Buckner

    Can someone help me with the end?

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    • Ad A Dglgmut

      It’s basically implying there was some otherworldly force that was trying to kill you and your spouse, and you survived. Imagine those visions that some people report seeing during sleep paralysis, only they were real.
      …idk, that’s the best I could come up with =/

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  • Lastline

    I had this happen to me once, except that the thing with black claws was on a door. That scared the shit out of me when I couldn’t move and my heart was about to bust out of my chest.

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    • josh

      Funny thing, I have had sleep paralysis twice, maybe a month ago, I remember it vividly.

      I was laying in my bed, it was morning, early morning when I thought I woke up.

      Something was hugely different about this though, my Girlfriend was laying next to me but I couldn’t move, my eyes were fixed on the ceiling, I noticed that I couldn’t Breath and started to panic, I tried and tried again to say something to my Girl next to me but couldn’t for the life of me, my chest was heavy and all the air felt like it was squeezing out fast, then I finally woke up and gasped for air.

      I had no idea what happened and was scared, I remembered that it is a normal thing and went back to sleep…never happened again.

      I hadn’t seen any ghostly figure, nothing paranormal, just scary in the sense that I could have died if I didn’t get air.

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  • Foolish

    I get this quite often, and it terrifies me – usually because its accompanied by various hallucinations of my death by various means, with the most common being suffocation.

    Am I being told something, perhaps?

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  • Mr. Welldone

    Dear god I am so badass and mysterious.

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  • http://hell.com Popeyewinkler

    Did you know that waking during sleep paralysis is one of the suggested reasons for “alien abductions”?

    Just change the old hag to alien grays in this story and you’ll see what I mean.

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  • http://misterwelldone.wordpress.com/ Mr. Welldone

    Hello.

    You are wrong.

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  • Brandon/Icecry0

    I’ve tried sleep paralysis before but I keep failing. MUST DO SLEEP PARALYSIS!!!!

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  • Mr. Welldone

    I once made a mysterious pie of mysteriousness and came all over it cause my behavior is mysterious.

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  • UndeadBuddah

    Only upon seeing his wife’s blood pooling in the bed did he realize. This is why you never ask Garfield, “I can has cheezburger?”

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  • DJ LoONa

    thank you mr. well done!
    i think i love you!
    i hav hypnapompia [it occurs while u try to wake up while hypnagogia occurs while you are trying to fall asleep]

    ive seen unbearable things, even had about 8 episodes in one night, i get it very often
    and i can hear screams and i feel like i’m being raped sometimes, and i see sum1 coming to slap me, or a man without a head…
    it’s not fun ><
    btw, the end of this was stupid…

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