Scary Paranormal Stories & Short Horror Microfiction


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In Finland there is an old but still inhabited yellow apartment, situated in a small city near an important railroad. Almost all of the people living there are over 70 years old and in fact it seems that younger people simply won’t stay there for longer than a year.

If you live there you will soon notice several unusual things. In the basement the text “TURN ON THE LIGHT. TURN OFF THE LIGHT WHEN YOU LEAVE” is written next to every light switch. It’s unusual to remind somebody of something so obvious, but here it is of critical importance.

People who forget something in the basement never return to pick it up. If you offer to go and retrieve it for them they will stop you from doing so.

There is one door there, between some storage doors that has no numbers on it. Instead the door has a worn-out nameplate on it. The people in the flat will tell you to leave that door alone. It is said that people who have peeked in the keyhole have seen very unsettling things.

The wires and pipes in the basement look amazingly old, yet still the house has perfectly functioning water, electricity and phone lines.

The laundry room, which is in the basement, must be reserved if you want to use it. If you go there without reserving a time first you will at first get weird looks and some scolding. Then people will more ominously and angrily warn you.

These things may seem minor but those, usually the young ones, who have got too curious or failed to follow the rules have ended up either dead, crippled or insane. Usually people say that these incidents were the result of drug use or alcoholism, but some of the freak accidents cannot be explained by anything.

How do I know this? I used to go and help my grandmother who lived in that apartment and I have seen several times how ambulance has dragged away young people who have missed an arm, sometimes some other parts also. The worst case was when I found a corpse that looked like an explosion victim in the laundry room. His guts were spattered all around the room and his left arm was sitting on top of the washing machine.

Before her death my grandmother told that she knows what’s behind these incidents. After the 2nd world war there was a shortage of apartments and one war veteran who had lost his left arm was given a rudimentary room in the basement for no cost if he would help people to do laundry and help the janitor. He did, but eventually someone insulted him way or another. The veteran killed that youngster and himself. Ever since his spirit has been there, harshly punishing those who fail to follow the rules of his home. After telling this she told me that I should never ever return to the apartment as I knew too much.

As I left the apartment for the last time I could see the figure of an old, old man missing his left arm staring at me, reflected on the large glass panel on the door to the stairway…

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  • Augusto C

    Hey, this is awesome stuff you do. Delicious creepypasta is delicious, now I can happily stay awake thinking about the stories, not letting me sleep. but the only thing that bothers me is that some ads beside the stories have white backgrounds! they ruin the whole experience of reading it in the dark. I hope you can do something to stop that discomfort. I appreciate your time.

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    I think the ads you were talking about I actually just replaced anyhow, as they were producing pop-ups which I did not agree to >:( The Amazon and Google ads that are left should both have a black background.

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  • Readman

    This is a good story.

    I should use a story like this to convince my siblings to follow the house-rules.

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  • Fund

    At first I thought it was a troll where the entire story was a dramatization of regular apartment rules. Instead it was simply a bad story.

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  • emogirl

    Wow a haunted laundry room. That’s a first

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  • woot?

    what about the asian snacks/hentai like ad?

    its like
    whoo bright colors and underwear!

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  • Frozen

    If people are losing their dam arms and limbs from just going in that hell hole why not just bulldoze the place? That should get rid of that pesky ghost

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  • Lys and Iz

    Iz: why’d ppl explode again?

    Lys: teh ghost… durr…

    Iz: well frozen has a point. if ppl die. destroy the property. what does the gohst have to haunt if there’s nothing to haunt. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA– *cough*

    Lys: Oh, gawd… not that again…

    Iz: you got it! byebye for now peeps! wait. did that sound right?

    Lys: Kinda…

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  • mrobiviooous

    lys and iz? huh? are there two ppl or just the one….creeppy

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    • GPLink

      its one there just CRAZY

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  • UndeadBuddah


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  • Anders Blankheart

    i dont like this one

    it’s tl;dr and has a lame last couple of paragraphs

    no offense

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  • Basement Ghost

    I like it when the red water comes out.

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  • Anon E. Mouse

    lol @ basement ghost… salad fingers!

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  • Huh?


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  • Snowden

    @ 7

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  • Testler

    just follow the damn rules, i do >:[

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  • aRe

    I live in Finland. Which city is this?

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  • Midnightgirl

    well no wonder all them youngsters are getting blown up. It’s against youngster rules to older people follow rules
    *rolls eyes* i actually liked this pasta, as for that place it sounds really creepy. why don’t they just you know ….get rid of the spirit?

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  • Lady of Desire

    Spoiled pasta. not the least bit tasty.

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  • richard

    O SHI-

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  • :D

    yay a very good pasta and its about finland! zomg. and btw ppl the ghost is really candlejacks cous

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  • Old, old man

    Turn off my lights whipper-snapper!

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  • Nex

    Lys and Iz r just 1 schizo person dat lykes talking 2 themselves (As I presume a lot of schizos do)

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