Top-Ranked Stories (Sorted by Average Rating)

The Whistler in the Night
Average Rating:
9.28

The Whistler in the Night

Every night, no matter the weather, something walks down our street whistling softly. You can only hear it if you’re in the living room or the kitchen when they walk by and it always starts at ...
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My Father Punished Me When I Talked to Ghosts
Average Rating:
9.24

My Father Punished Me When I Talked to Ghosts

I’ve been blind since birth. As I grew up, everything was described to me in such vivid detail that I didn’t even realize why it was that important to see, especially having no reference point to ...
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Magda A Dark Christmas Tale
Average Rating:
9.13

Magda

Author’s Note: For those of you who might be curious, this is intended as a companion piece to The Perfectly Behaved Boy, a story that was published on this site two years ago. However, this tale ...
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Charles Bonnet Syndrome
Average Rating:
9.12

Charles Bonnet Syndrome

I suffer from a condition called Charles Bonnet Syndrome, or Visual Release Hallucinations if you want to get more technical. It’s a condition that’s far more common than you might realize — it’s estimated that as ...
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He Who Wanders
Average Rating:
9.11

He Who Wanders

I missed the scorching wind of Andalusia. How it pours sunlight onto your face, toying with eyelashes, flattening dry sand against cheeks and milling around hair. I missed the smell of the valley and that ripening ...
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Mommy Sleeps in the Basement
Average Rating:
9.11

Mommy Sleeps in the Basement

“Speak louder, please.” I put my hand up next to my ear from the back of the room, signaling that she would need to raise her voice. She took a deep breath. I could see anxiety ...
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Dandelions
Average Rating:
9.1

Dandelions

The first time I saw Bret, I was nineteen.  I’d found a job working security at Dave’s Storage Unit.  My duties included keeping vagrants and thieves from disturbing the 40 rental units that were laid out ...
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I Found a Letter From My Stalker
Average Rating:
9.1

I Found a Letter From My Stalker

I found this note, nailed onto a tree on my front lawn. I really don't know how to describe it. I'll just let you read it yourself. [Note start] I saw you today. It was your ...
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The Fairies
Average Rating:
9.1

The Fairies

I’ve always been fascinated with the unknown, particularly creatures of the unknown. I don’t know when this obsession of mine started. It probably started when I was a young kid and would watch documentary series on ...
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The Seer of Possibilities
Average Rating:
9.1

The Seer of Possibilities

Sometimes, otherworldly beings find interesting ways to try and contact you. They might use a Ouija Board, or maybe come to you in a dream, or sometimes they speak through another person. They each have their ...
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Average Rating:
9.1

The Face of Fear

Twice I saw the face in the window, pressed up against the surface, its icy breath fogging the cold glass. At first it appeared strange to me, the skin beneath its eyes drooping in ripples of ...
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The Melancholy of Herbert Solomon
Average Rating:
9.1

The Melancholy of Herbert Solomon

On several occasions my interest in the supernatural has taken me to some of the most prestigious seats of learning in the entire United Kingdom. From the venerable halls of Oxford and Cambridge, to the more ...
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Bedtime
Average Rating:
9.1

Bedtime

Part One: The Beginning Bedtime is supposed to be a happy event for a tired child; for me it was terrifying. While some children might complain about being put to bed before they have finished watching ...
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Psychosis
Average Rating:
9.1

Psychosis

Sunday I’m not sure why I’m writing this down on paper and not on my computer. I guess I’ve just noticed some odd things. It’s not that I don’t trust the computer… I just… need to ...
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Mr. Widemouth
Average Rating:
9.1

Mr. Widemouth

During my childhood my family was like a drop of water in a vast river, never remaining in one location for long. We settled in Rhode Island when I was eight, and there we remained until ...
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The Girl the Universe Forgot
Average Rating:
9.09

The Girl the Universe Forgot

The Mandela Effect. That phrase never meant anything to me. Spooky, I guess, but it wasn’t something I thought about for more than five minutes. I mean, honestly, until college, I didn’t even know what it ...
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The Promise
Average Rating:
9.09

The Promise

The anniversary of Layne’s death wasn’t for another three days, but when “Cochise” came on the radio as I approached that curve, I took it as a sign. Layne’s favorite song. I pressed the gas and ...
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Don't Let Them In
Average Rating:
9.09

Don’t Let Them In

Addiction took our mother slowly, rocked her through it and sung her to sleep sunk deep into the mattress on her bed. When her back teeth fell out, she left them on the side of the ...
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Turn It Off
Average Rating:
9.09

Turn It Off

I rested my arms behind my head, skim-reading the credits of a movie I'd just watched. After seeing them through about half way, I lifted myself from the sofa and walked to the kitchen, stretching my ...
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Ascension
Average Rating:
9.09

Ascension

The Harbinger always went for the freaks. They were its favorite. It wanted ones that would fight back, and ones that wouldn’t be afraid at first; or, even better, ones that believed they could win. Those ...
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In the Walls
Average Rating:
9.09

In the Walls

We moved out of our last house a week ago, and I’m glad we did. It was definitely not safe there, especially for a man like me who has a young family to take care of ...
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