As astronomers began to dig deeper into the cosmos, a puzzling question arose. In a universe as vast and ancient as our own, why can't we find any signs of other intelligent life? We have already discovered a number of Earth-like planets, and it's estimated...

Our trip started in late February as my three friends, John, Steve, Max, and I drove my truck deep into the backwoods of Boxwood Gulch to follow the North Fork of the South Platte River. Steve owned a cabin up in the backcountry, so we...

In 1992, after the fall of the Soviet Union, a metal door underneath Leningrad University, now restored to its original name St Petersburg University, is found. The door is welded shut from inside, and is currently in the process of being reopened. We...

I love history. I love old things. I very much enjoy standing in a house near a tree on a stone once part of an ancient thing and think: Many, many, years ago someone maybe very much like myself stood in...

The sound of the alarm clock gradually bringing her back to consciousness meant she must have finally fallen asleep. She groaned, propped herself up on her elbows and brushed the long blonde hair out of her face so she could read the time. ...

Names. Words assigned to other human beings to identify them to their fellow human beings. We walk around every day, calling out to one another, using words of a specific language to address a chosen person. Even without knowing a person’s name, we still use them...

"I'll be there in a minute. Give me a moment to unlock the door- there. Ah, it's you! Come in, please, come in. Er, may I take your coat? There we go. I'll be just a moment, I need to grab my tea- oh how...

I know, little one. I know. You long to hunt, to kill. You hunger for hot blood and torn flesh. I know how long it’s been. But hush just a little longer, my child. Yes, baby, I can see that he doesn't know we’re here. But...

Details of this story have been changed or censored by the State Court of Illinois and by those person’s involved in this case whose safety or reputations could be damaged by such information being released to the public. In 1959, a small town in Illinois suffered...

My house doesn’t have a garage. Instead, it has an undercover car port. The front door is at the opposite end of my house to the car port. Once I park my car it’s a short walk from the car port to the front door....

Barbara was sure the ritual worked. She stood up from the pentagram as 5 wicks slowly swirled their smoke in the room. The weather seemed angry—lightning flashed and roared through the coastal home, and suddenly the lights went out. “Damn the power. Let him come” she...

My best friend was in Pompeii. I wasn’t, of course, or I wouldn’t be standing here staring down at a museum display titled “A BLAST FROM THE PAST!!!” A kitsch red LED volcano flickering gently in the background, flinging deep shadows across expressions of abject misery...

"Don't look at it," Kerryn whispers, tugging on my sleeve. "Leela, don't!" I glance down at her, noting the concern in her baby blue eyes. She's just a child, she doesn't know what she's saying. "Don't worry, Kerryn," I whisper back. "Nothing bad is going to...

For as long as I can remember, strange things have happened to me. When I was young, my mother and I lived in my grandmother's house; a big, drafty Victorian beast of a thing squatting in the middle of acres and acres of hilly country...

Hi. I'm Dave. Dave the ouija board. Finished? There's usually some sort of response at this point. Swearing. Laughter. General disbelief. Don't worry, I'm used to it. Just let me know when you're done. It used to confuse me, that response, but then after this many years...

I don’t have much time to explain. You have to hear me out urgently, it’s very important that you do so. I have, for the past couple of weeks, heard of something being passed around on the internet. A simple message that you will stumble...

On the 25th March, at 14:57GMT, the world stopped for 27 minutes and 54 seconds. No-one noticed at first. Those that eventually did were ordered to keep quiet. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- There was no sudden jolt, no collapsing into unconsciousness, no transition into utter darkness and back again. Nothing. For...

“HURRICANE WARNING - A hurricane is expected within 48 hours. If advised to evacuate, do so immediately”. I never really took those warnings seriously. In the tropics, a little category 2 Hurricane is no big deal. When I first moved here, I made sure to head...