โ€œOne may attain the Metaphysicalโ€™s wealth, All they have to trade is blood and good health.โ€ This was the message written on the mineshaftโ€™s sign. My brother and I read it out aloud, mocking its corny Dr. Seuss-esque warning. We dared each other to enter the tunnel,...

About 5 years ago I went on a vacation to Wrangellโ€“St. Elias National Park in Alaska. The cool, fresh air, beautiful scenery, and vast expanses of wilderness seemed ideal for my vacation from a tedious desk job back home. Iโ€™d saved up for years to...

San Diego is a beautiful place, donโ€™t you think? The sweet and salty aroma of the Pacific Ocean drifting on a cool breeze as the warmth of the sun caresses your skin is a luxurious experience you can only enjoy on the Californian coast. However,...

3 weeks ago, I moved into my new house in the Ramapo Mountain State Forest in New Jersey. I moved in with my friend Ben. Ben and I split the cost of the lease 50/50 and since we were long time friends it only seemed...

A quiet wood cabin sits alone in the dark wood trees of Ashen Park. The building itself is elevated in four trees of immense age. Deep scarlet splatters the frozen-over grass; for as long as the forest evades the warmth of human breath, it will...

Geoff lived in London. He had always considered himself to be one of the most average people on the planet. He was of medium height, medium build, had no talents whatsoever and worked in ASDA. His life was normal to the point of boredom, and...

โ€œOh, honey, donโ€™t leave the window open at night,โ€ my Grandma used to say to me, โ€œyouโ€™ll let in the draft.โ€ She was a tiny pudding of a woman, with pink lipstick and pink patches of scalp showing through her feathery hair. Toward the end...

I'm not sure when I started thinking of him again. It had been at least sixteen years. I had pretty much forgotten about him up till that point. I went about my life as a waitress and dishwasher for a small town diner. The only...

It's time for another entry into our Real-World Creepy series! This particular topic was sent to me by Sobellium69, who sent me the following message: Recently I have come to knowledge of what is known as the Zozo phenomenon. To start, I must tell of what the...

Have you ever wondered what you would do if you had the luxury of knowing when you were going to die. Some people say they would not want to know the time of their own death. The idea behind that is these people could continue...

When you wake up from a nightmare there is a brief moment of lingering fear. You open your eyes and look around your bedroom. Everything seems to be in the same place as it always was. The blankets, sheets, and pillows comforting you as the...

You're probably like me, sceptical of all things unexplained. Never in my life have I believed anything that doesn't have a logical explanation, even if it means I have to string together the most tenuous logic just to make something reasonable. This is me. Why...

Miss Fortune: Part One By Michael Gilbert At some point everyone asks themselves how different their life would be if they had been given a second chance. It could come in any form you like. You could have been one number off of winning the lottery. Maybe...

Toby Mills winced as he felt the soft ground give way under his foot. He had stepped in a cow pie, ruining his brand new Armani loafers. โ€œSon of aโ€ฆ,โ€ he said under his breath. Toby swiped at the shoe with his new handkerchief as he...

I have reached the top. I have become the molder of other peopleโ€™s destinies. What began as a reluctant career I only embarked upon to please my father has ended with me becoming so glorious. I feel like I can do anything. No, I know that...

This is the story of one boyโ€™s suffering. One boyโ€™s suffering that was with him from the beginning, that gripped at him ever tighter until he could no longer escape it. One boyโ€™s suffering that left him robbed of himself, forever changed by the events...

โ€œRelax, son. Close one eye and keep focused on your target.โ€ My father spoke calmly from behind me. I tried to do as he said, letting my muscles relax. One eye closed, ending the double vision I had from having the rifleโ€™s sight so close...

My family was doing pretty well until about a decade ago. My dad developed a bit of a problem with the ponies, a problem that certain businessmen decided needed to be solved with his death. Without his job and with him having bet his life...