Archive for the Internet Legends Category

Ghost Video Captured in Cemetery

Posted in General, Internet Legends, Non-Fiction with tags , , , , on October 28, 2009 by smilingjacks

This is another old favorite that’s been on the Internet for years. Longtime paranormal fans will probably recognize it. If you haven’t seen it before, then be sure and dim the lights, turn up the volume (it’s not a screamer, don’t worry) and be creeped out.

Ah, the paranormal. A strange and sometimes terrifying subject.

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The Wanderer

Posted in Fiction, Horror, Internet Legends, Urban Legends with tags , , , , , on October 19, 2009 by smilingjacks

This is a true story.

Back in the 1990s, a girl committed suicide after viewing an image posted in an old newsgroup.

The image was of a figure–which some identified as a woman–standing in the middle of a lonely road. The figure is transparent to the point that its legs are barely visible and is illuminated by an unknown light source coming from the direction of the camera. Whether it’s headlights, a handheld flashlight, or the light of the camera itself isn’t known for sure, as the actual source of the image has never been identified. No facial features can be made out, but the figure is most easily identified by its long, bony appendages which partly resemble a spider’s legs. Those who have seen the image or know of its existence have come to know the figure in it as “The Wanderer.”

The first known Wanderer account occurred in 1996. Jane, a college girl who was visiting her family during the holiday season, had an interest in the paranormal. She saw the Wanderer image on a newsgroup along with a message reading “Do you see me? I can see you too.”

Dozens of other users saw the same post. Most didn’t think much of it–just that it was somehow “funny.” Some actually complained that they experienced headaches while they looked at the image, and similar claims have been made by others since.

According to Jane’s family, she suffered from nightmares in the nights after seeing the image. She claimed she would wake up and see the Wanderer outside her window. Sometimes it would scrape the glass with it’s spider-like limbs, but usually it would just stand there and stare at her. She would find herself unable to move while in its presence, as if many unseen hands were holding her down. Even if she closed her eyes, she would still see it.

Her family was sure she had just been frightened by an image online and was having nightmares as a result, until Jane complained of seeing the Wanderer in her waking life as well. She was convinced it was following her. She would see it even while she was in a room full of people or out in public, even though no one else saw anything. Jane’s family feared for her sanity, but only assured her that the Wanderer wasn’t real.

Jane, however, only got worse. She began going to extreme lengths to stay awake at night. It started out just with caffeine and staying active, but quickly graduated to cutting herself and screaming all through the night. Before long, she wasn’t sleeping at all. She was convinced that, if she slept again, the Wanderer would take her.

Her family knew they couldn’t just wait and hope for the best. Jane needed help. But when Jane’s mother knocked on her daughter’s bedroom door, she received no answer. She carefully opened the door, not wanting to disturb or startle Jane, but still she heard nothing.

Jane wasn’t in her bed. She wasn’t sitting at her computer. She didn’t appear to be in her room at all, until her mom checked the closet.

There, Jane was found curled in the corner. Blood reddened the front of her body, having drained from the long slit across her throat. She was clutching a bloodstained note which read, “It can’t have me now.”

Jane’s case is not isolated. Through the rest of the 90s, dozens of others went missing or committed suicided after viewing the image of the Wanderer. Since the turn of the century–despite my best efforts at locating the image–it seems to have disappeared. Recently though, I posted on a newsgroup asking if anyone had heard of the Wanderer. I’ve done this many times before and usually there’s one or two people who have heard the story, but no one who has seen the image. This time was different. Shortly after posting, I received an email in my inbox.

The subject of the email was “I CAN SEE YOU.” The body only read, “Do you see me? I can see you too.”

There was an image attached with the message. I can’t verify whether it’s the real Wanderer image or not, but I must warn you that, if you choose to view the image, you do so at your own risk.

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Have You Dreamt of This Man?

Posted in Internet Legends, Urban Legends with tags , , , on October 15, 2009 by smilingjacks

This image has been appearing all over the Internet for a short while now:

Rumor has it, this man has the ability to visit you in your dreams. Ever seen him before?

Rumor has it, this man has the ability to visit you in your dreams. Ever seen him before?

According to information collected at thisman.org, at least 2000 people claim to have seen this man’s face in their dreams. The first known account came in 2006 from a psychiatric patient who is said to have drawn the picture you see above. The patient swore she had never seen him in her waking life–just in her dreams.

The psychiatrist put little stock in her claims. That is, until another patient–without having heard the claims of the previous patient–also recognized the man, also as a memory from a dream. The psychiatrist was intrigued, and decided to send the image to some colleagues. In the following months, four other patients recognized the image. They each referred to the pictured individual only as “This Man.”

In the past three years since the first account, at least 2000 people from all areas of the world are said to have dreamed of this man. A number of theories exist to explain the “This Man” phenomenon. Some say he’s a Jungian archetype–an image summoned from a collective unconsciousness. Some say this man is God himself, though skeptics argue that the people coming forward just think they’ve seen this man after hearing about the phenomenon or they just don’t remember actually seeing this face in real life.

Could this all just be some viral marketing campaign? That’s possible. The story would make a great movie, wouldn’t it?

Still, what if there really exists a man who has the ability to invade people’s dreams? Why does he single certain people out, and does he even realize what he’s doing?

What happens if you do see this man? Maybe you could find out for me. After all, it’s just as easy as falling asleep, and you could be the next person to dream this man.

For more information or to communicate with other “This Man” dreamers, visit http://www.thisman.org/.

The Slender Man is Upon Us

Posted in Horror, Internet Legends, Urban Legends with tags , , , on October 15, 2009 by smilingjacks

What started as a post with a unique piece of digital illustration on Something Awful has become an intriguing and terrifying Internet sensation. The Slender Man (also known simply as Slender Man) is a supernatural entity characterized by a black suit, a blank face, and most notably an ability to stretch himself to unnaturally elongated proportions. It’s said that when his arms are stretched as in the image shown below, his unfortunate victims are placed into a hypnotic state from which they cannot escape.

If you ever see this image in person, it may already be too late for you.

If you ever see this image in person, it may already be too late for you.

The Slender Man is known to target children by preference, but he has deviated to stalking adults as well. One of the most famous accounts is his relentless harassment of a film student named Alex, which is chronicled in the Marble Hornets series on Youtube.

We know that Slender Man was just dreamed up by a poster on Something Awful, but people in all corners of the world have actually reported sightings of this malevolent being. Is it just the fear of Slender Man that causes people to see him? Are their minds remembering his image and playing tricks, or could their experiences be real?

When you see it...

When you see it...

A Buddhist school of thought called Dzogchen has for a long time made the argument that reality is just an illusion–a product of belief. If that’s not a discomforting thought in and of itself, consider this: if enough people believe in something, could it integrate itself into reality? Could all of the interest in Slender Man have actually breathed real life into this character? Is the Slender Man upon us?

No, he’s just an image you saw online, right? And that noise you just heard was just the wind, wasn’t it?

Sleep well tonight.