Hellhounds are know all around the world. They are supernatural dogs based in folklore and mythology. The features that are usually attributed to hellhounds are black mangled fur, glowing red eyes, super strength or super speed, phantom or ghostly characteristics, and a foul smell. Some European legends say that if you stare into the eyes of a hellhound three or more times you will die (I’ve heard if you look once into their eyes you’ll die or a loved one will die as well). Also in those legends, if you see or hear one howling it may mean death as well. In some cultures that associate hell or the afterlife with fire, hellhounds will have fire-based abilities and appearance. They often are said to have the duty of guarding the entrances to the world of the dead, such as graveyards and burial grounds, or take on other duties related to the afterlife and the supernatural, such as hunting lost souls or guarding ghostly treasures. Some of these supernatural dogs, such as the Welsh Cwn Annwn, are regarded as benign, but still encountering them was a sign of imminent death. The most famous hellhound would have to be Cerberus from Greek mythology.
The Flatwoods Monster is a creature that originated from West Virginia. The monster is known as the Flatwoods Monster, Braxton County Monster, and the Phantom of Flatwoods. The entity is reported to have been sighted in the town of Flatwoods in Braxton County, West Virginia on September 12th, 1952. This report is an example of a close encounter of the third kind, which means paranormal.
There are various descriptions of the entity, but the most common ones are that it is at least 7 ft tall, has a black body, a dark glowing face, an elongated head that was shaped like a sideways diamond, non-human eyes, a large circular cowling appeared behind the head, the creature’s body was described as inhumanly-shaped and clad in a dark, pleated skirt-like exoskeleton, it was later described as a shadow.
Some witnesses say that the entity doesn’t have visible arms due to it being incredibly fast while others say it has long, stringy arms coming out of the front of the body with claw-like fingers. There also have been reports of a red ball of light floating either above the head of the entity or on the ground. It is believed to be an aircraft of some type that the entity was controlling.
The Pig Man is an urban legend that is about a 17-year-old boy in Northfield, Vermont. The story goes that young Sam Harris was heading out with a basket of eggs on the night before Halloween in 1951 to do “Picket Night” which was a night of mischief. The next morning his parents awoke and discovered that their son was not in the house. A large search party was formed, but he was never found. He’s never been found but people have said that they’ve seen Sam and say he became possessed by the Devil on the night he went out. He’s known to slaughter pigs, eat their entrails, empty out their heads and wear it on his head while terrorizing locals. His ghost is said to still haunt the hills surrounding the Devil’s Washbowl. He’s also rumored to be involved in bestiality with the pigs that have produced half-human half-pig offspring. There are also a few other Pig Men of different areas as well. Many those are the offspring? We may never know.
This urban legend takes place in Ohio and revolves around an orphanage that burned down. It’s also supposedly the most haunted place in the state.
It begins with a married couple by the names of Johann and Katharina Sprunger who originally lived in Indiana. They decided to start an orphanage after their daughter and son mysteriously died. Their first orphanage was called “The Light of Hope Orphanage” but sadly it burned down in 1899 and three orphans were burned alive within the building.
As a way to put this tragedy behind them, they moved to Vermilion, Ohio and started a new orphanage in 1903 which they called the Gore Orphanage, which contained over 100 boys and girls that lived there. Not all was peaceful within the walls of the orphanage, however.
There were many rumors that darkness and despair plagued the place. The child told stories of abuse, neglect, and slave labor. Supposedly Mrs. Sprunger cooked cow heads and lungs to force feed the children and if they didn’t eat it, they just starved. Mr. Sprunger would beat the children with a leather strap until they were bruised and bloody. Supposedly he also would rent out the children to farmers for slave labor.
The children were only allowed to wash themselves once every two weeks and they all had to use the same dirty bath water. Their rooms were infested with rats that would bite them when they slept. Eventually, the children started escaping, going through the Vermilion River and were taken in by some generous people.
In December 1923 the orphanage caught on fire. It’s unknown how to fire initially started. Some say someone knocked over an oil lamp. Others say that Mr. Sprunger started the fire because he hated the children and wanted insurance money. The building burned with the children still inside, and even though they tried to escape they did not succeed. Their screams and cries could be heard until the fire finally took the lives of all the children.
Nothing remains of the orphanage anymore and where it once stood is a vacant field, but people claim that even today during the night you can still hear the cries and screams of the children. There are claims of seeing ghost figures and apparitions where the building was. The air smells like burning flesh occasionally and people have heard doors opening and shutting and footsteps across wooden floors even though there is nothing there anymore. There is an old tire swing that is hanging from a tree nearby the site and people say you can sometimes see a little boy swinging on it silently.
It’s a horrendous incident that took the lives of over 100 children at the Gore Orphanage so many years ago. It seems the children even now just want someone to help them and save them from the awful hardship they went through. May their souls one day rest in peace.
The urban legend about black-eyed children are believed to be evil creatures in disguise or even aliens. Their eyes are completely black and they usually stop people late at night and ask for help and if you deny them help, they get extremely aggressive and will disappear once you try to get away. When people encounter these children they are overwhelmed with a feeling of dread or feel like something just isn’t right. There hasn’t been any cases of the children attacking people but the feeling of dread and fear that individuals feel after encountering these children is all too real.
To start off with the spooky and creepiness of the world let’s begin with an urban legend from Japan (because you know that it’s going to be scary if it’s coming from there let me tell you that right now). This urban legend stems from a school setting some twenty or more years ago during a wave of ghost stories and sightings. There are different versions of this ghost depending on the school as do most sightings go, but this is the version I have read up on.
This version is that a little girl’s ghost haunts the school bathrooms, opening and closing doors to scare people who enter alone and who knock on a stall and call her name. Many dread going to the bathroom alone in case they run into her. I mean, who would want to go to the bathroom knowing a ghost girl is there to scare you?
This legend is very similar to the legend of Kashima Reiko, who is a female ghost with no legs that resides in school bathrooms as well who calls out to you. There are various ways as to answer her.
Another one is a male ghost who goes by many names (Aoi Manto/Aka Manto and others) who lives in the last stall in the girls’ bathroom. He asks those who enter, “Which do you prefer, the red paper or the blue paper?” If the person answers red, he will kill them by slashing them on the back or neck repeatedly to make it look like the person was wearing a red cape. If the person picks blue, he will kill them by hanging them.
So in conclusion, be careful when going to the bathroom in a Japanese school, just in case you end up running into any of these “friendly” ghosts.