They prey upon an individuals common fears babysitting at night, sleeping at night and they usually teach people a lesson. Dwell in darkness, feel the shivers up your spine, visualize moving shadows, hear whispers of death, think your doom. When he goes to the address and knocks on the door, an old woman answers it. Try as our brains might to suggest otherwise, our bones just seem to know that the slender man is out there somewhere, waiting for us. Legend says that a young couple were getting hot and heavy in the car and heard tapping on the roof.
Do you remember hearing an urban legend or ghost story. Urban legends, sometimes also called urban myths or urban belief tales, are unverifiable but allegedly true stories about funny, frightening, or supernatural events that have achieved wide popularity. Angela is a white cat with blue eyes who has a conversation with you and can answer any questions you ask. Scary urban legends creepy urban legends make you tremble. Here is the scariest urban legend from every state page 2.
The three books each feature numerous short stories in the horror genre. Creepy urban legends capstone library capstone publishing. From the unbelievable to the possible, urban legends satisfy a human desire to find entertainment and thrills within ones deepest and darkest fears. Urban legends, folklore, and myths urban legends thrive on peoples fears, with twisted tales ranging from madmen to hoaxes to the unexplained. An urban legend doesnt have to be scary, in fact a lot of urban legends are more funny than scary. These are usually spread by word of mouth or by email and happened recently or not that long ago. Urban legends an urban legend, urban myth, urban tale, or contemporary legend is a form of modern folklore. Urban legends by nick harding overdrive rakuten overdrive. The bridges pleasant name comes from local legend, that states on certain nights if you stop your car and turn around, you will gaze right into a fiery hell. According to the legend, late one evening, a young college girl decided to collect her books from her room ready for the next day so she could spend the night at her boyfriends dorm. Author schwartz drew heavily from folklore and urban legends as the topic of his. Urban legend, is credited with first debunking this smelly little tale in his 1994 book, the baby train and other lusty urban legends. The scariest urban legends of texas houston chronicle. The following list contains ten urban legends that are both commonly known and.
Popular urban legends books meet your next favorite book. A japanese urban legend is a story in japanese folklore which is circulated as true. Jeff the killer is a similar, facially disfigured internet meme. He picked her up at her house and they drove out to the edge town. New englands scariest stories and urban legends public. He wasnt particularly unpopular, he was just ignored by most of his classmates. They parked the car in a secluded spot that was a wellknown loverslane. The colossal book of urban legends new ed by brunvand, jan harold isbn.
Some true some false if you hear the same story retold with new variations these usually never happened some legends can be traced historically telltale warning signs can occur hoax spread by wordofmouth, email, the internet, and often retold via newspapers, radio and tv. An urban legend, is a surprising, often scary story that is told as if it were true. The legend of the house, as told in the book the amityville horror by jay anson, told the story of the lutz family who unwittingly purchased the haunted house as their dream home in a peaceful long island town. Scary urban legends, folklore, myths halloween website. When four friends went to japan for the summer break, they learn that even the simplest of things can be the scariest. David emery is an internet folklore expert, and debunker of urban legends, hoaxes, and popular misconceptions. She killed at least 31 patients who were under her care as a nurse.
Urban legends those apocryphal, happenedtoafriendofafriend stories of such outlandish incidents as the microwaved pet and alligators in the sewerare inherently fun, but theyve never been as entertainingly presented as in this collection of some 200 told in comic strip format by a stunning variety of artists drawn from the comics mainstream e. By definition an urban legend is an unproven story that circulates in an urban population base. The hook urban legend one summer night, a teenager boy was going out on a date with his new girlfriend. What urban legend legitimately gives you the creeps. This apelike creature that inhabits the hills of meghalaya is one of the most popular urban legends that india has to offer. Scary urban legends, myths and true ghost stories to read online.
A couple checks into a las vegas hotel, and suddenly they smell a foul odor. Every locale spins its own tall tales, believable or not, that get passed down through generations. She leads him to the garage while telling him her son bought the car new in 1967, the was drafted and sent to vietnam the next year, and he never came home. I had seen the movie urban legend and remembered one of the characters reading a similar book in the movie. Welcome to urban legends, a collection of articles dissecting. An urban legend, myth, or tale is a modern genre of folklore. New urban legends will almost certainly have some sort of viral online element. New englands scariest stories and urban legends has 533 members.
The term urban legends was first used sometime in the 1930s to designate a certain type of folklore. Japans spookiest urban legends and myths culture trip. Talking angela is a scary urban legend about a mobile phone app that allows creepy hackers to interact with kids and take pictures of them. Aug 09, 2009 my favorite non scary urban legend goes. The top ten most scary urban legends that make our list are from a variety of places including the south of the united states of america, chain letters, bus rides, and many more. However the last one is factual and extremely tragic as well as another one where a guy got locked into a walk in freezer accidentally because he had done something wrong with the bosses daughter. Urban legends are often rooted in local history and popular culture. Telling scary stories is a means of processing fears about the dangers lurking just out of sight, wherever we go fears about terrible accidents were powerless to prevent, or anonymous. The roommate is one of the most scary urban myths and legends that had been popularized. Here is the scariest urban legend from every state page. Urban legends are those strange, but seemingly credible t. They accidentally summoned many different japanese urban legends and creepypastas like the alice killings, eight feet tall woman, the. In this book, nick harding sets out to describe a host of urban legends, suggesting that we should not dismiss them purely as nonsense, nor accept them as gospel truth. Tell these scary stories and horror tales around the campfire, at bedtime or on halloween night.
Urban legends are usually frightening, creepy stories which feature modern settings, elements of popular culture and dark, often disturbing aspects. Urban legend states that if you journey to this cemetery in the tiny town of cassadaga, you will find an assortment of bricks called the devils chair where satan likes to chill every so often. See more ideas about urban legends, scary stories and creepy stories. Allegedly, the beast is a relative of the abominable snowman and the yeti. Rumor says that a young couple once lost their lives driving off the bridge. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. Add in scary ghost stories and you have entertainment for a campfire or slumber party.
The book of scary urban legends kindle edition by jan harold brunvand. The stories that follow escalate from scary to very scary and freaky. Contemporary life is full of folklore, including urban legends, those odd, funny, or scary stories suited to the times and places we live in. Feb 10, 2000 after reading about a new urban legend online kids killed by rattle snakes andor hypodermic needles in ball pits at fast food restaurants i was linked to the big book of urban legends. The book of scary urban legends jan harold brunvand. Heres a sampling of some of the best childhoodruining contemporary myths that still haunt us to this day. There is a story like this in the weird pennsylvania book only the person drives around the body and in the rear view mirror the man gets up and 6 or seven of his buddies come out of the woods around the road. There was once a 15 year old boy who attended a school in a small town in ohio. Heres some american folklore that you may not have heard yet, from the tricky wendigo to the closetotruth cropsey to the horrifying boo hags. Whether thats reading a new, motivating book, or listening to a song that speaks to your soul, there are plenty of resources to help your health thrive on any given day. It also sported tentacles like an octopus that it used to seize people and carry them away. Fortunato zanfrettas abduction story has become one of the most famous urban legends in italy over the last few decades according to his own accounts originally made while under hypnosis, zanfretta was abducted by aliens called dragos from the planet teetonia, and experienced repeated abductions by the same group over a period of several years 19781981. Talking angela started as a mobile phone application used by a lot of children. We all have those classic urban legends that we hold dear to our hearts mostly because when we were kids, they scared the shit out of us.
American urban legends are some of scariest stories ever weve invented bigfoot and the mothman, and we even saw witches in our own neighbors in salem. Oct 31, 2017 50 states, 50 urban legends all creepy. Taunton state hospital was a mental facility that housed some pretty horrifying characters, including jane toppan, who confessed that her ambition was to kill more helpless people than anyone else in history. Schiffer publishing scary urban legends do you know what an urban legend is. Like most urban legends, there is an element of truth to the story behind the bunnyman bridge. Back to gallery you dont have to go far in texas to come across creepy urban legends that sound like they belong in a halloween anthology. The bridge has been closed to traffic for the last few years, but still attracts a great number of. See more ideas about urban legends, creepy stories and scary stories. Many scary urban legends involve a common theme like that of the teenage babysitter. American urban legends and their meanings by jan harold brunvand, the choking doberman. Here is the scariest urban legend from every state. In the 1730s, german immigrants in fredrick county, maryland claimed to have encountered a terrifying creature.
People are fascinated by scary urban legends because they often highlight some of the worst aspects of humanity in a format that is just as entertaining as a beloved ghost story or other paranormal activity. I heard this first when i was around thirteen years old at a slumber. In hawaii there is a place called morgans corner on oahu. The only problem with this book is that some of the stories have been covered before in jan harold brunvands other urban legends books but otherwise it is a fun little collection that you can use to entertain your friends with young or old as you do your bit for urban myths and pass these tales along. An urban legend, is a surprising, often scary story that is told as if it.
Decide for yourself as you dig into some of the most horrifying urban legends ever. Urban legends tend to focus on a current fear or cultural phenomenon of the time. List of books and articles about urban legends online. It usually consists of fictional stories, often presented as true, with macabre or humorous elements, rooted in local popular culture. Logically, all of us know that urban legends are exactly that. Check out dark and terrifying myths and legends from all over the world, including japanese, mexican, korean and chinese.
Number one on our list of the scary urban legends is the tale of the ghost rider. However, the truth behind this story is a little more concrete than. He deemed the tale more tall than true, due to a lack of factcheckable details. That we share these mysteriously appearing, modernage folk narratives and incorporate them into our lives binds us as communities and tells us something about ourselves. They are those stories that make the rounds at high school hangouts and college dorms, camping trips and late night sleepovers, offices and water coolers as frightening tales too good to be true, and too scary to be fiction. Top 10 scary urban legends to keep you up at night if youre reading this at night, and youre about to go to bed well, i recommend you delay reading this until tomorrow, preferably when the sun is shining i cant guarantee that youll be able to fall asleep after reading this scary list of urban legends. Here is the scariest urban legend from every state page 5. Reviewed titles print book supported by capstone interactive accelerated reader. In this book nick harding sets out to describe a host of urban legends suggesting that we should not dismiss them purely as nonsense nor accept them as gospel truth but by striving to understand their underlying meanings we begin to see their true. Urban legends about animals in sewers have been a staple of scary stories, particularly the one about baby alligators being flushed down toilets and then growing to adult size in waste channels. The name bunnyman bridge might evoke some laughs from those who dont know the sinister tale of murder and carnage behind it.
The story has been prevalent in many reference books, even some published by the fire fighting agency. Top 10 scary urban legends to keep you up at night. The very best scary urban legends contain basic storylines seemingly. There is a story like this in the weird pennsylvania book only the person drives around the body and in the rear view mirror the man gets up and 6 or seven. They later discover the body of a rotting dead girl stuffed into the box spring under their mattress. Shortly after founding their town, the residents began reporting sightings of a beast that was halfbird, halfreptile, with a beak made of metal with razorsharp teeth. The book of scary urban legends brunvand, jan harold on. It often consists of fictional stories associated with the macabre, superstitions, cryptids, creepypasta, and other fear generating narrative elements. Some so impalpable that one would grow an instant disconnect towards, whilst some too riveting to shake off.
The boy was painfully thin, wore thick large glasses, spoke with a pronounced lisp and had a bad case of acne. Packed with facts as well as expert opinions, each book has all the key information you need to know about such popular topics as film, television, cult fiction, history, and more. This is the official page for the book short scary stories and urban legends by. Download it once and read it on your kindle device, pc. From bloody mary to the spider bite, urban myths have inspired countless creepy books and films here james dawson shares his 10. I came across this book while doing inventory at the library. Tons of creepy texts with feature to post your own horror. These stories endure much like their cousins from classic folklore and fairy tales because they often have a lesson to teach us. They were blissfully unaware the house was the home of the infamous defeo murders. Most of the other teenagers in his class regareded him with disdain abd referred to him as the geek. The vast majority of the stories are obviously unfounded and are exactly what you say they are, legends. Growing up there have been ghost stories that i have often ended up listening to with unrivalled heed.1180 1588 1488 1257 648 254 476 1394 382 569 1532 1538 613 405 1316 934 869 881 678 1574 293 496 908 1613 959 965 511 408 1438 307 560 457 1225 100 615 141 1442