Tales of Violent Poltergeists

ARTICLE BY ALAN BOYLE VIA LISTVERSE Usually, the biggest danger you face with a ghost is the need to change your underwear. But the tormented spirits of the dead aren’t always friendly. As we learned from that movie with Patrick Swayze, sometimes the dead can learn to interact with our world. These restless spirits are…

Terrifyingly Creepy Hotels

ARTICLE BY MIKE DEVLIN VIA LISTVERSE By their very nature, hotels are designed to teem with life, such as men on business trips, honeymooning couples, and tourist families with gaggles of sticky-faced children. Hotels should appear warm and welcoming, their employees indulgent to your every need. But when business dips and owners can no longer…

Creepy Urban Legends From Around The USA

ARTICLE BY OLIVIA ANDERSON VIA LISTVERSE Admit it, you still get a chill when you think back to the urban legends of your youth. Every child hears the stories: masked maniacs, ghosts, alien abductions. And they all must be true, because they totally happened to a friend of a friend’s cousin’s girlfriend. Why would you…

Vengeful Ghosts In Folklore And Mythology

ARTICLE BY MICHAEL VAN DUISEN VIA LISTVERSE People often refer to ghosts as the dead who have unfinished business here on Earth. However, not all of that business is good, and there are stories from every culture of ghosts who seem to want nothing other than revenge against the living, usually for no reason other…

Little-Known Mysterious Ghost Types

ARTICLE BY JOHNNY PETERS VIA LISTVERSE Nowadays, ghosts and spirits are all the rage in popular culture. Every channel you flip on, there seems to be a plethora of ghost based shows. There are reality shows—“Ghost Hunters,” “Ghost Travelers,” “Celebrity Ghost Stories,” “Ghost Hunters Academy” and even dramas based on the subject, such as “Ghost…

Poe’s Tales of the Macabre, Illustrated by Benjamin Lacombe

ARTICLE BY MARIA PAPOVA VIA BRAIN PICKINGS Either the memory of past bliss is the anguish of to-day, or the agonies which are, have their origin in the ecstasies which might have been. Certain types of literature readily invite gorgeous complementary artwork. Classic fairy tales, for instance, have attracted some magnificent illustrations over the centuries. But arguably the most…

Serial-Killing Nurses, AKA Angels of Death

ARTICLE BY SIMON GRIFFIN VIA LISTVERSE We’re all aware of how simple mistakes in hospitals can have disastrous consequences. But, as horrible as some of the stories can be, most of them do not involve malicious intent. And we would like to think that the people we’re entrusting our health to will always have our…