Annabelle, from the film Annabelle: Creation (Picture: Warner Bros)
Whether it's a description of evil spirits as it pertains to Catholicism, the study of possession in Islam or older pre-Abrahamic religions, this page is guaranteed to freak you out whether you are religious or not.
Slender Man is a bit of a modern-day Sadako from The Ring. A creation of the internet via a creepypasta Internet meme, it became something of a cultural phenomenon. He is thin, unnaturally tall with a featureless head and wears a black suit. He is commonly associated with stalking and traumatising children.
Roanoke was a colony established in North Carolina in 1586 that disappeared off the face of the Earth three years later. There are no records to show where the people went, and though historians have suggested that the native Americans may have been slaughtered by the colonialists at the time, there is no proof of that happening.
In the 1960s and 1970s a spate of violent murders descended on San Francisco. Local newspapers received letters from someone claiming to be the killer, containing four codes, of which only one has been completely solved. There were five confirmed victims in total but police claim it may be a lot higher, and the killer himself claimed to have killed 37 people. He was also never caught.
If you have claustrophobia, this story probably isn't for you. A 17-year-old Scottish girl called Idilia was visiting the abandoned Lahneck Castle in Germany in the 1850s when she fell through rotted floorboards and became trapped.
Idilia came to a tragic end, dying in the cold and dark castle but not before recording her final, traumatic days in her diary. It, along with her remains, were discovered nine years later.
The Conjuring movie franchise was based on the real-life demon-hunting exploits of a medium called Lorraine Warren and her demonologist husband Ed. What's creepy about their story is their insistence of the existence of demons. They allege to have spent their entire lives battling ungodly creatures, and despite every attempt to discredit them, they remain frighteningly convinced by their own accounts.
Famous cases include the Amityville House, the Perron Family haunting and Annabelle the doll (which they claim houses a demon).
Born in 1877, Carl was a German-born radiologist who fell in love with a Cuban tuberculosis patient called Elena Miagro de Hoyos. After she died, he removed her body from its tomb and lived with the corpse in his home for seven years until being discovered by Hoyos' relatives and the authorities in 1940.
The Hands Resist Him is a painting by artist Bill Stoneham in 1972. The creepy picture features a young boy and a female doll standing in front of a glass panelled door against which many disembodied hands are pressed.
The painting is allegedly haunted, with its owner putting it on sale on eBay, noting that they were afraid of the picture because the doll appeared to be moving.
Another serial killer page, Gein not only murdered people, but he would make furniture and other items out of victims’ bodies. Eventually the police caught wind of his nefarious activities and searched his home, where they found a corset made from a female torso, a belt made from nipples and a lampshade of human skin. Although convicted of only two murders he was suspected of many others, including that of his own brother.
(Picture: public domain/John Henry Fuseli, 'The Nightmare' 1781)
Sleep paralysis is also called the Night Hag and refers to a phenomena in which a person, during waking from or falling asleep, is aware but unable to move or speak. During an episode, which has no known cause, one often hallucinates terrifying creatures, shadows, as well as phantom smells and sounds.
Episodes might last for a few minutes or a few hours, and sufferers always feel intense fear during this time.
Sleep paralysis has been reported throughout history, and early accounts blamed demonic possession and paranormal events.
Jennifer and June Gibbons, also referred to as “The Silent Twins,” were identical twins who grew up in Wales. They would only communicate with each other and, after a spate of petty crime, were admitted to Broadmoor Hospital.
Nobody could understand the pair. After 11 years at the institution, they were released, however, they developed a belief that it was necessary for one of them to die for the other to live a normal life.
Jennifer eventually agreed to sacrifice her life, and in 1993, she died, the cause of death was apparently deemed to have been natural causes, but the timings and manner in which it happened have raised suspicions and theories in the years since her death.
Marjorie Wallace of The Sunday Times wrote a book about them called The Silent Twins, describing June’s reaction to her sister’s death.
Wallace recounted that June "was in a strange mood.”
[June said] ‘I free at last, liberated, and at last Jennifer has given up her life for me.’
Sada Abe, a Japanese geisha and prostitute cut off her lover's air supply on purpose while he slept.Sada Abe portrait, Japanese book ":Authentic account: Showa History Vol.2" published by Gyosei Corporation/ Wikipedia
Sada Abe, a Japanese geisha who would often erotically asphyxiate her lover, Ishida.
In May 1936, she cut off his air supply on purpose while he slept.
She then cut his penis off and carried it in her kimono.
Abe served five years in prison when in custody and was charged with ending her lover's life. After her release, she assumed an alias.
And in 1969, she vanished, only to be found in a nunnery.