Let's change it up a little and have some fun. As most of you know, I love the NoSleep podcast, which came from the popular NoSleep Reddit subreddit. I can't stomach most horror movies and avoid watching them at all costs. But I LOVE reading scary stories. If you're not familiar, NoSleep is a community where members can upload, share and interact with original and captivating scary stories. And with 4 million subscribers, they are still going strong. All the stories have to be believable within reason, meaning no time travel or to another dimension and the narrator can't die or turn out to be a cat/infant. I consider NoSleep to be the OG of all the creepy subreddits. Since it's spooky season, I'm sharing my all-time favorite NoSleep stories here. I don't like gore and slasher porn so if you're more into the Hostel and Saw type of scary story......look somewhere else. These stories are plot-driven and for those who appreciate the craft of good writing and storytelling over jump-scares and blood.
*EDIT: If you want some 100% true Filipino ghost stories, check out my latest article for Plan A Magazine. The truth is always more horrifying than fiction, amirite??
This one creeped my out for days afterward.
A girl gets suspicious after her sister moves away to a small town in Florida.
One of my all time favorites about an unnamed college campus that has to be quarantined after a mysterious virus infects everyone.
This one could be made into a movie, it's so good. Actually, all of my favorite NoSleep stories could be made into a movie. But what the hell was inside that suitcase?? (It's told in 5 parts so make sure you click the links to the separate parts at the top of the story.)
For the paranoid ones.
Two girls living next door to the "The Suicide Room" on their college campus are having a weird freshman year.
On the anniversary of a boy scout trip, local town residents start seeing strange things.
Fans of the show Stranger Things will enjoy this one.
The imagery of a scrawny grandmother crawling around on all fours is no joke.
Annabelle doesn't scare me at all but this story does.
This one has a sweet surprise ending, which is rare for a horror story.
This story had my heart beating so fast because of the suspense.
I wouldn't either. This is another story that turned out to be somewhat sweet even though it's spooky as hell.
Michael Whitehouse's horror stories have been featured on the NoSleep podcast several times because they are so outstanding. This one is my favorite. I included a link with audio in case you'd like to hear it read to you, which is how I prefer his stories.
Anyone with an irrational fear of spiders (like me) will enjoy this one.
The descriptions of the ocean in this story were AMAZING. I really felt like it I was underwater with the narrator.
Well, this story will teach kids not to prank their parents ever again.
That is one seriously nasty neighbor.
For more fun, here are the winners of Jezebel's 2017 Scary Story contest. These will totally keep you up at night.