The Search Terms from the Black Lagoon: Shortwave Spirit Radios, Telephone Booth Ghosts, and Other Queries Answered

abandoned computerPreviously: Something Chill and Slender in This World.

Welcome to another edition of The Search Terms from the Black Lagoon, in which I attempt to figure out exactly what you were looking for when you Googled your way to The Ghost in My Machine.

1. “How do you use short wave to hear ghosts”

I’m assuming this search brought you to the post on The Buzzer, which probably isn’t what you were looking for. This, however, might be: Spooky Tesla Spirit Radio. It’s a non-powered crystal radio which, when plugged into a computer, has been known to pick up some… odd noises. Instructions on how to build your own Tesla Spirit Radio can be found here; watch the video below to see one in action:

2. “Creepypasta about white room and slow building village”

“The White Room” from The Claverhouse Emails? Or “The Tale of Robert Elm?” Or maybe “Room?”

3. “I left my candle in the closet in a shoebox should I worry”

Not unless it’s lit; that would be an excellent way to burn your house down. If you’ve been trying to perform the Shoebox Telephone ritual, though, I’d be careful. There are no candles involved in the instructions; if, however, you return to your “phone booth” to find the shoebox open and a candle inside you know you didn’t put there, abort the mission.

4. “The bellwich machion haunting” [sic]

I wondered for a moment whether this was referring to a place called “Bellwich Mansion” or something, but I came up empty on that one. Maybe the search was meant to be “the bell witch machine haunting,” in which case it probably would have brought you to the Encyclopaedia entry about the Bell Witch. Ancestry.com may be able to help if you’re looking for information about the surname “Bellwich,” though.

5. “Lulu wiki creepypasta”

Not the ghost baby? Interesting. It looks like this story has been deleted from the Creepypasta Wiki, but you can read “Lulu” here. You can also listen to it in the video below:

6. “Telephone booth ghost legends”

The most prominent ghost story involving a telephone booth on the Internet right now comes from Japan; it’s (surprise!) called “Phone Booth.” There’s also an urban legend about a phone booth ghost haunting some college campus somewhere (pick the nearest one to you and imagine it taking place there for the full effect); and lastly, according to Weird New Jersey, there’s a supposedly haunted phone booth in Berkeley Heights, NJ.

‘Til next time, Googlers!

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Encyclopaedia of the Impossible: The Crying Boy

Crying boyPreviously: Kashima Reiko

Type: MO (Malevolent Object)

Period/location of origin: 1950s, Italy.

Appearance: Subject appears to be a mass-produced copy of a painting of a crying child. The child is morose, rather than screaming, and looks out from the frame directly at the viewer.

It should be noted that more than one subject exists. Due to subject’s mass-produced nature, details of its appearance may vary from copy to copy; some may feature boys, others may depict girls, and a wide variety of different children may been seem. Anywhere from 65 to 2,000 variations may exist, although the precise number remains unknown.

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Creepypasta of the Week: “The Zapata Letters”

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Previously: “The Strangers.”

“The Zapata Letters” is one of those pastas that leaves you with more questions than answers. I’m curious to know what exactly happened between letters eight and nine to spark what happened next— and what exactly Zapata captured in the photograph that began the whole thing.

The story seems to have originated here, although the website itself has been set to private these days. I know the explanation for this choice is likely something mundane… but part of me can’t help but imagine an alternative or two.

Maybe the Zapata Letters were never supposed to be shared in the first place.

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Abandoned: The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum and Weston State Hospital (Photos)

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Previously: The Knox County Poorhouse.

The hospital’s name has changed many times. Some call it the Weston State Hospital, as it was known beginning in 1913; others favor the name it carried in 1863, the West Virginia Hospital for the Insane; but it is perhaps most frequently referred to by its original name: The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum. Located in Weston, West Virginia, it is perhaps not as abandoned as some of the other locations we’ve seen here — but that doesn’t preclude it being worth a look, too. On the contrary: It’s well worth a moment of your time.

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The Most Dangerous Games: Daruma-san, or The Bath Game

bathtubPreviously: The Staircase Ritual.

Daruma-san, also known as The Bath Game, is probably best described as a deadly version of Red Light, Green Light. After the initial summoning ritual has been performed, it follows the basic rules of a Japanese children’s game called Darumasan ga Koronda — literally, “The Daruma doll fell down.” The player is “it,” while Daruma-san attempts to catch “it.” But if Daruma-san catches you… well, let’s just say you should never, EVER let that happen.

Curiously, Daruma or Dharma dolls are traditionally symbols of good luck. The Daruma-san of this game, however, seems not to carry the same good luck as her namesake—and neither, should she catch you, will you.

As always, play at your own risk.

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Unresolved: The Hinterkaifeck Murders

HinterkaifeckPreviously: UVB-76, “The Buzzer.”

On April 4, 1922 — a Tuesday — neighbors of the Gruber family grew concerned. The Grubers owned the farmstead between Ingolstadt and Schrobenhausen commonly referred to as Hinterkaifeck; although the title was a nickname at best, it accurately described the Bavarian farm: Hidden in the woods roughly, it lay one kilometer north of the hamlet Kaifeck — that is, “hinter” Kaifeck, or behind Kaifeck. The Grubers had not been seen for several days. The family had not been seen at church that Sunday; according to the postman, the family’s mail had been piling up for several days; and the oldest of the grandchildren had not attended school on Monday or Tuesday. So the neighbors, led by Lorenz Schlittenbauer, did what any concerned, socially-minded group of people would do: They assembled a search party and headed over to the Hinterkaifeck farmstead.

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Encyclopaedia of the Impossible: Kashima Reiko, the Mask Death Demon

restroomPreviously: The Mojave Phone Booth.

Type: CC (corporeally challenged)

Period/location of origin: Unknown, Hokkaido, Japan. Details of subject’s history suggest modern origins, re: presence of trains.

Appearance: Subject has the appearance of a young Japanese woman. Her most notable quality is her lack of legs; her body ends mid-torso. It is not, it should be noted, a pretty sight.

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