Encyclopaedia of the Impossible: Mel’s Hole

wellPreviously: Deogen.

Type: MP (Malevolent Portal)

Period/location of origin: Precise date of origin is unknown; subject was first reported to exist in 1997 at Manastash Ridge, near Ellensburg, Washington.

Appearance: Subject appears to be a large pit of indeterminate depth, nine feet wide, and surrounded by a 3.5 foot tall stone retaining wall. The retaining wall extends into the pit roughly 15 feet below ground level; beyond the 15-foot point, the pit continues downward directly through soil, bedrock, etc. Subject may or may not have a bottom, as evinced by experiments conducted involving the dropping of small objects into the pit. Neither a crash nor a splash has been heard during these experiments; as such, it remains unknown whether subject contains either a floor or a well. Subject also does not echo noises from the top (voices shouted down into the pit, etc.).

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Encyclopaedia of the Impossible: Deogen

The EyePreviously: Annabelle the Doll.

Type: CC (Corporeally Challenged)

Period/location of origin: 1937, Sonian Forest, Belgium; or, alternately, unknown year, the Internet. See: Additional notes.

Appearance: Subject appears to take the form of an oddly colored fog; modern accounts describe it as “greenish,” although it may also be gray, orange, or white. Small, shadowy figures may be seen darting through the fog, particularly by drivers of vehicles passing through the area, and small handprints may be seen briefly on car windows before they quickly fade away. The laughter of children may also be heard floating out from the mist. Targets sometimes report “something large” staring at them from within the fog — hence the name “Deogen” or “De Ogen,” Dutch for “The Eyes.”

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Encyclopaedia of the Impossible: Annabelle the Doll

Previously: The Salt and Pepper Lady.

Type: MO (Malevolent Object. See also: Robert the Doll.)

Period/location of origin: Unknown, although subject surfaced as an antique in a hobby store in 1970.

Appearance: Subject appears to be an antique Raggedy Ann doll with red yarn hair, a floral dress, a white pinafore and bloomers, and red and white striped stockings — not, as is commonly believed, a porcelain doll. Raggedy Ann dolls have been produced in the United States by various different toy companies since 1920; it is unknown which version subject may be, although subject’s details — namely the facial features and the dress — suggest it may be a Georgene Novelties creation from the 1940s or 1950s.

Modus operandi: Subject will first search for a suitable target. Upon acquiring said target, subject will then attempt to gain entry to target’s home by presenting itself as a desirable object, perhaps worthy of gift-giving.

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Encyclopaedia of the Impossible: The Salt and Pepper Lady

old woman windowPreviously: Cow Head.

Type: CC (Corporeally Challenged)

Period/location of origin: Early to mid-1980s, Devine, Texas.

Appearance: Subject appears to be an old woman once known by the name Ramona Osterburg, or, more commonly, “Mona.” At one point, subject was a resident of a low-income apartment complex in Devine; however, subject expired at subject’s own hands circa 1984. Subject may be seen either as she appeared in life — elderly, with stringy, grey hair, blue eyes, and an unsettling grin — or as she appeared upon discovery of her death — wrists slit, waterlogged, and with no eyes at all. Subject is known colloquially as “The Salt and Pepper Lady.”

Modus operandi: Subject may be active in myriad ways, typically at night or in the early morning hours prior to sunrise. Targets may witness subject doing any or all of the following:

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Encyclopaedia of the Impossible: Cow Head

steer skullPreviously: The Blind Maiden Website.

Type: Verbal Virus (VV)

Period/location of origin: Unknown, Japan. Some accounts state that subject dates back to the Meiji period or before; others, however, suggest that subject may have emerged during the 1960s. The truth of subject’s origin has not yet been determined.

Appearance: Subject is apparently a story called “Cow Head” which is so terrifying that it drives anyone who either hears it or tells it insane; targets may also expire shortly after either hearing or telling it. Subject’s details — that is, the substance of the story, etc. — remain unknown.

Subject may alternatively be known as “Ushinokubi,” “Ushi no kubi,” or “Gozu.” Subject should not be confused with the Ukranian folktale of the same name.

Modus operandi: During periods of uneventfulness, waiting, or boredom when two or more targets are present, one target (hereafter termed “storyteller”) may begin, unbidden, telling the story. Regardless as to whether or not any other targets present request that the storyteller not proceed, the storyteller will continue to do so until the tale has reached its conclusion. During the telling, the storyteller will appear to have vacated his or her own body; it is unknown what force spurs the storyteller onward, but it suspected that subject takes control of the storyteller’s body during this time.

The storyteller will find, upon finishing the tale, that any other targets within hearing distance will have lost consciousness, begun frothing at the mouth, and/or broken out into cold sweats and fits of shivering. Any and all targets involved in the incident, including the storyteller, may cease to exist before the week is out.

It is unknown how subject achieves this effect on its targets, and frankly, no one really wants to volunteer to find out. Furthermore, given subject’s tendency to eliminate any target who might hear it, it is unknown how subject proliferates. It may be assumed that subject is able to transmit itself directly into the brains of select targets via some as yet undetermined process. The criteria used by subject to select storytellers also remains unknown.

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Encyclopaedia of the Impossible: The Blind Maiden Website

Dead MacPreviously: Bielefeld, Germany.

Type: EV (Electronic Virus)

Period/location of origin: Contemporary (exact year of origin unknown); Spain; the Internet.

Appearance: Subject appears to be an unclaimed Internet domain with the URL www.blindmaiden.com. Other possible variations include www.blindmaidelaine.com, www.blindmadelaine.es, and www.blindmaiden.es.

Modus operandi: If subject is accessed at any time other than midnight on the night of a new moon, target will see only the following error message:

Blind maiden website

However, if subject is accessed precisely at midnight on the night of a new moon, the error message will be absent. Instead, target will see a flickering montage of disturbing images. These images depict people expressing tremendous fear; they also all possess empty eye sockets. At the conclusion of the montage, the following text will appear:

This website will take you to a whole new level of horror.

A horror that will use all five of your senses.

You must be very careful not to click on anything by accident.

You will be faced with a real experience of absolute horror.

Click the “Accept” button to engage actively in the experience.

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Encyclopaedia of the Impossible: Bielefeld, Germany

BielefeldPreviously: The Three-Legged Licca-Chan

Type: UL (Unexplained Location)

Period/location of origin: 1214, Germany; conversely, May 16, 1994, the Internet.

Appearance: Subject appears to be a city in the northwest of Germany. Founded in 1214, subject later suffered greatly during the Second World War; after having been bombed essentially to smithereens, subject was rebuilt, with modern architecture replacing the historic buildings of old. Subject is otherwise unremarkable. As of 2013, its population is approximately 330,000.

Subject may or may not exist, re: The Bielefeld Conspiracy.

Modus operandi: The Bielefeld Conspiracy states that subject is not, in fact, a city in the northwest of Germany. Rather, subject is an illusion created by a shadow organization known as SIE, or THEM. The purpose of THEIR assertion of subject’s reality remains unknown; however, several theories exist:

  • Subject hides former United States President John F. Kennedy; President Kennedy may have been brought there by the Central Intelligence Agency in order to prevent him from revealing the truth about the moon landings.
  • Israeli intelligence agency Mossad acquired subject in order to research two undocumented leylines located in the area.
  • Subject may be the origin point for a tunnel between America, Australia, and the lost city of Atlantis.
  • Subject is a landing pad for UFOs and other extraterrestrial life.

Containment: Although the appropriate containment procedure for subject itself is unknown, targets may determine whether any acquaintances are involved in the conspiracy by asking the following three questions:

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