Encyclopaedia of the Impossible: Spring-Heeled Jack

Spring heeled JackPreviously: Mandy the Doll.

Type: PE (Preternatural Entity).

Period/location of origin: 1837, London, UK.

Appearance: Subject’s appearance varies by report; however, frequently cited characteristics include a goatee, pointed ears, horns, and glowing, red eyes. Subject is also often said to have talons, rather than fingers (talons may or may not be organic; some reports cite them as being metallic), and is sometimes described as being clad in white oilskin and/or a black cloak. Subject may or may not have the ability to breathe white and blue flames. For all intents and purposes, subject appears to be the quintessential “devil.”

Interestingly, several reports describe as tall, thin, and gentleman-like. Subject’s relationship to the PE known as “the Slender Man,” if any, remains unknown.

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Encyclopaedia of the Impossible: Mandy the Doll

Previously: Help Me, Susie’s Dying.

Type: MO (Malevolent Object. See also: AnnabelleRobert.)

Period/location of origin: Early 20th century, Europe. The precise years and location are unknown, but it is believed that subject came into being circa 1910 – 1920 in England or Germany.

Appearance: Subject appears to be a porcelain baby doll dressed in a white christening gown and carrying a small stuffed lamb. The doll wears a white cap and shoes. Its face is cracked in several places, giving the appearance of scars.

Subject is most frequently referred to as “Mandy,” although may also answer to the name “Mereanda.”

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Encyclopaedia of the Impossible: The Phone Number (“Help Me, Help Me, Susie’s Dying”)

pay phonePreviously: The Girl from the Gap.

Type: UCD (Unusual Communication Device)

Period/location of origin: Unknown, although the majority of accounts suggest subject’s origins date back to the 1970s in the UK.

Appearance: Subject appears to be a particular string of numbers which, when dialed by target from any public telephone box, result in target hearing an unusual and disturbing message. The precise string of numbers has not been determined; accounts suggest that it consists primarily of the digits 0, 1, 2, and/or 3, but as each account suggests a slightly different arrangement of said digits, no definitive answer has been discovered. It is possible that all accounts may be correct, regardless as to how much they may differ; subject may change from time to time, although whether it is changed by a third party or by subject itself remains to be seen.

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Encyclopaedia of the Impossible: The Girl from the Gap

door crackPreviously: Mel’s Hole.

Type: CC (corporeally challenged)

Period/location of origin: Unknown, Japan.

Appearance: Subject appears to be an extremely slender female humanoid of indeterminate age. She may or may not hold an ice pick. NOTE: Due to subject’s illusive nature, a more precise description has yet to be identified; anyone who might be able to provide such a description has hitherto been… not in a position to do so.

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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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