On this page, you’ll find what I might call “deep cuts” — essays and researched pieces I’ve written for other outlets over the course of my career dealing with everything from creepypasta to haunted dolls. If you’re looking for more info on some of the subjects I’ve covered on The Ghost In My Machine (or info on some subjects that I haven’t covered here), this might be a good place to start.

Creepy Things That Seem Real But Aren’t

“Creepy Things That Seem Real But Aren’t” was a weekly feature I ran on Crushable (now Alloy) in 2011. An exploration of urban legends in the digital age, it’s essentially from whence TGIMM sprang. In case you’re curious about them, you can find links to some of the more widely-read ones below; the complete “Creepy Things That Seem Real But Aren’t” archives can also be found at Crushable’s new home, Alloy.

Scare Yourself Silly

Between 2013 and 2015, I wrote a feature for The Toast called “Scare Yourself Silly.” A sort of spiritual successor to “Creepy Things That Seem Real But Aren’t,” these features took deeper dives into some of the weirder things I’ve found on the internet, specifically examining why we find them frightening, and if they’re fictional, why we find them so believable. I’ve covered a couple of the topics seen in “Scare Yourself Silly” on TGIMM; the difference is in both the style of coverage (TGIMM’s angles have typically been Encyclopaedia entries) and in the level of investigation (there was a lot more research and analysis involved in “Scare Yourself Silly”). Highlights are below; the complete “Scare Yourself Silly” archives can be found at The Toast.

Is It Real?

This one is less a formal series and more just a handful of heavily researched features I’ve written periodically for Bustle since 2015 looking into whether or not certain creepypasta stories are real. They never are, of course; however, they do all have some elements of truth to them that make it seem like they could be — and in some ways, that’s the creepiest thing of all.


4 thoughts on “FROM THE VAULTS

    1. You become the next doll spirit, waiting for the next foolish person to play the game and lose to come along so that you may finally proceed to the afterlife. No, I don’t actually know, but that sounded good right?

    2. You are dead of course but it is likely it will find you so spit your saltwater on it the minute it finds you and it will hide so find it spit saltwater at it again and END THE GOD DAMN GAME!

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