Unresolved: John Titor, Time Traveler From The Future

Previously: Karin Catherine Waldegrave

Okay. I’ve put it off for long enough. We’re finally going to talk about John Titor, time traveler from the future. Or, perhaps — and, honestly, more likely — we’re going to talk about John Titor, time traveling hoax.

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Creepypasta of the Week: “Annora Petrova”

Previously: “Gamer.”

A creation of One Page Wonder’s Stories to Read Alone at Night, “Annora Petrova” (which is technically just called “Annora”) is a familiar sort of tale; it’s reminiscent of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray. A few things set “Annora Petrova” apart, however: First, the titular character doesn’t exactly strike a bargain; and second — and perhaps most notably — the story updates the conceit for the modern age in the most apt way possible: It’s a sort of cautionary tale about Googling yourself.

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Is “Dear David” Real? An Examination Of Twitter’s New Favorite Haunting

Previously: How To Be A Nanny In A Haunted House.

Like the rest of the internet, I’m now extremely invested in seeing how the Dear David story develops — and conveniently, Ellis has created a Storify about it that he’s updating as he goes. But I’m not necessarily interested in taking it at face value; I’m interested in seeing exactly what about the story can be explained rationally, and what can’t be. So let’s take a look, shall we?

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A Preview Of TGIMM’s Patreon-Exclusive Newsletter (Become A Patron For More!)

Want access to an exclusive newsletter full of weird, spooky, and otherwise strange and unusual stories, games, and more? If you become a Patreon supporter for The Ghost In My Machine at the “Raven Man” tier level, that’s exactly what you’ll get. In case you’re curious about what these newsletters are like, I’ve put together a preview joining some highlights from previous editions — and if you want more, there’s plenty where it all came from. I didn’t name it “TGIMM’s Collection Of Curated Curiosities” for nothing.

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Encyclopaedia Of The Impossible: Ronald Opus


Previously: Eight Feet Tall

(CW: Suicide, homicide.)

Type: EV (Electronic Virus). Or at least, we think it’s an EV. Honestly, we’re not totally sure.

Period/location of origin: Conflicting. In one form, subject may originate as early as 1947; in this form, state or country is unknown. In another form, however, date of origin may be traced back to 1987, and location of origin may be traced back to one Don Harper Mills — or perhaps more accurately, to the mind of Don Harper Mills. Where the thought may have come from before it arrived in Mills’ head remains — as is often the case with these kinds of things — unknown. Additionally, subject in its current form appears to date back to 1994, at which point it first appeared on the internet.

Appearance: Conflicting. Subject may appear to be a deceased male humanoid between the ages of 20 and 40 whose passing occurred as a series of unfortunate events; or, subject may appear to be a story of a deceased male humanoid between the ages of 20 and 40 whose passing occurred as a series of unfortunate events. The difference between these two possible forms is… significant.

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For A Good Time, Call 801-820-0263

Previously: Help Me, Help Me, Susie’s Dying.

Here’s a fun thing to try the next time you feel like tempting fate: Call the phone number 801-820-0263. At first, you’ll just hear silence. If you wait a few seconds, though, you’ll begin to hear some noise — something which sounds almost ethereal, beautiful in a way. Overlaid on top of these ethereal sounds, you’ll hear a male voice speaking a series of one-digit numbers. Don’t get too comfortable, though; the soundscape will change abruptly in short order, and what it changes to isn’t pretty. An intense, jarring, sharp sort of noise some have likened to the sound of a chainsaw revving up will cut in, followed by what sounds, curiously, like a chorus of male voices recreating that same noise. Then there’s a brief beep — the sort that usually signifies when an answering machine recording has ended, prompting the caller to leave a message.

And then, silence.

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The Most Dangerous Games: Sever The Cord

Previously: The Picture Game.

The idea of a multiverse isn’t new, but in Sever the Cord, which was first uploaded to the Creepypasta Wikia on Nov. 7, 2010, it’s a little different — less a multiverse and more a… two-story house, let’s say. In this two-story house, each floor is identical to the other; the same furniture, the same organizational principles, and the same decorations exist on each floor. The inhabitants, too, are the same — there’s you, on the floor that you live on, and then there’s your Copy, which lives on the other floor. When you look in a mirror, you’re seeing the other floor. You’re seeing your Copy.

There’s one difference between the two floors, though, and that’s the fact that a… Being lives on one floor. The Copies that live there can’t see him… but he’s there. Watching. Keeping an eye on you through your Copy, for everything you do is also done by your Copy. The Being watches it all, meting out retribution when necessary.

You can escape the watching, of course… but the price is high.

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