24 Incredibly Creepy Stories That Will Keep You Awake Tonight

If you know where to look, you can find creepy stories on Reddit that’ll scare the living hell out of you. Here are some of the eeriest ones you should challenge yourself to read alone in the dark.

6. Attacked by a disembodied hand

“When I was ten or so, I had an incredibly vivid nightmare that I was being chased through a dark maze by a giant, disembodied hand. I woke up in a cold sweat, shaking all over, but needing to use the bathroom.

I mustered my courage to get up and walk to the bathroom, and when I turned on the light, the hand was there waiting for me. I screamed at the top of my lungs and then woke up for real. Turns out I had a “false awakening,” where you dream that you wake up.

Thinking I was awake, and finding my nightmare had come true, was mind-numbingly terrifying.”

7. Hallucinations before bedtime

“Sometimes when I’m going to sleep, I like to keep track of how weird my thoughts get right before actually falling asleep. Usually within a few minutes before I conk out, my thoughts are just a bunch of non-sequiturs, stuff that doesn’t make sense, but it is fun to sort of listen in.

A year ago I was going through a pretty bad time. My girlfriend dumped me for another guy, work was terribly stressful, and I only found a new apartment a couple days before my lease was up and I had to move out. A day or two before I had to move out, all my stuff was moved out and I was sleeping on an air mattress in the living room (bedroom had no lights and just felt really empty).

I was falling asleep and paying attention to how weird my thoughts were getting. Nothing too strange, just a bunch of random thoughts and phrases popping through my head, when all of a sudden, clear as a bell I heard what sounded like a voice just a few feet away from me. I remember him saying “Well fuck it, just cut him open… Oh fuck he can hear us.” in a flat monotone. I snapped up, and of course there was nobody there.

It was just a creepy auditory hallucination, but it felt absolutely real for a few seconds, made all the worse by how strange my own home felt at that moment.”

8. Kidnapped as a child

“I was almost kidnapped when I was 4 and it is one of my most vivid memories. I lived in a very small town growing up, less than 10K small. I have a little brother who is 2 years younger. My Nan used to watch us a lot. When I was between 4 and 5 I was taken by a man who thankfully did not get that far with me.

My Nan took my brother and I to the laundromat early one morning. Next door to the laundromat was an arcade. (I’m late 30s.) The lights from the games were on all the time and they were fascinating. I convinced my Nan to let us go outside and look in the windows of the arcade. At this time a man approached my brother and I and asked us what we were doing, where was our mom etc. I can’t remember the exact words. At some point he grabbed my hand and began to drag me off. I can still remember how his hands felt and his tight grip on mine. He pulled me into the parking lot and towards a park. The park was higher than the parking lot and there was a small retaining wall, maybe 3 feet high separating the two. I clearly remember being pulled up the wall onto the ground above and looking over my shoulder to hear/ see my Nan shout, HEY! and then he dropped my hand. I’m not sure what happened next but some time later I know the police came, I can remember them talking to me, my brother and my Nan. I remember what I was wearing, that my hair was in pig tails and that my little brother was wearing brown corduroy pants and a white turtleneck. As I’ve gotten older I realize this is the scariest thing that has ever happened to me.”


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