Hello readers, and welcome back to our travelogue where we dive into the creepiest urban legend from each of the 50 states. Last week, we hit the halfway point, but there are still so many more spine-tingling tales to go! So settle, in as we take in five more, and as always, we encourage you to share your own favorite urban legends from your state in the comments below as we get to them!
Montana: The Hitchhiker of Black Forest Lake
Hitchhikers play a role in more than one urban legend. Most often, it’s the tale of a young woman who appears in distress who either vanishes when the driver stops or who asks to be taken home only to give directions to a cemetery. Better yet, there are the tales of a driver who picks up a hitchhiker, carries them to a house where they vanish upon arrival. When the driver goes to the door, they find out that the hitchhiker was actually the spirit of a family member who died in a car accident years before.
In Cascade County, Montana, however, there’s a different sort of hitchhiker tale that takes place near Black Forest Lake on Highway 87.
It seems that more than one person traveling driving this stretch of road has reported an eerie sighting that ends in a terrifying conclusion each time. It all begins when the motorists spot a man who appears to be Native American dressed in denim on the side of the road. The highway here is long and flat so many times the driver will spot the man long before they reach him.
Here’s where this tale gets spooky. When nearing the hitchhiker, the man will suddenly disappear from the side of the road only to suddenly roll over the hood of the car, up the windshield, and over the roof. When the terrified driver stops to check on the man, he has, of course, vanished, and there is not one scratch or dent on the car despite the very real sounds of impact that the driver hears during the encounter.
Locals say that this is the spirit of a man who was hit by a car and killed on the highway, but no records indicate that happening.
Nebraska: The Portal School aka Hatchet House
This story is not technically an urban legend per se, but it does have many of the tropes tied to it that we see in other examples and well, it’s just a really creepy story…
It seems that back in the early 1900s there was a small one-room school in Portal, Nebraska in Sarpy County. The town itself is now nothing more than a ghost town, which only lends weight to the events that reportedly occurred one fateful day in the school.
For an unnamed reason, the school’s teacher–previously thought to be a kind and generous woman–snapped one day. In a fit of rage, she blocked the exits to the small building, grabbed a hatchet, and murdered every student in her care. In some versions of the story, they say the woman eventually decapitated the children and placed their heads on the desks in the room.
But the teacher was not finished. She next removed each of the students’ hearts from their chests after which, perhaps when her rage had subsided, she was overcome with regret. She took the hearts and walked to a nearby bridge where she tossed them one by one into the waters below.
The school was later moved, but it is said that if you walk across the bridge, now called Heartbeat Bridge, you will hear the sounds of the students’ heartbeats below and sometimes, you might even see the spirit of the schoolteacher, captured in grief over what she did.
Nevada: Robb Canyon Murders
Back in the 1970s four bodies were allegedly recovered from Robb Canyon near Reno, Nevada. Heavily mutilated, the three men and one woman were never identified, nor were their killers found.
At a glance, that seems like a straight-forward story except that no official reports about the murders exist. No police reports, newspaper articles, nothing exists that says these murders actually happened, but that doesn’t stop some of the locals from swearing it is fact.
Furthermore, since the 1970s Robb Canyon has been the site of numerous forms of paranormal activity including phantom screams, glowing orbs of light, cold spots, and full-bodied apparitions.
New Hampshire: The Wood Devils
It was really time for another cryptid in these articles and New Hampshire showed up to save the day with their famed Wood Devils.
Estimated at over 7 feet tall, the wood devils have been spotted in the forests near the Canadian border for well over a century. The creatures are described much like Bigfoot or Sasquatch, but unlike their cryptid compatriots, they are much sleeker, thinner, with grayish fur that allows them to camouflage themselves among the trees.
Most people say they’re so good at hiding that you’d nearly be standing right next to one before you even realized it.
They are also described as being incredibly fast, able to run into the trees with an inhuman speed that is terrifying.
Sightings of the creature began as early as the beginnings of the 20th century but have been formally reported as recently as 2004 when a man saw the creature while out hunting with his grandfather.
New Jersey: Shades of Death Road
You thought I was going to write about the Jersey Devil, didn’t you? While that terrifying cryptid may be the most famous urban legend of New Jersey, there are others that, to me, are far creepier, and Shades of Death Road is one of them.
First of all, who names a road “Shades of Death?” Aren’t you just asking for trouble?
Well, according to Weird NJ, there are a lot of stories about how this stretch of road got its name. For instance, in one version of the story, the area of land was once “settled” by a group of unruly squatters who regularly fought among themselves and no few were murdered in the midst of these altercations. Then there are those who say that it was originally called the Shades thanks to the large trees in the area, but after numerous people–reportedly so many that the local morgues/mortuaries laid the bodies in the streets due to lack of room–died in a recurring malaria plague, the name was changed to Shades of Death.
Whatever the case, the road has earned a reputation as an eerie, haunted place that plagues those who traverse it. The land on either side of the road is said to be home to numerous spirits, a “fairy cave,” and more than one person has reported seeing phantoms along the sides of the road.
‘Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed’ Trailer Lets You Play as a Ghost or Suit Up and Form Your Own Crew
Today, Illfonic gave big details on a game that had been teased earlier in the year. That’s right, Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed is on its way to PC and Consoles this fall. The game will be a huge immersive multiplayer and single-player experience. In the game, you will be able to side with the ghosts becoming several iconic spectrals including Slimer. In addition to playing as a ghost, you can become a Ghostbuster, suit up in totally custom suits and bust ghosts using proton accelerators.
Use classic equipment as well as new untested gear, while you travel through New York visiting spots that were popular in the films and beyond. Cause, not only is the game pulling from the films, it is also grabbing characters and locations from The Real Ghostbusters.
Work with Ray, Winston and the guys in order to become the best Ghostbuster that you can be. The only question is, are you ready for mass hysteria? Cats and dogs living together? We are too. Let’s get to bustin’.
If you digitally pre-order the game it gets you a playable Slimer, a custom particle thrower and proton pack, and special clothing colorways.
The synopsis for Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed goes like this:
Form a team with up to three other Ghostbusters to track down Ghosts haunting a number of locales. Sniff out paranormal activity with the P.K.E. Meter and charge it to unleash a short-range pulse disabling Ghost movement. Unveil hidden rifts acting as the Ghost’s spawn points and teleportation portals, and destroy them. Use the powerful Particle Throwers to capture the Ghost, deploy a trap, and wrangle them into it before they escape!
Meanwhile, the Ghost works alone, roaming around stages like the Museum, an abandoned Prison, and other spooky locations, including a new one to be revealed at Gamescom. Frighten civilians to scare them away. Possess objects to raise the overall Global Haunt percentage, to regain ghost power, or just cause mass hysteria. Use slime to temporarily stun Ghostbusters. Move the rifts to keep them guessing, summon minions to make an escape, and show the Ghostbusters they should be afraid of this Ghost!
Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed will be available on October 18 via PC, Epic Games Store, PlayStation 4|5, Xbox Series X|S, and Xbox One. Pre-orders are available starting today!
In order to check out the full trailer for Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed check it out RIGHT HERE!!
‘The Midnight Club’ Gives Us a Peek at the Latest From the Minds of Mike Flanagan and Christopher Pike
To those before. To those after. To us now. And to those beyond. Seen or unseen. Here but not here. Christopher Pike’s The Midnight Club is a classic. That is why it is so great to see these characters come to life in the first tease from the series.
Christopher Pike’s The Midnight Club is a classic. That is why it is so great to see these characters come to life in the first tease from the series.
It is a short tease but, one that those familiar with the works will be really excited to see. The characters in The Midnight Club are larger than life with their big hearts and stories, so putting physical faces to these is really great.
The synopsis for The Midnight Club goes like this:
“At a hospice with a mysterious history, the eight members of the Midnight Club meet each night at midnight to tell sinister stories – and to look for signs of the supernatural from the beyond. A new horror series from Mike Flanagan and Trevor Macy’s Intrepid Pictures (The Haunting of Hill House, Midnight Mass) and Leah Fong, based on the creative work of bestselling author Christopher Pike.“
It is also really exciting to know that the team behind Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House is behind the series as well.
We can’t wait to join The Midnight Club when it arrives on Netflix beginning October 7.
Source: (Vanity Fair)
You Can Watch the 1st Episode of the Terry Crews-Starring ‘Tales From the Walking Dead’ Right Here
The Walking Dead anthology spin-off, Tales from the Walking Dead had its premiere and folks mostly dug the first episode. It stars Terry Crews and Olivia Munn and is titled Evie/Joe.
Crews was super excited about being in the world of The Walking Dead, being a huge fan himself.
“You’ve got to understand, I was worried. You have to know because I’m a fan too. I am the biggest fan. The last thing you want to be is the guy who ruined the franchise,” Crews said “This is a dream. This world is as big as Marvel. It’s as big as any other world. And I am a big-time horror, sci-fi fan, and especially of (The Walking Dead).”
The synopsis for this episode of Tales of the Walking Dead goes like this:
“In a road-trip story, reclusive prepper Joe (Terry Crews) abandons his bunker in search of a female prepper from his past; along the way, he meets an unlikely ally Evie (Olivia Munn) who is his opposite; they team up in an effort to find their lost loved ones.”
There are five episodes left after this one. We are dying to check out the one that stars Parker Posey as a publicist trying to “Fake News” her way through the beginning of the Walker outbreak.
The first full episode of Tales of the Walking Dead becomes available below beginning at 1 p.m. CT.