Creepy texts get even creepier when they're read out loud. Creepy Text Theater
within a browser. The demo applications (which recommend Chrome, although other recent browsers also appear to work) will accept input from your webcam if available, and include facial tracking
, emotion detection
(requires webcam input) and the creepier face substitution
] [more inside]
Sometimes it's hard to remember that there are Holiday songs that aren't about being jolly, rocking around Christmas trees, and drugging your girlfriend's drink
. From the dirgelike
to the hopelessly obscure
, here are some Christmas carols you probably won't hear on Black Friday. [more inside]
In the introduction [of Batman: Black & White] the editor mentions that the premise of the book came about because he had a discussion with other members of the comic world and they were debating which one comic run you'd want with you if you were stuck on a desert island. The consensus was Creepy the classic Warren Magazine because of all the incredible artists who contributed to it.
The Warren Publishing Archive
is online, courtesy of the Internet Archive. [more inside]
On Lulu, women can rate men in categories
— ex-boyfriend, crush, together, hooked-up, friend or relative — with a multiple-choice quiz. Women, their gender verified by their Facebook logins, add pink hashtags to a man’s profile ranging from the good (#KinkyInTheRightWays) to the bad (#NeverSleepsOver) to the ugly (#PornEducated). The hashtags are used to calculate a score generated by Lulu, ranging from 1 to 10, that appears under the man’s profile picture. (The company’s spokeswoman declined to explain the ratings algorithm.) Men can add hashtags, which appear in blue, but these are not factored into their overall score. (SLNYT)
Their hearts are not hearts, but clockwork springs. Their lungs are not lungs, but leather bellows. They are: Jack Donovan's Princely Toys [more inside]
My family lived on the southern edge of a certain Midwestern industrial city in an old house, old enough that its basement still had a dirt floor
I was not yet old enough to openly question a parent's behavior, but certainly old enough to recognize its oddness, when my father began digging
It turns out that if you cut together a bunch of scenes from Disney's Cinderella
along with the audio track for the trailer of the new Carrie remake
, you get something very creepy, disturbing and brilliant
So, Boston's KISS 108 FM
decided to hold a Taylor Swift Biggest Fan Contest. But they cancelled it
. [more inside]
"Between the mountains of safety and danger there is a valley of creepiness, where the limits of our knowledge and trust and security aren't very clear."
A closer look at the science behind the third element in Stephen King's taxonomy of scary stuff: terror
. Which is coming home to find that everything that you own has been replaced with an exact copy.
Starting from their very first album, ABBA was recording songs which opened a door onto a darker side than one might be familiar with from their hits. The first of these is Ring, Ring
's track Another Town, Another Train
, wherein a lover is left while still asleep with only a note to explain the departure of their now-long-gone beau. But that's nothing compared to what was to come across their career... [more inside]
We all know that people messed around with photos long before there was Photoshop. But you might not have realized how crazy the Victorians were about headless portraits. They literally lost their heads over this trend. Check it out
that begins from the classical dichotomy shape-substance and that questions itself about the nature of purity and the unavoidability of the corruption, without taking itself too seriously, because in the end, you know, children like to play."
Amongst the canals of Lake Xochimilco, south of Mexico City, there are artificial islands called chinampas
were invented by the Aztecs as a way to increase agricultural production, and while most have been converted for residential or commercial use, there is one that stands apart: Isla de las Munecas (The Island of the Dolls)
. Home to hundreds of terrifying, mutilated dolls
, their severed limbs
, decapitated heads
, and blank eyes
, and nearly every available surface
. [more inside]
Ever made yourself look monstrous by using transparent adhesive tape on your face? Photographer Wes Naman has taken this to a wonderfully creepy extreme in his Scotch Tape Series
Talking Heads: The Vent Haven Portraits
is a new book by Matthew Rolston which explores the history and style of ventriloquist dummies. Buzzfeed
has collected some of the most interesting
) of the portraits contained within
Photographer Stefano Bonazzi's series Smoke
, where nude subjects vanish into the air.
"Are you still doing that hand thing
?" Creepy SLYT.
"You’ll be happy with him. He’ll protect you like a stone wall." First time, only for <3. [more inside]
The Onion's AV Club
has noticed that Amazon buyers love this creepy horse mask
, and they're posting the customer images
to prove it.
A Florida roofing crew is surprised when they disrupt a bat home
. For maximum fun, there's also a longer version
. (via Nothing to do with Arbroath)
The Third Wheel.
Australian photographer Jackson Eaton offers a series of photographs about the awkwardness of being the third person that alternate between hilarious and creepy. (Via
Facepaint in Motion
(dozens of flickr videos of facepaint artist James Kuhn.)
12 videos of creepy automata
(well, actually only 11, because one of them is no longer online)
"The results were astounding. In a six-month period — from Aug 31, 2009, to Feb. 28, 2010, Deutsche Telekom had recorded and saved his longitude and latitude coordinates more than 35,000 times. It traced him from a train on the way to Erlangen at the start through to that last night, when he was home in Berlin. Mr. Spitz has provided a rare glimpse — an unprecedented one, privacy experts say — of what is being collected as we walk around with our phones
"A ball-throwing robot with visual feedback" sounds dull, so let's hide the robot arm in a plush seal suit
! Now that ball-throwing robot with stereo vision
looks like a seal playing basketball
! Just ignore the robotic hand coming out of it's mouth, and the un-seal-like movements. (via
No matter what you do, no matter where you go, Watson will find you.
Nearly three decades ago, folklorist Alvin Schwartz
published Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
, the first of three horror anthologies that would go on to become the single most challenged book series of the 1990s
. But most of the backlash
was against not the stories themselves (which were fairly tame), but rather the illustrations of artist Stephen Gammell
. His bizarre, grotesque, nightmarish black-and-white inkscapes suffused every page with an eerie, unsettling menace. Sadly, the series has since been re-issued
with new illustrations by Brett Helquist
, of A Series of Unfortunate Events
fame. Luckily for fans of Gammell's dark vision, copies of the old artwork abound online, including in these three image galleries: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones
. Interested in revisiting the stories themselves? Then don't miss the virtual re-enactments of YouTube user MoonRaven09
, or the dramatic readings of fellow YouTuber daMeatHook
"Three years ago, on my first trip to England, I visited the Tower of London with my friends Tony and Emily. When I got home and uploaded my pictures, I found this strange blur of light on this photo taken outside the room that housed all the torture implements at the Tower... I told Antonia about my weird photo from 2007, and how I wanted to take another picture in the same place when we went, just for fun... [Back at the tower, I] took another shot of Esme on the walkway. And when I looked at it on my camera after, the hairs on the back of my neck stood up. Now don’t laugh at me, but do you see a sort of smudge to the center and right? Like a smudge made of light?... It made my heart stop for a second. I’m clearly starting to see spooky stuff in places where there is nothing spooky to see.
Why The Hills’ [new] Opening Credits Are Both Creepy and Cruel
For more can-this-really-be-an-accident marketing: This
promo for the final season as compared to this
earlier use of the same song.
Draw With Me
(SLYT) is an original animated short by Mike Inel
with an unexpectedly creepy ending. [more inside]
Maybe it was V
, or maybe something clicked when Travolta and Cage did Face/Off
, but at some point some people became fixated on women shedding their skin
(horrible site design warning) to reveal other women
, or sometimes just to create masks, suits or shells
(mostly NSFW, all creepy as hell).
Wikipedia can be a time sink for sure, but often it's difficult to find the most bizarre
, or disturbing
articles. Thankfully, someone with lots of time on their hands has made a jaw-droppingly comprehensive list of creepy pages
on Wikipedia (the list is in the second post on that page). [Previously
The creepy, weird and gory paintings and illustrations of Charlie Immer
. (via the excellent art blog, Ink Mountain)