Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Scariest Places on Earth

Sometimes the most dangerous places are the most familiar, the corner store parking lot, the alley behind your house, the apartment next door. Other times, the strangest places are more foreign.

From mass bird suicides, to a town filled with twins, there are creepy places all over the globe.

Why don't you take a trip to the scariest places on earth.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Stranger On the Deck

So my house is in the area of the US where hurricanes often hit so it is up on stilts meaning there are no rooms on the ground floor of my house. My parents and I have bedrooms on the second floor with a wooden deck that both of our rooms have doors to.

This made it super easy to sneak out to when I was at the age where that was the thing to do. I would sneak out many Thursday nights to go drink at my friends house. All I had to do was open my door an tiptoe on the deck past my parents room and down the stairs to where my friends were waiting in a car outside. I was a straight A student so my parents gave me a degree of leniency that some kids don't get.

Anyways I was home on spring break from college my freshman year and told my brother if he needed to get to his friends house just come get the keys from me and sneak out on the deck as the third floor was also connected to the deck.

So a couple of days later I wake up around 12:30 in the morning. This is not uncommon as I am the lightest sleeper I have ever met which is odd since I am 6'5" 195cm male and weigh about 235 lbs or 106 k. I know that is weird for a first year in college but I have always been in 99th percentile in height and weight since the time I was born.

I hear the noise of someone tiptoeing across the deck outside my deck door. I had grown accustomed to it from the 2 years of being the active participant myself. Then I hear the noise of someone turning the knob on my door. For about 10 seconds I think I am going die from fear but remember I told my brother to come get the key if he wants to go out.

I then whisper as to not wake my parents...
"fuck you lilbro tfurbs66, come get the key inside and then sneak out."

The attempt to enter stops and I figure my bro is coming back in to get the key and go out. He never comes in and I naturally enter a peaceful slumber
Next day I take him aside and tell him if he wants the car to get the key while I'm awake and to not scare me half to death by trying to open my door.

He says "I know where mom and dad hide the spare I don't need your key to drive the truck."
So I hesitantly ask, "So you weren't on the deck last night and didn't try to open my door,"
He looks very worried, as his door is just a flight of stairs away ands says, "no, why?"
I recant the whole thing to my parents who call our neighbor right down the street who is a cop but he says their is little they can do. I'm now terrified to have a door that people can get in so close to where I sleep. This is about a year ago and I know it's not as scary as what most people on hear have dealt with but it gave me a good scare.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

How To Keep Yourself From Getting Scared While Home Alone

You may have experienced the feeling... It's late. The sun set hours ago. You're in the living room on your laptop, or maybe in the corner of the dining room on your desktop. You're reading Alone at Night when suddenly you feel small and fragile. In every unseen room lurks something sinister. Something malicious. You want to look out your windows to see what that noise was, but are too afraid what you'll find. Did you lock the backdoor after taking the trash out? Maybe not.

Okay, so we've all been there at some time in our lives. Maybe we grew out of it, and maybe we didn't. Maybe some of us even enjoy it. That feeling of feathers sliding up your neck, of some mammalian instinct to tighten stomach muscles and breath quicker.

Can you overcome the willies? This wikihow page is all about steps one can take to keep from getting frightened while being home alone. Let's examine them one by one.

1 Scan Your Home. Take a walk-through of your house the second everyone is gone, before you really have time to let the fear set in. This includes looking behind couches, peeking at the spot between the door and the wall, and checking every room. You may feel silly, but it will save you from becoming paranoid later. Turn all lights on.

First, don't turn on all your lights. It wastes energy and money and only gives the people outside (waiting to get in) a better view of you in your pajamas. Secondly, as you move from room to room, so may the creepers, staying one room ahead of you (muahahaha).

2 Lock All Doors and Windows. Next, go through every room again and ensure that every door and window is safely locked. The second check of every room adds to the feeling of safety and locking the doors and windows is a must.  
Pointless. They're already inside your house, under your bed and in the basement.
3 Identify Sounds. Ever get scared out of your wits by what you were sure was an intruder, but just turned out to be a dripping facet? Identify all of the sounds that might scare you so that you know what to expect.

That's not a dripping faucet. That's blood.

4 Check Blinds and Doors. During the day, keep your blinds open. Due to the fact that more light is outside than inside, you can look out but it is difficult for others to peer in. The opposite is true during the night, so if you're alone when it's dark close all blinds. If you can see most of the interior of a room with the door open, leave it open. If you can only see part of the room when you look through the door (such as a staircase that curves around or a bathroom with a separate room for the toilet), close it. You'll then be less nervous about someone sneaking up from somewhere that you can't see.
But did you remember that one curtain upstairs. That one near the window with the broken latch. The one that moves slowly in the wind. Wait, there is no wind...

5 Turn up the sound. If your house makes scary sounds, turn on the television and some music. When you can't hear the creaks and other unidentifiable sounds, you won't be as nervous.

Brilliant. Can't be afraid of someone if you don't know they're coming.

6 Take your mind off it. If you're still nervous, find something to do. Finish that Spanish presentation. Build a fort of pillows for your pet. Clean the house! Keep your hands and mind busy

Our recommendation is to sharpen your knives, at least take a few practice swings with your baseball bat. A pulled muscle is nothing to laugh at.

7 Call a friend. You're probably only nervous when you're completely alone, so ask a friend to come over. You'll feel much safer with another person around, and you'll have more fun
Your guy friend? Yeah, remember that time you ditched out on him to hang out with that dreamy guy with the muscles? You do? So does he.
Your girl friend? Remember that time in 8th grade you told her she was a slut? Yeah, so does she.
8 Breathe. Remember that the probability of someone sneaking into your home or something bad happening to you while you're alone is extremely low. Take a deep breath and don't worry about it. Odds are, you'll be fine!
The odds! In my small Midwestern town of 50,000 there is a 6.2 in 100,000 chance of being murdered. Which means I'm more likely to be die by murder than: lightning, weather related death, being bit by dog, earthquake, tornado, flood. Oh, and I have much better odds of being murdered than winning the lottery.
Sleep tight.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

New Poll!

We have a new poll up (top right of page). We're curious what you like most about Alone at Night. Is it the scary true stories we share, the creepy short films, the links to creepy art, or just a general appreciation of the finer things in life? Submit your vote now!

In case you aren't sure what the webmaster looks like I've included a photo below. Handsome, isn't he? Just don't stare too deeply into his eyes... y̹̼͓̬̥̟o̙̘̰͕̟̲uͅ ̨͚̼̻̖̩m̱̪̟̬̯i̵̱g̣̤h̩͉̕ͅt̖͇̕ͅ ̴̰͈n̞o̧͕̟͎̲̺̣t͍̗͍͉̘̹̺͝ ̹͇͚l̨̲̞͖͈̖̰͍i̱̰͟k̮͚̺͘e͇̜̻̭͇ ̻̤̪͍͙͍̬w͉h̸͔̙ͅa̸̭̗̭̬̤̯̬t̫̖ ͖̭̥̩̬̼͚͟i̱̮s͙̺ ̛l̖̼o̗͍͚͓o͙k҉̳͕͇͈̹̦s͚̙͙̤ͅ ̲̞͘b̧̩͙̦̖a̢̳͙̻̮̦̝͖c͖̤͉̮̗͓̘k.͖̣͇͚̩̠͢. T̗̻̼̩h͔̬͈e̱̙̙̩̮͚̫͝ ̫͙̩̬è̙͎̻͉͖͍l͈͓̦̠d̴̜͇̬̥r̗͙͉͖̜̺̮i҉͇t̠̭̖̰͢c͖̪͓͟h̼͞ ̮̝̟r̯i̤͖̜s͍͕͕͙̜̜̀e̼̦͉.̥̫͇̖ ̻̜ͅZ̟̖͘a͈͕͉ͅl͈͙͖̯̻̫̦g͉͖͈̫̞̟͟o̫̠̯̟̘̕ͅ ͇̰͔͚̰̲̲c͍o͎̺m̗̠͜e͚̳s͓͓͈̤͖̠.̧̤̪̱̩


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

I Speak Spanish

Thanks to the response I received on my last post, I decides I'd post the only other creepy thing to happen to me.

About a year ago in my final semester in college I worked at a department store in the mall. I didn't have a car yet so I asked for day shifts because it was a 2 hour bus ride back home. So basically if I had a closing shift, I'd get done at 11 but not get home until 1 am. But sometimes I'd be given closing shifts much to my annoyance since I had a 6 45 am class & my mothers worry because who wants their kid on public transport that late? (Sometimes she could come & get me but it'd be too much of a hassle to get my younger sisters out that late & such so I never asked her).

My managers being the jerks that they were gave me a week of closing shifts, knowing my situation. I was pissed but whatever. One night I had just finished my shift, got on the bus (I sat in the back)& was minding my business when my iPod died. I was annoyed but I just kept my ear buds in & occupied myself by playing a crossword on my phone.

About 2 seats behind me I hear these guys speaking Spanish. Now, my stepmother is Puerto Rican so while I understand a fair bit of Spanish, I don't speak it. So i hear them talking but I don't pay attention because it's rude to eavesdrop & all until they say "that black girl up there" then my ears perk up. I keep my ear buds in so that they think I can't hear them & I continue listening. What they're saying is horrific. To paraphrase, they knew my stop (second to last one before the bus gets back to the terminal & while my stop is at the front of my neighborhood, it's got no street lights & at this time of night, empty.) & to put it simply were planning on "snatching that piece of ass up"
I was about 20 mins away from home so I knew I had to act quickly. Since I knew they could see me (they were 2 seats behind me but like across if that makes sense) i pretended to play on my phone, oblivious while I was actually texting my mom.

"Mom, can you please meet me at the bus stop" 5 minutes go by, no answer. We're getting closer to my stop so I decide to call her cell. No answer. I call the house phone & she finally answers. Its about 1230 am so she was asleep. I try to talk as cheerily & calmly as I can. This was our convo. "Hey mom, did you get my text?" "Uh no...what's up?" "Oh I sent you a picture of these jeans I'm going to order online when I get home. I REALLY need your opinion so I REALLY need you to look since the sale ends at 1 am." She gets the hint that I need her to look at her cell so I say goodbye & hope for the best. We get to my stop & I see my mom's car. I snatch my shit up & hightail it off the bus. I don't even look behind me to see if they're following me. I jump in the car & tell my mom to just GO.
I look in the rearview & I see the guys staring at the car.

The next morning I called my job & told them I quit. No more public transport for me. Thanks to my stepmom for teaching me Spanish. Thanks to mom for getting the hint. Weird Spanish speaking guys, let's not meet again.