Well…it has definitely been more than two months since I posted anything here, but we should all be used to my long periods of absence. Anyway, today I make a post about a tunnel.
In my hometown in Iowa, there lies a decaying road of gravel and dust, with cracked concrete and scrawls of graffiti. On both sides of the road there are groves of toppling trees that create a bit of a roof over any that dare go down it, and the further down you go somehow the trees even surround you on all sides but your front.
Eventually the road leads to an ancient tunnel that has been in the town since the early 1900’s, functioning as an important support beam for the railroad tracks above it. When I was a child, my mother would drive through the tunnel and stop the car midway through, honking the horn, releasing a mighty roar that echoed off the scribed walls inside. This became a tradition for our family throughout my childhood.
About a decade ago, a mighty rain storm swept across the area, resulting in most of the road running through the tunnel to be washed away, destroying an hopes of going through to the other side. With it went one of the few family traditions I had.
One day I asked my mother about this tunnel and she told me it was called, “Satan’s Tunnel”. Whenever I asked her way, she never answered, only ignored the question. It was at that moment that I became obsessed with finding out more.
Not surprisingly, there was little to be found out about this road, both through my family members and the official records building in my town. To many people, it was just a tunnel in a town, but to me it was far more. Interestingly enough, I wasn’t the only one intrigued with this tunnel because as I talked about it more, so did my friends and classmates.
As I grew older, so did the rumors of how the tunnel got its name. Mainly it was the imaginations of my classmates that began spinning tales. One of the legends states that the tunnel got its name from the Devil himself, who would meet at the tunnel at midnight every Halloween to snatch up the souls of any person that wandered about the road at night. Another legends says that about 150 years ago (when the town first was established) a cult of unknown origins gathered at the spot where the tunnel was eventually built and sacrificed the lives of countless children in the name of Satan.
No matter the legend, the tunnel to this day still intrigues me more than anything else about the state of Iowa.
Now it is a decaying structure whose days may be numbered, but every Halloween I go down to the Tunnel in hopes of meeting the Devil himself and asking him whose story I should believe.
My question, to any of those that read this, is this: Does your hometown have any interesting ghost stories our supposadly haunted places? If so, why not like this little post and make a post of your own detailing your story.
The Red Room story is an internet legend about a pop up which appears on the victim’s computer. The image simply shows a red door and a recorded voice asks “Do you like-“. Even if the pop up is closed it will repeatedly reappear until the voice finally completes the question: “Do you like the red room?”. Those who have seen the pop-up are found dead, their walls painted red in their own blood. The legend began with a flash animation of a young boy being cursed after encountering the pop-up, but gained notoriety when it was the schoolgirl who committed theSasebo slashing in 2004 had the video as a bookmark.
Jinmenken are dogs, but with human faces. There have been recorded sightings since the Edo period, but there have also been modern reports. They supposedly appear, at night, in Japanese urban areas and are also known to run along highways at extremely fast speeds. The jinkenmen can also talk, but reports say that they will either be rude or will ask to be left alone. Unlike most Japanese urban legends, the human-faced dog is not widely known to kill those unlucky enough to meet it, though they are suspected to be escaped scientific experiments or the spirits of road crash victims. There is also speculation that witnesses who say they’ve met a jinkenmen have actually come across Japanese macaques, which accounts for the quadpedal movement, dog like fur, human face and the human like noises the jinkenmen can supposedly make.
Bloody Mary in popular culture: Like so many horror legends and traditional ghost stories, “Bloody Mary” has proven a natural for adaptation into popular novels, stories, comic books, movies, and even dolls. Released straight to DVD in 2005, Urban Legends: Bloody Mary was the third film in the execrable series that commenced with Urban Legend in 1998. As you might expect, the plot takes great liberties with the traditional tale.
More notably, horror writer Clive Barker essentially constructed a pseudo-urban legend by appropriating the chanting ritual for a 1992 film entitled Candyman. Various characters in the film summon the ghost of a black slave brutally lynched in the 1800s by repeating the name “Candyman” five times in front of a mirror. Some viewers come away with the misapprehension that Candyman was based on actual folklore, but apart from the borrowed incantation it was mostly a product of Barker’s fertile imagination.
A Bloody Mary Plush Toy available for purchase on the Internet boasts the following “product features”: