Urban Legends

Urban legends are stories that travel from person to person by means of direct communication such as word of mouth, email, or social media. Urban legends, although almost universally fictional, differ from other fiction in that they are told as true stories that happened to a thirdhand party–the apocryphal “friend …

Black-Eyed Kids

Black-eyed kids, sometimes abbreviated as BEKs, have been a staple of paranormal internet folklore since the late 1990s/early 2000s. The first story depicting the black-eyed children was posted to the ghosts.org Ghost Discuss mailing list and the alt.folklore.ghost-stories USENET group by Brian Bethel between 1996 and 1998. The story describes …

Bloody Mary

This is a popular legend that you may remember from your childhood. The Mary Worth story–also known by such names as Bloody Mary and Mary Margaret–is popular at sleepovers. As the story goes, a beautiful young girl named Mary Worth suffered some sort of terrible, disfiguring accident (or occasionally the …

La Llorona

La Llorona is the legend of a woman who has lost her children, and who can be heard, and sometimes seen, weeping in the night. La Llorona (the name means “She who weeps” in Spanish) is in most stories said to be Mexican, although sometimes she is a woman who …