This Is The Most Terrifying Ghost Story Of All Time As Voted By Reddit
Whether you're a self-proclaimed scaredy cat or a lover of thrills, there's no better time to indulge in a healthy bit of fear than Halloween.
With that in mind, we scoured the Internet for the scariest horror stories out there - and there was one that kept popping up: the story of The Goatman.
Several 'best ghost story' Reddit threads cited the same tale, and a bit of research shows it's become quite famous in Internet forums.
The story was first posted on CreepyPasta Wiki back in September 2019, and tells the supposedly true story of a teen called Anansi and his male and female friends who embarked on a camping trip in Huntsville, Alabama.
Written in the boys' original prose (slang included), it tells the creepy story of how the group headed down into the woods for their trip in two trailers, armed with camping supplies.
When they arrive at camp the group can't help but notice the air has a strange metallic smell to it, they think nothing of it and carry on.
A young boy and his father, who is wielding a shotgun, stumbled upon the group and warn them about an animal in the woods, and ask if his son, named Tanner, can hang out with them. The group accept and they all carry on with their fun.
As it begins to get dark, Tanner says he wants to head up to his father's house to ask if he can stay and camp with the group, so the author's cousin, Rooster, and a girl go with him.
Then the smell returns. It's described as a "really nasty, coppery smell like right after you've had a nosebleed and it's stopped", but this time, it's stronger than before.
Later on, all of a sudden, Tanner, Rooster and the girl return running into the clearing, shouting for everyone to get into the trailers. They're petrified, Rooster is crying, and the girl is just staring dumbly out of the window.
The group explained they had gone back to Tanner's house to speak to his dad. They'd refused his dad's offer to take the rifle for protection, and had began walking back to camp.
As they ventured further into the woods the were aware there was something in the hedges to the right of them, the girl had flashed her flashlight and they'd seen the figure of a man with his back turned to them - so they ran.
As they told the story, the eery smell came back and filled the cabin.
After a few hours, the group worked up the courage to leave, and everyone tried to continue having fun, until at around one in the morning, as the group told ghost stories around the camp fire, the smell came back.
This time it was sickly strong and even caused one of the girls to vomit.
They darted back into the trailer and staked out for a while, with the group cooking sausages on the cooker to take everyones' mind off of the terrifying ongoings.
There had been three four packs of sausages (twelve in total) and after the group had eaten, one of the younger cousins got up to fetch a second helping when he began complaining someone had sneaked the remaining sausage.
"That's when the girl that had been out with Rooster and Tan just starts screaming, 'OH JESUS, OH LORD, GET IT OUT!'," the story reads.
"She's crying and shivering, and then it dawns on the cousin standing up what the f*ck is wrong. Me and him both glance around the room, and then I feel my heart f*cking sink. I run the f*ck out of the cabin and the girl runs out with us. The trailer door is banging against the side of the trailer as everybody books out of the cabin.
"One of my cousin's friends ask us what the f*ck was wrong. I start counting us. There's only 11 now.
"'I sh*t you not,' my cousin verified. There had been twelve people in the cabin. But being that everybody didn't really know each other well, nobody had really noticed the whole f*cking time that there was an extra person."
The creepy ongoings get worse at this point, but in the interest of not spoiling it (it's so much better read in the author's original words), we won't go on.
Let's put it this way: Anansi's Goatman Story might just put you off going camping ever again.
We've got chills.
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