13 Real-life Scary Stories By Reddit Users That Will Send A Shiver Down Your Spine

Real-life Scary Stories By Reddit Users

6. The Message on the Tape Recorder

My wife and I had just moved into our new house when I found the tape recorder. It was on the desk in the office. The house came completely furnished. At that time it wasn’t unusual. In fact, all of the houses in the neighborhood came furnished. Not with new furnishings either, more like they were sold “as is”. It was as if everyone just up and vanished. My wife was hesitant to move here because of that, but the house was a great deal, and I reassured her that it was simply just a ghost story. She was reluctant, but still, we made the move.

I sat in the chair at the desk with the noontime sun shining behind me through the window, and hit play on the tape recorder. A man’s voice played back with this message: 

“It all started with the owls. I had only ever heard them at night, so you can imagine my surprise when I saw one in broad daylight. It was sitting on the roof of my neighbor’s porch at 8 am, right before I left for work. Pretty soon daylight owl sightings were happening all over. It became the norm. Scientists attributed it to a change in diet, and that simply the prey that they hunted was more active during the daylight hours.

That didn’t explain the raccoons though. I saw one rummaging through my garbage one morning a few weeks after the owl sighting. They had always gotten into my trash, but I always discovered the mess the morning after, with no raccoon insight. Now my garbage went untouched through the overnight hours.

Shortly after the raccoons, I stopped hearing the coyotes at night.

The news was plastered with speculation about these strange changes in behavior of the creatures of the night. It was almost as though they were becoming afraid of the darkness. Was there an even scarier creature of the night?

Soon the news broadcasts stopped, and the TV read a single message on every channel:

IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT YOU STAY INDOORS FROM THE MOMENT THE SUN GOES DOWN, TILL THE MOMENT THE SUN RISES. DO NOT GO OUTSIDE DURING THIS TIME, NO MATTER WHAT YOU HEAR.

It’s currently night-time as I sit here now telling you this. I’m not sure how much time I have left. They’re out there right now. I heard the screams of my neighbors, and now I can hear the scratching at my own door. I have no idea what they are, and I don’t think I will be able to…” 

The recording stopped. The message chilled me to the bone. I could not tell my wife about this. I hid the tape underneath a stack of paperwork in the bottom drawer.

Moments later I heard my wife call me to check something out. I found her in the kitchen looking out at the back deck, staring at an owl on the railing.

Posted by u/TheWhitePeanut


7. The Devil

I always had a problem with sleeping growing up. Many times I’d get sleep paralysis but after I blessed my room.. it hasn’t happened in months.

This happened to me about a year ago. I woke up in the middle of the night freezing. If I tried to move I’d get a really loud ringing noise in both my ears. It would get louder each time I moved. I was terrified. I was too scared to open my eyes but I felt the presence of someone in the room with me.

(Now my room isn’t completely dark because I have a small blue night light) I open my eyes and see a very tall and dark figure with two horns on each side of his head just standing there in the corner of my room facing me… I panic and try to move my body. The ringing gets louder and louder and louder and I can feel myself crying. I close my eyes and in my head start saying “ God will protect me, God will protect me..” then… I hear a low evil voice say “ God can’t help you anymore..”

Posted by u/Alyshia091

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