Reddit, the front page of the internet and leading cause of sleep-deprivation, features a horde of scary subreddits guaranteed to keep you up at night.

Just like the rest of the site, horror-themed subreddits present a pleasant mix of written and visual posts. While many subreddits specialize in written posts such as creepypastas or instructions to occult ritual, others strictly dedicate themselves to unsettling pictures or videos.

Paranormal activity and frightening short stories are promoted alongside real-life unsolved mysteries and stressful stunts that are one mishap away from turning into a scene from Final Destination. Plenty of other creepy websites exist out there, but freaky subreddits keep the scares all in one haunted space.




What It Entails: This subreddit pretty much lays it out in the title. r/ScaredSh*tless tends to skew towards visual scares, so expect plenty of scary gifs, vids, and pictures.

Notable Post: 

I got a text from a number I didn’t recognize that said ‘”hahaha” along with a link. I clicked the link, it opened in Safari, and prompted me to use my current location. I allowed. Page was blank.

Two hours later, I saw lightning or something from outside. Turned, nothing, didn’t really think about it.

Kind of put two-and-two together the next day. I went back to that website: it was a now picture of the back of my head watching TV, with a flash reflection in the middle. I went back to that text but it was gone, deleted. The most recent picture taken in my phone was a video, though, taken after 3 am. I was long asleep. My bill online confirms a rich media text was sent to that number I didn’t recognize at that time. The video is a walkthrough of my house, showing the front door, sliding back door, and big windows, including a close-up on the lock of the biggest window. My house key was missing off my key chain when I looked later. My sh*t is freaked.

From “This website would like to use your current location,” by Redditor /u/bcgraham.


What It Entails: The epitome of “stranger danger,” r/LetsNotMeet shares all the terrifying encounters people had with utter strangers.

Notable Post: 

I was driving home from work at 2 am. I’m a nurse and I live in a small city. The roads were totally deserted and it was a freezing night. I don’t live far from work, maybe a couple of miles. I’m driving down a residential street around the corner from my house and I see a man laying face down in the street.

Now remember, I’m a nurse. My first thought was “Great, gotta help this guy up.” I was coming off a long shift and falls happen all the time. As I slowed down the car I suddenly realized what an idiot move that was. I’m a 100 lbs woman and I don’t carry any weapons. I thought I should do something to help the guy so I called 911 as I drove past him and slowed to a stop at the end of the block. While I was stopped at the light I explained to the dispatcher that there was a man in the road who might need assistance.

All of a sudden I hear a loud BANG BANG from the driver’s side window. I screamed and looked over. A man was pounding on my window and jiggling the handle of my locked car. I looked in the rearview mirror and saw that there was no man laying in the street. Still on the phone with 911, I screamed “I’M SO SCARED!” to the dispatcher and floored it through the red light. I quickly told him what had happened and even though I was right by my house, he told me to keep driving.

After a few minutes I had calmed down and he told me to loop back around. I pulled over down the road from my house and stayed in the car. I didn’t see the man anywhere, so I got off the phone with the dispatcher who told me he was sending a police car to cruise the area.

As I gathered up my things I did a final scan of the area, and I saw the man. He was walking with two other men. I hunched way down in my car until they were far down the road, then bolted into my house.

I don’t know if he had ill intent, but it freaks me the hell out that he wasn’t alone. Always lock your car doors. And carry mace.

From “I thought this was only an urban legend.. thank God I didn’t start my car,” by a former Redditor. 


What It Entails: This subreddit is about paranormal activity in real life; what’s scarier than that?

Notable Post: 

I live on the coast of South Carolina and my backyard is directly on the marsh.

I woke up and went down stairs to use the bathroom. I kept having this weird nagging feeling like I was forgetting something or something was off. So I went to find my mother; she’s a night owl and stays up super late doing gardening stuff and she likes to feed the raccoons.

I went to the backyard and I saw her about 100 yards from the back door facing the marsh. I called out to her but she didn’t hear me, so I started to walk out to her. Once I started getting closer she turned to face me with a completely blank expression, so I asked her what was wrong. I was about 12 feet away from her and she turned back towards the marsh.

Then the f*cking back door opens and I turn to see my mom standing on the deck and she called out to me asking what I’m doing. I’ve never run so fast in my life, but I looked back to marsh and I could see that thing disappearing. It looked just like my mom!

I yelled at mom to go inside that there was something out there. I told her what I saw and I’ve been crying and shaking. We woke up my husband and my dad and they think I must’ve just still been in a sleep state and I dreamed it or something? I can’t stop shaking. What the f*ck just happened? Am I crazy? Did something try to lure me out to the marsh? I must be losing my damn mind, but I know what I saw!

From “I’m freaking out and terrified to go to sleep now. Something tried to lure me out into the marsh. Help, please,” by Redditor /u/JennIsFit.


What It Entails: True to its name, r/ScaryShortStories gives you good scares with just a few words.

Notable Post:

Last night a friend rushed me out of the house to catch the opening act at a local bar’s music night. After a few drinks I realized my phone wasn’t in my pocket. I checked the table we were sitting at, the bar, the bathrooms, and after no luck I used my friend’s phone to call mine.

After two rings someone answered, gave out a low, raspy giggle, and hung up. They didn’t answer again. I eventually gave it up as a lost cause and headed home.

I found my phone laying on my night stand, right where I left it.

From “So I lost my phone…” by Redditor /u/Lynxx.


What It Entails: “/r/NoSleep without the fiction” is the tagline for this subreddit, where all the stories are not just scary, they’re allegedly true. Even worse, no one can explain them.

Notable Post:

I would go out pigging with one of my best mates all the time. But this one time, the dogs lost their sh*t and went to jump off the back. We stopped and let them loose and they shot off like they were on the trail of something. We think we’re on to some pigs.

We were standing there and could hear their bells off in the distance getting further away. Then nothing. The bush was silent and we started to get a bit unnerved. We felt okay because we both were holding loaded guns, but it was still an uneasy feeling. We stood listening for about 10-15 minutes and could hear not a thing. It was almost suffocating. So my mate started calling his dogs in.

He was calling for a good 15 minutes and we still hear nothing. So he said, “F*ck this we’re going looking for them.” As he turned to the car we heard the bells come from behind us in the treeline, weird because it was the opposite direction from which the dogs had left. So we turned around listening and my mate started calling out to them to come, and from behind us came the dogs. Without their bells.

Needless to say, we both sh*t bricks and threw the dogs on the car and bailed to the other side of the place. The whole time the bells were still jingling like something had them on. Weird thing was we were a good 400 km from the closest civilization.

From “Creepy happening in Australian Outback,” by Redditor /u/MDiddly.


What It Entails: If you’re like Elon Musk and suspect this whole world might be one big computer simulationr/GlitchInTheMatrix is the best place for you – or the worst place, if that sort of thing freaks you out.

Notable post: 

This has been playing on my mind for years now. I had a very realistic dream about a friend of mine when we were both 19. In that dream, he died. We were sitting again a brick wall talking and he was telling me that sometimes our time is up and to make the most of it, and some other advice.

I woke up the next morning and was freaked out so I called him and told him about it. He laughed and said, “That would suck,” but reassured me that he was fine and not going anywhere.

Two days later I had a call from his parents to say he had suddenly died in his sleep. The last time I spoke to him was when I called him after my dream.

From “Dreamed my fried died, I told him and then he did,” by Redditor /u/sixdogsofmine.


What It Entails: This subreddit covers encounters with beings who resemble humans but are just a bit off.

Notable Post:

My mom grew up in Venezuela. My grandparents escaped there during the Civil War and with their savings bought a small farm and some property in the capital. Anyway, this all happened when she was eight or nine (so around 1962 – 63) at my grandparents’ farm.

Back then, radio was all the rage, and they had just bought a fancy new radio for the farm. It must have been like 11 or 12 am and my grandparents were sleeping, but my mom was up hearing radio shows. It was kind of a hot night, so the balcony and most of the windows in the living room were open. She was starting to fall asleep, so she decided to call it a night and turn off the radio. She went to close the balcony window, and that was when she saw it.

It was a small creature, just a little smaller than her. And it was hunched over behind a large sofa, just watching at her. It had very large almond-shaped black eyes and grayish leathery skin, with arms longer than its body. She said it kind of looked like a gorilla in the way its arms touched the floor.

Obviously, she screamed at the top of her lungs. The creature seemed to panic, and it ran to grab her arm and pulled her towards the balcony, but she resisted long enough for my grandma and grandpa to arrive. The little guy let go of her arm and escaped through the balcony before my grandpa could reach him. My grandpa went out looking for the Grey for the better part of an hour, but he didn’t find anything. They all slept in the same bed that night, and they never left the windows open at night ever again.

Now, here’s the kicker. I figured she had just made up that story. Back when I was a kid I was really into aliens and the supernatural, and I figured she had just made up a story to entertain me. But when I asked my grandma about it one night, she told me her side of the story. And she gave me an almost perfect description of the little guy. My grandmother is also a very serious person, so I really doubt she would have told me something like that as a joke. Even as a kid.

Sadly, I could never get my grandpa’s side of the story, because he died soon after I was born.

From “My mom’s encounter with a Grey,” by Redditor /u/Kryptospuridium137.


What It Entails: This is a collection of all the scary Wikipedia pages out there. If you love falling into a Wiki-hole, you’ll love r/CreepyWikipedia.

Notable Post: 

A young boy disappears on a family trip. Months later a boy is found who looks similar to the missing child. A court determines it’s him. Years after his death, it’s determined by DNA that he wasn’t related to the family.

From “A Young by disappears on a family trip…” by Redditor /u/orchidmantis94.


What It Entails: This thread talks about urban or viral myths that are proved neither true or false. With r/UrbanMyths, you can take everything with a grain of salt, or you can believe it.

Notable Post: 

The first incident was reported the evening of October 19, 1970 by U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet Bob Bennett and his fiancée who were visiting relatives on Guinea Road in Burke. Around midnight, while returning from a football game, they parked their car in a field on Guinea Road to talk. As they sat in the front seat with the car running, they noticed something moving outside the rear window.

Moments later the front passenger window was smashed and there was a white-clad figure standing near the broken window.

From “The Legend of Bunny Man Bridge,” from Redditor /u/Reese157.


Photo: Metaweb/CC-BY

What It Entails: A mostly image-based subreddit, the scares here largely come from older photos. Like fine wine or leather, r/OldSchoolCreepy gets better with age.

Notable Post: 

The above vintage Easter Bunny posted by Redditor /u/duchessofsephora


What It Entails: This is the premier subreddit for all things creepy. This is a really great place to start if you’re unfamiliar with Reddit as a whole.

Notable Post: 

It took me a week to find where you keep your WiFi password. A whole week! I was really worried you’d thrown it away, but lo and behold, there it was in the cutlery drawer of all places. Everything about the way you organize things confuses me. I guess because you live on your own now you just put things any old place. I know there was someone else before, I heard you talking about him on the phone. Johnny, I think? Jimmy? Anyway, I know because you said it was tough being alone. But you’re not alone, of course. You have me!

From “Notes to the girl whose house I live in,” by Redditor /u/JJX2525.


What It Entails: If other subreddit scares are too “fictional” for you, r/UnresolvedMysteries has you covered with some real-life content. Sometimes, life is both stranger and spookier than fiction.

Notable Post: 

In January 5, 2010, a brilliant South Korean high school student disappeared. One month later, she was found on the other side of Korea, with a completely different name and completely different family.

Continue Redditor /u/Lithide’s story here.


What It Entails: r/LibraryOfShadows bills itself as a fancier r/NoSleep. Because of this, it involves a little more investment, but the payoff is a ton of great spooks.

Notable Post: 

Early in the morning, a deliriously excited group of research scientists from the SETI Institute gathered to listen to and analyze – incredible – an alien radio wave signal that they had been receiving every ten minutes since 3 am. Over 60 years had lapsed since the original radio signals had been beamed into space by hopeful, forward-thinking men, and now they were finally getting a reply. It was a top-secret meeting.

The group played the transmission several times at the beginning of the meeting, first in awe, then with rising disquiet. It was an indescribable, harsh, nasty ten-second blast of noise, and it induced a strange, splintering headache in all of them.

From “Nine Brief Scenes From the End of the World,” by Redditor /u/theworldisgrim


What It Entails: A subreddit dedicated to rites and rituals, r/ThreeKings gets its title from a ceremony of the same name. This is the subreddit where you learn how to sell your soul.

Notable Post:

What I’m about to share with you today is one of the many relatively safe ways in which you can access (not quite enter) a place I call the “Shadowside,” and its effectiveness depends on how seriously you take me; your mileage may vary, refer to title.

I won’t tell you that you shouldn’t be afraid of the Shadowside; chances are you’ve already seen it after all, and merely think it was just a “recurring dream”. I will tell you there is no need to be ignorantly afraid of it, though. There is a difference. Ignorance fuels fear and fear can give that place a lot of juice to run on. You have to be big on preparation if you want to try this.

It’s like skydiving: if getting it right on your first try is not something you’re good at, then this is not for you.

From “[Recipe] Three Kings Ritual” by Redditor /u/FableForge.


Video: YouTube

What It Entails: These terrifying tales are narrated/performed back to you. Instead of falling asleep to podcasts, let r/CreepyReadings guide you into your nightmares.

Notable Post: 

“Geocaching,” read aloud in the above video by Redditor /u/saintgo3.


What It Entails: Full of spooky gifs galore, r/creepygifs guarantees you a mini-horror marathon without ever booting up Netflix or your TV.

Notable Post: 

This gif titled “When you’re home alone” by Redditor /u/BigFrigginHero


Photo: Metaweb/CC-BY

What It Entails: Another creepy subreddit, the focus on r/TrueCreepy appears to revolve more so around images rather than stories, so the more visually-inclined might find their ideal frights here.

Notable Post:

The Enigma of Amigara Fault,” from Redditor /u/ChristianTMI


What It Entails: More thrills than scares, r/SweatyPalms will keep you on the edge of your seat. Posts usually involve daring antics that are just one misstep away from becoming accidents. Though nothing bad ever happens, the anticipation of what could happen is what keeps your mind on edge.

Notable Post: 

This gif-based post, “Does he have the distance he needs?” by Redditor /u/tforpotato

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