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PostPosted: 04-03-2006 01:32    Post subject: IHTM-a-likes Reply with quote

OK we are the original (probably) and best (defo) for strange stories from ordinary folk but there are other around so I thought I'd get a thread going for other places doing similar things in case you need even more.



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PostPosted: 04-03-2006 05:02    Post subject: Reply with quote

In terms of high-strangeness, I think Obiwan's site is tied with IHTM in first place. Burp monsters, bubble people, one-eyed armadillos, dancing cows, Mr. Kangaroo, and of course the infamous black-eyed kids and evil muppets are just some of the crazy characters you'll encounter on that site's story section: http://www.ghosts.org/stories/stories.html

There are some pretty decent short stories there too:
http://www.ghosts.org/shorts/shorts.html
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PostPosted: 04-03-2006 08:44    Post subject: Reply with quote

About.com has some superb categorised archives of IHTM reports (they even have a separate category for Hooded Beings!):

Your True Tales: Index

Alternatively they're indexed by month here;

Your True Tales: 2006
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PostPosted: 06-03-2006 03:13    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brad Steiger has been collecting reports via his site as part of his broader paranormal questionnaire:

www.bradandsherry.com/TheBradSteigerQuestionnaire.htm

and results:
www.bradandsherry.com/question.htm

Which has appeared in this book:

Out of the Dark: The Complete Guide to Beings from Beyond (2001)
by Brad Steiger

Quote:
A renowned paranormal expert presents a fascinating foray into the realm of supernatural and legendary creatures by providing true accounts of actual encounters and discussing the origins of ghosts, half-human/half-animal monsters, water creatures, vampires, werewolves, elves, and much more.


www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/1575668963/revenantmagaz-21
www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1575668963/wwwrevenantmc-20

Their site also has some interesting candidates for the scary book covers thread:

www.bradandsherry.com/Shamans.jpg
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PostPosted: 06-03-2006 18:09    Post subject: About.com Reply with quote

About. com does have a wide collection of paranormal stories, but in my experience, many of them are obviously fakes. I realise that on any site of that nature, there are going to be some (as there are occassionally) which are falsified, but I sometimes find that in any given month, up to 60% of the stuff on there is utter and complete BS.

The articles section on the paranormal bit is quite good though..........
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PostPosted: 06-03-2006 18:38    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree that many of them don't ring true - although I think sometimes that's simply because the correspondents are rather poor writers. It may well be that we'd say the same about many 'classic' cases of ghosts/Ufos/Bigfeet etc if we were able to read the story in the witnesses own unedited words - rather than as retold by a professional writer/investigator.

Logically speaking, it's more plausible that any particular witness is lying rather than they really have seen Mothman or the Virgin Mary. And generally, we judge the credibility of their story is by comparing it to stories told by previous witnesses - who we assume (rightly or wrongly) weren't lying. Hardly an ideal state of affairs.
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PostPosted: 07-03-2006 04:02    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really like some of the about .com tales,there was one somewhat bizzare one about a fellows Dad who swore off porn because he saw the devil in the form of a donkey wearing a tuxedo sitting in the lounge area of the porn store looking at a magazine.
I tried to find it again but was unable to.
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PostPosted: 14-03-2006 03:04    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's a seemingly infinite number stories here: http://theshadowlands.net/ghost/#real

More here, although the only stories I particularly like on this site all seem to take place in Asia.

I just thought I'd add there's a search engine on both of those sites as well as obiwan's so you can look up words like, oh say, "gnomes" or "vampire" or "Malaysia".
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PostPosted: 14-03-2006 04:25    Post subject: Nothern California Basement Pixie Reply with quote

"Basement Pixie," posted at TracesFromBeyond.Com (it's the only item under "Photos") strikes me as one of those "fairy photographs" (like the Cottlingley images) which is simply too good to be true. The "pixie" very much resembles the little jointed, poseable humanoid figure which sat for years atop my late Dad's drawing table (when my brother or I or the cat weren't off playing with it), thinking its wooden thoughts.

But maybe I'm wrong. I'd appreciate other opinions.
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PostPosted: 14-03-2006 05:28    Post subject: Reply with quote

But if Pixies are shapeshifters then that means they can take the form of a small, wooden toy.
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PostPosted: 22-03-2006 11:48    Post subject: Re: Nothern California Basement Pixie Reply with quote

OldTimeRadio wrote:
I'd appreciate other opinions.
I've posted what I think the pixie is on the site, under the photo. I don't think it was a deliberate hoax, like the Cottingley fairies (which in fairness was a game rather than a hoax!)
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PostPosted: 23-03-2006 00:48    Post subject: Re: Nothern California Basement Pixie Reply with quote

zahir10 wrote:
"....the Cottingley fairies (which in fairness was a game rather than a hoax!)"


I think that's a very fair assessment. Even though the photos are special effects fakes, they remain among the most classic fairy images ever produced.

But a question still remains - how did two young girls with a box camera manage to produce effects shots which would have been the envy of any London, New York or (infant) Hollywood FX artiste of the day?

The perfect balance of the Cottingley photographs seems to suggest a professional photographer was involved.

Either that or the young cousins were TWO genuine Mozarts of the camera and woefully missed out on what should have been their adult profession.
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PostPosted: 04-04-2006 19:44    Post subject: Re: IHTM-a-likes Reply with quote

Mighty_Emperor wrote:

[*] True Ghost Stories @ Obiwan's UFO-free paranormal Page


ufo-free? huh! well i'm not going there then!
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PostPosted: 12-05-2006 09:04    Post subject: Reply with quote

The most frustrating thing about other sites for me is the high incidence of "OMG i am 14 yrs old an me n some friends were playing with a weejee board and like omg my friend got totally possessed and then the lights flickered and it was totally haunted n stuf!". GAH!

Shadowlands is notorious for that, which makes hunting for truly compelling stories on there a bit frustrating. Sometimes they have some good stuff though.

Archive X used to have some great stories, but when the hysterical adolescent factor became to great I sort of abandoned it. It might be worth checking out though.

http://www.wirenot.net/X/Indices/Ghostindex.shtml
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PostPosted: 12-05-2006 16:37    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, when I read through the shadowlands I just skim down the page until something weird catches my eye. Obiwan's site has done the best job of weeding out those kinds of stories you describe.
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