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Blucifer, Green Man, and Other Horrifying Hometown Urban Legends

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What's your scary hometown story?

We all have one, it just comes down to whether or not you believe it.

Since the dawn of civilization, humans have thrived on storytelling and oral histories. Before written language, printing presses, and the internet we have today, the only way to pass on stories or knowledge was to talk to each other. And often, whether to teach morals, frighten children, bring a community together, or merely pass the time, the information we passed down became urban legend.

These discomforting or cautionary tales are surprisingly similar around the world, and although people may swear that they’ve experienced it firsthand—maybe you’re one of them—the urban legends remain exactly that: myths. Or do they?

If you love a good scary hometown story, you’ve come to the right place. Redditors shared their hometown horror stories, and they’re sure to spook you out, entertain you, or remind you of an urban legend that might exist in your own town.

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