ALABAMA: DEAD CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND
Swings move by themselves as spirits of buried children come to play.
Shape-shifting creatures that are a cross between an otter and a man, the Kushtaka make noises that mimic children and wives to lure fishermen.
ARIZONA: SLAUGHTERHOUSE CANYON
One day, a father failed to return to his cabin during the 1800s gold rush, and his family starved. The mother went insane, put on her wedding dress, and chopped her children up. Supposedly, you can still hear her cries for forgiveness.
ARKANSAS: DOG BOY
A werewolf-like ghost walks on all fours and haunts his childhood home. Based on the sad story of a real man, Gerald Bettis, who was rumored to experiment on stray animals and reportedly abused his elderly parents.
CALIFORNIA: THE DARK WATCHERS
Featureless dark silhouettes, often with brimmed hats or walking sticks, stare down travelers during twilight and dawn in the Santa Lucia Mountains. John Steinbeck briefly mentioned them in “Flight.” They should not be addressed or acknowledged.