Since urban legends are often a means of expressing our fears about the dangers that ripple just beneath the surface of our seemingly calm and untroubled world, it should come as no surprise that horror legends are one of urban folklore’s richest veins. We worry about the terrible accidents we’re powerless to prevent, and we fear anonymous killers who choose victims at random. We cannot protect ourselves from the venomous animals who slither undetected into the places where we work, play, and shop, nor can we stop the onslaught of insects who invade our homes and our bodies. We’re repulsed by the contaminants that may lurk in our food. We’re afraid of foreigners and foreign places. We fear for our childrens’ safety in a world full of drugs, kidnappers, and poisons. We never know what gruesome discovery may be waiting around the next corner. And even if we somehow escape all of these horrors, our own vanities may do us in.

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The Blair Witch Project Is the film 'The Blair Witch Project' really a film shot by students who mysteriously...
The Blair Witch Project
Tapeworm Diet Pills Legend claims women used to maintain slender figures by ingesting diet pills made from tapeworms.
Tapeworm Diet Pills
Tales of black-hearted madmen doling out poisoned Halloween candy to unsuspecting little tykes have been around for decades — they were part of my Halloween experience more than forty years ago.
Poisoned Halloween Candy Police have never documented actual cases of people randomly distributing poisoned goodies to children on...
Poisoned Halloween Candy
HIV-Infected Needle Attacks Decades-old rumor holds that madmen are jabbing unsuspecting moviegoers with HIV-infected needles.
HIV-Infected Needle Attacks