I'm talking about those monsters that you knew were lurking under your bed or wardrobe when the lights went off.
I'm also talking about those local legends or tales that spread around like a wildfire at school. And that can the best place to look sometimes for ideas. What urban legends are lurking in your hometown?
When I was in primary school we started going swimming in year three. Just before we got to the leisure centre there was a house that all of us were dreading to walk past. It was almost hidden by trees, always dark and also looked like it could collapse any minute. Just from appearance we were all convinced that it must be haunted and evil. There was never a sign of life there and we couldn't see a house like that being home to a loving and happy family. Our eight year minds could only see a witch living there.
The story stemmed from there. We saw a haunted house. And we saw a witch who would curse us if she saw any children walking past her house. So every time we had swimming and had to pass that house we would be on our hands and knees and crawling past the high wall so the witch wouldn't see us. That was a building that had us completed freaked out.
There's something scarier about hearing a horror story based in your own town than a horror story based elsewhere. Because this time it's right on your doorstep and all of a sudden that familiarity has disappeared and you're looking at a town and a history that you never saw before. It's not the hometown that you know anymore.
Have you ever heard any urban legends where you live?