When you were a kid you were afraid of the dark because of monsters lurking in the shadows, well Irish illustrator Brian Coldrick has cast these creatures as the stars of his ongoing webcomic and book "Behind You: One-Shot horror stories." Each of the cool drawings is a beautiful and haunting one-panel illustration that shows a monster hiding just in arms reach, along with darkly humorous one-sentence captions. The London-based artist states that although none of his short scary stories are direct adaptations of existing narratives, they do touch on "well-worn horror tropes."

Coldrick told Bored Panda that his inspiration for the series of creepy stories sprung from his love for horror films, books, and spooky internet stories. "Just before I started the series I'd been reading through some Creepy Pastas, the internet's version of spooky folktales, and also lots of horror stories of 'real life' supernatural encounters on sites like Reddit."

An illustrator since 2003, he began 'Behind You' in April 2015 and confessed it was partly borne as an attempt to tackle his laziness. "I had wanted to do a continuing webcomic for a while, but I was worried I'd lose interest after starting a story I thought if each installment was a snippet of different scary stories I could start each time afresh. It also had the great side effect of leaving much of the story to be decided by the reader. It's probably the main reason people enjoy these scary drawings."

With a style all his own, these murky pictures have a charm you can't ignore. The artist said he uses a hand pencil to create his characters but works with Photoshop to create the backgrounds, add texture, and make the animations. Although he has many artistic influences, (such as horror comics Junji Ito and Emily Carroll), he said GIF illustrators Rebecca Mock and Sachin Teng had a direct impact on his attempts to make his own illustrations move.

When it comes to Coldrick's creative process, the order can vary. "I almost always start with the image first but once or twice a phrase has popped into my head, and I've worked back from there. Rather than a coherent story, the first step is usually one element. In the early days of the series it might have been a desire to draw a particular kind of creepy monster, but later on, it's been the setting. A kitchen at night illuminated by a fridge light, or an escalator on the Underground. Sometimes it can be something darker like the loneliness, doubts or anxieties that emerge once no one else is around."

In addition to "Behind You," Coldrick draws editorial pieces, posters, book covers, and character designs. Check out some of his short horror stories from this quirky webcomic series below!

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Laugh Fan
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2 years ago

Go Home, go home, GO HOME!!

Zenozenobee
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2 years ago

Let me guess, you're also the kind of people who curse the teenagers spliting in groups when there's a killer around in movies? We should start a club ;p

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Random Panda
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2 years ago

I work in an open space office like this and it definitely feels like there's something strange about, if you happen to be the last person left in the evening.

Daria B
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2 years ago

It always feels like you're hearing someone typing on the keyboard. So you have to double-check to make sure you won't be locking somebody in...

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stellermatt
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2 years ago

watching youtube isn't work dude, go home.

lazy_panda
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2 years ago

maybe it just wants to be friends?

Last Hurrah
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2 years ago

When your boss sneaks up to check on you ...

Just Curious
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2 years ago

The flailing arms in the first couple of frames of this (extremely long) animation make me think "BLOOGA BLOOGA BLOOGA!"

Johnny Frostbite
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2 years ago

Wow, thank you for that - I just actually laughed out loud!

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Blacksheep
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2 years ago

Oh wow, this one made me way too anguish right now. For real, my heart is beating so fast I'm starting to sweat. I think I'll just save this article and look at it in the morning instead of right now, in the dark at my desk with the whole room empty and the door behind me.

Laugh Fan
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2 years ago

Not in the dark or alone!

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Daria B
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2 years ago

I once stayed last in the office because I had so much work to do, as it accumulated while I was on holidays and my colleague was left along with a workload that's too much even for just two people that would have been us. I reached the point when I get so tired I become mad and kinda lively. I found myself singing the Beatles as I was closing thw windows and turning the lights and air conditioning off. "IT'S BEEN A HAAAAAAAARD DAAAAAY'S NIGHT! AND I'VE BEEN WORKIIIIIIIIING LIKE A DO-OH-OG!" ♬♬

varwenea
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2 years ago

I've spent many of late nights like this. Happy to have quit.

Carmen Elena
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2 years ago

That´s why I leave 5 o´clock. Some people told me they have heard annoying noises late at night... so...

Salem Black
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1 year ago

To quote Laugh Fan; Go home!

Polleekin
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2 years ago

For a while in the store I work at there was a display that played a recording of "Ricola" every time someone walked past. One night, long after the store closed me and my manager were the only ones left in the store. We were in a other part of the store and out of the silence we heard "Ricola". There was no one but us left but something set of the motion sensor. Scared us half to death. I still have no idea what set it off.

Lena Hudson
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2 years ago

Why did my brain insist that by closing one eye, it would make this less terrifying??

Mad Haberdasheress
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2 years ago

LOL, mine insists that if I don't look directly at the screen - like just slightly off to one side - it won't be as bad.

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ツ_Itz_Your_Girl_ツ
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6 months ago

I didn't even realize that the pic moved until I saw the black thing poke it's head out from the cubical next to him...

Silverbirb
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1 year ago

Perhaps these aren't in the human's p.o.v... Think on that.

wisdom evee
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1 year ago

fuck...

nemo hersi
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2 years ago

that's foul

Alicia Hawkins
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2 years ago

I got chills watching it get closer...

ThatOneOwl
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2 years ago

That was creepy.

Virginia Su
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2 years ago

omg I did not notice that at first

Katherine Guzman
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2 years ago

Go Home and spent some time with your family..

Marit Von Pigeon
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2 years ago

I don't know, monster dude looks kind of jovial.

lakitha tolbert
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2 years ago

This creeped the hell out of me!

Jagarundi
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2 years ago

A typical day in the cubicle village. He must have microwaved some popcorn.

Janice Seagraves
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2 years ago

Definitely go HOME. Now.

sloth cat
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2 years ago

What is there scary about that

Jaded Queen
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2 years ago

At first I thought he was all alone on the planet. That really is the most terrifying thing in the world.

Monika Soffronow
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2 years ago

Neat

Kristin Haskins
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2 years ago

I could NEVER sit witn my back to a door.!!!!!

Kristin Haskins
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2 years ago

Get OOOOUUUTTT!!!!!!!!!

Stella Adebayo
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2 years ago

Heheheh* dramatic tones*....

BusLady
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2 years ago

The last thoughts he ever had.

SkyTheImaginer
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2 years ago

I work late late in my office so I'm usually the last one, it sucks.

Just Curious
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2 years ago

The flailing arms in the first couple of frames make me think "BOOGA BOOGA BOOGA!"

RJ BERG
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2 years ago

Oh HELLo Noooooo

Margaret Althea Elvenshadow
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2 years ago

oh Jesus Christ oh Jesus Christ OH JESUS CHR-

Captain Marvel
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2 years ago

OH FRICK OH FRICK IT'S A GIF

Thinairgal
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2 years ago

It isn't there if you don't see it...don't turn around, don't turn around...

Just Curious
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2 years ago

The commissar's in town?

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Grumble O'Pug
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2 years ago

These are so scary.

Master Markus
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2 years ago

Oh hai!

Lyop
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2 years ago

Omg. Omg! OMGOMGOOOOOMG!!!

H0TEA
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2 years ago

Hello friend

Jean van der Merwe
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2 years ago

Completely freaked out!

Lenny
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2 years ago

Oh man! Very cool.

StarKitten
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2 years ago

Well I guess he isn't alone...

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Ladies and Gentlemen
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2 years ago

Wait for it, cat catches it first!

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Laugh Fan
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2 years ago

Put all the lights on as you go!

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Ladies and Gentlemen
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2 years ago

Be patient and keep looking at door.

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issam
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2 years ago

This one is really good ..

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Swathika Venkatesan
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2 years ago

This is kinda sad than scary...

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Laugh Fan
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2 years ago

Mine don't either!! I hope they don't have people there who look like that!

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Ladies and Gentlemen
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2 years ago

I am always afraid of hidden creatures under my bed, after spending thousands of bucks on psychologists an no avail, my friend who is a carpenter too, simply cut down the legs of my bed and now it sits on floor. I won a little battle with monsters, though when I travel it again becomes hard, I cant sleep on floor too as I keep looking beneath nearby beds. It has rotten my whole life. I started keeping small portable LED lights with me which brighten up the underneath of beds and that gives me some consolation when sleeping on floor.

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SykesDaMan
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2 years ago

It was lit and I was woke! ... Sorry, couldn't help myself!

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Beeps
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2 years ago

Reminds me of Cliver Barker’s ‘The Hellbound Heart’

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stellermatt
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2 years ago

3D glasses are getting a bit fancy these days

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Richard
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2 years ago

This shows just like things are in my place! There's a spider in the corner of my living room. We have an agreement: as long as she stays there and keep on catching mosquitos everything's fine and the corner stays sanctuary.

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SykesDaMan
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2 years ago

Gorillaz?

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boredhuman
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2 years ago

My cat.

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Sora Lyra
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2 years ago

I was a librarian before at school. One time, when I was on duty to look after the library, I was alone and I'm pretty sure no one was with me, since I lock the door, so I able to arrange the book to the bookshelf before any students come in. Then suddenly, I heard like someone was reading book at the table next to the bookshelf I'm arranging. Then I take a look, buy no one was there. I then the book at my back suddenly fall. I was shocked and at the same time I heard the same sounds again. I gradually get out of the library.

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r3dd3v1lL
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2 years ago

More like Night Crawler. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ifwh_R3XUFY

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Just Curious
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2 years ago

Ah yes, the tree-spider-wolf that has haunted the nightmares of so many...

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Night Owl
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2 years ago

13th floor

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Richard
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2 years ago

*breathy whispering* You're not alooone...

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Night Owl
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2 years ago

kitty sees

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Laugh Fan
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2 years ago

That kid does look evil himself so fair game perhaps?

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Just Curious
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2 years ago

When she's done putting him together he'll just be a normal dude.

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Laugh Fan
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2 years ago

Tie it to a brick and lob it from a distance - no way is it safe to cycle up there!

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Last Hurrah
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2 years ago

Don't you dare look down on me!

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Laugh Fan
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2 years ago

Never look for the key to the old nursery!! Nothing good will come of it... ARGH!

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Laugh Fan
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2 years ago

Got to go into hospital soon - any dark, quiet areas will remain completely unexplored by me!

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Just Curious
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2 years ago

Why are all those folks locked in hot cars?

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Lenny
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2 years ago

I love the design of the creature! The ribcages, chains and the crown are so cool.

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Sei Ichirou
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2 years ago

Does that make him the Daredevil?

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StarKitten
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2 years ago

If you can't find the scary, look under the face shaped pillow

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Lyndsey
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2 years ago

It was cute at first, and then....

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Alexandru Bucur
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2 years ago

Ah, so this is what the Wild Hunt is up to these days. Where's Ciri when you need her?

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Laugh Fan
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2 years ago

You Never Will.

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Just Curious
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2 years ago

This one is quite... disarming.

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Just Curious
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2 years ago

The only passenger left? There's a little kid and Pinocchio there too...

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Night Owl
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2 years ago

Is it the same cat?

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Larkin Elliott (student)
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2 years ago

This ones kind of cool

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Night Owl
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2 years ago

protector

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Laugh Fan
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2 years ago

It's raining and windy outside - added to the atmosphere!!

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Night Owl
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2 years ago

I imagine it sounds like a combination of dogs and vacuum cleaner

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Last Hurrah
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2 years ago

Scared the sheet out of me!

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Karasi Mills
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2 years ago

The moving light is beautiful!

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Lyndsey
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2 years ago

Dr. Strange.

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BusLady
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2 years ago

Remembering all his victims. This one is truly scary.

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Gabriel
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2 years ago

Just the Weeping Angels alone would keep me away.

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Alexandru Bucur
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2 years ago

Baba Yaga doesn't approve of poseurs!

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Aussie Stace
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2 years ago

What did she do?

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Sarah Miller
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2 years ago

Did y'all see the portraits eyes moving?

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Laugh Fan
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2 years ago

Really glad I just postponed my dental appointment!

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Night Owl
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2 years ago

human child muahahaha

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