Hallucination horror stories don't just result from bad trips. In addition to drugs, hallucinations can also be caused by mental illness, the side effects of medication, or sicknesses such as fevers or flus.
While some people see nice things like rainbows or elegant fractals, many others report terrifying visions. Severed body parts, dead babies, and large insects have been known to appear, and can often be quite horrifying, as seen in these stories from Reddit. Users may have been trying to expand their consciousness, but hallucinating isn't always a good time.
Psychedelics like DMT, LSD, or mushrooms can produce some pretty crazy stories, especially when users freak out during the trip. Some people who hallucinate have the capacity to realize what's going on, allowing for the sounds and visuals they experience to be thought of as a passing illusion.
Then there are people who are unable to discern between the real and unreal, making their hallucinations even scarier. While melting faces and breathing walls can be exhilarating, when demons and shadow-people appear, things start to get more terrifying. In these stories from Reddit, people describe terrifying things they've seen while hallucinating. Try not to freak out yourself.
"The first and last time I took shrooms I took an entire eighth. Everything was all hunky dory until my dorm neighbor came into our dorm room and started talking about his crazy trip from the weekend before and how he wasn't sure if he was even really alive or not.
This sent me into a downward spiral of a horrifying demonic trip which climaxed when my dorm neighbor began turning dark red. His beard began to elongate and horns began coming out of his head. Needless to say, I was horrified and we kicked him out of the room. I wasn't really able to recover during the trip and once it wore off, I was in limbo for the next couple months contemplating everything about reality."
"When I was about 17 or so, my therapist thought I had manic depressive disorder due to the fact that my mother also had it, so she put me on... I dunno, some kind of horse tranquilizer practically. I was being driven home from somewhere after taking the medications for a while, and there was a truck in front of us with little flappy bits around the wheels and the underside of the trailer from some fabric or something. I didn't realize they were fabric and thought they were severed human feet hanging from the bottom of the trailer. Needless to say, I was spooked. One of the scraps fell off and came straight for our car and I screamed."
"I have suffered from paranoid schizophrenia for the majority of my life, which has been made worse by a very long addiction to meth and heroin, and heavy psychedelic abuse. During this addiction, I went from having weird delusions to having full blown hallucinations...
The one that scared me the most was the man in my closet. He would appear every now and again, and each time it scared the hell out of me, which is extremely unusual for me. It was the only hallucination that instantly felt wrong to me. I knew he wasn't real from the start, unlike my other hallucinations.
I would open my closet door to get some clothes and he would be hanging there amongst my clothes. I had several shirts hanging up on clothes hangers, and he would be wearing one of my shirts while the shirt was still hanging from the crossbar. Imagine a shirt hanging on a clothes hanger, but with a pale head and arms sticking out their respective holes. His abdomen would still be flat like the shirt, but his appendages were their normal size. He also had no legs.
He would just hang there, slightly swaying, while giving me a look of strong distaste. He always looked angry but he would never talk and never moved his arms or head. He would just stare me with a menacing look on his face, and I would usually close the closet door and leave my room immediately. It was truly unsettling, even when it started happening more regularly. I would never wear the shirt he was wearing because I was always afraid to touch him.
After awhile he stopped appearing, and I eventually forgot all about him. I haven't seen him in a long time, and I hope to never see him again."
"Not long after I moved in to one of my old flats, I went to make myself some munchies and found a can of chicken noodle soup in the cupboard. I warmed it up, ate it and only then thought, "I don't remember buying that." I fished the tin out of the bin and realized it was about two or three years out of date. Oh well, I thought, an expired tin of soup can't hurt me.
Jesus H. Christ.
After I had finished expelling everything in my body, the hallucinations started. Voices and laughter coming from things, semi-transparent walls with dead people mouthing things at me from them. A ceiling that looked like that trippy sequence from 2001: A Space Odyssey, the lot. This lasted from about 7:00 or 8:00pm until about 6:00 in the morning, when I finally fell into a fretful sleep in my sweat-soaked bed."