It may be the smallest state in the Union, but what Rhode Island lacks in landmass, it more than makes up for in creepy stories and weird urban legends. Ghost stories from Rhode Island have an old-world flair that can only come from one of the original 13 Colonies, but they also have a distinct weirdness to them that comes from being a state full of rural people who are also somehow wealthy. Rhode Island urban legends have everything from witches who haunt the lakes where they were drowned to dimension-hopping “man monkeys” who have been seen traipsing around the woods in the dead of night. What else would you expect from the state that birthed HP Lovecraft?
A lot of these creepy Rhode Island stories speak directly to the fears of many modern Americans. These urban legends are all about being lost, becoming alienated, and stumbling upon satanic hotels where there are whirlpools full of blood and people are known to randomly go missing. What more could you ask for in a round of the spookiest stories about Rhode Island? This is the state that has arguably one of the most haunted houses in the country, as well as the inspiration for Freddy Krueger; if you’re a fan of the spooky-ooky, then these stories might make you want to move to the East Coast.
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Fingernail Freddie Terrorizes Noisy CampersPhoto: A Nightmare on Elm Street / New Line Cinema
The Ghost Of Dolly Cole Wanders The Woods
Mercy Brown Is Rhode Island's Own Vampire
The Former Owner Lingers At Sprague Mansion
The Ladd School Is Full Of Shadowy Figures And Strange Sounds