Have you heard the story of the baby with a dented head on Twitter? His name is Dear David, and he haunted Adam Ellis in his sleep. Instead of seeing a therapist or calling his local ghost hunters, Ellis took to social media and turned his personal haunting into a Twitter haunting.
According to Adam, the whole thing started when he had a dream about a creepy dead baby who has a particular way that he likes to be spoken to. As with most scary stories that get out of hand, Adam didn't play by those rules, and now he’s living in a haunted apartment. Understandably, after he started posting his story to Twitter, people were skeptical, but when the story started escalating over the course of a few weeks, his readers felt like Adam was telling the truth.
You wouldn't be alone if you thought Adam was trying to tell some kind of post-modern creepypasta via Twitter, or make a commentary about storytelling in the 21st century. But the longer Adam’s story goes on, the less it feels like it has a "gotcha" moment, and the more it seems like a man simply trying to document a creepy occurrence in his apartment. His story was so convincing and catchy that New Line Cinema outbid Paramount for the rights to a film adaptation of the story in November 2018.
In November 2019, Deadline announced a paranormal docuseries called Trending Fear in which Ellis, documentarian Jen Lewis, and ghost hunter/lead investigator Paul Bradford will travel around America in an attempt to "help people take back their lives after unexplainable encounters with the paranormal." Ellis hopes the experience will help him understand his own encounter. The six-part series will premiere on December 20, 2019.
As you read his story you’ll see how everyday occurrences can be interpreted to have more meaning than they actually do, and you’ll see some very interesting videos that may prove the existence of the supernatural. Keep reading and see if you believe Adam’s story about the dead baby haunting his apartment.
So, my apartment is currently being haunted by the ghost of a dead child and he's trying to kill me. (thread)— Adam Ellis (@moby_dickhead) August 7, 2017
He started appearing in dreams, but I think he's crossed over into the real world now.— Adam Ellis (@moby_dickhead) August 7, 2017
For a while he just stared at me, but then he got out of the chair and started shambling toward the bed.— Adam Ellis (@moby_dickhead) August 7, 2017
I had another dream a few nights later, where I was in a library and a girl came up to me and said, "You've seen Dear David, haven't you?"— Adam Ellis (@moby_dickhead) August 7, 2017