Moppet Forest

If any patch of land was truly haunted, it was Moppet Forest. According to legend, the woods were originally purchased by a plangonologist before it was part of any U.S. state or territory in the post-Civil War years but during the Westward Expansion, the government seized the land after the dolllmaker met his end under mysterious circumstances.

Near the dollmaker’s house, land surveyors discovered a doll nailed to one of the trees and beneath it, carved into the bark was a phrase written either in sigils or an indecipherable language that many believed to be a curse.

Over the subsequent decades, horrible fates befell every owner of the property until the forest eventually became ownerless and it remained unoccupied to this very day. Those foolish enough to venture into the dense woods on a dare, for social media views, or as a satanic cult tourist destination, claimed to have seen all manner of eerie apparitions, such as floating human corpses dismembered and stitched back together to resemble stringless marionettes, a transparent man carving a child-sized effigy from wood, and paths of mysterious doll footprints that led to the dollmaker’s home; as well as hearing the pull of a drawstring followed by the echo of a tinny, almost childlike voice, saying, “We shall bring the vengeance of hell upon those who trespass our home.”

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