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By Victoria Anscombe

FAMOUS FEMALE PHANTOMS The female of the species has a reputation for being deadlier than the male - and also, possibly, deader. We’ve taken a look at eight of the spookiest sirens around the world - let’s hope you don’t bump into any of these alarming ladies on a dark night. Bloody Mary: Mary, Queen of Scots earned the nickname ‘Bloody Mary’ for a good reason - she conducted some fairly unpleasant practices, including burning people at the stake for being Protestants. Even in death, Mary continues to strike fear into the heart of her subjects; standing in front of a mirror and saying her name three times is supposed to summon the dead queen to appear. Another variant of the tale draws upon Mary’s inability

to conceive; if you stand in front of a mirror and say ‘I stole your baby, Bloody Mary,’ Mary may well pay you a visit. Either way, it’s not recommended - Mary had a temper, and it’s unlikely that death has mellowed her. The Phantom Hitchhiker: Motorists in the US are less likely to stop for hitchhikers at night, thanks to the tale of a young woman who’s not all that she seems. The tale varies depending on who’s telling it, but essentially, someone stops to offer a young lady a lift. She’s described as fairly ordinary - tall, good-looking, friendly. However, when the driver stops the car to let the girl out, she’s not in the back seat. It’s a twist on the Blackwall Tunnel ghost story, which Londoners love to tell however, that doesn’t make this story any less strange.

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The Slit-Mouthed Woman: Kuchisakeonna is a Japanese urban legend who first gained fame in the 19970s. She’s a ghost whose mouth is, as you’d expect, slit from ear to ear. She doesn’t bother with adults, just children - and approaches them when they’re left unattended. Her deformity is normally hidden with a surgical mask, but she pulls it to one side, and asks the child if they find her pretty. Basically, they can’t win; if they say yes, she slashes the child’s mouth so they look like her. If they say no, she executes them with scissors. The Slit-Mouthed Woman frightened people so much that at one point, schoolchildren would travel home from school in groups for safety. Anne Boleyn: Back to the English Royal family. Let’s return briefly to Bloody Mary; her half-sister, Elizabeth

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Haunted Magazine #16 - Women in Paranormal Special  

Women, women, women, you can't live with them but you can get them to write the features for Haunted Magazine Issue 16, and like a female ve...

Haunted Magazine #16 - Women in Paranormal Special  

Women, women, women, you can't live with them but you can get them to write the features for Haunted Magazine Issue 16, and like a female ve...