Those of you who are into the dark web (especially its more disturbing side) have surely heard many of the horror stories surrounding it – if that kind of thing interests you, anyway.
After spending more than two years on it, however, I can say that I’m certain many of those stories aren’t true. I’ve re-listened to them after getting a better understanding of how Tor (and its dark web contemporaries) work, and many times, the details don’t add up.
Nonetheless, there have been a couple of stories that are hard to shake. One of them, which you might know if you frequent Reddit at all, was called My visits to the darkest sites on the deep web.
It’s a fairly long story, but the author, like me, had gone into the dark web to see what it was all about, and if you believe what he said, came out of the experience very scarred and with a lower opinion of humanity, so to speak.
Like the other horror stories, I have no idea if this one is true, but it was intriguing nonetheless. What was different about this particular story is that it doesn’t seem out of the realm of possibility. The gist of it is that the author ventures through numerous Tor sites, and eventually makes his way into some that are much worse than anything you could find on publicly available link repositories.
I have spent some time in dark web chat rooms, and a few of them were filled with people I would not want as neighbors (to put it nicely). In theory, had I been curious and had enough bitcoin, they may have led me to some very sick sites. Contrary to popular belief, that’s not really what interests me anymore.
On Quora, I recently came across a similar story, which I can link you to here: What are some scariest dark web experiences? Not unlike the previous story, it involves the author joining some dark web chat rooms out of curiosity, and eventually making her way to some horrifying content – I’m seeing a pattern here!
The last story of this nature that comes to mind is also from Reddit, and is entitled “NSFW farm.avi.” Perhaps you’ve heard this one? It details a series of four videos, which apparently used to be on Tor. They depicted several people in a farm-like setting being tortured by being treated, more or less, like cattle, and being forced to wear pigs’ heads. Sound like American Horror Story at all?
I haven’t seen the actual video, but enough people claimed that it was real that it seemed believable (yeah, yeah, I know that doesn’t count as proof). After seeing that PsychoTube site, though, this story doesn’t seem so crazy! By the way, if anyone is a fan of Corpse Husband’s horror stories on YouTube, he does a great job of narrating this one: 3 MORE TERRIFYING DEEP WEB STORIES/DARK WEB Stories/Internet Experiences (Graphic)
All in all, it’s hard to say if any particular horror story is true without having experienced it yourself, but you can still enjoy them anyway.
Heck, I’m still hoping to meet Pennywise on the dark web; aren’t you?