Urban Legends: Thrills and Frills

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Avid Apps

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On November 27, 2012
Last modified:November 27, 2012


An app to satisfy your cravings for some scary reads!

The spooky weeks of anticipating the well-celebrated holiday that is Halloween has long passed by but the eeriness in the air can’t be stopped just because the season had already bid its goodbye. Do ghosts take a break from scaring the hearts out of the indifferent and oblivious? Or do they charge up their remaining psychic energy to give a one full blast scare enough to lock your jaws? Some might contend that spirits are just a pigment of our imaginations—all thanks to the ambitious tries of movie makers to create scary stories which ends moot and ineffective.

However, there are numerous films which made me stay up at night regardless of how brave I perceive myself to be. For me, the more subtle the haunting, the more horrific it is. Because seriously, who would think that a ghost which is believed to be a ball of aura can actually send a sharp knife through your heart? Setting that aside, scary stories are meant to tap the mental and emotional aspects of a person to create that feeling that it might happen; a little bit of paranoia is always best. And for those with an imagination wider than the universe, even a few paragraphs of a ghost story can send goosebumps to rise all over your body.

Reading all alone at night can shoot you high above the clouds. Vulnerability will eventually envelope your brain and a drop of pin is magnified by your sudden awareness. The darkness hold so much secret that venturing in it is the last in everyone’s list. Read on to learn more about , an app that can accompany you through the wee hours of the day.

, created by Avid Apps, is a compilation of more than a hundred scary stories arranged alphabetically. There are a number of “true stories” thrown in on the list but it’s up to you whether to believe them or not–but some are very convincing, I tell you. With a check-list system, users of the app can easily get back at where they left off. Once a story is opened, a check will instantly mark it as read.

Are You Afraid Of The Dark?

The stories that are included in the list are sent it by different “users” which the app did not point out where exactly. I thought that maybe the app has an online community where users can exchange or submit their creepy stories and hope the developers notices it, enough to list it on the line up. But no, there were no information whatsoever.

Nonetheless, the entries can get freaky. On a scale of 1-10, the scariest I have read so far will be an 8 because it crosses my mind once in a while and gives me quite a chill. As there are a handful of “oh that’s a good one” kind of stories, the “blah” ones can’t be avoided. Some are just plain ridiculous that even my 5-year-old nephew won’t even raise an eyebrow at it. But the effect of the truly ghastly ones is enough to overpower the weak ones.

Visual-wise, the app has nothing. I am not being mean. Seriously, it has nothing to offer. The interface is black and white with the exception of the green check marks, yellow titles, and the colored advertisments on the bottom of the screen. Aside from that, it’s a monochrome party. The letter are in white while the background is black with a cameo from differents shades of gray. It’s fine, I guess. Because I look more on the content. It’s not like it’s meant for kids—because that would mean that it has to be all sorts of gay and merry.

I have no problem with this because it makes the app looks like it’s a PDF file. But it could have been nicer to have an option to switch the colors of the interface. Instead of having white over black, I’d prefer reading the stories with a black text and a white background because that’s how my eyes work best. Plus after a couple of stories, the image gets stuck on my eyes and adjusting takes more minutes for my liking.

Also, a couple of images might not hurt. Even a simple one showing a foggy morning or an eerie image of an abandoned park or something. It doesn’t really matter. As long as there’s something else to grasp the reader’s attention. I have seen an iOS application of the same title but of different developers and it’s nice but too pretty for my taste. Oh, it only contains 11 stories so that’s a major bummer as well. If you want to check it out, then click on this link: .

Let’s Talk About The Contributors

I have mentioned earlier that the stories are created by different users who came from who knows where. Some of the entries might sound familiar to us because it resembles some notorious murders way before our time. Knock, knock, Jack The Ripper in the house (haha)! There are tales which have been said to be true whether their relative experienced it, neighbor, classmate, or even the user themselves. It kinda makes me think that the stories aren’t weeded out by the developers.

First of all, there are wrong spellings and even grammatical errors on more than a few entries. I’m no grammar nazi but the developers could’ve at least presented the stories in a manner where the readers won’t be whispering in their heads the proper way of spelling a word. It takes off the momentum. Second is that there are repetitive stories which are presented just a bit differently and the titles were changed. Again, I’m blaming the developers for this. Checking each story won’t be a problem after all because they’re all short and straight to the point. How hard can it be to have a couple of people proof reading them, right?

Harrie Still Reads ‘Em

Don’t get too heartbeaten with all the cons I’ve mentioned, though. The app is still pretty good because I’m judging mostly the essence of the content. It’s an app to tell stories and it does great at that. I’m pretty much sure that the story which stuck to my mind the most will become a mainstay in my brain for months. It’s not that hard to shake off a story that might actually happen to me. I bet you know what I mean.

Since our cowardice level vary, you have to try the app for yourself to know where your limits lie. I, for one, didn’t take the app seriously at first but stumbling upon the real hair-rising folklores and urban legends, I did a double turn. The real fear lies in the thoughts of the reader and not with the over-all look of the application.

As of now, I think I have read more than half of the stories and I have far more to go. I’m waiting for the application to have an update so I can have more scary and heartless reads. Oh, have I mentioned that it’s not just about ghosts? There are murder stories as well so that’s a few levels up the scare factor.

Harrie Sade

A caffeine-dependent power tripping damsel who loves murdering keyboards, her shabby photography, and the rain.

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