21 People Confess The Scariest Situation They’ve Ever Been In


One time I had sleep paralysis and there was a huge goose right next to me. It was like 2 meters big and it just watched me while I tried to scream at the top of my lungs.


There was a bar fight. Huge guy, out of prison that morning, racist, unpleasant and very fucking drunk. He’d been in the pub all day. In walks a woman, apparently they had beef. He grabs a glass and tries to smash it in her face, misses and glasses some random woman. Now he’s extra angry. Grabs his intended target by the throat, slams her into a chair, starts punching her in the face repeatedly. The staff call the police, but this guy is trying to kill the woman. So I get in there and break it up. He swings at me, she bites me, I’m now in the middle of 2 people trying to kill each other. Scary shit.


Sailed on the Andaman sea to the coast of Myanmar in a huge thunderstorm. Bad call by the crew leaving the island we were on just before the storm hit us. We saw lightning strike around as a few times and were on a tiny wooden ship with absolutely no protection. The Birmese captain was trembling behind the wheel. I truly felt it could be over at any moment and was starting to make my peace with not making it back home. We drank many, many beers after making it through.


Sleep paralysis is the worst, man. Never been more terrified in my life. Woke up very late and night once, and literally couldn’t move anything except my eyes. At the bottom of the bed, where the window was, and the streetlight spilled in, there was a strange, black mass, in the shape of a person. I watched, absolutely terrified, as this shadow moved up the bed, around to the side where my ex-girlfriend was sleeping, and I couldn’t do anything about it. It got really close to her face, and I could’ve sworn I saw it smile. Then, as if nothing had happened, I could move again, and the shadow was gone. I wouldn’t wish sleep paralysis on anyone.

Written by Laura McNairy

Laura is a freelance writer for TFLN. She likes to write about what she knows best — dating, sex, and being awkward, but usually in the opposite order. She is the Assistant Editor and videographer for Peach Fuzz, a sex-positive nudie magazine in ATX.