Redcap

Redcap is a rather unpleasant fellow who lurks in ruined towers and castles, especially if they have a wicked history. It’s said that Redcap kills travelers who wander into his ruined home, using the blood of his victims to dye his cap.

 

Redcap holds a particularly creepy place in my heart, mainly because I saw something very similar as a young child, long before I ever heard of such a creature. I was sleeping in my mother’s bed and in the doorway I saw the silhouette of a man. His form was darkened (from the light behind him in the hallway), but he had a red cap on. I closed my eyes, and when I looked back, he was closer. Each time I hid my eyes and then looked, he was always closer. Until I hid my eyes and never looked again. Morning came and I wasn’t dead. Rejoice!

 

What’s more is that my other siblings said they saw him too, at different times, and in a similar fashion (in our mother’s room, his features darkened except for the cap). Unless, of course, they’ve just been messing with me all this time (highly possible).

 

Sources: Froud, Brian; Lee, Alan, Faeries, Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1978.

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Sophie Duncan - 4 years ago

That is a really creepy story – a horrible version of statues, where kids try to get to the person at the end of the playground but can’t move when they’re being looked at.
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    Sara C. Snider - 4 years ago

    I have a very vague memory of playing a game like that as a kid. Maybe I blocked it out, because it is similar, like you say. 😛

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Tasha - 4 years ago

If I had seen something like that there would have been screaming! *shudder* Maybe I shouldn’t have read that – my husband just went to China for a week and a half, so it’s just me and the cat at home.
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    Sara C. Snider - 4 years ago

    Oh no, sorry to spook you. You know, I don’t think I really believed it was happening. I’ll just close my eyes and he’ll go away, right? It was so long ago that the memory is quite hazy.

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Laura Clipson - 4 years ago

If I’d seen something like that I think I would have run screaming from the house. I don’t think I’d cope well with anything paranormal. These guys sound horrible!

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    Sara C. Snider - 4 years ago

    I think younger children are better at dealing with things like this than adults. If I saw something like that now, I’d be really vocal about it.

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Tanya Miranda - 4 years ago

Very creepy. I had similar experiences when I was younger with those plastic-head dolls whose eyelids open and close when you lay them down and sit them up, the ones with the glassy eyeballs. I could have sworn I saw them moving around in my room, staring at me, opening and closing their demonic eyes.

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    Sara C. Snider - 4 years ago

    I hated those dolls. All dolls freaked me out when I was little, but those in particular. Oh, and the big “life sized” ones too.

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Timothy Brannan - 4 years ago

Creepy little thing isn’t it. I had read that they were somehow related to leprechauns.


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    Sara C. Snider - 4 years ago

    You know, I had never imagined Redcap as little, even if he is described as a goblin. Interesting if he’s related to leprechauns, which makes me wonder what those guys get up to. 😛

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djinnia - 4 years ago

redcaps give me the creeps! that’s one fey i wouldn’t want to run into EVER!

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    Sara C. Snider - 4 years ago

    Me neither. Nasty fellows, really.

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susan - 4 years ago

that is creepy – never heard of this critter either. thanks for comment on my blog – the boy Terry is my fictional wishes for the person it refers to. It didn’t come out well

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    Sara C. Snider - 4 years ago

    Sorry to hear that Susan. 🙁

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