There are many stories that happen every now and then in this world. Only a very few of them are captured on camera, featured on news, or written by some writer in an attempt to keep the story from being lost forever.
Such is a story named The Smiling Man. It’s not based on a true story, it is a true story. Later confirmed in a Reddit thread, The Smiling Man is a creepy mysterious story that took place in Seattle. The writer used to spend the long, boring night by walking down the streets until he met this man he would probably never forget for the rest of his life. This unusual man made him stop going out to walk in the night anymore just because he was so scary, despite being a man who otherwise looked like an innocent charmer.
How I came to know about The Smiling Man is another story. I was surfing on YouTube on my phone and this short film called “2 AM” popped up on the homepage. Because I have interest in making short films, I played it. The four-minute video does some good job in audio and camera movement, somewhat scary, but is entirely pointless to the end. But when I saw a comment that read “The actual story is scarier,” I found interest in reading what the actual story was.
Thus I surfed the web and came to know about The Smiling Man – yet another unresolved mystery of the universe.
The short film, embedded below, is meant to watch after you read The Smiling Man. But like any other screen adaption, the short film does not have as much essence as the original story. So, I advise you to do the opposite and watch this short film first, and then read the story over to the link given below.
The Short Film
Afterwards, don’t forget to come back and leave your thoughts on this. Do you have something similar in your life that you think is worth writing? Even if it isn’t, I think you should write it anyway.
I wonder how many of such creepy incidents happen every other day in this big blue planet.