The myth of the Black Eyed Children has been circulating for a few decades now. The most famous account was published online in 1998 by an American journalist called Brian Bethel. He posted on an online message board (think something like reddit) to recollect his experience and to see if anyone else had experienced the same.
Bethel described his experience happening on a warm night in 1996. He needed to pay his internet bill and was writing a cheque in his car. Yes this is what we used to do before Bpay and Tap and go. From his own account “There was a knock on my driver’s side window. Two young boys, somewhere between nine to 12 years old and dressed in hooded pullovers, stood outside. I cracked the window a bit, anticipating a speil for money, but I was immediately gripped by an incomprehensible, soul-wracking fear. I had no idea why. Both boys stared at me with coal-black eyes. The sort of eyes one sees these days on aliens or bargain basement vampires on late night television. Soulless orbs like two great swathes of starless night”. He said that they asked him for a ride because they were going to the movies, but had left their money at home. Overcome with a sense of fear, he rolled his window up. He said one of the boys started banging on his window and shouting “We can’t come in unless you tell us it’s OK. Let us in!”. He drove away. Since this time, there have been an estimated hundreds of accounts worldwide where people have spoken of similar experiences where children with Black Eyes either knock on a window of a car or a door of a house asking for a ride or to be let in. Quite often they are wearing hoodies and are in groups of 2 or 3. They start to become aggressive and demand to be let in as they can’t come in unless invited.
There is a lot of speculation as to what people believe Black Eyed Children are. Some believe they are aliens disguised as children. Others believe they are demons (most likely due to Hollywood’s adaptation of demons having black eyes). Some say they are evil spirits. Others believe it is a overexaggerated myth created online much like Slenderman. A type of urban legend. I have even come across and explanation where people have argued that when yoon certain types of drugs, your pupils dilate and due to poor lighting a person’s eyes can appear to be black. The aggressive behaviour is also linked to the drug use. Look back at popular Asian horror movies. In a lot of them, demonic entities are represented with black eyes. In Supernatural a demon is represented with Black Eyes. In Village of the damned, the children were represented with dark red eyes. The eyes are very powerful. It is also a pop culture reference. Is there were the myth was born? Did it exist before the internet? There are some people whose accounts date back to pre internet, however there is of course no way of proving these accounts are real.
If the Black Eyed Children do exist, do we even know what happens when you let them in? Has anyone let them in and survived or has no one let them in? There are a lot of questions and very few answers. One of the most modern day questions has been, with the in thing now being to have CCTV security camera’s set up on the porches of houses across the world, why hasn’t any of this been captured on film?
It is certainly a case of having to rely on witness testimony. So I want to hear from you. Have you had an experience with Black Eyed Children or do you believe it is just an urban legend? Tell me in the comments below.
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