What quality, horror story plot doesn’t involve a creepy home discovery? Well, this Reddit thread from Irishman Daniel Carley is not the stuff of fiction. The man moved into an old building dating back to the 19th century but was not briefed on the complete layout, which he discovered, was hiding some pretty macabre features.
The tale starts with an innocent enough hatch handle on the floor, “this wasn’t in the lease” he writes. Just like any good scary movie protagonist, he decided to see what was hiding beneath the door. Unveiled were steps leading underground and despite the obvious American Horror Story: Murder House vibes, he went down.
Scroll down below to see what he found!
Ireland native Daniel Carley decided to move into a new apartment in England
He thought he got a pretty good deal
The kitchen/living room has high ceilings: it’s a very old building.
But as he was exploring his new living space
Got all the essentials set up
He found a feature that wasn’t on the lease
The kitchen/living room has high ceilings: it’s a very old building
It really is a mezzanine, it’s more of a bunk bed than a bedroom. Cosy.
Nice functional shower room
Hang on.. What’s this?
Looks like a hatch. This wasn’t in the lease
Oh, a bit of underfloor storeage for some tools and old paint cans. Pretty unexciting. Of course there couldn’t be a secret dungeon complex under my bog-standard studio I rented for small money, that only happens in poorly-written movies
Hang on a second…
This can’t be true, that’s definitely a staircase
We have a dungeon. We have a dungeon. At this point I couldn’t believe my luck, and was completely freaked out since it was so unexpected. I suspected the dungeon stretched beneath the entire building, so I sealed the hatch (with the bathroom door wedged over it) and awaited backup
Got a friend, and proceeded. There is a proper 19th century layout of corridors and hatches beneath
To the right of the corridor, underneath the neighbour’s room
Friend examining the end of the corridor. It stretches further, she said
But wait, what’s up there? Only noticed this when reviewing the photos, could be a hidden space upstairs between apartments, or else an illusion caused be a collapsing ceiling. To be investigated
This is on the left of the corridor. Beautiful vaulted ceiling. Didn’t get a good look though the hatch yet
Random graffiti. People have been here this decade
The basement space is beautiful. Four walls, albeit a bit damp, and a somewhat solid floor. Great headroom down here
Curious shape in the corner. Bed, or crypt, it’ll make a good seat for a potential home cinema, or else for a dungeon party
Furnishings. Sacrificial altar?
There’s a hole in the middle of the room, with very soft dirt. Possibly recently disturbed
The staircase back up to the apartment. The builders have been down here when the place was being renovated a few years ago, but it seems completely uninhabited since. No mention in the lease. This appears to be the only staircase to the dungeon. I’m debating my next move. More exploration needs to be done, but it’s very scary living above it alone
Later his friend came to visit with the ‘appropriate’ attire
Friend brought housewarming gifts