For the past several months, New York City-based illustrator Adam Allis has been documenting paranormal experiences in his apartment -- and the new "evidence" in question has left Twitter speechless.
The nightmare saga originated on Twitter back in August when Ellis began posting about encounters he had with "Dear David," a dead boy with a disfigured head that he alleges has been causing him all types of blood-curdling mayhem. A few months later, Ellis posted his first photo of the specter in November -- and that's when things appeared to take a turn for the worst.
On Tuesday, Ellis, who had been relatively quiet about David for a few weeks, took to Twitter with more chilling photos of his apartment -- and the ghost he claims resides there as well.
First, he explained that he hadn't been feeling well lately, which could be understandable given the circumstances.
"It was a feeling I'm used to — it always accompanies David. People tweet at me a lot saying he might just need help, but I'm certain that's not the case," Ellis tweeted.
But instead of making a dash in the other direction, Ellis chose to embrace his "palpable sense of malice" and set up a nanny cam to capture footage of David in his living room -- the same one he used to capture other footage that blew Twitter's mind last month.
Ellis said he used an app that takes a photo once a minute and also propped his phone on top of a bookcase to capture the apparition, but added that the first few photos weren't very good. "The vast majority of them were me sleeping in an empty room. It's sort of dark but you can see me sleeping," he wrote. "I'd left a couple night lights on just in case anything showed up, but for the first hundred or so photos it was just me in an empty room."
"I'm at a loss for words," Ellis tweeted. "That malformed ear, that stringy hair. I didn't even know what to think. I looked all over my room but couldn't find anything. And honestly I've been so exhausted I didn't know how to process it."
Though some have been skeptical of Ellis' findings and claim they're simply part of some well-constructed hoax, one thing is for certain -- this "ghost" has got the internet's attention.
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So, my apartment is currently being haunted by the ghost of a dead child and he's trying to kill me. (thread)
He started appearing in dreams, but I think he's crossed over into the real world now.
The first time I saw him, I was experiencing sleep paralysis and saw a child sitting in the green rocking chair at the foot of my bed.
He had a huge misshapen head that was dented on one side. I did my best to draw it: https://t.co/AJizlw7qXe
For a while he just stared at me, but then he got out of the chair and started shambling toward the bed.
I couldn't move because I was paralyzed. (I have sleep paralysis fairly often. It sucks.)
Right before he reached my bed, I woke up screaming.
I had another dream a few nights later, where I was in a library and a girl came up to me and said, "You've seen Dear David, haven't you?"
I was like, "Who?" And she said, "Dear David. You saw him."
She continued, "He's dead. He only appears at midnight, and you can ask him two questions if you said 'Dear David' first."
Then she added, "But never try to ask him a third question, or he'll kill you."
I was very shaken! Having two dreams about the same thing is pretty weird. Anyway, a couple weeks passed without incident.
Then, David came back in another dream. Same situation—I was in bed, and he was sitting in the rocking chair near the window, staring at me.
In the dream, I say, "Dear David, how did you die?" He mumbles, "An accident in a store."
I say, "Dear David, what happened in the store?" He groans, "A shelf was pushed on my head."
I'm frozen with fear. I ask, "Who pushed the shelf?" David doesn't answer.
I realize that I've asked a third question, which I'm not supposed to do. At that point, I wake up, absolutely terrified.
The next couple days I google deaths in the city, but can't find anything about a kid named David dying in a store.
I even try different names—Daniel, Dylan, Devon. Nothing. A few weeks go by without incident.
Sort of randomly, the apartment above mine is vacated, and I have the opportunity to move into it. It's a larger apartment, so I'm thrilled.
Another month or two goes by, and I sort of forget about Dear David. I think he lost track of me because I moved upstairs.
But lately, something strange is happening.
For the past 4 nights, my cats gather at the front door at exactly midnight & just stare at it, almost like somethi… https://t.co/jpmtNs3bsI
Last night I got a weird feeling and looked out the peephole, and I'm dead certain I saw movement on the other side.
When I opened the door and turned on the hall light, nothing was there, but my cats seemed unnerved. Bushy tails, etc.
And that's where I am right now. Dear David found me, I think. I don't know what to do. I'll keep you updated.
Update: for the sixth night in a row, my cat has walked over to the door promptly at midnight and stared at it. https://t.co/97oSBLfOIw
What is going on? https://t.co/30mLSqYhXo
Ok, so I took a photo through the peephole cuz I'm too scared to open the door. I feel like I saw something.
I couldn't tell so I mustered the courage to open the door. Nothing was out there but I took another photo. Look at this:
Is it just me or is is there something in the first photo, right where the bannister meets the shelves? Hiding on t… https://t.co/iEgty6ljaT
I wasn't sure if it was a smudge or something so I took a second photo from inside. There was something out there. https://t.co/NnHepK90aC
I deadbolted the lock and got in bed because I don't know what else to do. I can still hear my cat meowing at the door.
I am pretty scared. https://t.co/Z6CZ8c20EA
@moby_dickhead Not to be all Dana Scully about this but is there a chance that what you're seeing in the hallway is… https://t.co/Gnf64v1yrS
@IsaacFitzgerald Nope! I live in a house! There's no real way for an animal to be in the hall.
@moby_dickhead @IsaacFitzgerald But... you said the apartment above you vacated.
@AaronFlux @IsaacFitzgerald It's like a duplex. It's an old house that was converted into two apartments.
There have been a few small developments in my apartment, but I'm not really sure what to make of them. I just know I'm scared. (thread)
If you recall, my cats usually gather at the door at midnight, but lately it's been getting earlier and earlier every night.
I was almost used to routine, so when they started to cry at the door closer to 10 pm, I was confused.
They began a new routine: hover around the door at 10 pm, cry for about 15 minutes, then wander off as if nothing's wrong.
But this week, something else has been happening.
Shortly after the usual cat stuff, around 10:30 or so, I start getting phone calls from an unmarked number.
My entire call history for the past week looks like this. You'll notice that I answered once, yesterday. https://t.co/nozoMffWHs
Usually if it's an automated thing, if you answer once, they quit calling. So I picked up.
I didn't say anything. I just listened, waiting for some automated message to chime in.
Instead, what I heard on the other end was a peculiar electrical static sound, very similar the the static my sleep app picks up at night.
After about a minute, the static stopped, and there was silence.
I kept listening. I heard what I thought was breathing, but it was so faint I can't be sure. My heart was racing, so it was hard to hear.
Something about the way they said hello freaked me out. It wasn't a question, or a greeting.
Just, "hello." A flat statement. So quiet I could barely hear it.
I panicked and hung up. I didn't know what else to do. I closed all the curtains in my apartment and turned on every single light.
If I look at each individual incident on its own, there are perfectly logical explanations for everything.
But after three weeks of weird shit happening, I don't know how to make sense of it all.
So, I moved the green chair out of the bedroom weeks ago. It's been in various parts of the living room ever since.… https://t.co/YNLkwXLYm6
Also, I'm going on vacation to Japan in 3 weeks, & I keep thinking if I can make it to my trip, this will all end, as dumb as that sounds.
Anyway, last week I bough a pet monitoring camera so I can keep an eye on the cats while I'm overseas.
It's basically a nanny cam that connects to the wifi, so you can check in whenever you want. It runs 24/7.
It also alerts you to sound and movement via an app. (I blacked out the company, since I doubt they want to be asso… https://t.co/VvcfKaaQsN
In any event, I decided to test it out this weekend. I was away from home one night, so I set up the camera before I left.
My phone pinged periodically through the evening, alerting me to the cats running around and playing. Normal stuff.
Then, around 11, it alerted me again that it detected motion, but when I checked the feed of my apartment, I didn't see anything.
So I watched the feed again. Still nothing. I watched it a third time, and finally noticed something.
Watch the chair. https://t.co/jXtIxpkVxD
I knew it couldn't be the wind, because I haven't had the windows open at all this summer (I have AC and like to keep it chilly).
It was unnerving, but there wasn't anything I could do about it right then, so I flipped my phone off and tried not to panic.
About half an hour later, I got another motion alert.
Here's the feed of that alert. https://t.co/6FHmUyIRBx
If you missed it the first time (like me) look above the shelf. It's a little turtle shell that I hung on the wall.