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Almost everyone who lives along the Uncanny Highway has a story to tell, and knows a friend-of-a-friend who witnessed something bizarre.

Some of the stories below are straight retellings of well-known Urban Legends. Others are tales of the type that would freely circulate during the Groovy Era of the late 1960s and 70s. Naturally, the PCs might wind up hearing what are essentially the same stories everywhere along the road.

See also Tales Told by Men and Tales Told By Women, to determine the stories PCs hear in bars and barbershops, in the lounges of truck stops, and in the aisles of small town grocery stores.

First, roll a d12 to determine which Table to use. Then, roll a d6 to determine the story told.

Table 1

d6

An infamous outlaw…

1

committed his worst massacre right in this area.

2

was hung here, and his ghost still walks around with the noose around his neck.

3

was gunned down by a posse, and cursed the nearby town for it.

4

came through this area, and a local girl ran away with him. After he got shot down, she started wearing his clothes and robbing people herself. The victims all though it was the outlaw himself, come back from the dead!

5

secretly settled down around here, and used his stolen money to reinvent himself and become a respectable town father. His descendants are still well-connected, so I can’t tell you who they are without there being consequences, if they find out I told you.

6

buried a fortune in gold and silver coins somewhere around here.

Table 2

d6

A stranger came to town…

1

and murdered several women in this really sick way before being caught red-handed and executed. But you know, my buddy’s cousin is a cop, and they still sometimes find women killed that same way. In locked rooms, too! It’s all hushed up whenever it happens, though.

2

and was able to cure supposedly incurable patients at the hospital.

3

and built a house (or other structure) without a single nail.

4

and opened a mortuary. Turns out, he was selling the bodies to medical schools and hospitals, and burying coffins filled with rocks.

5

and people started developing severe cases of anemia. Some of them died. Thing is, people kept seeing them walking around at night. It didn’t stop until another stranger came around, looking for the stranger. I guess she found him, and did whatever needed doing!

6

and started taking pictures of everyone. They say if he took your picture, you wouldn’t have a reflection any more.

Table 3

d6

Long ago, a settler girl…

1

was buried alive. Sometimes, you still hear her scratching inside her grave.

2

was scalped, and her ghost still wanders, looking for the top of her head. You know it’s her, because she won’t take off her hat.

3

ran away with a native man. When her daddy went with some men to take her back home, she and the man killed them off one by one – and the girl even killed her own father! Now, if young ladies are seeing some boy their daddy doesn’t like, they will go to that girl’s grave and leave offerings, so her ghost will help them out.

4

found some strange buried tablets inscribed with Egyptian hieroglyphs. Now they’re in some Roadside Museum out on the Highway.

5

fell down a sinkhole. When somebody finally got her back up with a rope, she said that she saw strange people living in the caves underneath. Supposedly that sinkhole in still in the basement of some house around here.

6

had a vision, and started healing people. This cult formed around her, and eventually they all killed themselves thinking that the Apocalypse was about to start. Sometimes you can see their ghosts wandering out on the Highway.

Table 4

d6

A local girl…

1

was abducted and killed in a snuff film. A friend of a friend’s cousin has actually seen it!

2

made it big as a model in New York City – because she sold her soul to Satan. I know someone who went to High School with her, but she looked different then, and had a different name.

3

had this red spot on her face which kept getting bigger, until one day it burst open and spiders came out! A friend of my sister’s friend saw it happen!

4

died in an auto accident a few years back on the way to prom. They say that she still haunts the Highway, wearing her prom dress and asking for a ride to the dance. My second cousin says he knew a guy who actually picked her up once.

5

got lost in the woods, and when they found her years later she ran around on all fours, ate raw meat, and growled like an animal – because she had living with wolves! My dad said that his uncle told him all all about it.

6

used have one of those beehive hairdos, which she never washed out. Well one day her head hurt and it started bleeding – because spiders had nested in her hair, and were eating her brain! It really happened, because my mom’s best friend told me all about it, and she had heard it from her hairdresser.

Table 5

d6

A local boy…

1

started seeing visions of the Virgin Mary, and she told him that this Pope is going to be the last one before the world ends.

2

played one of his records backwards, and killed his parents because the song told him to!

3

ate some new kind of candy while drinking soda – and he died because his stomach exploded!

4

found a buried piece of wood carved with Viking writing. When he brought it to a University, they dated it to the 12th century!

5

wandered deep into a local cave and says he saw little people having a party, but they threatened to put out his eyes if he didn’t run away home.

6

bit into one of the apples he got for Halloween, and there was a razor blade in it! My cousin’s best fiend’s mother was a nurse, and she actually saw the kid come into the hospital!

Table 6

d6

A local car dealer…

1

bought this car at auction, but apparently the trunk had been used to hide a dead body. So he cleaned it up, got the smell out, and sold it. But, the buyer came back in a few days, saying that the car started to smell like death and he wanted his money back. So, the dealer takes back the car, and cleans it again. It smells just fine, so he sells it. But the second buyer also says the car started smelling like death in a few days. This happens every time that car gets sold. So watch out if you buy a used vehicle, because it might be the death car!

2

told me that those new cars coming in from overseas all have little cameras in them, and when you bring them in to be serviced the pictures are collected.

3

accidentally sold a local woman an experimental car that gets 500 miles a gallon. She realized something was strange when she had driven it for a week, but the needle on her gas gauge didn’t seem to move. When she told the dealer, he bought the car back for $30,000! So they can make cars like that – they just don’t want to!

4

sold this big luxury car to some banker. But the banker started hearing a rattling noise every time he drove. He complained to the dealer, who had the car thoroughly cleaned and searched. There wasn’t anything loose inside the car to make the noise, so the banker took the vehicle back. Still, it rattled. This kept up until one day the banker was in an accident, and his driver-side door was damaged. Turns out that inside the door was a wrench suspended from a string, and a note that read “Congratulations, you rich bastard. You found the rattle!” And you know what, I used to work with the guy whose brother worked on the assembly line, and he saw the guy who put the wrench in the door in the first place!

5

disappeared after he started telling customers that driving certain cars marked you for abduction by aliens. I know a guy whose uncle was there in the dealership the day when two guys in black suits came in, and asked the dealer to step outside. That dealer never walked back in the door.

6

absolutely loved his convertible, and was actually buried in it. In fact, they say he loved that car so much that he you can still see his ghost driving around in it. I guess cars can be ghosts too!

Table 7

d6

These two kids were up in Lover’s Lane and…

1

were attacked by a killer with a hook for a hand. He got the boy, but the girl escaped.

2

got abducted by a U.F.O. And apparently, now she’s pregnant with an alien’s baby!

3

got taken away by guys in hazmat suits. They’ve never been seen again, but supposedly their parents got rich all of a sudden after that.

4

their car was attacked by a gang of albino dwarves with little axes.

5

their car was chased by glowing balls of light.

6

this guy in a clown suit and a baseball bat began busting up everyone’s cars!

Table 8

d6

A respected local businessman…

1

kept abducted girls imprisoned in his basement, and they were only found after he took a heart attack and cops came with the ambulance. At least one of them is still alive, because my sister-in-law’s cousin’s friend worked with her. To find the supposed year, add 1d20 to 1950. The year might be different each time the story is told.

2

turned out to be the pimp running girls at a nearby truck stop.

3

committed incest with his daughter, and their deformed child became a serial killer. He’s still out there – so if you see a man in a mask, and it ain’t Halloween, run! As for the daughter, she’s in an asylum now. My aunt’s friend’s daughter is a nurse there.

4

murdered his whole family, and disappeared. My sister goes to the same beauty parlor as the guy’s old secretary, and she says that he was the nicest boss she ever had.

5

died, and when the police went through his house, they found a whole room set up for Black Masses. One of those cops was my cousin’s best friend, back in High School.

6

turned out to be a spy for the K.G.B. I know a woman whose husband’s friend is in the government, and she told me it’s really true.

Table 9

d6

An entire busload of kids…

1

just disappeared without a trace one day. There were also a lot of U.F.O. sightings around that time, so you have to wonder if the two things are connected. To find the supposed year, add 1d20 to 1945. The year might be different each time the story is told.

2

crashed during a storm, and now their angry ghosts wander the Highway. Don’t ever pick up any children hitchhiking alone around here! To find the supposed year, add 1d20 to 1945. The year might be different each time the story is told.

3

decided to murder their driver – just tore him apart. Nobody ever found out the reason why, but all of them have been in the loony bin ever since. To find the supposed year, add 1d20 to 1945. The year might be different each time the story is told.

4

saw Bigfoot standing on the side of the road.

5

got exposed to some toxic waste that came off the back of an army truck. The kids started looking like they were dead, and wanted to eat raw meat, so the government came and took them away. To find the supposed year, add 1d20 to 1950. The year might be different each time the story is told.

6

saw Jesus appear to them, and he told them that that the Soviet Union was going to start World War III soon.

Table 10

d6

A local family…

1

were all murdered except for the father, who hasn’t been seen since.

2

used to take in unwed mothers, and murder their babies for Satan.

3

were murdered by drug-crazed hippies!

4

came home one night and noticed that their dog was choking. They brought the dog to the vet for an immediate emergency operation, and some human fingers were removed form the dog’s throat. The family called the police, who discovered a bugler hiding in the home – bleeding to death because the fingers of one hand had been bitten off.

5

came home from the movies and discovered that the babysitter had cooked their baby in the oven while high on LSD.

6

insulted some carnies, and were all cursed to turn into werewolves! They’re still out there, wandering in the wilderness off the Highway.

Table 11

d6

There was this Chief who…

1

cursed the land because the treaty with his people was broken. That’s why everybody’s luck turns bad around here.

2

still rides his spectral horse on the highway. I saw him once myself when I was younger.

3

will give you good luck if you leave a cigar on his grave.

4

supposedly learned how to become immortal, and some people say he still lives around here in disguise.

5

killed his daughter for marrying a settler, and her ghost still haunts the road.

6

was never killed or captured, and even through he gave the Army hell, was ultimately pardoned on account of his honor and bravery. I know a woman who went to school with someone who claims to be descended from him.

Table 12

d6

This housewife was alone in her house…

1

when her dog came back from the yard with a bone in its mouth. She and her husband had just bought the place cheap, so they got suspicious and dug up the yard, which the previous owner had re-sodded just before the sale. They found the buried bodies of a dozen girls who had gone missing over the years – but nobody ever saw the previous owner again.

2

and doing her laundry in the basement, so she decided to take off what she was wearing and wash it too. But she had metal curlers in, and there was a drip from a pipe overhead, so she put on her son’s football helmet so they wouldn’t rust. Just then the outside basement doors open, and it’s the meter reader. So she hides in a corner and freezes – trying to look like a mannequin or something. Anyway, she thinks she’s gotten away with it because the guy doesn’t say nothing. But then when he’s about to leave, he turns to her and says “I don’t know who you’re rooting for, lady, but I hope your team wins!” I know it happened, because my brother’s best friend’s cousin was the guy!

3

when she started hearing a voice and banging noises. She looked in all the rooms, but couldn’t find anyone. It kept up for a week, while her husband was away on business. Then, the morning after he returned, her husband noticed the hatch to the attic – which they never used – was left open. The husband went up there, and found a sleeping bag, soda bottles, bags of junk food – and screw-top jars that someone had been using to relieve themselves!

4

when there was knock on the door. Standing out there was her son, in his Army dress uniform. He said that he got shot in Vietnam, but she shouldn’t worry, because they’ve let him come home. He stays a while, but then he tells her that he’s got someplace he’s got to go, and leaves. Just then the mail comes, and she gets a letter from the Army, telling her that her son had been killed in combat.

5

and had just gotten out of the shower when when she hears the doorbell ring, and a guy shouting “It’s the blind man”. So she must have figured he couldn’t see her anyway, because she grabs a few dollars, goes to the front door, and opens it while she’ still naked. She hands the guy the money – and that’s when she notices he’s a workman holding the new window blinds she ordered! And if you think it didn’t happen, let me ask you, “Do I look blind?”

6

when these two guys in black suits show up at the door, asking if she’s seen a U.F.O. She hadn’t, but she remembered that her neighbor had been talking about one at the beauty parlor. So she tells that to the men, and then they go next door. The woman doesn’t think any more about the visit until the next morning, when she decides to ask her neighbor what happened. That when she notices that the house is completely empty, and the entire family is gone!