The PEOPLE that live in the UNDERNEATH

Adan Men
9 min readMar 2, 2024

I think most people don’t know the legend of the people that live in the underneath, I think it’s history would explain why things happen the way they do in Gray Hills. A lot of mystery shrouds the small city, for the most part it’s outsiders that seem to witness the supernatural, they see figures emerge from the darkness. The tree line revealing a dreadful mystifying world. There’s a reason for that, one that makes sense and that is because of the people that live in the underneath.

Originally before Gray Hills was modernized the town was much smaller, a population of mere thousands and during the Cold War many feared of nuclear holocaust. It was all over the media, constant reminders of how fragile our civilization really was. Schools would have bomb drills; where the children would duck underneath their desks, sheltering their bodies from the sudden impact. The practice is comical by today’s metrics but back then it was seen as genuine hope. It was because of these drills did one teacher; a man by the name of John Glass; came to a revelation, one he thought would save his townsman. By observing the way children crouched underneath their desks made him think of animals, ones that would burrow deep into the soil to shelter away from predators; that’s when he thought of the caves. He suggested to the community to build bunkers deep in the caverns near by, equip them with enough food for a year; this way they could hide there until the threat of nuclear winter passed. Back then being a dooms day prepper wasn’t seen as something to ridicule, instead he was applauded for his suggestion, especially since the town already had the perfect location to start construction, the cave systems from the abandoned mines.

They dug deep, unburying the lost memories of workers from the past, finding tattered clothes and personal belongings. The construction workers would find small journals written from the once miners, documenting their daily lives, the grind of the coal — desolating their very souls. The construction workers found many things in common with the miners, they felt empathy for their lives, though what they felt more passionate about was the bewildering calling from the caves. They couldn’t understand it, nor did they even question the sensation but a symbiotic relationship was forming between the men and the darken caverns. One by one…

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Adan Men

If horror is your jam then my stories will have you on the edge of your seat, get ready to be enthralled into the world of the unexpected and unusual.