Night has fallen. You’re just settling in to watch your favorite TV show when you hear a soft knocking at the door. You wonder who could be visiting this late. Oddly, you feel a growing apprehension as you approach your front door. You peek out the peep hole and notice that there are a couple of kids standing on your doorstep. They’re boys, somewhere between 14 and 17 years old. They’re dressed like average kids, and there’s nothing remarkable at all about them.
Even so, your apprehension grows. It’s becoming a sense of dread and foreboding. You flick on the porch light and open the door. You ask the kids what they want.
“We were on our way to see a film and our car broke down. Could we use your phone to call our mother?” the oldest asks.
Their speech strikes you as odd. It’s way too formal for a kid that age, and furthermore they speak with a confidence most teenagers lack. They look you in the face as they speak, although strangely you can’t bring yourself to look into theirs. You feel compelled to believe them, and scared of the compulsion. Your fear leads you to deny them. They become more insistent, growing angry at your denial, changing their story and asking if they might use your bathroom? You’re scared and confused and you don’t know why.
Then you notice their eyes. They’re completely black. No whites, no irises. Just blackness.
You slam the door in their face, overwhelmed by terror.
Congratulations! You’ve just encountered Black Eyed Kids or BEK’s for short.
My little story illustrates a typical encounter with the BEKs. Sometimes there might be a girl and a boy, but usually there are two boys. Sometimes they approach cars and ask for a ride. Sometimes encounters occur during the day as well.
The first recorded account of an encounter with BEKs occurred in 1998. Apparently more and more have occurred since then. There are a variety of explanations for this phenomena: everything from vampires to demons to grey aliens in disguise.
Skeptics claim that it is probably just pranksters with special contact lenses. There are contacts that can cover the whole eye and make it appear black, but they’re $2000 a pop and used only for costumes and certain eye disorders. They’re too expensive and too uncomfortable to wear for most kids to go through the effort to use them for a prank. Besides, mere contacts don’t explain the feelings of dread associated with an encounter with these folks.
There aren’t too many accounts of what happens when you let them in the house. One fellow fled his house in terror as soon as they entered, and another had the kids saying “we’ve come to collect” before the owner understandably barricaded himself in another room until they left. I read of an encounter on a Marine Corp base, where the kids appeared in a barracks but upon investigation no one else saw anyone of that age on base.
So what are they? I can’t tell you. I don’t try to explain such things. I just like the stories. I don’t put a lot of credence to them, I simply like to entertain the thought. Whatever they are, be they pranksters or something otherworldly or simply products of anxious times, they’re damned creepy!