The Nightmare closet

The Becoming ...


Not sure when my interest in the strange and Paranormal  began. It could have been my love for Scooby - Doo and Goober and the Ghost Chasers as a child (Showing my age here, they were my favorite.) It could have been listening to all the Ghost Stories told by my Grandfather, or when my Mother finally let me watch a scary movie, which became a lifelong love for Horror.
Whatever the cause, it started me down a path of no return.
Endless hours of good old Scary movies, countless books read, (Fiction and Non-Fiction). The true stories are always the best in my opinion.

As a child, my cousins and I would sit outside at my Grandfathers, and just listen for what we could hear. (You couldn't see there, it was literally the boonies, where Wolves, Bear and Big Cats still roam). Just hoping we would hear or see something unexplainable, or at least one of the wild creatures... Mostly we wanted to see Bigfoot.


Walking the woods and finding old cemeteries, or old schoolhouses that time forgot. The old creek bed that an Indian village set on and hearing the stories that followed.


Every day my interest in History, the truth, and Haunted places grew.
As time went by and I was old enough to venture out on my own, I sought out these places to see what I could uncover or experience. Today some call it Legend Tripping or Ghost Hunting. I was Ghost Hunting before Ghost Hunting was cool.


I can tell you I've seen and experienced some strange and unexplained things. Now it's time for me to share my stories.


~William


William Mitchem Jr.

Writer/Director/Filmmaker

Born and raised in Southern Illinois, William is an avid Horror fan. His film education began at a young age, when his mother introduced him to the classic horror films such as The Wolfman, Dracula, Frankenstein, and the Mummy. Most of his film education continued in the same way until more recently.(2018)


Being the horror fan he is, in 2008 the idea popped in his head to share his love for everything Paranormal, Horror, Dark and Scary with the rest of the world, so whenthefreakscomeout was born. It started to get some notoriety. The Serial Killer section was even being used across the Nation by Military and Law enforcement in their training. It was used in the writing of a thesis at Harvard. Several sites reference to whenthefreakscomeout.


Then something catastrophic occurred... In 2014, his 16 year old son passed away suddenly from a congenital heart defect called Hypoplastic coronary artery disease. He went into a severe state of depression and the site was forgotten.


Fast forward to late 2016. With the suggestion from an old friend and encouragement from his wife, he brought When The Freaks Come Out back, re-branded with a new name, The Nightmare Closet.


He stated that "My son loved Halloween, Scary Movies, Ghost Hunting and this Website...We were supposed to make a movie some day... So I shall carry on."


He resides with his wife in a little town located in Southern Illinois.