13 Terrifying Fictional Mirrors


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There's just something endlessly fascinating about a mirror - and something deeply troubling. Sure, you get used to them over time, but there's no discounting that uncanny doppelgänger world on the other side of the glass.

We can't help but attribute magic to the mirror world, as according to a 2005 study from the University of Liverpool, most humans don't really understand how mirrors work.

So naturally they inspire tales of sorcery and darkness. Here are 13 fictional mirrors and reflective horrors to avoid at all cost.


About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.