When I was a freshman my best friends were Joseph and Andrew. I lived across town from them and they lived close by to each other. Nearby their homes was a park we used to waste time at. It was next to an unused railroad track across from two concrete tunnels leading into the sewers I suppose. Across the street was the cemetery. Water ran from them about three inches deep into a creek. One day we ended up checking it out of curiosity and saw a spray painted sign at the front of it with an arrow aimed inwards saying “This way to Hell.”. Of course that made us want to go in but it was pitch black in there. So we decided to get flash lights and go back when we had some. We went in one day after school and going through we saw other graffiti signs warning us saying “Turn back now” and “Run boys and girls”. We of course weren’t bothered being young and thinking we were brave. At one point the tunnel turned right and at the turning point was spray painted “You’re halfway to Hell” with an arrow going around the corner. Our cheap flashlights didn’t do us justice as we turned the corner since we could barely see what was in front of us so we left. Over time we would go back in but never past the corner. One day I was in math class and Joseph sat behind me. Well he walked in and wasn’t himself. He seemed troubled, not his usual perky self. After asking him what was wrong for a while he finally told me him and Andrew went into the tunnel the day before after his mom bought him a high powered flashlight. He said he had ran ahead of Andrew and turned the corner. Upon shining the light down the tunnel he saw a black figure turn its head towards him and stand up. He ran out and told Andrew to follow. I had a hard time believing it because the top of the tunnel reached about four and a half feet maybe five at most. It was crouched to walk in there. I wanted to believe him but didn’t understand why he saw what he saw. We stayed away for a while until me and Andrew decided to go back in with a girl he knew. We made it past the corner and turned into the part we haven’t been to. It led to a smaller circular tunnel to go into. But before you stepped into that area, the ceiling was raised high enough to stand up all the way (I’m six feet four inches). We were in the spot my cousin saw something stand and turn towards him. We left and I told my aunt and my sister about it. Like idiots we all decided to go in a group. It was me my aunt my sister Andrew and Joseph. Late at night we went in there (we always went in during daylight hours) hoping to see something scary or interesting. Me and my sister turned the corner before anyone else and went ahead. As I was shining my light I saw something shiny at the end. I couldn’t figure out what it was so we got closure until I saw how big it was. I stopped and tried to reach for my sister but she took a few steps closer and aimed the light right at it. A large black figure being stood up with the light reflecting off of its shiny skin turned around. It’s face was unable to see due to the surrounding darkness but it’s glowing red eyes stood out. I’ve never heard my sister scream like that. She turned around hitting me yelling at me to run. I tried to run but legs became concrete paralyzed from fear. I manually had to pull my legs to make them move as I looked back one last time to see if it was close. It only stood there looking back. I managed to make my legs work and ran faster than I ever have in my life. We all made it out and got out of there as quickly as we could We stayed far away from the tunnel for a while, maybe three months or so. That is until me and Andrew went to the park to hang out and saw a birthday party going on. We decided to go into the tunnel to hang out. Near the entrance was a dry spot the water didn’t reach where we would sometimes sit and hang out where the light still reached us. As we were sitting there kids from the party jumped down into the water and began yelling into the tunnel asking what we were doing. We decided to get out so they wouldn’t go in. As we stepped out a man from the party came down and told the kids to go back to the party. Keep in mind this was a total stranger. He began to question us asking what we were doing. We kept it short and just said we were checking the tunnel out. He paused for a second and said, “You ever reach the end of it? See that thing?”. My heart jumped into my throat when he finished his sentence. Neither of us knew this man or ever even seen him before. I asked him what he was talking about and he said, “That big black no name m**********r down there. Did you see it?!”. I didn’t know what to say to him for a minute and finally asked how he knew. He then told us he had gone down there as a kid with his friends being “stupid like us” and saw it. I’m not sure how it happened but he and Andrew then began to argue as I guess Andrew was upset he called us stupid. The man then began to threaten Andrew saying he would kill him and drag him down there. Another man from the party came up and began to urinate in the water asking him what he was doing. He replied he was just talking to a couple of kids. The second man finished and went back to the party. The other man looked at us pointing at us then the tunnel and said, “Stay out of there.” and walked off. We went back to Andrews house and was too scared to tell anyone so kept it hidden for about a year or so before I ever spoke of it. We never saw him again. We did eventually go back in there but only during daylight and only to the dry spot. Joseph did go back again with a cousin of his late at night after all that and went in a few meters but stopped when they heard voices echoing from down the tunnel. They stopped walking as they heard footsteps splashing through the water in a rush. Joseph and his cousin ran out and all the way home. They didn’t look back and never went back after that. Two years ago I told a friend that story which made him want to see it. We went and it was closed off by a gate with a trespassing sign. Just getting near the entrance sent shivers down my spine. We ended up leaving. I told myself that was enough until another friend wanted to go along with his girlfriend.(I know dumbass) We went about halfway to the turning point late at night and heard loud noises come from the dark. We decided to leave quickly as the noises became clearer and closer. Since then I’ve never gone back. Although this site is for made up horror stories I thought a creepy true story would be okay to post.