The Nightmare Project was a website that ran from 1997 to 2002 whose goal was to catalog the "darkest recesses of the human psyche." Individuals could submit their nightmares to the site for others to read, and others to analyze and comment on. For the years that it was active, the site provided a prime source of literal Nightmare Fuel.
In 2010, a partial restoration of the site was created by a devoted fan, titled the Nightmare Archive. Some of the nightmares from the old site were reposted, and new ones added. Commenting on has been disabled on the new site however.
This site provides examples of:
- Afterlife Express: The Transarmageddon Railroad transports the dead across a world devastated by nuclear war.
- Bears Are Bad News: The dream "Unspeakable Things" has the dreamer pursued by a bear with metal skin through a Lethal Lava Land.
- Better to Die than Be Killed: In the dream "Unspeakable Things," the dreamer holds a gun, prepared to kill himself rather than let the monster do horrible things to him.
- BFS: The sword the "angel" carries in "Unforgiving Visitor."
- Black Eyes of Evil: The nightmare "Whispers in the Dark."
- The Blank: The visitor in "Unusual Visitor" has eyes, horns but no face.
- Burn the Witch!: In the nightmare "Witch's Revenge," the dreamer's wife was raped and then burned by an angry mob lead by a witch-like crone.
- Colony Drop: The nightmare "Waiting for the Wave" has a large asteroid hitting the Atlanic, causing a colossal wave to kill everyone.
- Creepy Cathedral: In the nightmare "Waiting for the Void" the dreamer is in a strange church inhabited by groups of strange believers, animated shrines, and a void that no one seems to notice.
- Depraved Bisexual: In the dream "Victim of Love," the dreamer's love interest taunts her by sleeping with both a woman and a man.
- Everything Dances: The trees and bushes in "Under The Rainbow"
- Half the Man He Used to Be: "Unforgiving Visitor."
- Haunted Castle: "Trapped in the Castle."
- Killer Teddy Bear: An evil teddy bear causes the dreamer to shift between worlds in "Trapped in the Other World."
- Kneel Before Zod: The angel in "Unforgiving Visitor" slices the dreamer in half for not bowing down and worshiping it.
- Light Is Not Good: The angel in "Unforgiving Visitor" appears in an impressive display of light.
- The Mirror Shows Your True Self: In the dream "True Identity" a mirror shows the dreamer a hideous demonic visage in place of her reflection.
- Reality Warper: The future people in "Trapped in the Future" has such advanced technology that they can accomplish anything by wishing it, like a hunter killing a dear by wishing neon lasers to it.
- Things That Go "Bump" in the Night
- White Mask of Doom: The floating masks in "Three Faces of Doom."