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  • Emily Mandl

The Backrooms

The Backrooms is a popular internet horror concept that has captured the imaginations of many online users. The concept describes an alternate reality or dimension that can be accessed through a glitch in reality or a mysterious portal. The Backrooms is an endless labyrinth of identical, yellow, windowless rooms with stained, damp, and aging yellow walls, buzzing fluorescent lights, and a distinct lack of natural light. The floors and ceilings are made of the same dingy, porous material as the walls, and the rooms are filled with an unsettling humming sound.

However, the concept of the Backrooms goes deeper than just a single level of an endless labyrinth of identical yellow rooms. According to the lore, there are different levels of the Backrooms, each with its own unique characteristics and dangers. The first level of the Backrooms is the most widely known and best described. It is the previously mentioned maze of identical yellow rooms, with buzzing fluorescent lights and an eerie humming sound. The air is thick with a musty smell, and the walls are stained and damp. This level is said to be relatively safe, with no major dangers other than the disorienting and unsettling feeling of being lost in an endless maze.

The second level of the Backrooms is where things start to get more dangerous. This level is characterized by long hallways with flickering lights and a constant feeling of being watched. The walls and floors are still yellow, but they are covered in a thick layer of mold and mildew. The air is filled with a toxic smell, and the sound of something moving in the darkness can be heard in the distance. The entities known as "Hounds" are said to roam this level, hunting and stalking their prey.

The third level of the Backrooms is even more dangerous than the second. The rooms and hallways are pitch black, with no lights whatsoever. The walls are covered in pulsating veins, and the air is thick with a sickly sweet smell. The Hounds on this level are even more aggressive and deadly, with razor-sharp claws and teeth. Those who enter this level are said to have a slim chance of making it out alive.

The fourth level of the Backrooms is known as the "Submerged Level." It is characterized by flooded rooms and hallways, with water up to waist-level. The water is murky and contaminated, and the walls are covered in slimy algae. The Hounds on this level are said to be even more dangerous than those on the previous levels, with the ability to swim and move through the water with ease.

The fifth level of the Backrooms is known as the "Flesh Level." This level is characterized by walls made of human flesh, pulsating and alive. The air is thick with the smell of blood and rotting flesh, and the Hounds on this level are said to be grotesque and mutated, with multiple limbs and eyes.

The sixth and final level of the Backrooms is known as the "Entity Level." This level is said to be where the most powerful and dangerous entities of the Backrooms reside. The walls and floors are made of a shifting, writhing mass of flesh and bone, and the air is filled with the sound of screaming and moaning. The entities on this level are said to be so powerful that they can manipulate reality itself, and those who enter this level rarely make it out alive.

It is important to note that the Backrooms is a fictional concept created for entertainment purposes, and there is no evidence to suggest that it exists in reality. However, the concept of the different levels of the Backrooms has become a popular subject for horror stories, artwork, and even video games, as it offers a vast and terrifying world for creators to explore.

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