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The Creepy, Real Life Inspiration Behind Stranger Things And The Town That Started It All

The Creepy, Real Life Inspiration Behind Stranger Things And The Town That Started It All

You didn't think Stranger Things was inspired by true events, did you?

A question we were never expecting to hear, that’s for sure! With everyone fixated on the new season of Stranger Things, it has raised questions as to where the show got its inspirations from, and theories claim that it actually derived from a real life secret government project that involved the kidnapping of young children.

Quite frankly, we need to know more…

Matt and Ross Duffer, the genius and possibly slightly unhinged (based on the story) creators of Stranger Things, supposedly found their inspiration for the infamous Netflix show from the non-fictional village of Montauk, New York, which is situated on the east end of the Long Island peninsula. 

The Duffer brothers took a specific interest in an alleged US military programme named the ‘Montauk Project’ which happened in the village. According to a number of sources, it involved experimenting on children including mind reading, mind control and time travel. For this reason, the show was originally called ‘Montauk’, but the creators changed it to ‘Stranger Things’ because it sounded more like the infamous Stephen King novel ‘Needful Things’. 

Preston Nicols was an electrical engineer who grew up in Montauk, and claims to have worked on the suspicious project in an exclusive interview with The Sun. He stated “I found myself on this screwball project which became known as the Montauk Project.” 

“We began to look at how you could interface minds with computer systems, the idea being you could fly a fighter plane by pure thought. 

“But it soon evolved into developing a mind-control device. They wanted to flip a switch and have everyone respond to a computer programme” 

The engineer even published a book in 1992 entitled ‘The Montauk Project: Experiments In Time.’

Before we get too carried away with this spine-chilling discovery, there is no substantial evidence to prove that this project ever took place, apart from the claims made by Mr Nicols. However, if it is the case that the sick and twisted project occurred, it most definitely proved to be the inspiration behind an equally sick and twisted TV show, but one that nevertheless has us continually gripped with every episode that is released!

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Topics: Stranger Things, TV and Film, Millie Bobby Brown