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CreepyPasta: The Russian Sleep Experiment

Today I want to talk to you about one of the most popular, or at least well-known, Creepypastas.

The Russian Sleep Experiment.

This story is not, in itself, unique, I’m not even sure if it was the first Creepypasta to play with the idea of preventing people from sleeping and the consequences there of, but it is certainly the first one to become so popular.

I have come across a fair few Creepypasta’s trying to recreate the same kind of atmosphere and chills that this story is known for, alas while they can tell a similar story very few manage to recreate the feeling of foreboding and dread that this story does.

Summary

Russian researchers in the late 1940s kept five people awake for fifteen days using an experimental gas based stimulant. The chamber was stocked with books, cots with no bedding, running water and toilets, and enough dried food to last all five for over a month.

Everything was fine for the first five days. Though it was noted that the subjects talked about increasingly traumatic incidents in their past, and the general tone of their conversations took on a darker aspect.

After five days they started to complain about the circumstances and started to demonstrate severe paranoia. They stopped talking to each other and began alternately whispering to the microphones and one way mirrored portholes. The researchers suspected this was an effect of the gas itself.

After nine days the first of them started screaming. The other captives didn’t react to it. They continued whispering to the microphones until the second of the captives started to scream. The two non-screaming captives took the books apart, smeared page after page with their own feces and pasted them calmly over the glass portholes. The screaming promptly stopped. So did the whispering to the microphones. There was no more communication from within the chamber though there was evidence that the subjects were still alive.

On the morning of the 14th day the researchers announced: “We are opening the chamber to test the microphones; step away from the door and lie flat on the floor or you will be shot. Compliance will earn one of you your immediate freedom.” In response they heard a voice response: “We no longer want to be freed.”

It was finally decided to open the chamber at midnight on the fifteenth day.

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Creepypasta: Satellite Images

Want to talk about the creepypasta titled Satellite Images.

I thoroughly enjoyed this creepypasta gives me Hitchcock vibes while also playing into our fear of technology, both things I’ve always enjoyed in my horror. This pastor also gives me very strong nostalgia for when my friends and I would tell each other stories in our teenage years, quite probably due to how it ends.

Summary

The story begins with the narrator explaining that they were in a car accident in the because of this they don’t leave the house very often. They go on to state that they have just learned how to use Google Maps, and this gives them a sense of being outside without actually going outside.

They start notice something peculiar, that being the same person in multiple locations. They first notice a woman in Tokyo and then the next day when they login they find her again in Paris. Though they do admit that as people’s faces are blurred on Google Maps it’s impossible to be sure it’s the same person.

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Creepypasta: Candle Cove

Today I want to talk to you about the creepypasta Candle Cove.

This creepypasta is told through a series of forum posts, a unique way to convey a story. The writers in said forum are reminiscing abut a television show they watched as children but can find no reference to outside their conversation.

This creepypasta is highly effective in what it does. It is short and to the point, laying down a tense atmosphere despite it simply being people discussing a show they watched years ago.

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Creepypasta: The Expressionless

Today I want to talk to you about the creepypasta Expressionless, it’s a very short creation, it’s not really a story, more a brief third person account of a single event.  

Summary

The story opens with a mysterious woman arriving alone, covered in blood and on foot at a hospital. This woman is not a normal person by all accounts, she resembles a mannequin, but moves like a human. On her arrival she has a kitten clamped in her jaws.

While in the hospital she is calm but causes the people around her to suffer feelings of deep discomfort. She freaks out when they try to sedate her however revealing she basically has a sharks mouth, aka lots and lots of very pointy sharp teeth. These teeth are basically spikes and most noticeably far to long for her mouth to close without damage.

Naturally the hospital staff have questions, the most prominent being “what are you?” the woman claims to be god and then eats everyone save the doctor.

My thoughts

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I think this works, in part, because of it’s length. It’s very short with minimal explanation offered. We don’t know who or even what the creature was (was it created or born), we don’t know its motivation, we don’t know why it attacked when it did as opposed to simply attacking outright at the start and we don’t know why it left the doctor alive.

All we know is that it was bloody odd. We know that although it looked artificial it was clearly alive, it killed before arriving at the hospital and then it killed when it was inside.

This story reminds me a little of The Keyhole, a creepy pasta I wrote about before, in that it’s short and to the point with not much in the way of explanation. It simply presents itself and then ends. Though The Keyhole did have a slightly larger amount of explanation than this, we knew the creature in the room was the ghost of a murdered woman for example.

This story taps into our universal fear of monsters, something we don’t know or understand, that massively overpowers us and seems to want nothing more than death. It plays into our primal fear of other large predators. It also puts me in mind of the creepy doll stories, stories that take something unthreatening and make it threatening. Though I must admit that mannequins are far more uncanny valley than most dolls.

Lastly, it also plays on our fears of deception, this creature, weird though it was, turned up at a place where we offer help, it looked like it needed help and played on our presumptions, deliberately not attacking until we’d brought it inside with the aim to offer aid.

The atmosphere of this brief encounter is definitely one of mystery, the desire to understand and uncover what the hell is going on with this creature.

Overall this is a nice example of the creature-feature type of creepypasta.

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CreepyPasta: Psychic Baby Project

Creepypasta takes many forms, some are presented as third-person perspective stories, others are accounts from a friend of a friend of a friend who knew this one guy, and others are shown as diary entries. Today’s entry is presented as a thesis, though it morphs into an account towards the latter half of the story.

Today we will be looking at the Psychic Baby Project.

Psychic Baby Project is a great example of the Creepypasta genre, it incorporates elements common to many creepypasta stories and uses them well. The narrative is easy to follow and the narrator a well-crafted one who is believable in their reactions. The plot is reasonably well done, though could use some improvement. Certain elements are left open to interpretation in some areas and several elements are not resolved or explained which adds to the potential realism of the story. But then there are elements that seem superfluous to the story and the fact that they are not resolved makes me think they would have been better off being cut completely.

I’d very much recommend you read it yourself to get the full impact.

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CreepyPasta: Where the Bad Kids Go

Today I want to talk about one of my favourite CreepyPasta stories, a favourite because it taps into a childhood fear that most of us will share.

Today I want to talk about Where the Bad Kids Go.

Summary

The unnamed narrator tells of a television show he used to watch as a child, growing up in Lebanon during a war. The show was highly moralistic and trying to instil good behaviour in children. However, whereas most television shows aimed at children are more carrot than stick, this show was more stick than carrot. For those of you not familiar with the saying, the carrot is a reward, the stick is punishment.

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CreepyPasta: The Tunnel

Todays Creepy Pasta is The Tunnel! Most of the CreepyPasta stories I have come across have a strong supernatural element, this one does not and yet it remains one of my favourite creepypastas. The Tunnel tells the story of Alex who find a tunnel in his rented property and is far to curious for his own good.  

This one reminds me, more than most, of the ye old campfire stories you’d tell as kids.

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CreepyPasta: The Keyhole

Todays Creepypasta is super creepy, and (in my opinion) one of the best examples of ‘less is more’ in Horror. This story doesn’t over-explain things and to be entirely honest not a lot really happens in the story but it still leaves you with a creepy after feeling that has you looking over your shoulder in dark places.

Today I want to talk to you about The Keyhole.

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Creepy Pasta: The Rake

Today I want to talk to you about one of my personal favourite Creepypasta creatures. I say creature as opposed to the story because while there is a story-ish element to this Creepypasta, its more about the creature than anything else. It puts me in mind of a less formal and less structured SCP log entry. 

The reason this one is one of my favourites is that it creeped me out massively the first time I heard it. The combination of story craft (aka the use of less is more) and the images associated with the creature work very well to get right under the skin and cemented this creature as one that I will treasure.

I am, of course, talking about The Rake.

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CreepyPasta: Lost Silver

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It’s that time again, time for Creepypasta. Any of you who have been reading this blog for any length of time now will probably have picked up on the fact that I am a fan of Creepypasta. I love the way the old urban legend/campfire style story has evolved for the digital age.

When I first stumbled across Creepypasta I did so in the videogame genre, particularly listening to Creepypasta readings on YouTube, at first I didn’t understand how this could be considered a scary story, how scary can a story about a videogame be? Especially a hacked videogame. But then I say down and listened to Lost Silver and I started to understand just how immersive and effective this genre of storytelling could be.

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