CreepyPasta: The Tunnel

Stay out of weird spaces

Today I am writing about the Creepy Pasta 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

A look through the keyhole

Todays Letter is about a super creepy Creepypasta, and it is (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

Aww hell no

Today I am writing 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

Gotta catch em all

It’s that time again, time for another Creepypasta letter. 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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Creepy Pasta: Harbinger Experiment

Loneliness is killer

Today’s letter is the third one discussing CreepyPasta’s, where we discuss popular CreepyPasta stories and consider why they are so effective.

By way of re-cap, Creepy Pasta is the modern equivalent of an urban legend or a campfire story. They are spread online (although they are spreading to other forms of media such as movies). The level of variety in Creepy Pasta is staggering, there’s video content, written content, image content and podcast style content. So regardless of your preference for devouring stories Creepy Pastas have got you covered.

Todays Creepy Pasta of choice is the Harbinger Experiment.

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CreepyPasta: Ben Drowned

Legend of Zelda in horror?

This is my second letter discussing popular CreepyPasta stories.

Creepy Pasta is the modern equivalent of urban legends, spread through the internet and springing from the phrase copypasta. It’s a mixed bag and can incorporate many ways of storytelling, from found footage to urban legends from ghost stories and scientific journals.  Effectively they are modern-day campfire stories, only instead of hearing them by firelight you read or listen to them via the light of your screen.

Today’s Creepy Pasta is perhaps one of the most well-known stories, Ben Drowned.

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CreepyPasta: 1999

Telly time!

Today I am writing to you about Creepypasta.

Creepy Pasta is a relatively new way to enjoy the Horror Genre. These stories are the modern equivalent of urban legends, stories spread through the internet and springing from the phrase copypasta. They are a mix of found footage, urban legends and typical ghost stories.  Effectively modern-day campfire stories, only instead of hearing them by firelight you read or listen to them via the light of your screen.

I love Creepypastas, absolutely adore the medium. I listen to podcasts regularly ranging from the SCP Foundation Reports to Lost Episodes and Video Game pastas.

I am determined to do my bit to make the medium even more popular than it already is, by running a series talking about the most popular creepypastas.

While some of these are not my personal favourite there is no denying that they are well received by readers and listeners alike and I want to cover the most popular pastas for the simple reason that my goal is to introduce as many people as possible to the medium and how better to do so than with the most popular, well-received tales on offer.

Today’s pasta of choice is called ‘1999’

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Why do Creepypastas work?

Internet campfire stories

Creepypastas are short horror stories that are shared online in a variety of formats, some are audio files, others text, some are illustrations and some have been animated or performed via live-action.

The exact origins of the creepypasta story are unknown. It is difficult to pinpoint the start of the genre as early creepypastas were usually written anonymously and regularly re-posted.

The term “creepypasta” comes from the internet slang term “copypasta” which means copy and pasted text, due to the way they were first created and circulated. Originally, the stories were text-based only and copy-pasted across the internet, in the manner of creepy chain letters. However, over time the definition of creepypasta has expanded now to include almost any kind of horror story written on the Internet. The anonymous nature of the stories has also changed over time, with authors now putting their names to stories. 

The versatility of the internet has lent itself well to the expanding medium of these chilling little tales and has allowed them to spread/go viral to such an extent that they are have created their genre of urban legend style stories. Even well-known writers, producers etc, like Clive Barker, are helping to adapt creepypastas to the small screen showing just how mainstream this genre is becoming.

But what is it about Creepypastas that makes them so effective? Why do we find ourselves cowering back from our monitors or phone screens?

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