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.
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.
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?