For those who don’t know what the heck I’m even talking about, a creepy pasta is basically a term for “scary story”. It was originated online when people would share the stories by copying and pasting them to their own blogs or different forums. The slang basically translated from “copy paste” to “copypasta” to “creepypasta.” While now they are short stories, some bordering on novella length, the original ones were very short and told in an anecdotal ways, as though the shocking event happened to them in real life. Others would tell about a supernatural ritual or some sort of dark Easter egg from popular shows, games, and movies.
Now I love a good scary story. And creepypasta are one of my favourite ways to read them. For some reason, the casual telling and personal perspective makes them feel more real and plausible. They’re the kind of story that stick with you, and you think of them late at night when you can’t sleep. So I just wanted to share some of my favourite creepypastas. Some are the classic, popular ones that many people will have read before, and others might be a bit more obscure. Let me know if you read them and what you think. And I’m always looking for suggestions for more spooky tales.
Also note that I won’t be listing trigger warnings, for those who don’t like spoilers. However, there are resources online to identify the common themes in these stories. Just keep in mind that these are scary stories about monsters, human cruelty, and supernatural events. Expect frightful content.
This is a more popular one many people may have happened across. It’s one of the first creepypastas I ever read and it sticks with me to this day. It tells the story of a group of friends camping in the woods when odd things begin to happen to the people in attendance. It sounds cliche, but give it a shot.
This is a story of a children’s show that was on a local network in 1999. The narrator looks back on this low-budget show and realizes that there are a lot of the things that he saw were more suspicious than his child’s mind could recognize. The one downside of this story is it’s a “continually updating” story, so there is no real ending and the updates at about 6 months apart. I basically gave up on it and considered it a cliff-hanger.
This story is from the subreddit r/nosleep. It’s a forum for posting stories, and the rule is all stories have to be told in the “this happened to me” way, and if you comment, you have to comment as though this is a real, true story. This is a series of unnerving tales told by someone working in search and rescue.
It’s hard to raise a child alone, especially after the death of their mother. It can make growing up difficult, and this story is all about the challenges that go along with that. A good tutor is hard to find.
Before I say anything, this is a HUGE read. It’s many parts long and the parts are lengthy themselves. But it tells a fanscinating story of a man unravelling the demented secrets of his home town. Through the help of his friends and some digging around, he will change his perspective on his neighborhood forever.
With a premise like this, you can probably already imagine where this is going. An emergency dispatcher receives a strange call. The caller can’t speak, and the dispatched must communicate through scratching to tell their tale.
A short but very disturbing read about a mother’s love for her new born baby.
A very popular type of creepypasta is what is know as the “lost episode.” They are usually stories about an un-aired episode of some kid’s show that has a terrible story behind it. This story is similar, but it’s about the Disney theme parks, not any one character or show. It’s a bit of a read, but it’s worth it to me.
This isn’t so much of a creepypasta, but a portion of a creepypasta-esque character turned legend. Most people have at least heard of Slenderman. Maybe it was in passing or in the news, but he is pretty mainstream. This channel is one of the reasons why. Throughout years of uploads, it tells the story of a man who comes across tapes recorded by his friend while they worked on a film. His friend had gone mad and fell off the grid, so he turns to the tapes to see if it explains anything. These videos are terrifying to me, and I still have nightmares about some of the shots and effects used. It’s a slow burn, with many episodes happening before the truly chilling ones, but I think it’s worth it. And that’s someone who hasn’t watched them all.