Creepypasta of the Week: “The Cardboard House”

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Previously: “NES Godzilla Creepypasta.”

Rather a lot of creepypastas deal with the creepy child trope — it’s been a fixture of horror fiction for ages, perhaps most notably in the Henry James novella The Turn of the Screw  but I’m always surprised that there aren’t more that address a very particular childhood habit: Building stuff out of cardboard boxes. “The Cardboard House” is one such story, and while I’d kind of like to give it a good copy edit, it’s still quite effective all on its own. Kids build entire worlds out of discarded bits and bobs — things that most adults consider trash, but which can become anything in the right imagination. And it’s amazing.

But there’s also such a thing as the wrong imagination. Or maybe it’s still the right one; it just tapped into the wrong thing. Whatever the case, the bottom line is that when you make something out nothing, something… else happens, too. It opens a door of sorts. Sometimes that door is a literal one.

And what’s on the other side isn’t always benign.

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The Most Dangerous Games: Channel Infinity

Abandoned tellyPreviously: Tomino’s Hell.

I’m honestly not sure where Channel Infinity comes from; it was first posted to the Creepypasta Wikia on March 2, 2014 by user Jett Cyber, but beyond that, I haven’t been able to find any other information about it (other than those same rules copied and pasted over and over again — a creepypasta in the classic sense). I assume the Creepypasta Wikia entry indicates its first instance. Truth be told, it’s a little difficult to follow; for example, the original version notes that, instead of turning your back to the television at a specific point, you can also arrange some sort of setup involving two hand mirrors — but I wouldn’t recommend taking that route. The description of the setup is confusing enough that I couldn’t even figure out exactly how the mirrors are supposed to be positioned.

From a technical standpoint, I believe part of what’s happening during this ritual is a combination of Troxler’s fading and the Caputo Effect — the same trickeries of perception that cause us to see “monsters” like Bloody Mary in the mirror. There’s also something somewhat hypnotic about staring at a blank screen or at a screen full of static for an extended amount of time; the end result is, I believe, perhaps not as literal as the rules might suggest, but rather something more like what occurs during the Three Kings ritual.

Whether you believe Channel Infinity to be an actual television channel or something you visit in your mind, though…

…Play at your own risk.

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The Remains Of Jacob Wetterling, Missing Since 1989, Have Been Found, Drawing To A Sad Close A 27-Year-Old Mystery

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Bittersweet news today: The remains of Jacob Wetterling,  a Minnesota boy who has been missing since 1989, have been identified, drawing an almost 27-year-old mystery to a close. According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the remains were found on Sept. 1, 2016 on a farm in Paynesville, Minn., which is located about 30 miles away from Jacob’s hometown of St. Joseph; the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office confirmed on Saturday that according to dental records, the remains belong to Jacob. Further DNA testing will be carried out by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension in the coming weeks.

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Encyclopaedia of the Impossible: Spring-Heeled Jack

Spring heeled JackPreviously: Mandy the Doll.

Type: PE (Preternatural Entity).

Period/location of origin: 1837, London, UK.

Appearance: Subject’s appearance varies by report; however, frequently cited characteristics include a goatee, pointed ears, horns, and glowing, red eyes. Subject is also often said to have talons, rather than fingers (talons may or may not be organic; some reports cite them as being metallic), and is sometimes described as being clad in white oilskin and/or a black cloak. Subject may or may not have the ability to breathe white and blue flames. For all intents and purposes, subject appears to be the quintessential “devil.”

Interestingly, several reports describe as tall, thin, and gentleman-like. Subject’s relationship to the PE known as “the Slender Man,” if any, remains unknown.

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The Most Dangerous Games: Frequently Asked Questions, Vol. V

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Previously: Frequently Asked Questions, Vol. IV.

Time for another round of frequently asked questions! This time, we’ve got a lot of one shots for individual games; the one exception is The Man in the Fields Ritual, which attracted rather a large amount of queries. As I mentioned I’d start doing in the last FAQ volume, I’ve purposefully avoided answering any questions of the “what happens if I do this thing that expressly goes against the rules of the game?” variety; the reason why is laid out clearly here. However, there were a lot of interesting thoughts this time round about most of the games, so well done there, everyone.

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Abandoned: The Ghost Town Of Bodie, California                 

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Previously: Coco Palms Resort

In the low mountain range lying to the east of the Sierra Nevadas lies a town that, literally, time forgot. It’s called Bodie, California, and it’s a ghost town in the truest sense. Once the site of a flourishing gold mine, it’s been abandoned for decades, stuck in the same state it was in when the residents all moved away. And what’s more, some believe that it might be a ghost town in another sense, too — a slightly more literal one.

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Creepypasta of the Week: “NES Godzilla Creepypasta”

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Previously: “The Gallery of Henri Beauchamp.”

The first thing you should know about the “NES Godzilla Creepypasta” is that it’s long. Really long. It’s probably one of the longest pastas that exists; as far as breadth goes, I think it might even trump the Haunted Majora’s Mask cartridge story (aka “Ben DROWNED,” which predates the Godzilla pasta by about a year). Created by sprite artist CosbyDaf, it was originally posted to the website Bogleech during the summer of 2011, bringing readers on an epic tale of love, loss, horror, and redemption at the hands of a questionable NES cartridge. The Godzilla pasta is also one of the most well-known video game pastas — and really, probably one of the most well-known pastas, period. In fact, it’s actually pretty astonishing that I haven’t covered it here on TGIMM before. Mea culpa.

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