Creepypasta Of The Week: “The Crawlspace”

Previously: “Annora Petrova.”

It’s interesting to me that a good number creepypastas (and horror stories both fictional and real, for that matter) center around crawlspaces, hidden rooms, basements, attics, and the like — places in apartments, houses, and other types of homes that seem slightly out of place. They feel like they don’t quite belong — like there’s something inherently wrong about them. I suspect it has something to do with the fact that humans don’t really do well with uncertainty; we like to be able to predict what will happen in any given situation, so when we encounter a room or a space in our homes that doesn’t have a clearly-defined purpose, we get a little uneasy. It’s usually somewhat irrational…

But sometimes — as “The Crawlspace” demonstrates — it’s the most rational thing in the world. Fear, after all, is ultimately a defense mechanism — something meant to warn us of danger so as to protect us from harm.

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Creepypasta of the Week: “Annora Petrova”

Previously: “Gamer.”

A creation of One Page Wonder’s Stories to Read Alone at Night, “Annora Petrova” (which is technically just called “Annora”) is a familiar sort of tale; it’s reminiscent of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray. A few things set “Annora Petrova” apart, however: First, the titular character doesn’t exactly strike a bargain; and second — and perhaps most notably — the story updates the conceit for the modern age in the most apt way possible: It’s a sort of cautionary tale about Googling yourself.

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Creepypasta of the Week: “Gamer”

Previously: “Bedtime.”

R.D. Ovenfriend’s “Gamer” is a creepypasta not in the classic sense — that is, something which has been copied and pasted time and time again, with little to no information available about its original author — but in the modern one: It’s a piece of horror fiction originally published on the internet. In this case, it hails from the NoSleep subreddit, where it (rightfully, I think) won the title of Best Monthly Winner of 2014. 

What makes it so successful is its grounding in reality: In essence, it’s a story about the Milgram experiments. You’re probably already familiar with Stanley Milgram’s study about the extremes people will go to when they’re “just following orders”; conducted in 1961 and published in 1963, it basically explained the rise of fascism and World War II, showing that people are capable of evilness — even if they don’t think they’re being evil. All it takes is an authority figure to coax people to do terrible things.

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Creepypasta of the Week: “Bedtime”

Previously: “Suicidemouse.avi.”

“Bedtime,” penned by Michael Whitehouse (aka Ghastly Tales), taps into something deep and primal to which a good many of us can likely relate: A fear of the dark. Because, of course, fear of the dark isn’t just about being afraid of an absence of light; it’s what might be hiding out there in the shadows, beyond where we can see, that concerns us. It’s the fear of the unknown.

And for what it’s worth, this fear is actually an evolutionary advantage. It prevents us from rushing out into danger — which, during pre-modern eras, kept us alive. Being out in the dark was a literal life or death situation.

The trouble is that these days, the dark isn’t always the same danger it once was. When you’re all tucked up in your warm, cozy home at night, it can be hard to justify a fear of the dark; after all, your doors are locked, and there’s no one else inside but your family. And so we brush aside fears of the dark — particularly when they come from children. “Kids don’t know how to rationalize it,” we tell ourselves. “They have overactive imaginations. That’s all.”

And sometimes that’s true: Lying in their beds in the dark at night, kids have nothing to distract them, so their brains make up all sorts of wild and outlandish things.

But sometimes… it’s best to listen to children when they tell you that there’s something under their bed or lurking in their closet.

They’re not always wrong.

 “Bedtime” is part of a five-part series, by the way, so make sure you click through at the source to read the whole saga.

Bedtime is supposed to be a happy event for a tired child; for me it was terrifying. While some children might complain about being put to bed before they have finished watching a film or playing their favourite video game, when I was a child, night time was something to truly fear. Somewhere in the back of my mind it still is.

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Creepypasta of the Week: “Suicidemouse.avi”

Previously: Classics, Vol. 1.

You probably already know “Suicidemouse.avi”; it’s an early creepypasta, and known for being the one that introduced the immensely popular “Lost Episode” subgenre of the form. It dates back to 2009, with the uploading of the video seen here and the circulation of a short tale to accompany it.

I took a deep dive — and I do mean a deeeeeep dive — into exactly what makes this one resonate as strongly as it does here, so head on over there if you want to get up close and personal with it. Or, just enjoy it for what it is by reading on.

It’s interesting how many notable creepypastas focus on Disney gone wrong, isn’t it?

So do any of you remember those Mickey Mouse cartoons from the 1930s? The ones that were just put out on DVD a few years ago? Well, I hear there is one that was unreleased to even the most avid classic Disney fans.

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Creepypastas of the Week: Classics, Vol. 1

Previously: “The Girl in the Drawing.”

Let’s do something a little different today: Instead of looking at one longer story, let’s explore a couple of shorter ones — all of which are creeypasta classics. They’re some of the earliest and/or most well-known examples of the genre; in most of the cases, we don’t know who wrote them or where they originally appeared, but they’re true creepypastas in that they’ve been copied and pasted time and time again, and thus shared so frequently that they’ve become part of the very fabric of web culture.

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Creepypasta of the Week: “The Girl In The Drawing”

Previously: “The River Country Film.” 

I struggled with what to call this one. It doesn’t really have an official name; it appears all over the internet under a variety of titles, from “The Scariest Picture on the Internet” to “Japanese Girl’s Suicide Drawing.” (For what it’s worth, I dislike this last one intensely; I think it’s enormously insensitive.) “The Girl in the Drawing” is what I came up with; it feels right to me in a way the others don’t — it’s a little more descriptive than just “The Scariest Picture on the Internet” (which, let’s face it, could refer to a lot of things), but evocative enough to make us want to know more.  

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