I have always been a fan of all things creepy - Urban legends, ghost stories, psychological thrillers, aside from crude violence I definitely get into to it all. (Except clowns, I DON’T DO CLOWNS.) As a kid I would devour the Scary Stories books, reading them over and over again. I specifically remember my mom often buying me other types of scary story anthologies as gifts, including some H.P. Lovecraft when I was a Freshman in high school.(Thanks mom!) I loved telling eerie tales around the campfires, I seem to remember my Uncle Paul being especially good at this. And I am always eager to learn about new Urban legends. You know, my cousin’s friend in Ohio, totally saw it happening… This week, I’m thinking do to the torrential thunderstorms we have been getting, I’ve been in an especially strong mood to be scared. It’s been a long time coming, between the scary movies we watch and short stories I write, I have been wanting something to really spook me and inspire me. (According to my BF and strongest critic I write a lot about “viscera and women who have screws loose.” Hey, at least I have a thing, but I’m ready to mix it up a bit.)
I tend to already have an active imagination, as you may have picked up on. The fact that I would chose the week my husband is out of town to get so freaking obsessed with being terrified highlights the fact that I may have a few screws loose myself. I have been researching a lot of scary stories, and asking online for good books of horror to satisfy my craving. This morning while browsing through Reddit, I discovered something called “Creepypasta.” Because I am not up to date with a lot of online lingo I had to Google it. So if you are like me and didn’t already know, here is the def:
“Creepypasta are essentially internet horror stories, passed around on forums and other sites to disturb and frighten readers. The name "Creepypasta" comes from the word "copypasta", an internet slang term for a block of text that gets copied and pasted over and over again from website to website. Creepypastas are sometimes supplemented with pictures, audio and/or video footage related to the story, typically with gory, distorted, or otherwise shocking content.
Creepypasta varies greatly in length and quality, though many of them follow a few set formulas:
-Anecdotes. The narrator remarks on a scary legend, news story, or event from their own past.
-Rituals. A list of instructions for the reader, claiming that if they go to a certain place at a certain time, and perform specific actions, something remarkable and/or horrifying will happen.
-The Lost Episode. The narrator tells the story of a never-before-seen episode or scene from a famous TV show, typically a comedy or children's cartoon, where the audio and video is heavily distorted and characters begin acting strangely or violently, killing themselves and/or each other.”
(All of this was taken from here: http://creepypasta.wikia.com/wiki/What_Is_Creepypasta%3F)
Let me tell you in the few short hours I have been awake I have become OBSESSED with Creepypasta. It was serendipity. One of the top voted response to “What is the scariest "creepypasta" in your opinion?” was this story called Ted’s Cave. http://www.angelfire.com/trek/caver/ Have you heard of it? I had not. I started reading it and couldn’t stop. If you have a little time, I highly recommend it.
Most of the Creepypasta legends I have read about usually end up with “people killing themselves upon watching.” To that I say pishaw! Urban legends, through word of mouth or through copy/paste are always the same. Though admittedly I think I will wait to click the links until my hubby gets back.
I can already see myself at the next social gathering asking annoying questions like “Did you hear about the video of Squiward killing himself? Or Slenderman? What’s your favorite creepypasta?”
On a side note the term Creepypasta is hilarious to me. I imagine a bowl of spaghetti with angry eyes - something very R.L. Stine - oh yeah, I read a lot of him growing up too. Don’t hate - Fear Street was da bomb yo.
Anyway, looking forward to some really weird things coming from this experience. In the meantime tell me your favorite story: real, fake, urban legend, creepypasta, WHAVEVER I want to hear it!
Current Song: “Banquet” by Bloc Party
UPDATE: How has it taken me this long to learn about this? I feel like a schmuck - there are a ton of websites dedicated to it. I'm gonna go ahead and claim that I already knew and only forgot somehow. Perhaps it was blocked...maybe I learned too much last time...