Top 8 Most Terrifying Creepypastas You Should Read

Updated on September 14, 2019
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Creepypasta website banner | Source

What Is Creepypasta?

You might be wondering what creepypasta is. It's a funny name, right? I thought so too when I first began dabbling in the horror genre. But as soon as I visited the Copypasta website and found the stories they have featured across the Internet, I realized it’s heaven for horror, suspense, and thriller readers alike.

Creepypastas are Internet horror stories passed around on forums and other websites to disturb and frighten readers. Creepypasta is also the name of the website that houses many of these tales.

The name itself comes from the word “copypasta,” an Internet slang term for a block of a text that gets copied and pasted over and over again from website to website. Creepypasta is the manifestation of common two-sentence horror stories that are now getting their own longer stories, which are altered based on the target reader.

Copypasta vs. Creepypasta

“Copypasta” is an Internet slang term for a block of a text that gets copied and pasted over and over again from website to website.

"Creepypasta" is a term for horror stories passed around online on forums and other sites to disturb and frighten readers.

8 Frightening Creepypastas You Should Definitely Read

Creepypasta
Rating
1. The Seer of Possibilities
9.11/10
2. The Rake
9.23/10
3. Annora Petrova
(no record)
4. Squidward's Suicide
4.3/5
5. Ubloo (Parts 1–4)
9.06/10
6. Smile Dog
9.25/10
7. Candle Cove
9/10
8. The Russian Sleep Experiment
9.1/10
The Seer of Possibilities story cover
The Seer of Possibilities story cover | Source

1. The Seer of Possibilities

Who doesn't like their life to be filled with only good fortune? Nobody, right? The Seer of Possibilities tells a story about how sometimes, otherworldly beings reach out to you in strange and mysterious ways. They may have a request for you to fulfill, or maybe they simply take pleasure in terrifying you senseless. It’s even possible that they just want your help in creating something beautiful. If you’re lucky, you might even live to tell the tale—or maybe not.

The Seer of Possibilities, written by Thomas O., as I recall, tells a story about a protagonist having "good luck" happening to him all in exchange for small favors. But he didn't know that there were catches to it, not for him directly and entirely, but for other people, which led to a very awesome (and satisfying) end of the story that teaches you a little about living your life to the fullest.

The Rake
The Rake | Source

2. The Rake

The story I read with the rake was completely terrifying. What would you do if you woke up suddenly to find an unexplainable thing crouching at the end of your husband's bed?

This monster may not be as famous as his cousin, Slender Man, but he sure is just as creepy. The Rake is a humanoid creature that is completely pale, hairless, and has a thirst for human flesh.

According to Know Your Meme, this creature was originally created in 4chan's /b/ board where someone opened a "make your own monster" thread. The description that eventually became a part of The Rake was "no apparent mouth, pale skin, six feet tall when standing, but usually crouches and walks on all fours, no nose, no mouth," and many other disturbing physical characteristics.

Annora Petrova
Annora Petrova | Source

3. Annora Petrova

There comes a time where we Google ourselves just to see the results out of pure curiosity. Annora Petrova was one of the most promising figure skaters in the United States until she discovered a Wikipedia page about herself. Whenever she visited it, whatever was written on it came true, making her win several figure skating competitions. After trying to selfishly alter her fate by editing the page, her life spiraled out of control in the most unexpected ways until she was a friendless orphan.

The author is unknown.

Squidward's Suicide by NicholasTheBlueGWR
Squidward's Suicide by NicholasTheBlueGWR | Source

4. Squidward's Suicide

On April 6th, 2010, an anonymous user posted a creepypasta story titled "Squidward’s Suicide" to 7chan's /x/ (paranormal) board.

Squidward's Suicide is a story of a young Nickelodeon intern narrating his story about the unaired episode of Spongebob Squarepants, a famous kid's show. Apparently he, with fellow interns and animators, received a copy named "Squidward's Suicide." Thinking it was another morbid joke like the other submissions they'd received, they played and watched the whole thing.

Little did they know, the episode itself contained graphic materials that they themselves couldn't even believe had been captured.

Ubloo by ashmorisson
Ubloo by ashmorisson | Source

5. Ubloo

Written by DifferentWind, Ubloo is a four-part story of a psychiatrist who's been "cursed" by the Ubloo, a mysterious, unexplainable figure that shows up in his dreams. This creature doesn't do any harm to him, though, but it does distort the way he dreams and makes him question reality.

Most of his dreams were horrific incidences or terrifying experiences that he felt so vividly that he could feel, see, touch, and even smell in the dream. This resulted in him winding up in a paranoid, sleep-deprived state. The curse would transfer from one person to another when the host died, regardless of when, where, and what caused their death.

He investigated the roots of this curse and found out what he could do to get rid it, and as his investigation progressed, more and more terrifying things started to unravel until Ubloo managed to catch him in the finale.

Smile Dog
Smile Dog | Source

6. Smile Dog

Smile Dog's story consists of a classic horror set-up—an amateur writer visits the house of a lady who supposedly has a story from which he can borrow. Rather than speak, however, the lady locked herself up in her room, crying and ranting about nightmares and visions and various other problems. All of these center around a floppy disk she had been given that contains the image smile.jpg, which is smile.dog. Other cases of this have cropped up.

Viewing this image incites insanity, and no copy of the exact image exists on the web, although likenesses of it do. The true image of smile.jpg is recognized due to the effect it has on the viewer—that is, they wind up dead. Attaching the file—that is, spreading the word, is the only way to save oneself from the smile.dog that appears in one's dreams demanding that you spread the word. Some say that the original legend began with an image of the devil.

The original author is unknown.

Candle Cove cover
Candle Cove cover | Source

7. Candle Cove

Written by Kris Straub, the pasta takes the form of a forum discussion. Things begin fairly innocuously—Skyshale033 mentions a strange local television program from the early '70s called Candle Cove. However, as more users begin to recall details of the show, the story takes a dark turn. People remember strange episodes that seem completely inappropriate for children's broadcasting and a disturbing villain who wants to "GRIND YOUR SKIN." The story ends with a shocking reveal, bringing into question the entire nature of Candle Cove and the memories shared.

One of the participants in the sleep experiment
One of the participants in the sleep experiment | Source

8. The Russian Sleep Experiment

Russian researchers in the late 1940s kept five people awake for 15 days using an experimental gas-based stimulant. They were kept in a sealed environment to carefully monitor their oxygen intake so that the gas didn't kill them since it was toxic in high concentrations.

This was before closed-circuit cameras, so they had only microphones and five-inch-thick, glass, porthole-sized windows into the chamber to monitor them. The chamber was stocked with books, cots to sleep on but no bedding, running water and toilet, and enough dried food to last all five for over a month.

The test subjects were political prisoners deemed enemies of the state during World War II.

The test subjects were doing fine for the first few days, but as the days went on, the experiment itself and the subjects dove into the pitch-black, horrific abyss of terror.

The original writer is unknown.

The Origins of Creepypasta

The exact origins of the Creepypasta website are unknown, but maybe the developers and creators themselves do know. The written pieces are called pastas, and they are written by different authors all across the web. These pastas eventually made a breakthrough in modern and pop culture to the extent that some of them are even made into movies.

The first creepypasta was posted on Angelfire in 2001 and written in the first-person perspective of Ted, the main character, I believe, as he and several friends explored an increasingly frightening cave system. Many of the early creepypastas consisted of rituals, personal anecdotes, and urban legends such as Polybius and Bunny Man. Some of the classics include:

  • Jeff the Killer,
  • Normal Porn for Normal People,
  • Smile Dog,
  • Squidward’s Suicide,
  • The Rake,
  • The Russian Sleep Experiment,
  • BEN Drowned, and, of course,
  • Ted the Caver.

We experience fear so that we can avoid danger. So why do we find so much joy in being afraid?
We experience fear so that we can avoid danger. So why do we find so much joy in being afraid? | Source

Why Do We Love Horror So Much?

Seriously, how do most people find horror stories so enjoyable when the characters in it are either dying, being tortured by fear, being tortured period, in grave danger, terrified, and getting chased around by human killers or monsters? The answer to that, my friend, is how we live in the kind of world we live in right now.

Horror may also overlap with the fantasy, supernatural fiction, and thriller genres. Horror stories and films often aim to evoke viewers' nightmares, fears, revulsions, and terror of the unknown. The plot of a horror story often involves the intrusion of an evil force, event, or person into the everyday world.

As humans, we've all experienced that emotion in our brain that can make us go haywire and gives us an adrenaline rush—it’s fear. Fear is an unpleasant feeling—it's the tingling in your spine that makes you aware of your surroundings. In an evolutionary statement, fear exists because we exist, and it exists so that we can exist.

In a psychological sense, we fear things so that we can avoid things and save ourselves or someone from something dangerous. Fear ranges from being afraid of a little spider that’s been crawling around in your bathroom to a fear of having your own children being abducted by aliens and sent through outer space.

"Hell is empty, and the devils are here."

— William Shakespeare
The Pale Lady from Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
The Pale Lady from Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Reading and Writing Horror Is Fun!

When I was a kid, I used to despise horror movies. The disturbing images would flash over and over in my mind throughout the night, making it hard for me to fall asleep. Then, I realized that if I never faced these struggles, my problems would just become worse as I grew up. So, there were plenty of times where I made myself finish a whole horror movie (with friends and family, of course), or even gory episodes of a series (like The Walking Dead).

Since growing up, I've realized that whenever I watch new horror movies, I don't find it hard to sleep at night anymore, but there are still signs that I am afraid of what’s out there in my bed. Little-by-little, I've improved myself and finally conquered my fears. It’s actually quite fun if you think about it because you’re setting a mission to better yourself in a certain situation.

I’ve been writing horror stories since my teen years (although not that often anymore because I’m kind of running out of ideas.) Horror stories, in my opinion, are much better compared to watching scary flicks on the big screen. The movies depict the exact details of the story and show you exactly what is happening, what the characters look like, what the monsters look like, and pretty much everything.

Reading the story, on the other hand, puts your imagination on a manual setting—you let your mind go astray and visualize things more vaguely and differently than how others might imagine it. You see every part of the story inside your mind and you, yourself, have the freedom to decide what they'll look like.

Reading the stories aloud in your mind, by yourself, all comfy on the bed or on the couch while the lights are off, gives you the vibe that someone may be watching you, or that something in the story is actually out to get you. It gives you the freedom to contemplate each part of the story, and sometimes, you even feel they're real enough to give you a little shiver.

I didn’t start as a writer for horror—like anyone else, I was a reader. And the best resources to read free online horror stories are the ones made by others as well, either fiction or not, on the Creepypasta website.

We make up horrors to help us cope with the real ones.

— Stephen King

So why are horror stories good? Because, in my opinion, we learn from them that fearing something means having self-preservation, from avoiding the smallest injuries to saving your own life. It makes you more aware of the dangers, physical or not, that surround us every day.

It’s a stepping stool where each step we take makes us stronger so that we can overcome problems that cause distress. For some people, it’s a way to cope with their anxieties and doubts about certain things they find dreadful. And sometimes, we experience fear because we have to learn to overcome things that hinder us from doing what we love or keep us from someone we love.

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