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13 Disturbing Horror Stories From Creepypasta

Darius is a former high school literary and feature writer with a BS degree in Information and Communications Technology.

The all famous Slenderman.

The all famous Slenderman.

The Fun of Reading and Writing Horror

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 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?

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.

“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.

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. I've read a multitude of these stories that still haunt me in my dreams, in my nightmares, or through my own writing.

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.

Creepypasta website banner

Creepypasta website banner

Creepypastas are, basically, internet horror stories passed around on forums, posts, social media sites, mobile applications, written and known urban legends, and other websites to disturb and frighten readers.

Creepypasta is solely known for housing many of these tales. One more popular housing for more believable stories is subreddit r/nosleep in Reddit.

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.

The Creepypasta Horror Story List

CreepypastaRating (from different sources)

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

9. Abandoned by Disney

4.5/5

10. Mr. Widemouth

9.1/10

11. A Story to Scare my Son

(no record)

12. Rabbits in the Creek

9.03/10

13. The Devil Game

9.09/10

The Seer of Possibilities story cover

The Seer of Possibilities story cover

1. The Seer of Possibilities

Who doesn't like their life to be filled with only good fortune? The Seer of Possibilities tells a story that sometimes otherworldly beings reach out and help 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, in return. 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 because of a convuluted series of events and domino effect, 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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9. Abandoned by Disney

Abandoned by Disney is a scary, classic Creepypasta written by SlimeBeast. It is based on a real island at Walt Disney World at Bay Island, Florida. It was opened as "Treasure Island" in 1974 and was renamed "Discovery island" in 1999. However, Disney still owns the island, even though it has been coined "abandoned", and trespassing to it is illegal. The protagonist of the story tells about his encounters in the said island, it's "current" state, while taking photographs for evidences. Unpacking the reasons why it was abandoned in the first place, the protagonist stumbled upon forces anyone could comprehend. With a spine-shivering notion, at the end of the story, he wrote:

"They didn't want anyone like me getting in.

They didn't want anything like that getting out."

By friggin of DevianArt

By friggin of DevianArt

10. Mr. Widemouth

Imaginary friends comes in all shapes, sizes, and spectrum, but what if that imaginary friend has an underlying and hidden agenda?

Written by PerfectCircle35, Mr. Widemouth is a classic story about a protagonist's backstory when he or she was still five-years-old, remembering that he or she had an "imaginary friend" named Mr. Widemouth. Although "imaginary" in a sense, the creature would always ask the young protagonist to play "games", some of which when seen by adult are perilous or dangerous. And upon finishing reminiscing his or her encounters with the creature after returning to their former house, this "imaginary" friend may not be as imaginary as he or she thought.

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11. A Story to Scare My Son

The joy, and in this case, the subsequent horror of intricate wordplay. All short horror stories rely on a delicious, delightful, or disturbing twist and this story takes bites on that cake on another level. The tale begins with a single dad telling scary stories to his digitally-inclined and seemingly unimpressed growing son, in which the father justifies as reinforcing morals and teaching lessons. Once upon a time, the father said, as the horror slowly materializes itself. Written in Reddit via r/nosleep, the delivery of the story here is fun with one twisted twist to expect.


Photo by Daniel Norin via Unsplash.

Photo by Daniel Norin via Unsplash.

12. Rabbit in the Creek

An unnamed girl, and her friend who worked on an Eagle's Scouts project, set up recording sets to capture various animals and a lion frequently visiting their small population and aims to submit it in the National Geographic when the mundane, peaceful outskirts of Preston, Idaho suddenly fall victim to several nights of eerily disturbing sounds by what they've initially thought to be caused by the equipments they've used. After a few sleepless nights of distress and disturbance, the horror of it all unfolded to a more gruesome, sinister, and mysterious matter.

Photo by Luis Villasmil via Unsplash

Photo by Luis Villasmil via Unsplash

13. The Devil Game

Curiosity kills the cat, but it all comes crumbling down when the desperation for answers for questions overpowers anything — even one's already established belief.

The Devil Game is a fairly old creepypasta written by author InfernalNightmare333. The story starts on a first-person perspective detailing not to summon the devil, and not to sell someone's soul to one, but a list of things to do on how to successfully communicate with one and how to have questions answered by one. And after reading all the convuluted and carefully constructed instructions, the story ends with one simple, jaw-dropping twist.

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

— William Shakespeare

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Darius Razzle Paciente

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