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Now that it’s officially October, I thought it would be a good time to showcase the art of the Creepypasta.
Creepypasta (Copy + Paste –> Copypasta –> Creepypasta) are stories that arise from the darkest parts of the internet hivemind. Viral monsters like The Rake and Jeff the Killer took shape out of these stories.
Some stories have captivated so many people that they’ve gone on to receive television adaptations and movies.
That being said, Creepypasta also don’t necessarily have to be very good.
This is the mother of all Creepypasta sites.
In high school, I would stay up until 3 am reading the best of on this site, and then feel like total garbage the next day because I was a) feeling like I was haunted, and b) totally and utterly exhausted. The plus side of this site is that it has a rating system and index, giving you the option to avoid anything that may be less than tolerable.
Follow @creepypastacom on Twitter.
This site can be all over the place at times because it is, for all intents and purposes, a wiki site. Stories are submitted as wiki pages, which are then put through a review process to gauge whether or not the story is really quality.
It also hosts a conglomeration of smaller blogs, where people post their opinions and thoughts regarding the horror genre, which can be really interesting (and also a spring of ideas if you’re trying to write).
I’ll be the first to admit that this isn’t a blog. It’s a Reddit feed, but it’s so good and it would be an egregious offense not to include it in this list.
NoSleep stories, like most Creepypasta, are written as if the events denoted are real occurrences. Unlike most sites, however, the commenter is woven into the story. Commenters are asked to suspend any disbelief they may have and treat the stories posted on the forum as if they’re people calling out for advice.
Here are some posts I recommend: “My student submitted the most disturbing “Living History” project I’ve ever seen,” “The Insomnia Conspiracy.”
Contrary to the name, this site is the home to some pretty good pasta.
The updates for the site are erratic, however, I like the site because it hosts a number of different media. Its most recent post is a “haunted” game that is actually available for public download and playable. It also hosts a couple of ongoing stories.
Follow @crappypasta on Twitter.
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Savannah Tanbusch is a team lead and editor for PRWeb. She spends a lot of her free time thinking about dogs and playing video games. Follow her at @tanbusch.