8 Of The Scariest Creepypastas Ever
Creepypastas are horror stories that get passed around the Internet. These eerie tales deal in everything from paranormal monsters to government conspiracies to psychological torment. We've collected eight of the scariest tales from the darkest corners of the web. Warning: these are not for the faint of heart.
Eight Terrifying Creepypastas
- Slenderman: The Boogeyman of the Internet.
- Anansi's Goatman Story: A well-written tale of teens in the woods.
- Jeff the Killer: A homicidal maniac strikes in the night.
- Smile Dog: Don't open the attachment.
- Doors: A short story with a dark twist.
- The Russian Sleep Experiment: Scientists experiment on prisoners of war.
- Psychosis: What is reality?
- BEN Drowned: A haunted video game.
The Legend of Slenderman
By far the most well-known figure to come out of creepypastas, Slenderman has been passed around the Internet, parodied in TV shows, and even featured in his own video game. The character was created in 2009 by a man named Eric Knudsen as an entry in a Photoshop contest. The challenge was to take a regular photograph, and edit it so that it seemed to be showing something paranormal. Knudsen took a black and white picture of a group of children and added a tall, thin figure in a dark suit. This image has since gone viral, and inspired people across the world to incorporate Slenderman into all kinds of stories, drawings, and videos.
Why Do We Like to Be Scared?
If you're a fan of horror movies, books, or TV shows, you might want to consider delving into the world of Creepypastas. The eight stories listed here are just a small sample of the thousands of terrifying tales available to you. Some are long, some are short, and there are plenty of sub-genres to explore. So turn off the lights, pick a story, and prepare to be afraid.
The word Creepypasta refers to any horror story passed around the internet enough to become an urban legend. Here are eight of the scariest Creepypastas to ever roam the web.
At #8, we have BEN Drowned. Have you ever received a common item that seems slightly off? That's the setup for BEN Drowned, a story about a person who buys a seemingly haunted copy of the Nintendo 64 classic, The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask. The original story poster actually showed footage of the haunted cartridge along with the story. The incidents started as what appeared to be glitches in the game, but escalated to involve a tale about a drowned boy named Ben. Eventually, the hauntings moved from the game itself into the real world, and the storyteller's fate is unclear.
At #7, we have Psychosis. Technology can be hard to let go of, and in this tale, the storyteller begins to suspect that every aspect of his life is bound to technology, while the real world around him is crumbling. Set up as a series of diary entries, the protagonist John experiences a series of odd events and begins to question his entire existence. Casual talks with friends over the internet turn into dissections of what's real and what isn't. John's descent into madness escalates and by the end of the story, you're not sure what's real, either.
At #6, we have The Russian Sleep Experiment. This Creepypasta is a deep dive into an apparent series of human tests from the 1940s. It tells the tale of prisoners who were confined to small chambers and subjected to a gas that caused terrifying hallucinations and changes to their bodies. After the subjects began to show signs of severe distress from the gas exposure, the story takes a much darker, gorier tone. You might not want to read this one alone at night.
Coming in at #5 is Doors. Sometimes the scariest Creepypastas are the ones that rely on a subtle twist to drive home a terrifying story. This relatively short story recounts a home invasion with a truly devilish twist that leaves the reader in stunned silence. Doors is so frightening because it relies on a narrator who has a unique view of the horror unfolding.
In our #4 Creepypasta, Smile Dog, a writer is invited to visit a woman named Mary who has quite a story to tell. She was the recipient of an image that first appeared on forums in 1992 called smile.jpg. Recipients of the photo almost always end up missing or dead, but Mary was different. In this story, the writer is tasked with finding out what made Mary's fate different from the others. The truth is quite terrifying and once you start reading the story, you may not have much of a choice but to look at the photo attached.
In the #3 spot, we have Jeff the Killer. You have probably seen a picture of Jeff posted on one of many internet forums. A pale white face with a gruesome, toothy smile, punctuated with two lifeless, lidless eyes. Its appearance alone is terrifying enough, but the character's origin story is one of the most famous Creepypastas out there. Jeff the Killer is said to appear from the darkness while you're lying in bed, whispering "Go to sleep" before you, and everyone else in the house, meets a bloody demise.
Coming in at #2, Anasi's Goatman Story is a Creepypasta about a group of teenagers who venture into the Alabama woods for fun and adventure, only to be terrorized by a strange figure resembling a goat. What sets this story apart from many others is the high quality of writing: a very realistic portrayal of teenagers under siege by something they don't understand. By the end, the reader isn't sure exactly what happened, but that's part of the horror. The writer isn't sure what they experienced, either.
At #1, we have arguably the most famous Creepypasta, Slenderman. This story has been terrifying people across the internet and beyond for years. In fact, Slenderman doesn't just belong to one Creepypasta, but many. It's a character spanning several mythologies and appearing across mediums. There are videos, photos, audio recordings, short films, and videogames about this tall, gaunt, pale creature that preys on children. The legend of Slenderman is so scary because the creature seems to victimize those that are more interested in his existence.
There's an element of psychological torture in Slenderman not present in other Creepypastas. Those were eight of the scariest Creepypastas of all time. What are your favorites? There are so many to explore.