Does anyone remember this kidís show? It was called Candle Cove...
is a creepypasta
story by Kris Straub
that appears at first glance to be a forum discussion about an old children's show that aired briefly back in the 70's and was never seen again. As recollections of the show are traded back and forth, it becomes clear that beneath the show's cutesy and disarmingly low-budget appearance is something dark and disturbing, and by the end, it's implied that the show is something much more sinister than a half-remembered childhood memory...
You can read it here
, or listen to the narration here
- Creepy Doll: The cast of the show.
- The Ending Changes Everything: See "Wham Line".
- Ear Worm: This fan-made theme music. It was meant to be ear worm-y too.
- Fictional Document: The story is presented in the form of a discussion thread from a message board.
- Follow the Leader: The whole premise of a kids' show turning out to hide sinister supernatural secrets gave rise to a whole genre of Creepy Pasta known as "Lost Episodes" which usually involve someone discovering an episode of a real-life kids' show that contains creepy imagery and darker themes than usual, with the implication that some sort of Eldritch Abomination was behind it. These often contain static as well as an homage to Candle Cove.
- Foreshadowing: "YES! Okay I'm not crazy!"
- Memetic Mutation: Has become one of the more popular creepypastas, with some YouTubers trying to recreate that infamous episode.
- Mind Screw: Candle Cove does not exist. It has never existed. Then why are there so many people who remember the show?
- Misaimed Fandom: See Memetic Mutation. note
- Some people familiar with this story have found a solution—they insist the videos are static. When they're not. We hope.
- Similarly, there's "sequels" to it describing more episodes or even "behind-the-scenes" action of the show... which kinda subverts everything.
- On the other hand, the story leaves a lot up to interpretation. There is no definitive answer to what's really going on.
- Nightmare Fuel: The premise seems innocent (though a little creepy) at first, until one user's nightmare is mentioned and it turns out to be real. It involves the entire cast screaming and flailing around, while one of the characters breaks down in tears. The Skin-Taker starts grinding his teeth to prepare to eat someone to the point where it looks like his jaw is about to fly off. We then discover that the entire show can actually be seen by a select group of children.
- No Ending: The thread ends with The Reveal.
- Nothing Is Scarier: You will probably never look at TV static the same way again after reading this.
- Nostalgia Filter: Played straight at first, then subverted. And it is horrible. Horrible.
- Paranoia Fuel: What other kinda-creepy kids' shows out there could be secretly an Eldritch Abomination?
- Ripped from the Headlines: Well, sort of. The story's premise was inspired by an article from The Onion: "Area 36-Year-Old Still Has Occasional Lidsville Nightmare."
- Show Within a Show: Despite being fictional, what little we learn of Candle Cove is described in vivid detail.
- Subverted Kids Show: Played for scares rather than laughs.
- Stylistic Suck: Both the description of the show itself, which looks like it was produced on a shoestring budget, and the forum posts themselves, some of which would make a Grammar Nazi turn red with rage.
- Or not. The creepypasta really reminds you of people reminiscing about 90's cartoons. In fact, some aspects of the "show" seem downright clever, if disturbing. The Skin-Taker is a pretty good lyricist.
- Most of the people who would connect with this story would be Gen Xers in their forties and up. The low budget children's shows that were often produced by local TV stations and PBS stations, such as The Froozles, had all but disappeared by the mid 80s, even as reruns.
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Mrs. Skintaker looks exactly the same as Mr. Skintaker, only with big red lips, big eyelashes, and a big pink bow, and a stupid dress... as seen in this video
- Wham Line: "...you would tune the tv to static and juts watch dead air for 30 minutes." As it was written.
- You Know That Show: The story's framing device.