Fear is here. From left to right. Fear them. *
"It started with the Slender Man. The tall, faceless businessman was terrifying in his own right, but then others appeared. They weren't members of the Slender Man's own race (if he had a race), but they were similar in what they inspired: fear. The members of this new wave of abominations were based on fear. They were the embodiments of particular fears and sometimes targeted those who had those fears."The Fear Mythos
is a collaborative writing community project spanning dozens of blogs and featuring a good number of antagonists and acts as a Spin-Off
of the Slender Man Mythos
The premise is simple: there are these monsters called "Fears," original creatures (with two exceptions taken from the public domain of creepypasta) that are, for lack of a better term, the embodiments of fears. Hence the name. The Fear Mythos
deals with blogs, video logs, creepypasta, and whatever else there exists that regard to these disturbing beings. No canon or continuity required; writers get complete freedom.
The series bible and a link to various other important things can be found here.
A current list of all current blogs can be found here
and vlogs here
, while a list of Fears (and descriptions) can be found on the characters page
. A blog dedicated to Fear-based creepypasta can be found here.
A Wiki has been made, and can be found here
For individual stories within the Mythos, see The Fear Mythos Stories
For the video game, see Fear Mythos: The RPG.NOTE:
Tropes pertaining to specific Fears should be put on the character page. Tropes pertaining to specific stories should go under that work's page (listed in The Fear Mythos Stories
General tropes for the Fear Mythos
- The Adjectival Man: The Slender Man, the Dying Man, the Blind Man, and the Smiling Man. The Wooden Girl and the Cold Boy are variations of the format.
- Alien Geometries: The Empty City.
- And I Must Scream: The fate of many, many victims of the Fears.
- The Archangel is the most obvious example. Since the Archangel is often portrayed as being the afterlife itself (or at least a twisted bastardization of it), it may well be that the ultimate fate of every human is to be enslaved by the Archangel after death, trapped in a body that moves in accordance with another person's will for all eternity. Except, of course, those are killed by other Fears, for whom nothing awaits after death.
- Unsurprisingly, this is Wooden Girl's entire MO. Most of her "servants" are former victims who are literally being forced into service.
- The Grotesque traps people in a dream world of his making from which they can never wake up.
- Apocalyptic Blog: What did you expect?
- Arc Number: 417
- 444 in Still Remains Within. Maybe.
- Being Watched: By at least twenty creatures!
- Body Horror: The Birth of the Manufactured Newborn: It claws its way out of a man's chest! And of course, the Convocation can build nests inside of people...
- Breather Episode: The blogs that try to be realistic tend to do these.
- Clap Your Hands If You Believe: Some believe that the Fears are created from humanity's own subconscious. Nobody knows if this is true, and other theories have been presented...
- Cosmic Horror Story: Though some are more cosmic horror-y then others.
- Crapsack World: All of humanity is being used as game pieces for various eldritch abominations. Worse, anyone you meet could be working with the Fears. They could be possessed by some sort of otherwordly being, they could be controlled like puppets by something else. The words you hear may not be the words people are actually saying. The nice girl you hooked up with could have just given you a sexually transmitted case of Demonic Possession. You could be under the influence of a Fear and not even know it. The birds in the sky may be plotting your death. The bugs scurrying across the floor could be crawling inside of you while you sleep. The water you drink could be a living hive mind seeking your assimilation. Need to go to the doctor for a check-up? He might be pledged to the Plague Doctor and secretly infecting you with all sorts of deadly diseases. No one can help you. The best anti-Fear measure the government ever came up with went rogue and is now running around brainwashing people. Not even death will give you release, since you'll just find yourself eternally enslaved to a particularly cruel mockery of the afterlife...
- Daylight Horror: Happens a lot. A great lot.
- Depending on the Writer: So many details change depending on who the author of a blog is.
- Cross Over: Due to being a Shared Universe, this happens quite often.
- Eldritch Abomination: Of course.
- Eldritch Location: The Empty City.
- Eye Scream: A common theme throughout the Mythos from The Jeannette Experience where Jeanette's eye was burned out to Closest to the Sun where it's implied Achromatic Morality cut out her own eyes. See also Nathan's eye-stabbing scenario under the subfolder of Jordan Eats Normally Now.
- Four is Death: Comes up a fair bit in the arc-numbers. Four-seventeen, in Eccentrically Bored. Three fours in Still Remains Within. Even lampshaded in brighter than a spoon when Tav hides something in PO Box 444.
- In Nothing To Fear four songs were posted, all possibly related to concepts of fears. All at 4:17
- And, each post was numbered in a different language, the fourth one being Japanese, in which four and death are the same word.
- Genre Blindness: Occurs a lot, though it's often subverted.
- Genre Savvy: See above.
- Government Conspiracy: The Supernatural Threat Analysis Bureau (STAB) is an international organization that covers a number of smaller groups. The SMSC is a branch of the FBI and STAB which deals with Fear-related issues. How competent they are varies Depending on the Writer. The Panopticon, meanwhile, is a Government Conspiracy that went rogue, and kidnaps people off the street in order to brainwash them into believing the Fears aren't real.
- Hand Wave: Any inconsistencies are the result of Dimensional Bleeding. See the entry about The Multiverse below.
- Hive Mind: EAT, the Intrusion, and the Convocation.
- Humanoid Abomination: The Slender Man, Cold Boy, Dying Man, Plague Doctor, Nightlanders, Wooden Girl, arguably the Rake.
- I Have Many Names: Per The Archive, ALL the Fears have many names.
- Per OH GOD THE RAPTURE IS BURNING, you can add a whole number of sets of names to every Fear.
- Jigsaw Puzzle Plot: A fair bit.
- Malevolent Masked Men: The Plague Doctor. The Archangel's favored form also counts.
- Meaningful Background Event: If Slendy is in it, you're gonna have this. Occurs even with other Fears.
- Metafiction: The blog with the series bible, The Fear Mythos, is now quite the example of this.
- The Multiverse: There are countless universes, with countless different versions of the Fears. Due to a phenomenon called Dimensional Bleeding, events and documents often bleed over from universe to universe (thus explaining the often contradictory events of various blogs)
- Nothing Is Scarier: Many of the other blogs play it straight quite a lot.
- Off Screen Teleportation: Sam, of Jordan Eats. For that matter, The Camper, in general. And, of course, the Slender Man.
- Puppeteer Parasite: The Wooden Girl controls her victims. Also, the Archangel turns out to be the afterlife, and enslaves all those who have died.
- Red Right Hand: Literally with Jack of All, a mysterious trickster with a red hand who often makes dangerous deals with people.
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent: The Mother of Snakes uses this.
- Rule of Scary: Yeah.
- Sanity Slippage: Quite a few characters. Martin from Ontological seems to be heading this way.
- Garth from Moonlit Whispers hit this towards the end and just kept slipping further.
- And the Billy from Perchance to Dream. In fact, the Rake tends to do this to people.
- Shared Universe
- Unreliable Narrator: Since nearly every blog is written in first person, and not every character is entirely sane or nice...
- Wham Episode: Oh, there have been plenty throughout the blogs so far.