Nightmare Fuel / Creepypasta

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  • There is a whole wiki on creepypasta. Have fun!
  • FYI, that page image which probably scared you away from this section is from the legendary Smile Dog, a fabled creepypasta known even by novice Creepypasta readers and the eldest Creepypasta curators, most (in)famous for its absolutely terrifying image. If you aren't sure what it is, we'll start with four words. "SMILE!! GOD LOVES YOU!
    • Not satisfied yet? Well, the story centers on a malevolent, digital entity that takes on the form of a .jpg file known simply as "smile" - which is a Polaroid image of this haunting Siberian Husky with a Slasher Smile full of human teeth and an ominous beckoning hand in a dark room which hides inside floppy disks, and just a glimpse of it is enough to incite severe terror and even madness in its victims. Smile.dog is capable of invading its victims' dreams, endlessly demanding them to "spread the word"; that is, showing it to someone else, and morphing into a more demonic form if they don't cooperate with it, and ultimately driving them to self-destruction. The narrator was about to interview an apparent victim of Smile.dog, Mary E., who only broke down and locked herself in a room, crying and ranting about nightmares she had of the being. Worse yet? She killed herself a year later after dealing with Smile.dog for fifteen years, and Mary's husband then destroyed the floppy disk containing smile.jpg by burning it. By the way, that isn't all! Said floppy disk was hissing like some type of animal as it melted. The end of the story consists of the narrator considering the possibly suicidal choice of attaching it as evidence and how he could "spread the word" after receiving an ostensibly genuine copy of smile.jpg from a client who knew of his interest in the terrifying mystery...
      • Wait, there's more! Some say that the original legend of smile.jpg began with an image of the Devil...
  • On a couple corners of the internet, people from wooded areas on the east coast of the U.S. (such as Virginia and West Virginia) are reporting seeing the phrases "OKEE" and "33>10" graffiti'd on various walls and such. It all seemed rather harmless until someone on 4chan's /x/ (Paranormal) board mentioned a story about the "avatar of the dead god Okee" digging up corpses in West Virginia.
  • Try reading the entirety of this and see if you can ever sleep again.
    • "Genetic Memory" in particular is terrifying.
  • There is a retconned "Holder of Sacrifice" story. Imagine seeing everyone you know screaming and in torture, as well as killing the Holder, who after you kill turns out to be a loved one, then waking up in a graveyard, "exactly six feet over" him or her.
  • Candle Cove. Yes, that Candle Cove. Short, disturbingly realistic, and utterly creepy.
  • Dogscape: Imagine, if you will, everything becoming dogs. Literally everything. The story is told in multiple logs that unveil the Body Horror that what's left of humanity has to go through, one soldier breaking into the Eldritch Abomination that started it all only to be assimilated into it, and a man tying a woman to a tree and raping her presented as a good thing in context. Highlights of creepy stuff include:
    • Dog mouths that appear all over the ground and eat anybody who step in them.
    • A soldier getting so consumed by rage that he manages to dig down into the Dogscape and finds a single brain, only to get tied down by several tentacles and assimilated into it.
    • The "dog mounds" that dot the landscape. In other words, female reproductive organs that some humans, out of desperation, start copulating with so they can feel pleasure once more. They usually stay in the same spot until they die, their stinking skeletons the only smidgen of their existence.
    • Humanity being so desperate to keep existing that a man tying a woman to a tree and keeping her there so he can rape her is considered "good" from the context of the story. Except even after a child is born from this rape, a tentacle emerges from the ground and drags both the mother and child into the ground, where they are torn apart by dogs. It's seriously not good for those who suffer from Cynophobia.
  • A fairly recent creepypasta, known as Blue Light will leave you speechless. It starts with the narrator describing how a huge bomb went off in a city close to him and his father hasn't come home yet. For three days he waits, but miraculously he comes back. He is sent away but overhears his father and mother talking. The father describes what he endured. Black tarry rain under a disturbing grey sky, people walking around barely holding onto their organs and limbs, begging for death. Children screaming into piles of rubble for their parents to "come out". Charred black corpses and live men alike hollering, moaning, some deaf and blind, limping towards the rivers to just get a drink, some not even making it that far. The narrator hears all of this, and is traumatized. If that didn't get you, the ending will. He goes to school, the date? August 9. The titular blue light? That was the Little Boy, the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. What's worse? The story takes place in NAGASAKI. What to make matters even worse? Looking at actual testimonies and accounts, this would be an accurate description of the aftermath. Wanna make matters EVEN WORSE? Then take a look at the final line: "Outside the windows, a blue light flashes across the sky." Did I mention that he's in a room full of children of a primary age? Sweet dreams.
  • Two words: Suicide Mouse. Watching the video after reading the Creepypasta attached to makes it 10 times more scary.
  • A fairly recent creepypasta where scientists try and communicate with God. By depriving an old man of all his senses. He can't even feel pain, to the point where he tries to claw out his useless eyes just to feel something. Even worse is the very end "I have spoken with God, and He has abandoned us".
  • The most terrifying ones are the ones that are written in the style of scientific documentation (like Russian Sleep Experiment or SCP Foundation), because they're just so realistic. The fact that the comments section is usually filled with people asking "omg is this real???" takes a bit of a layer off the horror, though.
    • Speaking of the Russian Sleep Experiment, it's one that finds its way into most of the top 10 lists, and is regarded by some as the scariest Creepypasta ever. It goes like this; the Russian government during World War II decide to keep five POWs awake for fifteen days. Long story short, they go insane. When the KGB check on them at the end of the fifteen days, they have killed one of the prisoners, self-harmed, torn out their own organs, are lying in a mixture of blood and water, want to stay awake at all costs, are consuming enough oxygen for strenuous exercise, and eaten their own flesh. It turns out they have transcended insanity: they have become completely different people, and believe that if they go to sleep, the sane people will come back and they will die. This theory isn't completely unfounded, either: the moment two of them go to sleep, their hearts stop. The story ends when a commander suggests that they go back on the gas (along with some researchers), so one of the researchers kills him and the subjects, with the last survivor giving a creepy monologue about how they are the basic form of humanity.
    • Nightmare Retardant is available: although the person who wrote it was obviously very good at horror, the grammar and spelling slip sometimes, and s/he apparently can't count, adding in an extra subject. Also, the EEG monitor wasn't invented during WWII, and the ending monologue is both implausible and quoted from The Twilight Zone.
    • The creepiest thing about Russian Sleep Experiment is the fact that it shows you what could happen if you were deprived of sleep. What side effects are there of reading too much creepypasta? Yeah. Sweet dreams.
  • White with Red. It involves a man who stays at a hotel for the night, but is warned to avoid a specific room because of a murder that occurred there. However, his curiosity gets the best of him, and he peeks through the room's keyhole to find a woman with completely white skin leaning against a doorframe, but looking away from him. He looks through the keyhole again the next day, but this time all he can see is nothing but red. When he asks the receptionist about the room, he's told that the people who were killed in the room were strange, with white skin and completely red eyes.
    • Actually there exists a nearly identical creepypasta in Japan (maybe the above one was based off of the Japanese one, or the other way around), only that it was in the apartment the protagonist recently moved in and the neighbor with red eyes wasn't a ghost, but a living person with some kind of disease that changed his/her eye color.
  • Dead Bart, one of the original and more well-known Missing Episode stories. The Simpsons episode in question is about Bart dying and the rest of the family being devastated by his death. The episode gets increasingly morbid as it goes on, but the real kicker is the graveyard scene at the end, featuring the tombstones of Simpsons guest stars (with some like Michael Jackson having death dates in which they would die in real life) and one hell of a Wham Line:
    "A thought occurred to me after seeing the episode for the first time, you could try to use the tombstones to predict the death of living Simpsons guest stars, but there's something odd about most of the ones who haven't died yet. All of their deaths are listed as the same date."
    • A bit of Nightmare Retardant when you stumble upon the part where the protagonist wipes his computer completely clean yet can still watch the episode.
    • Actually, before wiping the computer he copies the file to a CD.
    • Seriously one of the most depressingly messed up stories of all time.
      • Despite the obvious lack of technology knowledge, this is admittedly a story that's scary because it allows your mind to fill in the blanks, which was probably the point. Imagine watching the episode as you read. Remember how creepy Skinny Cartman looked when he was crucified in that one South Park episode? Enough said.
  • Another original and more well-known Missing Episode story is Squidward's Suicide, being a lost episode from Spongebob Squarepants. The story is about an intern who, along with quite a few others, watches a season 4 episode titled "Squidward's Suicide", and they think the title to be nothing more than a morbid joke. The episode starts out normally with Squidward preparing to play his clarinet at a concert, but it becomes unnerving during said concert, and everything goes to hell after that scene. If the detailed descriptions of the episode itself, such as how hyper-realistic the art and sounds are, doesn't phase you, the graphic descriptions of both the various murder victims (all of whom are children) and the titular suicide certainly will. The intern also states right at the beginning of the story that there is no explanation whatsoever to the events that occur, which is proven to be correct.
  • The creepiest thing about these two stories is that the actual episodes mentioned sound like somebody actually had a nightmare about The Simpsons and Spongebob Squarepants, and are now just telling you what happened in it.
  • According to certain branches of Chaos Magic, every single Creepypasta, Sealed Evil in a Can and Eldritch Abomination is just there out of the corner of our eyes.
  • Blueberries. The narrator is convicted of a crime he (so he says) didn't commit, and is not allowed to leave his cell until he eats an entire oak desk. His sledgehammer is taken away after his initial round of smashing, and most of the pieces left over are too big to swallow. And then he sees that the top of the desk only broke in half.
  • And then there are the myriad of Lavender Town theories, and the delightful haunted cartridges. Try reading any of them while listening to the Lavender Town music on repeat.
    • And then, often lumped in with the many other Lavender Town-based creepypastas, is Pokemon Black (not the actual game, but the creepypasta born in the pre-DS era about a hacked Pokemon Red cartridge). What's especially unnerving about Pokemon Black is that... it's not haunted. There's nothing supernatural at all about this story. While it would take a very skilled hacker to pull it off, it does legitimately sound like it could possibly be a real hack... and the fact that it could exist is enough to send shivers down your spine.
    • And then there's Pokemon Lost Silver, which was made into an actual game.
  • While Jeff the Killer isn't particularly scary himself, his face makes for an excellent shock image that is very hard to get out of your head.
    • For those of you to scared to look up the image, imagine Michael Jackson, Mr. Noseybonk and The Joker fused imperfectly into one single abomination.
    • His origin story: getting disfigured in a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown with a bully, losing his mind, killing his family, and then starting a killing spree.
    • Though for some, Jeff the Killer's origin story is unintentionally hilarious Nightmare Retardant.
    • Unfortunately, said image has become so utterly repeated over the Internet and has been used for humorous purposes so many times that it's become Nightmare Retardant.
    • Making it even more Nightmare Retardant is when it was voted off Creepypasta Wiki on December 19th, 2014.
    • Imagining just how excruciating Jeff's injuries would be is also this. His face was horrifically burned, and in the resulting fit of insanity he severed his eyelids and gave himself a Glasgow Smile.
  • Normal Porn for Normal People. Holy fucking shit. If you've ever seen something messed-up on the Internet that you wish you didn't, then you can relate to this story. You will be rocking back and forth, cold sweat, heart pounding by the end. Just be glad the version you're about to read isn't a .png image.
  • "The Face in the Middle of the Dark", but not just because of the story. Scroll to the bottom of the page, and you'll see. You won't notice it at first.
    • This reading makes it worse, if you can believe it.
      • The face is has been proven to be Narm for some, or merely Nightmare Retardant-it looks so much like Jeff, a load of comments are ranting about how another ripoff has happened, or just "DAMMIT JEFF!" or "Goddammit Jeff, tell your little sister to go back to bed and stop scaring that poor old lady next door!"
  • Sim Albert has a bit of Fridge Horror in it - more when you consider that Albert was a child's ghost who was haunting the game, and using it as a second chance at life. However, if left alone, Albert himself dies in a fire set by his psychotic housemates. The narrator describes that several others had the house, too, and that if they left it alone, Albert dies in the fire. Consider this - he's stuck in a "Groundhog Day" Loop. Until someone breaks it, and gives him the life he never had.
  • Most of the written Creepypastas are bad enough when read, but having somebody ELSE read them? Look no further than the aptly named "Mr. Creepy Pasta" (now has his own wiki page). The narrator normally doesn't sound bad - in fact, he sounds like a normal guy, occasionally stuttering and slipping up on his words. But when you remember most of the Creepypastas he reads are about ordinary guys, often after they've hit a Despair Event Horizon, or Heroic B.S.O.D., or are otherwise beginning to Freak Out! from the assorted horrors they're put through, his voice nearly acts as an Audience Surrogate for the reactions the viewer would have in the narrator's position. Throw in some creepy music and Stock Sound Effects (some doubling as Scare Chords, like screams, gunshots, etc.), and Mr. Creepy Pasta is able to jack the horror of nearly any Creepypasta even further than one could conceive. Oh, and by the way, his library of narrations is EXTENSIVE at this point, and includes most of the aforementioned stories, other good ones not mentioned, some that were actually cliche-ridden and semi-Narmy until he... "fixed" them... and even has collections of "original" Creepypasta. All in all, if one's SOMEHOW getting jaded from Creepypasta... Mr. Creepy Pasta will make all those stories scary again...
  • The Gündschau Effect, a story about a Nazi experiment with Polish prisoners to test the effects on people's moralities if they're fed very good food, but are otherwise in hell.
    • This was done in real life, only not by the Nazis. Solzhenitsyn and others who were guests of the Gulag recount how this was standard practice at the Moscow Lubyanka, the prison/interrogation centre that was the first point of call for those accused of anti-Soviet behaviour. Prisoners were starved, tortured, deprived of sleep, had their sleep frequently disturbed by noises and bright lights... but were fed the best possible food prepared by gourmet chefs. This mind-fucked many into signing confessions so as to go on to places where their treatment would at least be consistently nasty so they knew where they stood. Alexander Solzhenitsyn recalled a variant on this: prisoners would be treated with care and basic human decency (with a hint of worse to come). However, their meals were faithfully home-cooked to a standard they'd expect at home. There would just be less than a child-sized portion on the plate, to both keep them hungry and to act as an agonisingly tantalising reminder of the normality they had been dragged away from. This too could drive a prisoner to confess out of sheer homesickness and cumulative malnutrition.
  • "Liars". Jeez, it's the more horrifying and more depressing version of "Jeff the Killer". The description of the videotape is by far the worst part.
    • The writer describes the corrosion of the protagonist's skin with acid like it actually happened to him, making it even more disturbing.
      • And while the smile description at the very end is disturbing, look at the main image and imagine THAT being the last thing you see before you die.
  • Would you believe that Axis Powers Hetalia isn't safe from this? Axis Powers Hetalia: Episode 23.5 is an apparent "Lost Episode" of Hetalia that takes place while the Axis are camping on the beach. They run out of food, end up having to make a very rash decision and... well, let's just say poor Italy gets the short end of the stick. Did we mention that there are pictures and they very closely resemble the real Hetalia?
  • This reading of "The .GIF" which turns into a god-damn screamer.
  • Funnymouth is not particularly scary in itself, but the author made it seem very real. He took the name of a forum-goer with several quotes on Bash.org; he set up the website mentioned in the story, exactly as it was described in the story, and if not for the dream invasions, the villain could have just been a really good Troll.
  • Psychosis, about a man who slowly comes to believe that everyone but him has disappeared and been replaced by some Eldritch Abomination, is an extremely scary story likely to induce serious Paranoia Fuel in you. Particularly effective is the Wham Line at the end.
    "After all, a sane man would have fallen for the deception long ago."
  • "Self Preservation" Imagine a zombie apocalypse, except the zombies are very much the people they once were, crying and apologizing as they devour their neighbors alive, actively trying to prolong their demise just to keep themselves from dying a no less horrible death. It's difficult to tell who you should feel sorry for.
  • "Extra Ketchup" What was inside that truck after the protagonist desperately tries to escape from the Burger Fool...
    "The truck was full of children. Some in pajamas, others dressed for school or church, some naked and others wearing heavy clothing that was all wrong for that time of year. Some were moving, others appeared to be long dead and decaying, bone showing through greenish skin. They were packed in there. Not standing shoulder to shoulder or sitting in a cluster, but PACKED. On top of each other. Floor to ceiling."
    • And after escaping, his reaction to realizing he had to go to Stonebridge, not Bridgestone:
  • "The Cemetery" puts a twist on the original urban legend "Grave Digger". Let just say, Pa had a good reason for asking those questions.
  • Almost every single short story credited to Slimebeast. Not only responsible for the creation of "Abandoned by Disney" and "Extra Ketchup" above, but a whole slew of the most inexplicably terrifying Creepypastas can be attributed to him here
  • "Nightlight" is more unsettling than outright scary, but it still applies here since it's never been certain whether the creature in the narrator's dreams really was a figment of his imagination or a real entity.
  • "On A Hill" Part 1 and Part 2. It shows a darker portrayal of the Scottish highlands by the form of a lonely hill in a small, unassuming village whose very presence fills the locals with all-consuming fear and trepidation. And for good reason too, because the abandoned church at the very crown of the cursed mass is not completely abandoned, as our unfortunate protagonist finds out when he ventures there by his lonesome.
    • It doesn't help that it's incredibly well-written by Creepypasta standards.
  • The Cute Waitress. It's quite sweet at first. The main character meets a cute waitress in a suspiciously empty diner on the outskirts of town, and later has a good enough relationship with her to repeatedly have sex with her. But when he takes his friend to the diner... only to find it's been wrecked for awhile, the police are investigating, and there's a dead body that shows signs of having been used sexually after her death... It's Nothing Is Scarier par excellence.
  • "The Crawling House on Black Pond Road". Entomophobia at its very finest.
  • A huge YMMV applies here, but many find The House That Death Forgot unnerving, even if not all that scary. The consensus seems to be that it's very well-written for a creepypasta, and thus the realism adds to the creepy factor.
  • "Kagome Kagome". What the Nazi scientists did to those children as part of their immortality research. Even worse in that while the disclaimer below admits the creepypasta is fabricated, he points out that the Nazis nonetheless did send a research team to Japan to experiment with immortality. And it was done on children. In an orphanage.
    • Now in song form. Seriously, I had no idea there was a creepy pasta that mentions the same topic.
    • The author admits beneath the story that they wrote it when they were twelve years old. Talk about a vivid imagination...
  • Most creepypastas on the Crappypasta site. Mind-bendingly awful but in a completely different flavor. Although some have had the ignominy to reach memetic status.
  • Dimelotu from deviantART decided to take the most widely known Creepypastas and bring them to life in eye-popping 3d
  • The Smiling Man: Not too long or difficult to read but boy is it unsettling, even if it is full of Narm Charm. What's worse is that someone apparently had the same sentiments and made a short film version on youtube called "2AM".
  • Rap Rat and Mr. Mix: Warning! Clicking on this link will put you face to face (geddit) with two of the most hideous faces straight from the black hole of the Uncanny Valley. Like many others popping up these days, each is about an old VHS game inhabited by an indescribable evil. However, both still manage to be terrifying because they come from ordinary 1990s video games specifically catering towards little children.
  • The Never Ending Road: More mundane that most entries on this list, but the possibility of accidentally plunging off a cliff straight towards an untimely death is a real fear for many drivers who live near steep areas.
  • The Camera Man: It looks like the Rake has a close relative. And he doesn't like to be seen either. Especially on camera.
  • Flashes of Lightning: Good news! Nephew isn't afraid of the lightning anymore!
    "It's kind of hard not to get used to it when it starts coming from your closet."
  • Arizona: Hope you don't find any abandoned gas stations in Arizona...
  • No End House is a pretty creepy read as well, where the main character attempts a challenge to go through nine different rooms of a house for a $500 prize. The rooms start out using cheap Halloween directions and cliché scares, which the main character finds laughable, but then they start geting more and more surreal and play on phobias and Primal Fears. The only solace is that the ending is a bit of Black Comedy, where the main character gets the $500, as promised... that is until the end of this last line.
    • The sequels No End House 2 and No End House 3 could either be seen as Nightmare Retardant or From Bad to Worse depending on how the reader sees the idea of No End House being run by a convent of witches. A little heartwarming seeing the youngest witch there actually wants to help the protagonist and his friend leave the house.
  • Paranoia Fuel abounds in They Are Watching Me, and Now They Are Watching You, which has a man inexplicably told about "they" that are "coming", and even without knowing what they are begins to see "them" around him. Apparently, even just knowing they exist is enough to make you see them, and now, you know about them, too. But if you pretend you don't notice them, they'll leave you alone. Just keep reading, and never stop. Never.
  • The Man Who Looked Down, a pretty creepy meta-example of The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You that might make you paranoid when viewing Creepy Pastas online.
  • Baboon Lane is a creepy read if you know anything about the Tuskegee Experiments, and about how the story might actually be true.
  • Unbranded Laptop is pure nightmare fuel in every sentence, ending with a little girl's first cut on her right cheek. What's worse is the final sentence, where the person watching the laptop will likely experience the same fate.
  • Anansi's Goatman Story: Swearing aside, the story is about a group of teens who are terrorized by a skinwalker.
  • You Might Have Heard That Recently Four Large Egg Farms Were Shut Down Because of “Bird Flu.” is rich with nightmare-infused nutrients guaranteed to give you a daily reminder to never eat eggs again.
  • The Screamer's Forest: Those guys should have just spun a bottle in their house rather than spending the night in a land cursed by Native Americans, inhabited by a screaming beast.
  • Thumbs Out: Whatever that... thing on the road was, it certainly was patient enough to walk 30 miles towards the destination of the couple that failed to pick it up when it was hitchhiking two days ago.
  • Violet Skies: Hunted by something and compact with Fridge Horror at the end, when the narrator's skin is flayed from the knee down
    • Not to mention that being stalked by unseen predators is a strong Primal Fear.
  • The Stoic Gaze. Basically it's a story about a simple walk to school gone wrong when the main character's younger sister somehow goes berserk and chases her through a suddenly snowing terrain before cornering and stabbing her to death after pushing her into rushing traffic. And all that begins to level up after she stumbles over her own dying corpse!
  • "Yellow Raincoat". A story about a recluse whose dreams start forming their own world, complete with warped buildings that slowly close up the world, and a mysterious Humanoid Abomination that will mess with you, and when it finally decides to get you, will never let you escape through your dreams again. Yet another reason to never go to sleep again.
  • On the Bus. Just because society has modernized doesn't mean classic superstitions don't as well.
  • A Bright Flash , which is written by the same author as Happy Sun Daycare. Long story short, the narrator describes how he was disfigured by an explosion and proceeds to take vengeance upon humanity for causing his misfortune. During the climax, he describes the anarchy he causes in a small fishing village including buildings collapsing and crushing people to death, people being burned to death by fire (including descriptions of those who tried to run to the ocean to put out the flames), and streets littered with crashed cars and fallen power lines and street lamps.
    • The Reveal at the end when a fatally wounded old man looks up at the narrator and says his final words.
    "Gojira."
    • Just the fact that the story is told from Godzilla's perspective is terrifying. Someone wanting revenge for being wronged is scary enough. Now imagine if that someone is a giant radioactive dinosaur.
  • The picture converted from the mysterious text file in the MARIO creepypasta is possibly the single most scariest image on the wiki to date.
  • 1999. A journal pasta about a young man, who as a child, recounts experiencing a unsettling kids TV channel that was broadcasting from a town not far from his, but as he didn't know at the time that the channel was operated by a Satanist who believed that all humans are garbage. He would ask the kids watching to come to his house under the pretense of being special guests on his TV programs, then abused and tortured them before drugging them, taking them out into the woods, and burning them alive as a sacrifice to Satan. The worst part is that he is still out there...
    • Also unsettling is the fact that the narrator himself almost ended up in the same position. It was just a total coincidence that the time of his "visit" matched up with the time the police started investigating.
    • Mr. Bear is back, and has a message.
  • A Pile of Photographs. Shouldn't have picked those photos up and kept going. Worse is that in the video it all happens in broad daylight.
  • The Photographs. The scariest thing is that whoever took the pictures inside the tent didn't do anything else. They could have done anything to the woman since at the time she was completely by herself in the woods.
  • This one DeviantArt user - Charcoalman - draws arguably the most horrifying renditions of any kind of Creepypasta character to ever exist on the entire site. Be prepared before you go check their art out. You'll get consumed by fear and piss your nappies if you're not.
  • Chinese Letters. A Chinese-American man and his mother move into a nice new house, only for the protagonist to experience increasingly bizarre and creepy events, all centered around his bedroom for some reason. Then he finds out why the strange happenings only took place in his room.
    • For those not brave enough (or too lazy) to read the story: When he first moves into the house, he notices a Chinese talisman on the wall of his bedroom above the door, but he can't read the writing on it because he never learned Chinese. He ends up leaving it there, just in case. Years later, after moving out of the house, he visits his aunt and inside the house he sees an identical talisman above the front door, except it's flipped around so the writing is facing the wall. When he asks her why she placed it that way, she tells him that it's supposed to be like that. The talisman is a ward against evil spirits and the writing is supposed to face the direction the evil spirits will come from, i.e. if you want to keep evil spirits from entering your house, you have the lettering face outside. Remember, the lettering on the other talisman was facing inside the room...
  • Masterpiece. What's etched on the wall: "I know you're awake"
  • The Nice Guy. Beware the Nice Ones indeed.
  • The Super Mario World creepypasta "I HATE YOU". Blind Boos in the Ghost Ship, Bowser's Head crying Tears of Blood, followed by an alleged Secret Level containing an inescapable bloody Banzai Bill, the title message and other bloody graffiti, a bloodstained Thwomp hallway, zombie Marios in a submerged Spikes of Doom hallway, a creepy-faced Super Mushroom by the boss door, and finally, Luigi's revelation that he was working with Bowser all along.
    • Granted, there's plenty of Nightmare Retardant to go along with that, but for the most part...
  • Wake Up enters around reports that a victim of torture/rape will retreat into a catonic state where they'll live in a world similar to their own, only without being aware that they're victims. Things get creepy when the story adds that the brain will try to send signals to said victim to reveal to them the horrible truth about what's happening to them. The brain will keep trying to make the victim wake up, but the victim might not realize until it's took late. Either that, or they'll refuse to believe that they're being tortured/raped, which will cause the brain to keep telling the victim that they should "PLEASE WAKE UP."
  • Story Of Her Holding an Orange. To make it short, for years a man gets stalked around by a woman offering him an orange, constantly demanding he come with her now. There's no explanation for why she does this.
  • Check the Camera. The story itself is creepy enough, but the photo that accompanies it... AAAAAAAAGGHHH!!!!
  • Since the Incident is a Creepypasta that takes place five years after an unspecified war resulting in a supposed outbreak that wiped out most of the population. The narrator, one of the survivors, talks about how the most dangerous thing in the post-apocalyptic world are "Them". They are described as irrationally violent, dangerous in groups, and tend to travel aimlessly while shuffling about and moaning. Then, the ending reveals that "Them" are not what you think.
    "I wish the living would leave us alone."
    • The fact that the humans are killing the zombies for no other reason other than out of irrational fear and hatred towards the latter is terrifying in and of itself.
  • Any of the monthly winners in the nosleep reddit page are sure to be this:
    • Betsy the Doll.
    • Perhaps the scariest thing is that the site allows true stories, so some of the less supernatural-sounding ones could have actually happened!
  • The stories based on odd photographs. Especially when you realize "Tell me a story about what's happening in this picture." is a popular psychiatric tool. It says a lot about the story teller.
  • The New Fish: The beautiful new prison inmate is not what he seems. In the end, it's implied that the now escaped inmate returned and killed every single person in the prison who ever witnessed its unholy rampage years before. It basically massacred most of the prison's population of inmates
  • Shut That Damned Door! puts a weird spin on the eccentricities some older people may have. In this case, after the death of his parents, the narrator is sent to live with his Aunt Louise, who turns out not to be as bad as he thinks, with the exception that she insists that all the doors in her house remain shut at all times, though only one remains locked; the sub-basement. When our hero manages to unlock that door, he realizes why, finally; in the basement is a door that cannot be closed, and something is in that room, which contains another door, beyond which lays only darkness. Louise didn't have the strength to cross the room and close the door, so she has closed every other door, hoping the opening and closing of all the doors will alert her when whatever is in that black room finally comes out.
  • A Successful Trade describes how the narrator and his ability to revive the dead by borrowing the remaining years a living thing has left and putting them into the deceased body. To make extra money, he brings back the bodies of his customers' loved ones by using animals they agreed to bring with them. However there is a time limit where the trade must occur 72 hours after the recipient has died. Or else.
    • In addition, the procedure requires a sacrifice. But not human, never human...
  • Cave Children: This one tells about an expedition to Pohnpei in which 4 scientists go to see what's behind some unexplored caves. They are told stories about creatures known as "Cave Children" with transluscent skin, one single eye, 4 legged and overall, pretty big, but the main reason it's to see one breed of lizards that are capable of throwing rocks incredible distances. The first few paragraphs are overall pretty normal, we see both the lizards and the Cave Children. But further reading reveals that that when one is killed, it's not a crustacean, but actually an upside down hominid, similar to a human, what was thought to be a single eye was a mouth; the so called tail, was in fact genitalia, and what was believed to be wings, was in fact their ribcage. And that's not all; one of the scientists loses her mind and ends up sacrificing herself. It's told in a few sentences, but her fate is not left ambiguous: She's raped and killed. Afterwards the last surviving scientist tries to eat, patch himself up, escape and end taping the expedition, but everything proves futile At the end it's told another expedition group find a Cave Child near this tape. It is described as being a little bit stouter than most Children and with bandages wrapped around its arms.
  • What the Hell is That Song? doesn't seem scary at first until you realize that the narrator is... not well. And who hasn't had a song in their head they can't get rid of, and is it a sign of your own insanity?
  • A Late Night Sledding brings about this with Nothing Is Scarier. The narrator describes their friends Megan and Christina disappearing into a poorly lit area of a park while sledding during the late evening - They don't answer when the narrator and their friends call for them, Megan doesn't pick up her phone. The narrator goes down to look for them only to find that there is water down there, as if the park is flooding. Eventually, the two girls come tearing out of the park and they tell them to just "RUN!". They follow the girls home as the soaked girls warm up, and they never say just what it was that happened, and still avoid the park to this day. Just what happened to them?
  • The Staff A seemingly simple walking stick destroys several lives. The fact that the narrator has it in his possession at the end may make it worse, or better, as it doesn't seem intent on hurting him for some reason.
  • The creepypasta ROOM is so mindbendingly curious, it's made even more scary by the fact nothing is ever explained. The questions the reader has will slowly sink in and add to the overall sense of horror.
  • Cu Chi tells of a young soldier serving during an unidentified war. Aside from being one big Tear Jerker, the story becomes all the more terrifying when you discover it's a pretty accurate representation of what went on during The Vietnam War.
  • Borrasca. Gracious alive, Borrasca. A kid named Sam moves to a small mountain town named Drisking and makes friends with two other children named Kimber and Kyle. Drisking used to be a mining town, until the iron ore in the mines drained out and were rendered useless, and the Prescott family has taken over a large part of the town. A creepy factor of Drisking is the metallic grinding noise that comes from the mountains, which the children say is "Borrasca", a place where "Skinned Men" live. Over the course of the story, Sam's sister, Whitney, vanishes and never returns. There's a seven year Time Skip and the eeriness of Drisking is becoming all the more apparent. Kimber's mother kills herself unexpectedly, and Kimber disappears shortly thereafter. Adults Are Useless comes into full play, and it's up to Sam and Kyle to figure out what's going on. The Reveal at the end of the story is a punch to the gut that was equally horrifying and disgusting. The iron ore that leaked from the mines contaminated the water supply of Drisking and rendered many people infertile to have children. The Prescott men made a business of impregnating women and then selling the babies they birthed. They've been doing this for decades, and Whitney and Kimber were two of the girls that were kidnapped and impregnated. The grinding sound that came from the mountains? It's a machine that skins and grinds up the mothers once they're rendered useless. And the real stinger? It doesn't stop by the end of the story.
    • A particular element of the story that horrified readers is the Fridge Horror that it packed in. The babies made in the "community services" are named after their fathers, "P" names for "Prescott" and "K" names for "Killian", the town sheriff. Many of the children have names that begin with these letters, like Parker and Paul. There's also Kyle and Kimber, which explains why her mother was so against their relationship. Jimmy Prescott mentions that Whitney was only giving them "shit babies" and they'd get rid of her after this next one. Why? It's implied that her own father impregnated her several times, so the children were inbred. In the epilogue, Sam mentions that one of the families in town had a child named William. Alternatively, there's also the implication the naming convention may even have been a sort of branding, so Clery and Prescott know which girls they shouldn't impregnate, so as to avoid inbreeding and "shit kids".
    • One of the worst parts about this story? It starts off pretty innocently, with children exchanging ghost stories and growing up. Then they're normal teenagers after the Time Skip, while still thinking over the small town conspiracy. But when the shit hits the fan, it hits it hard. On top of that, it's an absolutely brutal Downer Ending where The Bad Guy Wins flawlessly. The closest thing to a silver lining the story has is that none of the main trio die, but Kyle is either comatose or severely traumatized, Kimber is probably on the run, and the three will likely never see each other again. Sam also has to go on knowing that his own father was dragged into the conspiracy that kidnapped and almost certainly killed his own daughter to the point of willingly participating in it, and also knowing they didn't even manage to inconvenience Prescott's operation and there's nothing he could have possibly done to stop it or save any of the girls aside from Kimber.
    • Fortunately, the Nightmare Fuel and Downer Ending are at least partially negated by the final part, 'Borrasca V'. Sam and Kimber meet up again and, after some pretty extreme trials, manage to dismantle the Borrasca operation entirely — we even discover, at the very end, that Kyle isn't as much of a vegetable as thought. That being said, Sam's dad more or less becomes the Patron Saint of Borrasca Nightmare Fuel, revealing himself to be even worse than any of the Prescotts, usurping their role and turning the Borrasca operation from a method of restoring the town into an even worse human trafficking operation.
    • Part V also directly confirms some of the disturbing theories and conjecture and makes some things even worse. Sam's dad reveals he really was reassigned from St. Louis because he was just as crooked a cop there, with the implication being he was involved in human trafficking and all he did after taking control of Borrasca was link it to his old contacts. It also very strongly implies that Sam's dad had feelings for Whitney that no father ever should, because when Sam goes back to his old house, there are dozens of pictures of Whitney hung all over the house, to the point that it borders on a Stalker Shrine. It also reveals he had Sam's mom killed and married and had a daughter with Sam's old crush; the fact that he named the new daughter Whitney and what his motives were implied to be with the first Whitney were, it's best not to think what he might have been doing or planned to do with the new Whitney.
  • The Other Network. Near the town of Gwynedd, Wales, in an abandoned climate research center, is a network port that inexplicably still has power and connectivity. If you hook up to it, you'll be directed to a site called www.patriotsearch.com, which is a Google-esque search engine. It details an alternate reality from our own, and a pretty disturbing one at that. A totalitarian state called the Patriot Alliance controls Canada, the UK, Australia, and the United States, the latter of whom is undergoing a second civil war. Terrorist attacks are common events, including a White House shooting and a thermonuclear weapon being detonated on the Spanish-French border. Treason and Fraud are the only crimes that get any kind of investigation, leaving criminals free to walk the streets and even cultivate online fan followings. This world is also extremely overpopulated; major cities like London are ringed by slums and shantytowns. Something also happened to New York City, but there are no records of when or what it was. There were detailed historical records during the 90's, but nothing afterward. Like it just stopped existing one day. The story ends with the author receiving dozens of pings from the other side, then an unknown download that felt like it was trying to force its way into our world. He pulled his laptop out of the port and disassembled it just to be sure. He warns anyone who decides to go exploring there to not respond, or you might let them in.
  • Pick any Deep Web horror story. It could very likely be true.
    • YouChan couples this with Paranoia Fuel. The narrator details his descent from depression over the loss of his father into a morbid sense of humor to a fascination with death and horror. He discovers the deep web of imageboards and finally ends up at the titular board, where he sees a picture of his father's corpse. It gets worse from there, seeming to forsee the death of his mother and finally the narrator himself. The story ends with his mother going missing.
  • Talk To Strangers, in which a woman goes on Omegle and meets an eerily skinny man who just keeps smiling at her. She tries to disconnect from him but he keeps coming back. He then takes out a paper plate and cuts it into a mask. The woman attempts to disconnect again, but he leaves a message that says "Wait". He then takes a picture (presumably of her) with a polaroid camera before she disconnects. And that's where it ends. What makes this story scary is how possible is that it could happen in real life as creepy individuals like that do exist.
  • My Daughter Died On Her Sixth Birthday reeks of Adult Fear. Especially when the parent in question is helpless to do anything about it. To put it in perspective: disregard the possible supernatural elements that occur in the story. Imagine your daughter was being stalked by an unseen sexual predator then held prisoner. The nightmarish thing of all is, unlike the other stories, it isn't overly gory and just flat out lets the audience's imagination run wild over the daughter's fate.
  • Return to Earth is relatively simple compared to others, about a Gaia's Vengeance scenario, but it doesn't take away from the detail the author put into it. The last few paragraphs when the protagonist has their house sucked into the ground are simply foreboding.
  • Sometimes the best creepypastas are the shortest ones, with Nothing Is Scarier in full effect. Take Bad Dreams as an example.
  • This video about the Zoobles. Childhood Destoyed Immediately!
  • While The Chosen Journals is more lighthearted than other Creepypasta, it still has its share of disturbing aspects. The story is full of Paranoia Fuel with the mere concept that pretty much anything can be an Eldritch Abomination in disguise just waiting to tear its victims limb from limb.
    • One entry centers around one of the Ancients taking the form of a chair. The narrator's refusal to reveal what the "seat" is regarding the chair's anatomy speaks volumes. Especially when he/she says they feel sorry for anyone who tried to sit in it.
    • Thac. Not only can he assume more than one form (Human and toy dragon), but it's also implied he may not be an Ancient but something far more powerful and dangerous. The narrator, despite admitting he/she is glad Thac is (possibly) on their side, even explicitly states against summoning Thac for help.
  • "The Patient That Nearly Drove Me Out of Medicine" is one of the most effective examples of slow-burn Nightmare Fuel ever. While it would completely defeat the purpose to summarize the plot completely, let's just say that this story of a young medical resident trying desperately to cure an understaffed mental hospital's token "problem" patient manages to make the very act of diagnosis seem scary.
  • The Ocean's Cool Air. One word: eat. For those who don't feel brave enough to read the story: the narrator is lost at sea, and is found by a fishing boat. As the crew is preparing to rescue them, a humongous sea creature rises, destroys the boat, and kills the entire crew. It then throws a severed arm to the narrator, commanding them to eat it. The narrator explains the creature has done this many times already, has no idea why the creature continues to play this game with them, and they're too afraid of what the creature might do to refuse the flesh.
    • The narrator might not have any idea, but it should be fairly obvious to the reader: One man isn't much of a meal for a huge sea monster, but he sure makes good bait.
  • Autopilot: a father takes his young daughter to daycare. There's nothing supernatural. The father isn't evil or abusive. It's just a normal, loving family, an innocent little girl, and one horrible real-life mistake—he leaves her in the car by accident on a hot summer day because he wasn't paying enough attention.
  • Lost Episode creepypastas are a little cliche nowadays, but this childhood destroying Hey Arnold! one is still horrifyingly creepy—it's claimed to be a watching of "the intended series finale" to the show. Apparently, the show was meant to end with a very different version of the episode "On The Lam", retitled "The Furnace", which ends with Harold murdering Stinky and Arnold to keep from being arrested for seemingly blowing up an old police station (actually done by Ernie's demolition crew), Sid committing suicide from guilt and Harold following him when he learns the truth of what happened. The "episode" ends with Arnold's Grandpa discovering his grandson's remains in the titular furnace. And then, the narrator of the Creepypasta watches the episode "On The Lam" on TV... and a scene from the lost episode is randomly cut in there with no lead in whatsoever (the scene in question is Arnold having an Oh, Crap! moment just before being murdered), which leads to this chilling conclusion...
    Later Arnold comes crashing through the basement door, and begins explaining everything to his Grandpa.
    But in the back of my mind I think, "That's not Arnold. Arnold is still in the basement, dead in the furnace..."
    • Fun fact: the scene in question? Grandpa coming downstairs and assumes Arnold is playing "Secret Agent". You know? The scene that actually is in the episode itself, and not a creation of the Creepypasta?
  • Another lost episode one that's commonly overlooked would be "Half-Baked Sun Cakes", one for My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. Though slightly more Tear Jerker than Nightmare Fuel, there's still an unnerving aspect to it. The story consists of the protagonist watching a "new" episode of the show he had never seen before and in it Twilight is preparing for a visit from Princess Celestia. Sounds innocent enough, but there's something very off about the episode—Twilight is the only character in it. She carries around a doll of Spike and talks to it like it's the real Spike and everyone else is completely absent. Despite this Twilight talks to blank walls and thin air as though they're her friends and indeed the episode plays out like they're supposed to be there, but aren't. At the end, Twilight sings a song with some truly odd lyrics considering the nature of the show ("Ave Maria!", "Birther of the son (sun?)", etc.). It then ends with Twilight's usual (at the time) friendship letter, which predictably the Spike doll never writes a word of because it's a doll. And then? Well...
    Then, the creepiest goddamn thing happened: She stopped, and her face had this look of complete heartbreak. It was like when Pinkie Pie thought her friends didn’t want to come to her party. It was like your face the first time you finished “My Little Dashie.” She sat down, a look of despair and ultimate sadness on her eyes, now watering. Sad stock music played in the background. The camera puled back, showing her sitting in empty Sugar Cube Corner, then fades to outside, still pulling back to show all of empty Ponyville, into the clouds.
  • This South Park one becomes a mix of this and Tear Jerker when you realize that the woman committing suicide in the audio is most likely supposed to be Mary Kay Bergman...a former voice actress for most of the show's female characters who actually committed suicide in real life.
  • Any of the Creepypastas done by https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiDGccdxc9e_73mUXHcfduQ Scary Story Time With Liam.
  • Children's Playground. The narrator recounts an incident from when he was a kid playing with two of his best friends, Tom and Billy, in a huge public park. The park had a huge series of tunnels that weaved in and around the area. One of the games the three friends liked to play was 'murder,' basically hide and seek where you had to pretend to die if you were found. While playing it one day, the narrator hides inside the tunnels. He waits for a while, but there's no sign of either of his friends. As it begins to get dark, he leaves his hiding spot to go look for them. He hears a voice call out to him and a shuffling begins to echo throughout the tunnels. He runs into a scraggly, dirty homeless man, who starts chasing him through the tunnels, saying he just wants to talk. After getting even more lost and hiding for a few hours, the narrator manages to find his way out of the tunnels to find his parents and the police. Tom and Billy weren't so lucky. Their mutilated bodies were later found in a nearby skip, their skulls caved in and broken glass buried in their backs. Adult Fear at its finest.
    • And how does the narrator find his way out? He follows a trail of his friends' blood the man left behind.
  • Meek. Meek is an overweight, unhygienic man living in a grotesquely squalid apartment absolutely overrun with all possible forms of garbage. He only ever sits on his ass playing computer games. His wife had left him a year or so earlier, taking their infant daughter with her, but he can barely even remember their names or faces. One day, after his character dies from falling to a lava pit, he kicks an ancient pile of pizza boxes in frustration, accidentally putting a hole through his wall and causing him to lose his internet connection, also splitting his elongated toenail. Thinking his toenail may have cut the cable, he goes digging through the piles of trash and shit to find a phone to call the cable company, all of it described in nauseating detail. When he decides to check in the locked bedroom, which involves digging his way through a pile of old boxes, he finds the long-decayed corpses of his wife and infant daughter, the latter still resting in her crib. The story ends as Meek collapses from pain and overexertion, tries to dig through the trash to get back to his computer, and then suffers a fatal heart attack.. The author admits they wanted to write a story about how sheer neglect could shape a person's horror, and boy does it show.
    • The scariest part about this story? It's completely realistic. There really are people who somehow live like this, buried under mountains of their own waste.
  • I was an astronaut and I experienced something terrifying. You're more alone in space than you could ever be on Earth. Or at least, you should be.
  • The sheer Body Horror present in The Horror from the Vault. The creature-never fully described until the very end-induces nightmares of standing on a shore of flesh of a sea of rotten blood, and a mass of fused, screaming people replacing the sun. The thing terrorizes a small town, kidnapping residents and leaving nothing but their ripped clothes-not even blood stains. The police sent to investigate either go missing, or are found next to masses of flesh-swaddled organs that still work despite being from several different animals. Eventually, the police-or, rather, a policeman finds the thing's lair, a clearing in the forest covered in Meat Moss made from eviscerated, boneless animals; all still alive and trying to escape, with a "pond" of body fluids in the center. The beast itself looks like a massive spider crab with skeletons on its back and whole bodies for legs, with miscellanous organs inside its shell.
  • "String theory." The idea that your actions and decisions not being entirely your own is a very real fear that many people have. It's even implied that the creatures who are tethering people to the objects and places in their routines are victims of it as well.
  • "Spider Earth" is the ultimate in arachnophobic nightmare fuel. One day, without any apparent prompting, all the spiders climb out of their hiding places to unleash their webbing into the air. They disappear for a time and everything seemed fine... until the sky begins to cloud over. An enormous dome of webbing slowly forms, capturing birds, bats, and even whole planes into its grim construction. The only things that make it to the ground are slick rains and the bones of the captured species. But that's not the worst of it. The real problem is the spiders left on the ground- tarantulas, jumping spiders, hunting spiders- all of whom stood perched on high places but couldn't produce enough silk to join their brethren in the sky. They seems to be mad and are attacking people and animals without reason. On day 32, the government finally decides to do something about their situation, but that's when the Widowers come out. About the size and shape of a man, they were creatures that seemed devoted to hunting humans. They would hide anywhere they could, be it abandoned buildings or trees, to ensnare people in their vaguely human hands and threads. That includes the narrator and his group of survivors. While he does escape his cocoon, he's forced to abandon them as the Widowers begin closing in, knowing that there's nothing he can do to save them. As he sees the red hourglasses adorning their abdomens, he realizes that his time, and everyone's, is running out.
  • Sometimes the most scariest pasta are those with little to no supernatural elements. Secret Admirer deals with a subject matter that is all too real and far more terrifying. It all starts with a Stalker With a Crush chronicling the life of a high school girl he's infatuated with. The detail he went on about the bullying the girl went through is enough to make the reader pity the poor girl. The fact there was hardly anyone there to help the girl, who was a victim of bullying, drove it close to home for anyone who has been through that situation. So the narrator took it upon himself to conduct a Roaring Rampage of Revenge upon the bullies and the methods he went about doing it drift into He Who Fights Monsters territory. Any trace of humanity he had went out the window when the final portion of the story implies that he's planning on raping and murdering the girl he lusted after.
  • He Won't Stop Tapping: a woman struggles with insomnia and possible hallucinations, until a particular persistent one scales from a rhythmic tapping on the window in the middle of the night to something more disturbing as she describes what was responsible for the sounds, and then scales further as attempts to determine if the unsettling sound is real or not by calling a friend over, exposing said friend to the uncanny creature responsible for it, and ultimately being responsible for his most probably horrible death. By the end, the stalker is still at large, and she decides to end her anguish and guilt by leaving the window unlocked. To full effect, the narration on ''The No Sleep Podcast'' by Jessica McEvoy is bone-chilling and also includes a recreation of said "tapping" for improved atmosphere.
  • Remember "Snow on Mt. Silver"? Someone made a movie out of it. The part where the game screams at the girl after she finishes it is made even more terrifying here as it basically ends up Mind Raping the protagonist, with a terrifying Uncanny Valley Pikachu flashing onto the screen all the while. No one can blame the girl for what she says to the game after throwing it out.
    Girl: BURN IN HELL YOU SCOURGE OF THE DEVIL!
  • "I'm 45 But I Have Only Lived Through 19 Years." Imagine if every time you cried, you jumped forward in time. You remember what happened in the intervening years, but you didn't really live them. That's what happens to the protagonist of this story. He doesn't know how or why, but he experiences some form of Mental Time Travel whenever he cries. It first started when he was six and his father was killed in a hit and run incident, then he suddenly found himself waking up and getting ready for middle school. He knows where to go. He knows who his friends, his crush, and his bully are. He lives life normally for a while, only for his grandfather to suffer a fatal heart attack at his birthday and then suddenly find himself coming home from college and his mother is much older. Again and again, he keeps moving forward, losing years of his life. By the end, when he's typing this out on a computer at age 45, he admits that he's killed everyone close to him just so he can hold on to his final years.
  • "Persuaded." What could be worse than being trapped in a small darkened room surrounded by zombies trying to break their way in? Being trapped in a small darkened room surrounded by zombies trying to break their way in, who then stop and start trying to convince you to open the door. No screaming, no moaning, just quite whispers doing everything in their power to convince you to join them.
  • "World's Best School Psychologist" is another case of Adult Fear gone mad. On March 23, 1993, a young student in junior high paid a visit to a psychologist, Dr. Tanner. He unloaded his emotional baggage concerning his parents, who were incredibly strict, harsh, and unloving toward him. Dr. Tanner requested that the boy return to his office at 4 PM without telling anyone. He promised that after a month, his situation would get better, since he was the world's best school psychologist. At that meeting, Tanner drugs the boy and he wakes up in bedroom handcuffed to the bed, with a TV and NES set up nearby. Tanner explains that the boy will be staying at this house for a month, but he'll be allowed to play video games, eat, and watch TV. During school hours, he watched news reports about his disappearance and his parents desperately searching for him, showing emotion toward him for the first time in his life. At the end of the month, the charred, decapitated skeleton of a young teenager is found in a garbage bag under an overpass, which nearly sends the boy's parents over the Despair Event Horizon. That's when Tanner makes the boy promise not to tell anyone about what happened here. He then wakes up in a park and returns home to his parents, who are overjoyed to have their son back. The boy's life is happier, but one question remains: just who did Dr. Tanner throw over that overpass?
  • The Search And Rescue Series on reddit's nosleep. Told by a Search and Rescue officer revealing the aspects of his work he doesn't normally talk about, the series details such lovely subject matter as a woman climbing up a tree and vanishing without ever coming back down, an unknown creature pulling a Wounded Gazelle Gambit and imperfectly imitating a little girl's cry to lure in park rangers, a developmentally disabled boy, a missing boy's body recovered in perfect condition save for bizarre holes in the internal organs, and random staircases strewn throughout the woods that appear to be mini Eldritch Locations in their own right. Sweet dreams, and don't go up the stairs.
  • The Strangers is a cautionary tale about a man whose curiosity gets the better of him one day while people-watching on the New York subway. He sees a man who looks normal in every way, but there's something odd about the man that the narrator just can't put his finger on. He ends up following the man and finds that he rides the subway all the way to the end, every day. He asks the middle aged man, called "The Stranger", what he's doing, and the Stranger simply replies "You won't be able to go back." At the next stop, a bunch of weird looking creatures board the train, and the narrator is absolutely terrified. Turns out that the Stranger is a visitor from an alternate universe, who got trapped in our world, after becoming curious about another strange-looking person. The narrator has become the next in a long line of "Strangers", desperately trying to find their way home. The narrator finds himself slowly going insane as he travels up and down the line every day. The story itself is an Apocalyptic Log written by the narrator, who leaves it on the train in the hope that it will some day make it back to our universe's New York. Apparently, it did...
  • The Disappearance of Ashley, Kansas is the curious tale of the day the town of Ashley, Kansas, disappeared. The town is small and isolated, and doesn't even have its own police station. One night, all roads leading into Ashley end up becoming roads to nowhere, endlessly circling and never reaching Ashley. But that's not the scary part. A woman calls the police frantically, saying "Last night they came back." The police officer on the other end tries to calm her and find out what's happening. She says she is hiding in the closet and mentions that her son died the previous year after being hit by a car. She tells the police officer that her son has returned to the world of the living, but he Came Back Wrong, and he along with the rest of Ashley's dead are now looking for their loved ones. This is not a good thing. Whatever these things are, they burn every house they enter and kill the occupants in a way that is not identified. At the end of the phone call, the woman's son enters her house and kills her, laughing, "I found you, Mommy." When the police go to check on Ashley the following morning, they find nothing there, except a smouldering fissure in the Earth.
  • "My Dead Girlfriend Keeps Messaging Me on Facebook". It starts off as a Tear Jerker, with the titular girlfriend Emily dying in a car accident and her boyfriend, Nathan (the narrator) still getting messages from her on Facebook, messages that make him suspect that he's being harassed by someone who hacked her account and is mocking him over her death. Then things get...weird. The messages end up eerily alluding to Emily's death, with her saying things like "I'm cold" or "fre'ezing" (the crash happened in cold weather) or "let me walk" (a reference to an older conversation they had, but also alluding to the fact that her body was bisected in the crash). Nathan slowly freaks out over it...and then, he gets one last message...it's a a photo of the exterior of his house and his computer in the window. And accompanying it, is this message...
    Emily: FREEZING
    • This story started out on Reddit's /r/nosleep, in which authors of horror stories interact with their readers in-character, to creepy effect. "natesw" (the author)'s last post is pant-shittingly terrifying.
      I should be scared. I've occasionally opened a heart
      just fucked up It's very not me
      She's more real to me
      in that state
  • Doug's Real Life is a fairly spooky little Lost Episode pasta about Doug, and one that relies heavily on psychological horror, too. The opening shows the lines as per usual, but none of the characters are in it. The Cold Open begins with no narration from Doug, which is almost unheard of in the show itself. Doug has some unusual fantasies throughout the episode, including Porkchop turning into a slab of meat and his house being completely deserted...even though he's still acting like he's talking to them. The scene goes back to normal, but then his family gets a call, which he assumes is his teacher telling them he failed a test. Another fantasy occurs wherein they scream at him for it and he breaks down in tears, apologizing. When this fantasy ends, his family is gone and he's all alone in the house. He heads up to his now empty room, picks up his journal and writes, narrating this time:
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