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** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gY-6BM28Ds This fan-made calliope music recreation as well.]]


** OlderThanTheyThink: Many younger readers believe this is a parody of old '90's-00's kid shows, hence the fleet of "lost episode" imitators of well known, often still airing, syndicated franchises like ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. The author is a Gen X-er old enough to remember locally produced and aired kid shows, which had shoestring budgets and were dying out around the 70's-80's, fading from the popular consciousness. 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 [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kfty-TZ1uk The Froozles]], had all but disappeared by the mid 80s, even as reruns.


What if a show you watched when you were a child, no matter how innocent or not so innocent, turned out to be hiding something darker than you previously remembered? ''Candle Cove'' is a {{creepypasta}} story by [[Webcomic/{{Starslip}} Kris Straub]] that appears at first glance to be a forum discussion about an old children's show that aired briefly back in the 70s 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...

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What if a show you watched when you were a child, no matter how innocent or not so innocent, turned out to be hiding something darker than you previously remembered? ''Candle Cove'' is a {{creepypasta}} story by [[Webcomic/{{Starslip}} Kris Straub]] Creator/KrisStraub that appears at first glance to be a forum discussion about an old children's show that aired briefly back in the 70s 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...


* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: Despite the [[spoiler:InvisibleToAdults trope]], it's still possible that there is a naturalistic explanation, because nothing is explained at all. Either [[spoiler:[[TechnologyMarchesOn the show was on a weak signal]] so the mother misinterpreted it as static while not paying close attention]], or alternatively, [[spoiler:[[UnreliableNarrator the forum poster who mentioned that was a troll]]]]. Then again, maybe it really ''is'' [[spoiler:supernatural]].

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* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: Despite the [[spoiler:InvisibleToAdults trope]], it's still possible that there is a naturalistic explanation, because nothing is explained at all. Either [[spoiler:[[TechnologyMarchesOn the show was on a weak signal]] so the mother misinterpreted it as static while not paying close attention]], or alternatively, [[spoiler:[[UnreliableNarrator the forum poster who mentioned that was a troll]]]]. Then again, maybe it really ''is'' [[spoiler:supernatural]]. Hilariously, the [[SugarWiki/CandleCove Sugar Wiki page]] is written on the assumption that nothing paranormal occurred.


What if a show you watched when you were a child, no matter how innocent or not so innocent, turned out to be hiding something darker than you previously remembered? '''''Candle Cove''''' is a {{creepypasta}} story by [[Webcomic/{{Starslip}} Kris Straub]] that appears at first glance to be a forum discussion about an old children's show that aired briefly back in the 70s 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...

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What if a show you watched when you were a child, no matter how innocent or not so innocent, turned out to be hiding something darker than you previously remembered? '''''Candle Cove''''' ''Candle Cove'' is a {{creepypasta}} story by [[Webcomic/{{Starslip}} Kris Straub]] that appears at first glance to be a forum discussion about an old children's show that aired briefly back in the 70s 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...


'''''Candle Cove''''' is a {{creepypasta}} story by [[Webcomic/{{Starslip}} Kris Straub]] that appears at first glance to be a forum discussion about an old children's show that aired briefly back in the 70s 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...

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What if a show you watched when you were a child, no matter how innocent or not so innocent, turned out to be hiding something darker than you previously remembered? '''''Candle Cove''''' is a {{creepypasta}} story by [[Webcomic/{{Starslip}} Kris Straub]] that appears at first glance to be a forum discussion about an old children's show that aired briefly back in the 70s 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...

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* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: Despite the [[spoiler:InvisibleToAdults trope]], it's still possible that there is a naturalistic explanation, because nothing is explained at all. Either [[spoiler:[[TechnologyMarchesOn the show was on a weak signal]] so the mother misinterpreted it as static while not paying close attention]], or alternatively, [[spoiler:[[UnreliableNarrator the forum poster who mentioned that was a troll]]. Then again, maybe it really ''is'' [[spoiler:supernatural]].

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* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: Despite the [[spoiler:InvisibleToAdults trope]], it's still possible that there is a naturalistic explanation, because nothing is explained at all. Either [[spoiler:[[TechnologyMarchesOn the show was on a weak signal]] so the mother misinterpreted it as static while not paying close attention]], or alternatively, [[spoiler:[[UnreliableNarrator the forum poster who mentioned that was a troll]].troll]]]]. Then again, maybe it really ''is'' [[spoiler:supernatural]].

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* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: Despite the [[spoiler:InvisibleToAdults trope]], it's still possible that there is a naturalistic explanation, because nothing is explained at all. Either [[spoiler:[[TechnologyMarchesOn the show was on a weak signal]] so the mother misinterpreted it as static while not paying close attention]], or alternatively, [[spoiler:[[UnreliableNarrator the forum poster who mentioned that was a troll]]. Then again, maybe it really ''is'' [[spoiler:supernatural]].


In 2016, the story was adapted for TV as the opening episode of the first season of Creator/{{Syfy}}'s horror anthology series ''Series/ChannelZero''.

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In 2016, the story was adapted for TV as the opening episode of the first season of Creator/{{Syfy}}'s horror anthology series ''Series/ChannelZero''.

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** [[spoiler:Or at least it wasn't produced and distributed via normal means.]]


You can read it [[http://www.ichorfalls.com/2009/03/15/candle-cove/ here]], or listen to the narration [[http://tindeck.com/listen/zhhj here]].

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You can read it [[http://www.ichorfalls.com/2009/03/15/candle-cove/ [[http://ichorfalls.chainsawsuit.com here]], or listen to the narration [[http://tindeck.com/listen/zhhj here]].


* RippedFromTheHeadlines: Well, sort of. The story's premise was inspired by [[http://www.theonion.com/articles/area-36yearold-still-has-occasional-lidsville-nigh,1503 an article]] from ''TheOnion'': "[[spoiler:Area 36-Year-Old Still Has Occasional ''Series/{{Lidsville}}'' Nightmare.]]"

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* RippedFromTheHeadlines: Well, sort of. The story's premise was inspired by [[http://www.theonion.com/articles/area-36yearold-still-has-occasional-lidsville-nigh,1503 an article]] from ''TheOnion'': ''Website/TheOnion'': "[[spoiler:Area 36-Year-Old Still Has Occasional ''Series/{{Lidsville}}'' Nightmare.]]"


** [[spoiler:Because they were kids when they watched it. The parents can't see it because only the kids can see it.]]


** After Skyshale033 mentions a nightmare she had about the show consisting of the entire cast screaming for the full 30 minutes of the episode's run time, kevin_hart responds with this...

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** After Skyshale033 [=Skyshale033=] mentions a nightmare she had about the show consisting of the entire cast screaming for the full 30 minutes of the episode's run time, kevin_hart responds with this...

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