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C.K. Walker is an American writer of short stories and novellas from Phoenix, Arizona. While she mostly writes horror, she sometimes delves into the thriller, crime, and fantasy genres.

She posted her first story, "Betsy the Doll" on Reddit in January 2014. Since then, she has become one of the most famous writers of Creepypastas and Reddit's No sleep Forum on the internet.

Her stories "Paradise Pine", "Room 733", and "The Afterlife Experiment" launched her into stardom, but her biggest hit yet has been "Borrasca", frequently called the best story ever posted on Reddit and perhaps the best Creepypasta ever written. Walker was involved in the writing of The Haunting of Hill House (2018).

She can be found on Reddit as The_Dalek_Emperor here.

She has written three short story collections, "Cold, Thin Air" (Volumes 1, 2, and 3), which can be purchased here, here, and here.

Selected works include:

CK Walker's works provide examples of:

  • Accidental Murder: In "Betsy the Doll", when Laura gets upset because her mother coldly refuses to let her have a birthday party, she beats up her doll Betsy in frustration and stuffs her in the the toy trunk. It's only when she's an adult that she discovers Betsy was actually her little sister, and the fumes from her mother's drugs messed with Laura's mental state and made her think Betsy was a doll.
  • Antagonist Title: "Room 733", or rather, the demon living inside said room.
    • "Betsy the Doll". Averted when we find out she was never a doll at all, but Laura's sister, whom she killed because the drug-induced haze her mother kept her in made her think she was a toy.
  • Asshole Victim: Aiden in "Aiden's Spot". He allowed the narrator to be raped at a party in order to become more popular. In the end, she murdered him.
  • Came Back Wrong: This happens to Micah and Sean in "The Afterlife Experiment".
  • Clueless Mystery: The stories "The Disappearance of Ashley Morgan" "Who Killed Sarah Cooper?" and "Repressed Memories are Meant to Stay Dead".
  • Central Theme: In a lot of her stories, family, friendships, and how easily they can be destroyed.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Aiden in "Aiden's Spot" is nailed to a tree and left to die of dehydration in the middle of the woods by his ex-girlfriend. Granted, he deserved it, as he allowed her to be raped at a party.
  • Cruel Twist Ending: "The Disappearance of Ashley Morgan": The narrator's sister was raped and murdered by her older brother, which caused the narrator's father to kill him. The narrator spent the entire story thinking her Dad killed her sister and she threw her Dad's ashes over a highway underpass, not knowing he had actually been the good guy all along.
    • "Paradise Pine": The "stickman" never existed, and the man who wrote the journal killed his wife and burned her body in the lodge's furnace before hanging himself deep in the woods.
    • "Betsy the Doll": Betsy was actually Laura's little sister, and due to the drug induced haze Laura's mother kept her in, she thought Betsy was a doll. After being told that she couldn't have a birthday party, Laura beat her sister to death and locked her in her toy chest.
    • "Who Killed Sarah Cooper?": Sarah Cooper was the narrator's daughter, and she was the one who killed her and stuffed her body into the tree.
    • "Death at 423 Stockholm Street": The narrator's father was a serial killer, and the cause of the scratching on the bedroom wall the narrator had been tormented by for years was her father's victims scratching final words on the walls of the next room.
    • "Rocking Horse Creek": Teddy survived the fall into the creek and ended up crawling out of the water and freezing to death into the woods. He could have easily been saved if the narrator and his cousins had told the truth.
    • "Borassca" is infamous for this, starting off with supernatural elements...only to it be revealed the entire town is under the control of people who kidnap women and impregnate them due for business.
  • Dead to Begin With: "The Things We See in the Woods". Both our protagonists have been dead for many years by the time the story starts.
  • Despair Event Horizon: The line has been crossed so many times in her stories it might as well not be there at all. Seen most notably in "The Disappearance of Ashley Morgan", "Rocking Horse Creek", and "Borrasca".
  • Downer Ending: Let's put it this way: don't read her stories if you like happy endings.
  • Dysfunctional Family: Almost every family in all of her stories are at least somewhat troubled.
  • Exact Words: Factors into the twist of "Room 733": it's repeatedly mentioned how said room is where a bunch of suicides take place and that Becca got the room next to it, 734. It is eventually revealled that an addition made to the seventh floor meant all the room numbers were shifted down one. Her room isn't actually "734"...
    • Adding to this, the supposed "733" only says "Supply Room" on the door...
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: The end of "The Afterlife Experiment".
  • Gender Flip: In The Nosleep Podcast's adaption of "Repressed Memories are Meant to Stay Dead", the narrator's gender is changed from male to female.
  • Good All Along: The narrator's father in "The Disappearance of Ashley Morgan".
  • Jerkass: Most of the characters in her stories are horrible people.
    • Laura's mother in "Betsy the Doll", who cares more about getting high and partying than taking care of her daughter.
    • Averted with the narrator's mother in "Repressed Memories Are Meant to Stay Dead". She starts the story a nice person, is a jerkass through the middle, and becomes a nice person again at the end.
    • The narrator's mother and older brother in "The Disappearance of Ashley Morgan", after you find out that he raped and murdered his younger sister.
    • The man who wrote the journal in "Paradise Pine" after you learn that he murdered his wife and made up the entire journal.
    • Due to her abrasive nature, the narrator of "Room 733" can come across as this, but she mostly remains a nice person throughout the story.
    • Mike and Jeff from "Rocking Horse Creek"... although Jeff straightens out in the end.
  • Junkie Parent: In "Betsy the Doll", Laura's mother is addicted to heroin and spends more time partying and getting high than taking care of her. When Laura is an adult, she finds out that the fumes from the opium messed with her mind as a five-year-old and caused her to believe that her little sister Betsy was actually a doll...and she locked Betsy in her toy chest long ago.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: We never do find out if it was Samuel or the statue of the smiling man on the stairs that killed the narrator's sister in "Repressed Memories Are Meant to Stay Dead".
  • Mundane Ghost Story: A suprising number of her stories have nothing​ supernatural going on in them at all. This trope is used as the twist at the endings of "Paradise Pine" and "Borrasca".
  • Nobody Here but Us Statues: That sculpture of a demon that the narrator and Jamie find in the church's basement in "The Lost Town of Deepwood, Pennsylvania"? Yeah, it isn't a statue.
  • Real After All: The very existence of "Blue Ridge" seems to indicate that the stickman that the man who wrote the journal in "Paradise Pine" says terrorized him and killed(?) his wife exists. However, this doesn't explain why he lied about killing his wife or how knew about the stickman's existence.
  • Red Herring: "Return to Deepwood, Pennsylvania" sets up a number of hints that tech mogul Jameson Scott might be the narrator's long-lost friend Jamie. He's not. However, eagle-eyed readers might notice that in the first part, Katie mentioned searching for Jamie using his full name, so she would have known it wasn't him anyway.
  • Ret-Gone: Jamie fades from existence after visiting "The Lost Town of Deepwood, Pennsylvania". The poor narrator is the only one that remembers he existed.
  • The Reveal: The titular "Room 733", the suicide room, isn't the room that's next to Becca's room. Additional rooms being added to the seventh floor meant that all the room numbers were shifted. Becca's room is "Room 733".
  • Rewatch Bonus: The significance of "Room 733" having "Supply Closet" on its door becomes more clear the second time through.
  • Same Story, Different Names: "The Disappearance of Ashley Morgan" and "Repressed Memories Are Meant to Stay Dead" both concern the sister of the narrator being murdered and the narrator's family being destroyed by the death.
  • Sanity Slippage:
    • The narrators of "Repressed Memories are Meant to Stay Dead", "Who Killed Sarah Cooper?", and "Betsy the Doll".
    • The man who wrote the journal in "Paradise Pine".
  • Scrapbook Story: Most of "Paradise Pine" is told through journal entries.
    • "The Whispered Fears of Wayward Boys" is told through a 911 call and a news report.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Jamie's last name, Karras, in "Death of Deepwood, Pennsylvania", might be one to The Exorcist.
    • In "The Afterlife Experiment", the narrator directly points out the similarity to Flatliners.
  • Stealth Sequel: "Blue Ridge" to "Paradise Pine".
  • Troubled Toybreaker: In “Betsy the Doll”, Laura is a little girl with an opiate-addicted single mother. Her only friend is her doll, Betsy, and they do everything together. One day, Laura asks her mother if she can have a party for her sixth birthday, and is coldly rebuffed. Laura gets so upset that when she sees Betsy smiling and lying on her bed, she beats Betsy to a pulp to vent her frustration and then shoves her in the toy trunk. Decades later, when Laura is an adult, she gets a call from her mother apologizing for being a bad parent...and for Betsy disappearing. Laura is confused, and tells her mother that Betsy is in the trunk. Her mother asks, "What do you mean your sister's in the trunk?"
  • Villain Protagonist: The narrator of "Who Killed Sarah Cooper?", although she doesn't know she's done anything wrong as she's repressed the memory of murdering her daughter.
  • Wham Line:
    • From Betsy the Doll: "What do you mean your sister's in the trunk?"
    • From "Blue Ridge", when Ash is asked to draw what he keeps seeing in the woods:
      He grabbed the cabin journal off the counter where I'd thrown it the day before and tore out a blank page. Grabbing the nearest pen, Ash made a handful of strokes and handed the paper to me.
      I looked at in confusion. "This is a stick figure."
    • From "Room "733":
      "No-no," I stuttered, "that's room 734."
      "Yes, well, it is now. When they built the additional rooms on to the south hall they moved all the room numbers down."
      • And then you get how the story ends: "We're opening up the seventh floor."
    • From "Death of Deepwood, Pennsylvania": The character of Jameson Scott's seemingly hostile bodyguard takes a complete 180 with the line "Why did you come back, Katie? After all these fucking years?"