Best known for his Creepypasta horror fiction, Christopher Howard Wolf (born September 21, 1979) AKA Slimebeast has written some of the most well-known pastas on the internet. A former game designer and actor, Slimebeast began writing short stories in 2012 for a contest held by Bogleech.com. Since then, he has written over one hundred of these tales. You can find several readings of his work on YouTube, most notibly those of Mr. CreepyPasta. His style of writing usually consists of pop culture and/or nostalgia building to a shock ending.
Although Slimebeast was part of the development team for Dragonspires, one of the first multiplayer online games, and voiced Anime as well as appearing in live action films, his best known work is that of Abandoned by Disney, Lost Episodes, and Funnymouth.
Slimebeast's work usually seems to avoid blood and gore, opting instead for unease and dread followed by a shocking reveal.
Tropes common to his works:
- After the End: Afterpeople and the Saturday Morning Cartoon Zombionix from Dead Serious are both shows dealing with a post-apocalyptic setting.
- Alternative Character Interpretation: Some of his stories suggest this for well known characters, in-universe.
- "Mario is a Monster" does this to Super Mario Bros. in a tongue-in-cheek way, facetiously suggesting that Mario is actually the bad guy and that Bowser was only protecting Princess Peach from him.
- "JTK" posits that the three bullies from Jeff the Killer's origin story were well-meaning kids who got a bit carried away.
- Battle Rapping: He has a section of his site dedicated to written-down rap battles between various fictional characters.
- The Most Dangerous Video Game: He's written several stories about these, such as the "Attract Mode" trilogy.
- "123 Safety Street" from the story of the same name ends up to be a subversion. The game is a Christian Scare 'em Straight game made to teach kids that "Halloween is an amoral holiday" and all of the scary glitches and stuff were intentional. When the game appears to start affecting real life, it was just the kid's parents who were in on the whole thing, which ends up badly for the mother when she grabs the kid from behind to scare him and he fights back, knocking her over and killing her when she hits her head on a chair. Possibly ends up double subverted when the bloodstain left in the carpet is the same as the face of "Dr. Boo!" from the game.
- No Ending: A lot of his stories seem to just...stop. Sometimes they'll be followed by a sequel, but often they're merely left to hang, with the reader wondering what just happened. Stories like "Watch for Willie", "He Does Birthdays" and "Extra Ketchup", to name but three, only kinda sorta hint at what was happening before simply ending, no explanation, no follow-up.
- Nostalgia Filter: Often opens stories with this, taking things from childhood and building scares with them.
- Subverted Kids Show: Several of his stories are about obscure children's shows that somehow got away with horrific content.
- Class Creeps is about the protagonist and his friends attempting to watch a video stream of the pilot of a 1990's cartoon titled Class Creeps, which happens to be about some students who get killed in a terrible accident before being revived as grotesque monsters by a Mad Scientist named Dr. Satanstein.
- Dead Serious has the narrator talking about his shoddy cable system allowing him to stumble upon an episode of a cartoon called Zombionix, an extremely violent cartoon about undead cyborgs endlessly mutilating each other in a post-apocalyptic setting that has apparently inspired children in the real world to commit awful acts of violence.
- "Squiggles" is about a puppet show where the title character makes politically incorrect jokes and causes the children in the show's live studio audience to convulse and die.
- Funtime With Floppy is about the narrator reminiscing on an early 1980's puppet show where he sent a letter requesting the other characters to leave Floppy alone, resulting in Floppy's tormentors murdering him onscreen.
- Twist Ending: Frequent. "Disappear Hole", "New Monsters", and "Safe Internet" are good examples.
- Wham Line: "Disappear Hole" ends on one which doubles as an in-universe one. It also turns everything we've read on its head.Whose bike is that?
- Near the end of "Minor Corrections", we are given a minor clue as to what happened to the Prom photo.I wasn't fast enough. I didn't get to the basement before...
- "Upside-Down and Backward", while being in reverse order, ends with a comment that is a significant reveal."You like scary things!" I finally respond, shaking my head as if in a numbed haze, "What about your gargoyle mirror?"
- Near the end of "Minor Corrections", we are given a minor clue as to what happened to the Prom photo.
Some of his works contain examples of:
- Adaptational Name Change: "JTK" changes Jeff the Killer from Jeffery Woods to Jeffery Jones. In addition his brother is Lou instead of Liu.
- Age Lift: "JTK" changes Jeff the Killer's younger brother Liu into his older brother, now named Lou.
- All There in the Manual: Confused about how "Don't Pet the Dog" ended? Slimebeat explains the twist in the comments.
- Alliterative Name: "JTK" has Jeffery Jones aka Jeff the Killer who was originally named Jeffery Woods.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: "Funtime with Floppy" has the narrator, as a child, write a letter to the titular show (about a puppet rabbit and his adventures on a farm) asking for the other characters to leave Floppy alone and not be mean to him. The next episode that airs responds to the letter by having the other characters tear Floppy apart as he screams.
- Big Creepy-Crawlies: The titular giant cockroaches in Afterpeople, who are actually kind of friendly.
- Buried Alive: The fate of the park patrons in Room Zero.
- Chekhov's Gun: What ultimately results in the Reddit thread getting locked in "Grendle Grove" is what is shown in the opening of the story: the rules list; specifically #3note and #4note .
- Downer Ending:
- "Minor Corrections" ends with the Narrator discovering that his dad hung himself... immediately after seeing a damaged photo that predicted it.
- Driven to Suicide: It's implied that the Narrator's dad in "Minor Corrections" had this happen.What happened with Uncle Duke combined with my Mom's reaction must've been worse than I'd even realized.
- Education Mama: The narrator's parents in "Safe Internet" are very strict about making sure he focuses on learning. In this case, though, it's learning to be a Mad Scientist.
- Expository Theme Tune: The main song from Zombionix:Zombionix! Creepy Undead Cyborg Uglies!,
Meat and Metal are as one!
Fighting for the human race (it's no longer there),
Fighting in the humans place (No one left to care),
"There is no shelter to be found (Enemy is friend),
"Earth is just a battle ground (War will never end),
- Eye Scream: Anyone watching the titular "Class Creeps" winds up stabbing themselves in the eyes.I CAN'T WATCH THIS!
- Foreshadowing / Rewatch Bonus: "Disappear Hole" has one bit of narration that takes a whole new meaning once you know the twist:"One of us should climb down there and see if there's anything cool. One of us can hold the other's hands." Tyler seemed quite pleased with his idea, but after a moment it seemed as if there would be no volunteer.
- Humans Are the Real Monsters: "Pink Lester" seems like a story about a boy who is tortured regularly by some kind of malevolent entity named Lester (don't call him Pink Lester) who visits him at night, and that's not wrong. Lester is a young boy, and the boy he gleefully tortures is his imaginary friend.
- I'm a Humanitarian: At the end of "Afterpeople", the protagonist of the show, who has spent the whole show searching for her father, finally finds him, already dead. However, due to a lack of edible food in the show's post-apocalyptic setting, she's so hungry and desperate that her immediate instinct upon finding the corpse is to start chowing down on it raw. The sound of her chewing scars the narrator for life.
- Insane Troll Logic: Thoroughly mocked in "Mario Is A Monster" read here on Undercooked Analysis, a spoof of "evil" video game theories.
- Interface Screw: "Upside-Down and Backward" is written with every paragraph in reverse chronological order.
- Kill and Replace: In "Don't Pet the Dog", this is the reason why you don't pet the damn dog. The dog will die, and then you become the new dog.
- Magical Camera: "Minor Corrections". Though it's not the camera itself that is magical but the mail-in photo development lab that makes "corrections" to photos containing any living creature that either died between the time the picture was taken and the time it was developed or will die very soon in the future, showing the dead body (or what's left of it) instead of the creature still alive.
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Is left unclear if Afterpeople is just a creepy sci-fi show about the future or something else.
- Meta Origin: "Lost Episodes" is meant to be one for all of those, well, "Lost Episode" pastas inspired by the likes of Suicide Mouse, Dead Bart, etc. There's nothing supernatural about any of these supposedly haunted episodes. They were all made by one guy with an obsession for editing videos and probably some kind of mental illness or disability. He did, however, manage to eventually turn himself into a supernatural video tape that automatically edits all physical copies of movies and TV shows in the immediate area into more gruesome versions, as shown in the sequel, "Sid's Video".
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: The ending to "Minor Corrections", of a sort. Despite seeing proof that a certain mail-in photo development lab can show/alter the future through damaged photographs, the Narrator sent in film of his Prom photo just to see what would happen. What did he get? The photo being messed up in such a way that it looked like his father was hanging from the ceiling.
- No Fourth Wall: "New Creatures". Slimebeast managed to piss off an assortment of creatures and monsters through his writings, and (realizing that there's no escape) asks the reader to pick the one that will kill him the fastest.
- One Myth to Explain Them All: The whole basis of "Its Always a Zombie". Zombies are real. Every other kind of mythical or supernatural creature is not, they're all just zombies that people mistook for something else.Sasquatch? Turns out he was a survivalist wearing a gilly suit and face paint. He didnt bring his orange hat, so some numb-nuts took him for a deer and pumped a few rounds into his chest. Ever since then, he stormed through the woods, groaning, munching squirrels, and scaring the shit out of campers. Well, he did until I blew his brains out.
- Rage Quit: "FPS" is written from the perspective of an enemy monster in a First-Person Shooter, who has been killed by players countless times and watching them move on to the next level. It's overjoyed when it finally manages to kill the player for once, thinking that it gets to move on to the next level instead. Except...What does "WTF!!! UNINSTALL!!!" mean?
- Ret Gone: A minor case in "Disappear Hole": once something falls into the titular hole, no one remembers it existed. For instance, the three boys in the story think of dropping a flashlight into the hole to see how deep it is, but realize they forgot to bring one. Then they spot the glow of a flashlight down the hole fading out of view, and realize they did bring one and dropped it in after all. And of course, there's the fourth boy in the story. Which is why you didn't know he was in it.
- Perspective Flip: "5 Things You Didn't Know About WWII's Creepiest Sleep Experiment" details an American version of "The Russian Sleep Experiment" right down to one of the subjects claiming to be an otherworldly being, only to be shot in response.
- Significant Anagram: In Bonus Room, the protagonist enters an arcade game tournament where theres a chance to play an unreleased game titled I-BOY-PLUS. Its actually an anagram of Polybius, and the game has effects similar to what some of the Polybius legends suggest.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: The jack-o-lantern from "A Lot of Guts", and his kids.
- Spot the Thread: A retroactive one occurs in "Don't Pet the Dog" which helps explain why you shouldn't pet the titular dog. You see, the dog the narrator meets in the story has a chunk of his left ear missing, and the story ends with a tow truck driver warning the narrator about a murderer that was supposedly loose in the area, who had a chunk of his left ear bitten off by one of his victims.What a bastard that murderer was... On top of everything else, he petted the dog.
- At the start (technically end) of "Upside-Down and Backward", the Narrator mentions seeing Mr. Backward underneath a "gargoyle arch" in Wendy's room. At the end (technically the beginning), the Narrator is incredulous that Wendy doesn't like scary things, pointing out her gargoyle mirror.
- Spoiled by the Format: Not quite: At first glance, the backwards narrative of "Upside-Down and Backward" seems to spoil the ending of the story, with Mr. Backward having killed Wendy, and about to kill the narrator. However, the last paragraph of the story turns it on its head, simply by mentioning the existence of a mirror.
- Spoiler Title: "S'mores", as pointed out in the comments.Mary: The title sorta gives away the twist. :/Slimebeast: OR DOES IT? Spoiler! Yeah, I guess.
- Sudden Downer Ending: "Mario is a Monster", which was mostly a parody Game Theory-esque rant against Mario becomes a "missing game" Creepypasta when the Narrator describes the game "Mario Nights"note , only to be shocked that no one else remembers the game.
- Surreal Horror: The creature in "Stranger Danger" can be described as this.
- Take Our Word for It: During "Class Creeps", the narrator Felix can't see the video being streamed (the pilot of the titular show), and has to rely on his friend's remarks in the chat to find out what's going on. This is subverted at the end of the story, where we are told what happened to Felix's friends.
- Take That!: When the narrator discusses his difficulty in tracking down information on the titular show in "Class Creeps", he brings up that the show apparently isn't notable enough to warrant an article on Wikipedia or IMDB. The narrator points out that this is hardly unusual and that a person once said that Wikipedia would demand you give a citation proving how many fingers the human hand has.
- Title Drop: "Dead Serious" is the catchphrase of Rot Rocket, the main character of the Zombionix cartoon discussed in the story.
- Toilet Humour: One of the zombie cyborgs from Zombionix mentioned in the story "Dead Serious" is Last Gasp, who has a rotary fan for a hand that he uses to weaponize his flatulence.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: In "Lost Episodes", Sid originally had a strong dislike of blood, gore, death, and other horror elements, and edited movies to remove these things (Ghostbusters with no ghosts, and Old Yeller where Yeller is miraculously cured and doesn't need to be put down, etc.). The narrator of the story eventually convinced him that scary movies can be fun too, and everything goes downhill from there.
- Word-Salad Horror: The entire point of One More Time, where a writer is trying his best to tell you about his aftershave of "evolving text", but his every lactation is shoveled into vellum paving, necessitating him reapplying his lubricant to seal the pressure valve.
- It continues in the comment section.
- Writing Around Trademarks: "The 'Donational' Project" starts with the Narrator coming right out and admitting this needs to be done due to them signing a non-disclosure agreement, and states "for legal purposes" that the story is fictional. However, it quickly becomes apparent that the company in the story, "Zillion", is meant to be Google.