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It isn't forgotten amongst most Internet-goers that these stories can be disquieting at best and outright mentally traumatizing at worst; this page has enough examples to prove that Creepypastas didn't earn the title of "spooky campfire stories of the web" for nothing.

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  • 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
    "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:
    "I sat alone in the dark, and all I could do was laugh uncontrollably. Peter was going to ask me what exactly happened... why I was so distraught... what had irrevocably fractured my psyche... and I knew exactly what to say to him."
    "It's no fun if I just TELL you!"
    • 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; 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.
  • Most of the written Creepypastas are bad enough when read by yourself, 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 BSoD, 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...

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  • "Anomaly" is very subtle in its creepiness. A small publishing company receives an offer from an anonymous old man to publish a book featuring his rare archival photo collection, which he describes as being filled with anomalies. However, after months of disagreements and some legal discourse, the man ultimately decides against the idea and has them can the whole thing. Bitter, the writer decides to publish the files he still has. These include photos of students at the Lakeview school in Collinwood, taken right before the 1908 fire that killed all but one of them; the last image of folklorist Charlie Noonan, a shot possibly showing the Axeman of New Orleans, evidence of the Grand Caverns Cryptids, a photo of a Union soldier one month before he was dismembered by cannon fire, the ghost of Sarah Eustace, and even a photo of the Trinity Nuclear Test which reveals that the more well known version of the photo was cropped. And all of these are real photographs.
  • Ability is another short one that seems odd at first but gets worse the more you think about it. It begins with the narrator, a man in Osaka waiting for the train for his daily work commute. He notices a homeless man begging for change. The man overhears him mutter "pig" as a fat woman walks by. He initially assumes the man is simply rude, but notices him muttering seemingly random words at passerby. He mutters "human" as a businessman walks by, which seems to be him simply stating the obvious. Then he calls someone "cow" which is odd because the man s rather skinny. Then a fat man walks past and he says "potato", also seemingly a jab at his weight, like the woman from earlier. The narrator gets increasingly curious, even wondering if the homeless man has some strange ability. He watches him for a few days and hears more seemingly random words like "rabbit", "tomato", "sheep", or "onion". Finally he approaches him and the homeless man says "bread". The narrator gives him some change and inquires about his ability. The story ends on bit of an Anticlimax when the man reveals that his ability is to see what people last ate. The narrator even lampshading how useless that power is. So why is it classified as a horror story, you ask? Read the words he said again.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender - Nightmares and Daydreams describes a missing edition of the Avatar episode of the same name, where the Nightmare Sequence is actually worse than what the actual episode shows. Specifically, the Fire Nation's Rape, Pillage, and Burn attack on the Air Nomads. The Airbender monks and nuns are shown getting killed or already dead, an Airbender nun is raped, and a nursery is attacked, with a Fire Nation soldier throwing one of the babies at the wall, making it explode into Ludicrous Gibs. Eventually all four Air Temples are burning and every citizen, excluding Aang, has been murdered by the Fire Nation soldiers.
  • Would you believe that Hetalia: Axis Powers isn't safe from this? Axis Powers Hetalia: Episode 23.5 is an apparent "Missing 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?
  • Blueberries. The narrator is convicted of a crime he claims he 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. Available in illustrated form here (second story).
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • Cameraheads, one of the earliest creepypastas to gain attention and, according to rumors, might very well be the great-grandaddy of what creepypastas are generally considered to be, being the potential origin of many now-common tropes such as creepypastas being multimedia affairs of both text and visual media, rather than being exclusively text. The creepypasta allegedly focuses on a person who finds an abandoned backpack containing a broken camera and a note saying "I killed a camerahead", "IT TOOK TREVOR", and "GET HELP IF I DON'T COME BACK", and begins a hunt for the eponymous creatures, who allegedly start stalking them and driving them to insanity. Already a very unsettling concept, but the arguably creepier and far more infamous aspect of the creepypasta is that it, well, doesn't exist (at least presently). It achieved popularity on /x/ well before an actual attempt was made to archive /x/ posts. Given the sheer mystery surrounding it, the lack of existence of Cameraheads itself might seem like a creepypasta... aside from the fact that an archive of the /x/ wiki from 2009 shows clear evidence of its existence, sitting alongside mainstays like Slenderman and Zalgonote . Following a long search, a mysterious video confirmed to be linked to the original creepypasta (and published on the same day) was found, which features a staticy overlay interspersed with footage of two people walking in a forest, and later a dark figure is seen walking to the camera during the static, and near the end a dark-cloaked figure with a smiling white mask jumpscares the viewer out of the staticy darkness, leering at them for a while before disappearing. Needless to say, this rather frightening video just deepens the mystery around the creepypasta, because as the contents of the archived wiki page indicate, the video seems to have little to no connection to the original /x/ post. The Cameraheads creepypasta, one of the oldest and most influential, was once famous on 4Chan, but has now been lost to time, and now only persists as a few ghostly remnants scattered across the web.
  • 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 translucent 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 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 by the Cave Children. Afterwards the last surviving scientist tries to eat, patch himself up, escape and end taping the expedition, but everything proves futile In the end it's told another expedition group found 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.
  • "The Cemetery" puts a twist on the original urban legend "Grave Digger". Let just say, Pa had a good reason for asking those questions.
  • 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. 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...
  • 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 Crawling House on Black Pond Road". Every entomophobe's worst nightmare incarnate.
  • The Creeping Horror details the narrator hearing a local Urban Legend, the titular Horror. The Creeping Horror is described as a Shell-Shocked Veteran from WWII horribly disfigured by Nerve Gas and from being burned by a flamethrower. Unable to adjust to normal society, he fled into the woods and now survives by killing and eating animals and people. He can be summoned by saying his name five times a la Bloody Mary. When The narrator and their friend try summoning it, their father bursts in, extremely angry and panicked, which is unusual for him. He demands that the narrator never say the name of the Horror again. As the years go by, the narrator slowly loses interest in the story, until they hear from their grandfather that their father has a personal story involving the legend. However, their father angerly refuses to talk about it, only saying that people died because of the incident. Years later, when the narrator is in college, they hear that their father is dying, and visit him on his deathbed. His father decides to finally tell the story. Turns out, he, his friend, and his crush went on a picnic in the woods. His friend suggests they summon the Horror. During the attempt, his crush gets spooked and runs off. He consoles her and even manages to convince her to go out with him. When they get back, they decide to try again, and his friend convinces him that they should each try it alone, away from each other. When the father tries it, he begins to hear rustling in the bushes and smell sulfur. Eventually he hears the Horror breathing and announcing its intentions to eat him. He attacks with his pocket knife... only to realize that it was his crush pulling a prank on him. His friend shows up, and panics when he sees the body. He tries to suggest telling the police when the father brutally stabs him to death in a blind panic to cover up the incident. The narrator is so disgusted by their father's actions that they give him a fatal dosage of painkillers.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • "Dangerous Roads". The narrator, a former Marine, is driving through Amboy, when they suddenly come across what looks like a car accident with two bodies lying face down on the ground. Since the area is a hotspot for Satanic group activity, the narrator has a bad feeling about the scene in front of them, and decides to drive around the bodies instead of helping. A hundred feet or so down the road, they happen to look in the rear view mirror...and are horrified to see that not only have the two "bodies" got to their knees, about twenty or so people have emerged from the grass on either side of the road. Just the thought of what could have happened if the narrator had not been so paranoid is terrifying.
  • Darkness is about a guy who gets teleported to an infinite plane of pitch darkness whenever the lights go out. Luckily, he comes back to reality when he's illuminated. The finale involves him being trapped in an elevator for an hour during a power outage. He starts yelling, and gets an answer from himself.
  • 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."
  • While A Dead Bart Update is generally viewed as an unnecessary sequel to Dead Bart, it does reveal what Homer said upon seeing Bart’s corpse in the graveyard.
  • "The Devil Game" is a set of instructions for how to challenge the devil to game. By bringing a wall mirror into a church at midnight, binding it with several protection seals, and leaving all electronic and time-keeping items outside the room, you'll be able to summon him and challenge him to a questions game. You and the devil will get to ask each-other questions. If you can answer them truthfully or correctly, you'll be able to ask him anything you want and he'll have to answer truthfully as well. The devil knows many things (although he's not omniscient), and it seems like an easy way to get any information you might want. But answer wrong or lie, and he's free to lie as he sees fit to any of your questions, and won't even tell you if you got them wrong at all. There's also countless ways the game can go wrong- breaking the protection seals, looking away from the mirror, giving away enough personal information for him to screw with your head, helping him further his goals through seemingly easy challenges. And then there's what happens if the game lasts longer than 66 minutes. At that point, the devil will possess your body and your soul will be imprisoned inside the mirror, where all the raw, negative emotions inside of you will begin to coalesce into monsters that will hunger for your pain and suffering to keep themselves alive. You'll be unable to die, but able to feel pain and trapped there forever unless he decides to let you out. At the same time, the devil will get to do whatever he wants with your body until it drops dead at sunrise, which could involve murdering or torturing your closest loved ones, carrying out seemingly innocuous deeds that will end up hurting a lot of people and furthering his goals, or maybe even going online to encourage more people to play his game. After all, you have the instructions. If you've made it this far along this page, you clearly love this kind of stuff. You live and breathe it. It's not like you'd fall for the same traps as other people, right?
  • 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.
  • 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 to try and kill it through the inside, 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 stave off extinction that a man tying a woman to a tree and keeping her there so he can rape her is considered perfectly acceptable by the tribes. 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. Having cynophobia makes the whole thing far worse.
    • The entire backstory behind the Dogscape is a remarkably creepy (and at times heartbreaking) cautionary tale about the consequences of genetic experimentation. What's especially harrowing is there are three different names given to the ancient super-powered dog that mutated into the grotesque Eldritch Location that was formerly Planet Earth - they're all believed to be distortions or fragments of its original name, Armad, Me'arm and Aduke... piece them together, and you'll never look at Marmaduke the same way again.
  • Doug's Real Life is a fairly spooky little Missing 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:
  • "Dusty's Radio Show" concerns the narrator talking about how he listened to the titular podcast, which concerns a racist who talks about bad things about other races and how he believes that white people are superior. At the end of every episode, he takes phone calls from people who proceed to then mock him, making him angry as a result. While this was funny to the narrator, during one particular episode, Dusty gets up from his chair and leaves the room... and comes back with a woman of some race, ordering her inside. The woman is pleading to Dusty not to hurt her, but Dusty tells her to shut up and shouts about racist things before pulling out a gun and killing her on the spot. And what makes things worse is that this could very well happen in our world.
    In a tone that sounded as if he were grinning, Dusty spoke into the microphone one last time.
    "They snuck into our country by the waves of the ocean. I'll make sure they go back the same way. One piece at a time."
    I clicked and closed the browser.
  • "The Face in the Middle of the Dark" describes a mysterious murder that took place in Russia in the 1980's and the Russian government trying to keep it under wraps by destroying the victim's house and withholding the only known photograph of the victim at the time of death for decades. As if the story itself isn't unnerving, the Uncanny Valley photograph of the murder victim is also likely to keep you from sleeping for a while. This reading makes it worse, if you can believe it.
  • Fall: The narrator takes a different hiking trail than usual because there's a family with screaming kids on his normal route. He steps off the path to get a picture of the sunset, but what looks like an innocent patch of grass somehow hides an inescapable hole in the ground that drops him into a network of caverns and tunnels, home to some kind of animal that doesn't resemble anything he knows. He struggles to find a way out and eventually ends up stuck in a narrow tunnel, just a few feet away from freedom through a hole he can't reach, and the creature begins to eat him, legs-first. It's Paranoia Fuel for anyone walking alone just about anywhere.
  • Flashes of Lightning: A father and his three-year-old son move into a new house, and on their first night there, they watch a huge lightning storm. The next day, the son tells his father he watched the lightning from his window, only to tell him the same thing on a few separate occasions, even though there haven't been any storms lately. The father dismisses it as dreams of the first storm, only to read in the paper a few days later about a recently-arrested paedophile who has a habit of taking pictures of his targets through their bedroom window, and sometimes doing more than that. The really terrifying part is what the son told his father a week before the arrest:
    "No more lightning at my window! Now it’s in my closet!"
  • "I Found a Digital Camera in the Woods." The story is mostly told in pictures found on a mysterious camera which was found abandoned in the woods. In the pictures, the previous owner goes on a hike into abandoned/restricted territory, and takes the camera to record the events. The pictures are normal up to picture 5, where a man/thing can be seen in the right middle section of the picture. The unaware photographer continues to take pictures of anything he finds interesting, until he comes across a ruined house/school. As he leaves, in picture 17, the man/thing once again makes an appearance in the middle right of the picture, peeking through one of the ruined windows of the house. Picture 18 is the man/thing's biggest reveal -it lurches out of the fog looking like a scarecrow, then appears in the next picture as a pair of eyes peeking out from under the rock on the left. Possibly to escape, possibly lost, or maybe trying to find the man/thing, the photographer climbs the tower shown in the pictures. He continues climbing till the top, where he presumably finds some sort of small room. The man then becomes scared, most likely because the man/thing has followed him. He takes two more pictures, one of which shows a reflection of the back of the man/thing in the room either above or below him - most likely above him because the creature appears to be looking out of the window, searching for him. The man retreats back down the tower, and the next three pictures are of motion blurred forest as he flees. The second to last picture shows an innocuous scene of forest. But, if you look to the right, in the mist you can see what appears to be a skull. Then you look closer and the terror's face becomes clearer.
  • 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; 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.
  • "Fuzzy" starts out innocently enough, with a little boy telling his parents about how his brightly colored, furry imaginary friend came back, but things get suspicious when he mentions that "Fuzzy" doesn't want the parents to know about him and the narrator reads a particular newspaper article...and then the ending reveals the truth: "Fuzzy" is actually an elderly pedophile who has been visiting the boy and giving him hallucinogenic drugs to make him more pliable.

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  • The Gallery of Henri Beauchamp opens up and plays like a standard ritual creepypasta at first, but the brutality of the titular gallery's lore is something to behold. Its creator was a struggling surrealist in the 1920s who began to paint increasingly strange pictures, which included pictures from the past and the future. This all culminated in him abducting and killing three young girls and creating thirteen of his finest masterpieces using their blood and bodily fluids. Said paintings include, but are not limited to, the true faces of God, Jesus Christ and Satan as humans can see them, the beginning and end of the universe, and even a portrait of the Antichrist Himself. But we haven't mentioned what the thirteenth painting supposedly is; through means thankfully unknown, Beauchamp did something to his body during death and turned himself - skin, organs and all - into a collage that currently lies at the end of the gallery, turned around to face the wall.
  • Gateway of the Mind has scientists try and communicate with God... by depriving an old man of all his senses, but this unfortunately goes awry. 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".
  • Give him what he wants is the story of a group of young men who are hanging outside a school one day, when they are approached by a wannabe bully they knew from their childhood, who then starts harrassing them as usual. When they get fed up of his crap, they stuff him inside the boot of their car, and lock him inside. But when they reopen it, they find that he's mysteriously vanished without a trace. Later, the guy (Michael) reappears before the protagonist (Alex), inside a can and says that he needs favour. The favour in question? Putting a homeless man's finger inside the can, which somehow causes him to messily get sucked inside. Michael then continues to reappear before Alex and his other friends in tiny dark places, requesting sacrifies in the form of people being sucked into the void, before they too follow. It's later revealed that in this setting, all darkness is a gateway to another dimension, which people are dragged into if they stay in the dark for too long, and their mangled still-living bodies are fiddled with by the unseen creatures that lurk in there. Things go from bad to worse, as Michael takes more and more of Alex's friends and loved ones away to that hellish realm (which also serves as the setting's afterlife), in retibution just for locking him inside the boot all those years ago.
  • The Grieving, a Lost Episode creepypasta of The Amazing World of Gumball has a lot of disturbing elements, with the episode's title referring to Nicole and Richard mourning the loss of their children Gumball, Darwin and Anais. If the grotesque detail given about the descriptions of Darwin and Anais' remains isn't creepy enough, there's also the revelation that this lost episode was made by show creator Ben Bocquelet when he was a teenager to vent about a man from his old job who grieved the loss of his children at the hands of a serial killer (which Bocquelet himself immensely regrets) and the heavy implication that the same serial killer made this lost episode air on the narrator's television in addition to targeting the narrator's younger brother.
  • 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 hellish conditions.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Lost Episode creepypastas are a little cliche nowadays, but Hey Arnold: The Furnace is still horrifyingly creepy — and it's claimed to be 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. 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?
    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..."
  • 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 miscellaneous organs inside its shell.
  • 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.
  • In From the Cold. An astronaut named Alec is all alone on the moon, his partner having died from an airlock malfunction. To avoid getting in trouble with mission control, he buries him in a dune far away from the station. Then days later, he peeks into one of the cameras where he sees his undead partner trying to get back in. Alec, in deep fear, goes to check the airlock, the only barrier keeping his partner at bay. When he doesn't see his partner in the airlock, Alec assumes that his undead partner has left, and that he's safe now. Suddenly, he hears shuffling footsteps behind him...
  • It's Later Than You Think. It starts at a party, where the narrator's friend persuades her to try some sketchy mushrooms before she leaves. They kick in as she's driving home, and she gets into a horrible accident...and wakes up perfectly fine in her bed, completely unscathed, but with a strange neurological condition that makes reality seem to chug along at one-third normal speed. Then she starts missing time — months at a time. Her fiancé and her sister start saying cryptic things. Events repeat themselves. She has to figure out what's real and what's not real, all while a strange blackness gradually consumes everything around her. And when she finally does, she discovers she would have been better off not knowing...
  • Jeff the Killer:
    • While Jeff as a character isn't scary in the slightest, his face makes for a excellent, effective shock image that is very hard to get out of your head. Imagine Michael Jackson, Mr. Noseybonk and The Joker fused into one pallid abomination staring right into your soul with the worst Slasher Smile possible.
    • 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. 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.
    • In the 2016 remake, Jeff is instead burnt with a flare, resulting in him looking like Two-Face.
  • "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.
  • 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?
  • "Liars". After being disfigured by acid, a guy gets his revenge on those who both did it and lied about it in the worst way possible - by kidnapping one of them and forcing him to butcher two of the others, then sending a videotape of the incident to the last one...which distracts him long enough so that the victim can break in and pour acid on the guy's face. It doesn't help that the writer describes the corrosion of the protagonist's skin with acid like it actually happened to him. 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.
  • Look! Up in the Sky! is a story about a man who finds a cape in a meteor that grants him powers very similar to Superman's. The cape psychically tells him that it was created by aliens wanting peace throughout the universe. However, as the narrator rids the world of crime and villainy, the cape soon starts to expand its definition of peace. For example, the parade the people are throwing the narrator is too noisy and the girl throwing confetti is technically committing the crime of littering. Unfortunately, the cape won't let the narrator tell anyone this and it won't let him destroy it. It's at that moment he realizes the meteor he found the cape in was actually all that was left of the last planet it had visited. Beware the Superman indeed.
  • "Love" is mostly a heartwarming moment and tearjerker, but there is a moment that's definite Nightmare Fuel, both in the ghost story sense and in mundanger sense. The girl ends up bringing a date home as her Guardian Angel bound to the house watches. The Guardian Angel, to put it bluntly, does not like the boy and his suspicions are confirmed when said boy proceeds to try and pressure the girl (15 at the time) into sex. After she resists, repeatedly, he cuts out the middleman and tries to rape her, slapping her when she tells him to stop. The ghost, understandably furious, goes full on Haunted House on the boy, shaking the whole house and mimicking the voice of the girl's father in order to scream at the boy to get out. Unfortunately, it works too well and scares the girl too, driving a rift between her and the ghost, though she ultimately ends up understanding why he did it.
  • Man-Eater tells the story of a farmer named Richard Maize who has so many livestock that he doesn't know what to do with them. He wishes he could just eat them all up. What happens next? Let's just say Richard learns the lesson of Be Careful What You Wish For the hard way when his newborn son eats everything that is meat around him. Even humans.
  • 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.
  • Mr. Mix. The disturbing music in the game and the appearance of Mr. Mix himself are creepy enough, but then there's what happens when a bunch of hackers manage to bypass Level 5 - images of people with hideously deformed faces (including eyes bleeding from their tear ducts) appear. To top it off, the hackers are so traumatised by what they see when they get to the final level that they go missing, only for one of them to show up two years later dressed as Mr. Mix and try to kidnap a young girl - when questioned, the only thing he says is "I'm Mr. Mix. Shhh."
  • "Mr. Widemouth", one of the classics, is a story about the narrator's childhood experience with the titular Mr. Widemouth, a deceptively adorable furry creature that befriends the narrator with the intention of manipulating them into doing dangerous things, including jump out of a window and juggle knives. After the narrator refuses repeatedly, Mr. Widemouth gets more and more frustrated with them. Eventually, when the narrator moves out, they see Mr. Widemouth sitting in the window holding a giant steaknife, implicitly having planned on killing the narrator himself after his repeated attempts to get them killed failed. Years later, the now adult narrator visits the house long after it has burned down—implicitly killing Mr. Widemouth in the process—and follows a trail that Mr. Widemouth once told them about. What do they find there?
    The trail ended at the New Vineyard Memorial Cemetery.
    I noticed that many of the tombstones belonged to children.
  • My Daughter Died On Her Sixth Birthday. 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.

    Creepypasta N-S 
  • 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.
  • "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.
  • NoEnd 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 getting 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 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.
  • "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.
  • On the Bus. Just because society has modernized doesn't mean classic superstitions don't as well. The tale, written in the second person, tells the story of a young man climbing aboard a bus in Bogota, a city in Colombia. There's nothing particularly noteworthy about the bus, and it's 5:30 on a Tuesday, so what could go wrong? The main character gives his money to the wizened bus driver and chooses a seat, somewhat registering that the few other riders are elderly. When his stop finally comes, he gets up to ring the bell...and finds himself back in his seat. No matter how hard he tries, this always happens. But the real horror arrives when the character looks down and notices that his hands have become wrinkled and veined. With each attempt at getting off, he grows older and older, gradually losing his vision, mobility, and eventually the ability to think clearly. On his last try, he looks closely at one of the old women and faintly recognizes her outfit as being far more appropriate for a teenage girl. That's right—everyone on the bus has had their youth sucked away from them. The narrator is now completely drained and too exhausted to make another attempt—and too fogged with dementia to remember why it's important to get off in the first place. He, and all the other passengers, are now doomed to ride forever. And not a single one of them did anything to deserve it.
  • 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, 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 the UK and the United States (with Canada and Australia possibly joining), the latter of whom is undergoing a second civil war. Terrorist attacks are common events, including a White House shooting (leading to a nation-wide handgun ban) 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 multiple 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.
  • "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.
  • The Photographs - a woman goes into the woods alone to take photographs, and when she develops and looks through them, she discovers four photographs of herself...photographs that were taken when she was asleep, and thus unable to take them herself. 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.
  • The Portraits is a short but disturbing read. A hunter, tired and lost after spending the day in a large forest, comes across a cabin in a clearing. Seeing that it's unlocked, nobody's home and with how dark it's getting, he decides to spend the night there. However, as he flops onto the bed, he's very disturbed by the cabin's many portraits hanging on the walls. All of them are highly detailed, but the people in them seem to be staring down at him with hateful expressions. Despite that, he faces the wall and falls asleep. The next morning, he notices the sunlight streaming in and realizes that the cabin has no portraits at all. Just windows.
  • Psychosis:
    • It is 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."
  • The Puppetmaster's Regime consists of the narrator trying to look into a mysterious musical that hasn't been staged since a disastrous showing in the 1930's where the cast were all killed and turned into marionettes. As the tale goes on, more unsettling and gruesome details come up, such as the musical being adapted from a novel written by the director's adoptive father who sexually abused him and the off-Broadway revival ending with more people disappearing mysteriously.
  • The Quiet Sky begins with the premise that the Arecibo message gets a response. The response comes in two parts, the first of which is an unintelligible radio signal coming from the direction of Messier 13. The second is a telepathic voice asking "Where are you?", for which the entity is named the Voice. Then the dead start screaming, and not just the human dead either. Every dead thing on Earth that once had a voice is screaming. The mysterious entity's response is "I hear you. I am coming." This causes humanity to go into a mass panic and things just get worse from there.
  • Radio Silence is a remarkably well-researched Creepypasta in the same vein as We Know You Are Out There and its inspirations. A researcher manning a SETI radio telescope is thrilled to discover the first signal from an extraterrestrial intelligence, estimated to be a mere twenty lightyears away. But they are baffled as to why the signal is a mere 248 bits of information. As they begin to translate it from binary, the message hits them like a brick to the jaw:
    • Again, this one is based on a potential reason why aliens haven't contacted us; Space is just another ecosystem, and while there are many planets with peaceful beings, there is at least one apex predator out there, just waiting to seize anyone who screams too loud...
  • "The Real Nosferatu", about a mysterious forum user who shows his fellow forumites a movie he insists is the true version of Nosferatu. This may not sound particularly scary, but the differences, especially after Graf Orlok moves to Wisborg, add up, and the unfamiliar elements go from unsettling to terrifying. This version of the movie has an unambiguous Downer Ending, with all the good guys dead and Orlok triumphant. The story ends with the implication that the original movie wasn't ordered destroyed due to copyright issues, but because it was evil and harming people (given how badly it affects the narrator), and the version we know is a fake, or a combination of real and fake footage.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Russian Sleep Experiment is regarded by some as the scariest Creepypasta ever. The story goes about 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've 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 darkness that lurks within all of humanity before he's shot dead.
  • "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.
  • 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.
  • 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.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.
    "I wish the living would leave us alone."
  • Have you ever seen something that you absolutely shouldn't have? That's the basis of the legendary Smile Dog, a fabled creepypasta known by beginning Creepypasta readers and the eldest Creepypasta curators alike. It's a somewhat simple premise; the protagonist investigates events revolving around an unnaturally disturbing picture associated with the story - a Polaroid photograph of a dog-like creature with a wide Slasher Smile full of distressingly human-like teeth sitting in a dimly lit room with an ominously gesturing hand behind it. The other version of the image (pictured above) shows the thing fully illuminated, staring right at you with Glowing Eyes of Doom, missing ears, and sporting an even wider smile than before, this time showing literally all its teeth and gums, almost as if its own lips have been ripped off.
    • The main villain of the story is the titular Smile Dog, a malevolent entity taking the form of a .jpg file simply called "smile," which travels through digital data and e-mails and usually hides inside floppy disks. A mere glimpse of the image is able to imbue a human being with uncontrollable fear and even insanity. The image itself does not exist, and no instances of any similar file are able to be found on the Internet at any given time, although it's mentioned during the story's cold open that there are copycats amok. The being is capable of entering its victims' dreams to constantly torment them, promising to leave them alone only if they "spread the word" via showing the image to a future victim and so on, usually through chain emails. The process can be likened to a virus hopping across several different hosts, and Smile Dog morphs into increasingly horrific forms if its victim doesn't cooperate - ultimately driving them to self-destruction if it believes that they're actively defying its orders.
    • The narrator was about to interview an apparent victim of Smile Dog, known simply as Mary E., who only broke down and locked herself in a room, crying and ranting about nightmares for fifteen years she had of the being, even describing hers in vivid detail in an apology letter she sends the narrator soon after via email. Sadly, she reaches her breaking point and kills herself a year later. and Mary's husband Terrence then destroyed the floppy disk containing smile.jpg by burning it to a crisp which was hissing in pain as it melted. The end of the story consists of the narrator receiving an ostensibly genuine copy of smile.jpg from a person who knew of his interest in the terrifying mystery, contemplating the possibly suicidal choice of attaching it as evidence and how he could "spread the word." And just for one last-ditch burst of fear, the image itself is attached at the end of the story in all its glory.
    • There's actually a sequel to the story (entitled Smile.Montana) where the main character did in fact destroy the file that was sent to him, but while trying to move on with his life, Smile Dog would constantly find ways to send him the floppy disk with each accident he'd document and send to the local news station in Montana. When the narrator learns Smile Dog tried to send a floppy to his less-than-tech-savvy mother, he finally tries to end Smile Dog's reign only to be tricked into seeing the image and become tormented by it just like Mary E. was into "spreading the word". The story ends with the narrator breaking into the news station and sneaking the image in one frame of a news piece in order to finally appease Smile Dog and leaving Montana before it's released to the public, while knowing full well that he has single-handedly doomed humanity to the horror of the cursed image.
  • The Smiling Man: Not too long or difficult to read but boy is it unsettling. The story entails a man having trouble sleeping, so he goes out for a walk in the wee hours of the morning. He ends up encountering a man with an eerie grin dancing about in an unnerving manner. He tries to ask the man what he wants, but instead ends up fleeing for his life when the man tries to chase after him. What's worse is that someone apparently had the same sentiments and made a short film version on YouTube called "2AM". Was read on episode 44 of The YoGPoD here.
  • "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.
  • Another original and more well-known Missing Episode story is Squidward's Suicide, being a lost episode from SpongeBob SquarePants. The story is about a Nickelodeon Studios 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 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.
  • A short yet classic and horrifying story can be The Statue. The story tells about the mother and father leaving their children in the hands of a babysitter while they're out for dinner. When the babysitter was starting to get bored, she called the parents whether it is okay that she could watch cable TV in the parents' bedroom, along with the request of covering up their angel statue outside their bedroom window. When she asked the second question however, the father on the line was silent for a moment, before delivering this piece:
    "Take the children and get out of the house... we'll call the police. We don't own an angel statue."
    • And soon after the babysitter and the children are found dead slumped in pools of their own blood, with police trying to guess what really happened in that house.
    • Some versions of the tale have the statue changed from an angel to a clown, which could make it either more or less scary.
  • 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!
  • 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... off about him that the narrator just can't put his finger on. He then starts noticing other such people, who he nicknames "Strangers". He decides to follow the first Stranger he encountered, and finds that he rides the subway all the way to the end of the line, every day. One day he works up the courage to ride to the end with him. When the train stops for the night, the Stranger finally gets off, asking the narrator to come with him. After exiting the train they find themselves in an infinitely large train terminal, with an infinite number of trains. They get on another train and the Stranger says to the narrator, "You're not going to be able to go back." The train starts moving and the Stranger orders the narrator to stay perfectly still and be quiet or else "they" will notice him. He soon finds out who "they" are when the train stops and a bunch of weird-looking alien creatures get on, terrifying the narrator. When the train returns to the infinite terminal, the Stranger reveals that he's from another universe, who followed his own "Stranger" to the end of the line and became lost in the terminal, doomed to ride the trains forever in the hope that he eventually finds the one that takes him back to his own universe. However, sometimes he gets "stuck" and can't return to the terminal... unless he ropes some hapless shmuck into coming with him, dooming them to the same fate, which is what he did to the narrator. The two then go their separate ways, and the rest of the story consists of the narrator riding the train to different universes. At the end, the narrator says that he has written this story out by hand hundreds of times and left it on every train he has ridden in the hope that it makes its way back to our universe, and that he also no longer cares about finding his own way back. Instead, he has vowed to become "the minotaur of the labyrinth", destroy the infinite terminal, then find whoever made it and kick their ass. He closes the story be warning the reader to never ride the train to the end of the line.
  • "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.
  • Suicide Mouse. It starts out as a continuous loop of Mickey walking, then cuts to black for three minutes, before returning with Deranged Animation and blood-curdling screams. Watching the video after reading the Creepypasta attached to makes it 10 times more scary, although this might help.
  • Supernanny: Mister Naughty will send chills down any Supernanny fan's spine. The episode starts with a black figure with a large machete staring directly at the screen with a sinister smile on his face before abruptly cutting to the intro from the episode "The Silva Family". The episode continues as normal until Jo enters a completely empty house and opens the door to a room that contains the dead, mutilated corpses of the families she helped. The camera then cuts to Jo's point of view, and the black figure shown in the beginning is revealed to have the soul of a serial killer. The figure says "I am Mister Naughty, I've been a bad boy" and launches up at Jo before the screen cuts to black. After a few seconds, it cuts to the figure now holding Jo's decapitated head, before he proceeds to kill the cameraman as well. The episode ends with black and white photos of families that Jo has helped over the years being shown while a distorted version of the show's theme song plays in the background.

    Creepypasta T-Z 
  • 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. After calming down, the woman goes downstairs and chats with her mom a bit, then goes to the kitchen for a snack—and after a moment, she notices a new picture on the front of the fridge: a Polaroid of herself from the back, sitting at her computer, with a man in a paper-plate mask visible in the mirror above her. The thought that the man was in her room with her, then crept downstairs, put the photo up, and left the house while her mother was sitting ten feet away, is Paranoia Fuel at its finest. And to make matters worse, it's possible that this situation could happen in real life as creepy individuals like that do exist.
  • 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.
  • "Twist Ending." A famous horror writer receives a manuscript from a fan and reads through it late into the night. He feels like he can guess the twist ending and, despite how tired he feels himself getting, decides to finish it. He also finds the last pages are stuck together. It turns out he was right about the twist ending. However, after the ending, he finds a handwritten comment on the last page. The manuscript is from someone whose ideas he'd previously stolen and who he had blacklisted from ever getting their own writing published, effectively ruining their life. In revenge, they filled the last pages of the manuscript with arsenic. They end off by saying some twists can be very hard to predict.
  • 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.
  • Wake Up centers around reports that a victim of torture or rape (depending on the version) will retreat into a catatonic state where they'll live in a world similar to their own, only without any knowledge of their abuse. 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 too 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.
  • We Know You Are Out There will be very familiar to fans of Remembrance of Earth's Past and The Killing Star. Aliens have found Earth and determined humankind to be so violent that they must never be allowed to prosper in the universe or else they will destroy everything in their path. Their only solution is a near-lightspeed missile sent on a crash-course with Earth. The aliens do not want to kill humanity, but had to if they themselves were to avoid extinction. By the time the missile enters the solar system, the aliens are horrified to discover that humanity has abandoned its war-like ways and embraced peaceful pursuits. This drives many of those involved in the coming apocalypse to off themselves in grief. After the Earth is destroyed, the aliens are relieved when much of the Human population and its culture have survived offworld. Until they receive a message from every Human colony at once: "We know you are out there and we are coming for you."
  • 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.
  • "Why I'll Never Work Security at Disney World Again" is a tale from 2019 that incorporates the latest in Disney Theme Park technology—namely, Magic Bands (a wristband given to guests that serves as an entry pass, ride ticket, credit card, room key, and general do-it-all gadget)—with old fears. The narrator, a security guard, is informed that a family's belongings are still in their hotel room despite their trip being over. This leads to a hunt for the family in question, who have seemingly vanished into thin air—but their car is still in the Magic Kingdom's parking lot, meaning that they haven't left Disney property. By tracing their Magic Band usage, the guard is eventually able to determine that the last attraction they rode was the infamous "It's a Small World." The employees shut down the ride and search the whole building for hours, but discover no trace. The narrator is prepared to give up the mystery, but notices that the guests also purchased a photo package that automatically uploads pictures taken throughout their stay to a website where they can access them for free. The guard loads it up...and discovers 732 photos. The first thirty show the family throughout their trip. The thirty-first shows them riding "It's a Small World" with a boat full of other people, laughing and smiling. And the thirty-second...and every photo after...shows the same family on the ride. The security guard watches in horror as the family's expressions change from confusion to fear to anger to despair. At one point the photo shows nobody, which gives the guard hope that the family got out—only to see them back in their seats for the next round. To make matters worse, the singing, smiling dolls that populate "It's a Small World" are changing places. At one point, the guard even sees one in the boat. By the end of the photo reel, both the father and one of the children are slumped over in their seats (the narrator isn't sure if they're unconscious or dead), while the mother and remaining child are catatonic. And throughout all of this... more photos are being added. The guard realizes that Disney will Un-person the guests and provide a cover story, but he knows the truth: The entire family is now eternally imprisoned on "It's a Small World," listening endlessly to that same horrible song, unable to escape, menaced by living dolls, and doomed to ride the attraction forever.
  • "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.
  • 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 foresee the death of his mother and finally the narrator himself. The story ends with his mother going missing.
  • Sometimes the 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.

Yes, Reddit's r/nosleep community has so many terrifying stories that it gets its own section.
  • "Andy's Coming!", in which a little boy hears wheezing in his bedroom and thinks for a moment that it's his brother, only to discover that his brother is okay. He then realizes that the wheezing is coming from one of his toys, so unable to think of anything else, he calls out "Andy's coming!" Cue a stuffed octopus falling off of his shelf and the wheezing stopping. His parents enter and decide to let him sleep in their room for the night...and then, as the father is about to put the octopus back on the shelf, he apparently hears something from it. The next day, the octopus toy is disposed of and the boy reveals that his brother has heard noises coming from it before. And then we get...this...
    I had to pull out my laptop and write this down because, I realized, my parents never bought us that toy, and neither me nor Gus remember where it came from.
  • Autopilot takes the concept of Automaticitynote  to its horrifying conclusion: 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.
  • 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.
    • 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.
    • In 'Borrasca V', 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.
  • 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. And how does the narrator find his way out? He follows a trail of his friends' blood the man left behind.
  • "The Day I Lost My Faith": One Sunday morning, a seemingly charismatic stranger comes to church and challenges the pastor about if God really cared about the people of the world. Then:
    • He takes command of the congregation, and he starts by causing the back of one man's head to explode.
    • He then calls out a pharmacist and his co-worker for having an affair, so he causes snakes to slither out of the co-worker's mouth and damages her insides.
    • Finally, when asked by a boy if he was the Devil, the stranger forces the boy's father to strangle him until he dies (all while the father begs him not to do it). And for a finishing touch, he has the snakes bite the pastor to death. And when asked of who he was again, this time by the narrator, the stranger just smirks and says "I'm whoever you want me to be" and leaves the horrified and scarred churchgoers behind.
    • There's even the way he smiles, more like he's made of plastic than an actual human. This very much hints that he's not of this earth at all.
  • "I Discovered Something Horrible on an Old Family Tape" - a man discovers some old family tapes. Most of them are fun, but then he discovers one tape which shows him and his mother playing with his old teddy bear while his father tapes the both of them. When the father puts down the camera, the screen goes fuzzy with a loud bang and garbled voices, then it goes back to normal with the father apologizing to his wife for some reason. The son calls his parents about the tape but they refuse to tell him about it because they don't want him to uncover their awful past with him. The son then takes the tape to a man who fixes VHS tapes. After the man fixes it, they watch the tape together, but as they do, the son suddenly remembers the awful memory of his childhood that he had blocked out for years and the reason his parents didn't want to tell him what was on the tape. In the tape, the father puts down the camera, then comes back with a knife, putting it close to his son and yelling at him to stab his toy and calling him offensive names for playing with 'girl' toys. The mother tries to stop the father, but he pushes her against the wall, causing her to hit the wall and start bleeding. The father tries to stab the son, but luckily the son is holding his against his chest, and it protects him. The father then keeps stabbing the bear while the mother grabs her son and runs out of the room. Thankfully later on, the father begins to calm down and apologizes to his wife and son. Even worse the scene sounds slow, almost demonic, making it even more scarier.
  • 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.
  • "If you’re armed and at the Glenmont metro, please shoot me". The narrator takes part in an experimental drug trial, and is given a drug that slows down his perception of time. At first, the downsides are described as being merely annoying and boring, with minutes feeling like hours, and even as having some upsides, like being able to complete impossible tests given to him by the doctors and run through traffic without getting hurt. But things get much worse when, as time goes on and the effects of the drug keep intensifying, he gets so bored with everything happening so slowly that he eventually decides to take an Ambien to just sleep the effects off. The sleeping pill interacts with the drug and begins severely magnifying its effects, hitting him right as he was running down the stairs at the metro station, causing him to lose his footing from the sudden change and get locked into a fall down the steps that, from his perspective, takes hours or even days, and leaves him with broken bones and pain that never subsides because his body is still working in real-time. As time seems to slow down further and further, he decides to throw himself onto the tracks and end it entirely, only for the drug to intensify to such a degree that simply blinking his eyes looks from his perspective like decades of seeing nothing but darkness and his own thoughts.
  • "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.
  • The "I Just Bought My Childhood Home" series. The narrator finds a strange chute in the floor of his attic as a kid and doesn't get a chance to see what it is or where it leads until he buys the house as an adult. When he uses some climbing equipment to explore the place, it's just an empty, unusually cold chamber under the house that leads further down. When he fully explores the place later on, he discovers that the place keeps getting bigger, colder, and according to his equipment, more radioactive as he goes, with his condition deteriorating the whole way. When he finally reaches the last chamber, it's so huge he can't see the ceiling even with a flashlight and it's actually snowing inside, is colder than any natural place on the planet, and is radioactive enough to kill a person easily. Here he discovers that his dad tried to explore the place at some point, but whatever monster was contained in this chamber killed him and shapeshifted into him to take his place, indirectly killed the narrator's mother by giving her cancer with its radiation, and is now walking around free disguised as his father. And for all his trouble, the narrator didn't know what the readings on the Geiger counter he brought with him meant until he got back and had no idea what kind of damage he was taking just by being down there. When he gets back he describes his teeth falling out, his skin burning, and his organs feeling like they've been turned to mush. He decides to use the time he's got left to sell the house to his brother and go back down into the tunnel to die by his father, sealing the entrance on the way down.
  • "The Most Obscure Disney Film". The author reminisces about a Disney movie called "The Pathway to Hell", a movie so obscure that there's absolutely no footage or articles about it anywhere. The content is so terrifying that it makes the "Night on Bald Mountain" scene from Fantasia look mild - What Do You Mean, It's for Kids? doesn't begin to describe it.
  • "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, seemingly from some kind of bot, since all the messages are recycled from previous messages between Nathan and Emily and don't seem to have much logic behind them. Then things get... weird. "Emily" keeps tagging herself next to Nathan in photos, in empty spaces where she most likely would be if she was still alive. The messages start eerily alluding to Emily's death. At one point, she spams "no chance of passing" over and over, and at another point she spams "cold" over and over (the crash happened in cold weather), followed by the first non-recycled message she's sent: "FRE EZIN G". Later, he gets "just let me walk" (another recycled message, assumed to be a reference to how her body was bisected in the crash). The final message he gets is a picture of his own computer taken from outside his window, accompanied by the message "FREEZING". This scares him enough to get in his car and drive to a friend's house, though since That Was the Last Entry it can be assumed he didn't make it there, presumably meeting the same fate as Emily and crashing his own car. Alternatively, since he made his last post from his car in the garage and mentioned that he forgot to open the garage door in his panic to leave but was too scared to get out of the car and open it, he might have died of carbon monoxide poisoning, though he does not specify whether or not his car was running at the time.
    • On r/nosleep, the authors of horror stories are encouraged to interact with their readers in-character. "natesw" (the author) did just that, and his 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
    • It gets worse: the commentators did some digging and found this. There really was a car crash in Australia that has the exact same description of the accident.note 
  • 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.
  • The Orangutans Are Skeptical of Changes in their Cages turns an innocuous line from a Paul Simon song into a psychological horror story told from the point of view of a young man who has a mental problem that hinders his ability to perceive changes in his environment. His mother has disappeared and his father, a butcher, is implicated in the case, but he has no idea how he fits in this gruesome case. It takes him quite a while to find out that his father has been manipulating him and using him as a mean of disposing of his victims, since he can't really distinguish the taste of human meat from beef steak.
  • "The Patient That Nearly Drove Me Out of Medicine" is about Parker's investigation of a problem patient, Joe, admitted for night terrors as a little boy. While he initially gets released immediately, he returns the next day, vicious and almost unrecognizable in his behavior. Over the course of his residency, his behavior becomes increasingly worse, and he has an unnatural knowledge of people's triggers, driving most of his regular carers to suicide. The horror starts to set in when it is explained that Joe has been observed to adapt to suggestion, embodying the insults leveled at him by frustrated workers. The doctor who first treated him worries that his "it's your imagination and you can control it" approach to the monster in Joe's night terrors has caused Joe to internalize the monster itself, and take to drawing out negativity like the monster. Parker doesn't fully agree with the hypothesis, with the monster in the terrors and Joe's knowledge of people's weaknesses worrying him, and goes to Joe's house to investigate. He finds Joe's body in the wall, taken by the monster, who has turned into Joe after being told it was just him the night after Joe was released from the facility. The thing known as Joe that returned the next day is a creature that assumes the form of whatever its observers believe it to be, and it has stayed a human for so long because of Joe's perception. When Parker confronts it, he accidentally sets it free by letting it know he knows the truth, thus showing he believes its real nature. It escapes, and Parker is left to treat similar cases to young Joe, not knowing how many are real children. The end of the last post is a conclusion by his fiancee, who has stayed by his side, feeling much closer to him after being brought home from a bar on a bad night. She details how close she is to the narrator and how she's glad to be there to support him and help him through his negative thoughts, and finally reveals her name: Jocelyn. She wants us to call her "Jo".
    There's a follow-up story, where the thing now known as Jocelyn gives birth to the narrator's child, having taken Jocelyn's place because Parker swore with sincerity that his negative thoughts would be the last it ate, forcing it to stay near. It dies in "childbirth", and the daughter is already shown to be feeding on the new wave of negativity caused by the horrific revelation.
  • 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's horrific death by exposure, 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.
    • Later installments in the series clarify that when someone interacts with the stairs in any way, something bad always happens. In the narrator's case, he stood at the top of a set of stairs at one point when he was just starting out and only felt like he was somewhere he really shouldn't be. Then he finds out that a kid went missing at the exact same time that he went up the stairs. Sometime later, a visitor died within seconds of just touching another staircase themselves. The narrator and his colleagues keep their distance for a reason.
  • I Stopped Urban Exploring After We Visited a Ghost Town. Kilmoure's residents made a Deal with the Devil with an Eldritch Abomination to gift them immortality. The Eldritch Abomination granted their wish by trapping them as faceless entities mindlessly reliving their lives. Forever.
  • 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.
  • 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. The procedure requires a sacrifice. But not human, never human...
  • "World's Best School Psychologist" is another case. On March 23, 1993, a young student in junior high paid a visit to a psychologist, nicknamed 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 SNES 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. After being sedated, the student 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, and he praises the psychologist for his work in his recount of the events, but one question remains: just who did Dr. Tanner throw over that overpass?