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  • Defictionalization: An "episode" of Candle Cove was made for Channel Zero. It's exactly as terrifying as you would expect it to be.
  • Disowned Adaptation: Kris Straub, the creator of the Creepypasta, has admitted that he doesn't like the fan sequels to Candle Cove.
    Dustin Koski: Which, if any, of the unofficial sequels written for it are your favorites?
    Kris Straub: Oh man, none of them are my favorites. The reason is that they all try very hard to explain what Candle Cove is, when not knowing is why the story resonated. There’s this string of fanfics where it’s revealed that Candle Cove is the work of an old Nazi named Altman Bachmeier. You tell me why a Nazi would be hanging out in West Virginia or Kentucky in 1971, and why he’d bother making a puppet show to scare kids. I guess “Nazi” is shorthand for “the most evil thing anyone can think of.”
    • He doesn't like sequels that attempt to ground the show in reality. Channel Zero, which he does approve of, asserts that the show is the product of the warped mind of a long-dead child.
    • In an odd subversion, he states that there was a TV adaptation being made in Uruguay that he would have loved had they sought his permission first. Seeing as they didn't (they assumed it was public domain), he's instead upset with them and issued a cease-and-desist.
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  • Follow the Leader: The whole premise of a kids' show turning out to hide sinister supernatural secrets gave rise to a whole genre of Creepypasta known as "Lost Episodes" which usually involve someone discovering an episode of a real-life kids' show that contains creepy imagery and darker themes than usual, with the implication that some sort of Eldritch Abomination was behind it. These often contain static as well as an homage to Candle Cove. They are usually awful, quickly devolving into "X character from innocent TV show goes mad for no reason and slaughters everybody else in increasingly silly and over the top ways".

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