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Moon Raven is a YouTube-based creator of computer-animated horror shorts, most notably adaptations of stories from the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark book series. The adaptions of the books premiered in February 2009, with original adaptations of more contemporary creepypastas (usually of Raven's own creation, although other authors were featured occasionally) appearing in July 2012.

Despite the "animation" descriptor, most of Moon Raven's videos tend to be collections of CGI-rendered still images more than anything else.

Viewers seem to be split between people who find the adaptations to be cheap-looking and narmy, and people who think they are good adaptations whose scariness factor is actually improved by the aforementioned minimalistic production quirks.

On August 9, 2018, Moon Raven posted her fiftieth and final animation, "The Heartless and the Wicked". The video was delayed for over a year, stuck in Development Hell due to her battle with an undisclosed illness. Accompanying the video was a heartfelt message to longtime viewers and fans thanking them for their support over the years and explaining that she is retiring the series to focus on living with her illness. Reactions were suitably thankful. Unfortunately, in December 2019, the channels were taken down for violating YouTube's policies, but Moon Raven and Chilling Tales for Dark Nights are working to get the videos archived on the latter's website.


Here's Moon Raven's current channel, as well as the older one. With the channels now gone, you can find re-uploads of the videos here.

Tropes associated with Moon Raven's animations:

  • Animalistic Abomination:
    • The Hobyahs, which look like little green devils.
    • The Rainbow Cat, with its multicolored fur and haggard appearance.
    • Mr. Widemouth is described as looking like a Furby, except for his impossibly wide grin.
    • The creature from "The Tailypo", which looks like some mutated, half-rotting, rabid dog that can speak.
  • Alpha Bitch: The protagonist of "The Second Stall". She gets what's coming to her.
  • Ambiguously Evil: The relator and the titular cat in "The Rainbow Cat". While they never do anything explicitly evil, their actions are unnerving and suspicious at best.
  • Antagonist Title: "Xanadu Beyond Beyond", "Shavis Cravis".
  • Artifact of Death: The titular record in "The Black Record".
  • Asshole Victim:
    • Michelle from "The Second Stall"
    • Megan's parents from "The Hobyahs".
    • Smila in "Did You Hear Something".
    • Victor in "The Bullet That Found Its Mark".
    • For some, Gilda in "The Hour of Darkness".
  • Ax-Crazy: Reiko from "Kimyona Sekai" is clearly suffering from some form of mental illness.
  • Bad People Abuse Animals:
    • The killer in "The Intruder" brutally slaughters Beth's dog and leaves it in her bathroom sink to find when she wakes up.
    • Tara in "The Frog" kicks at one and even stomps its spawn to death. This later gets her turned into a frog.
  • Bad Santa: "Hello Santa!" An obviously mentally deranged guy tricks a little girl into believing he's Santa, and kills her parents before kidnapping the girl.
  • Baleful Polymorph:
    • Claire in the "Legendary Beasts" series gets turned into a harpy and a mermaid.
    • Tara in "The Frog" is turned into one for killing some spawn. Luckily, she turns back at the end with the help of a kiss.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: The farmer in "Man-Eater" has too much cattle and wishes for way to be able to eat more of them. His wife later gives birth to a son that has an endless appetite... so much so that after he's eaten all the cattle, he moves to humans.
  • Bewitched Amphibians: After Tara is turned into a frog in "The Frog", she has to wait for a curious boy from her school to kiss her before she can turn back.
  • Big Eater: The wife in "Man-Eater" while she's pregnant. She later gives birth to a monstrous son that has an incurable appetite.
  • Bloody Horror:
    • In "The Intruder" we are given a very graphic shot of Beth's dog ripped open from stomach to neck.
    • Valarie in "Aren't You Glad You Didn't Turn On the Light" has her throat slit rather brutally.
    • In "The Wobi Wobi", we're treated to a very detailed shot of the creature crushing Ray's head.
    • The titular actress in "A Bad Encounter with an Actress at a Casting Agency" bites her own tongue off, splattering herself and the protagonist in blood.
  • Body in a Breadbox:
    • That strange scent the couple in "The Surprise Roommate" can smell in their Las Vegas hotel room but can't find the source of? It's a rotting body hidden in the mattress.
    • The titular stranger in the alley in "The Stranger" turns out to be a dead body tied to a pole with barbed wire.
  • Break the Haughty: Reiko from "Kimyona Sekai" goes through this hardcore. First, she witnesses Kayako brutally kill Matsumi, Hoshi, and Koji. Then, just when it appears she's reached safety, she goes into a bathroom and runs into Kuchisake-onna....
  • The Bully: Jun and Emiko from "Kimyona Sekai".
  • Calling Card: The serial killer in "Smiley Faces" loves drawing them ons his victims with blood.
  • The Calls Are Coming from Inside the House: The whole premise of "Did You Check the Children".
  • Chekhov's Gunman: The hunter that buys Ghengis in "The Hobyahs" helps Megan kill the creatures and even adopts her after they kill her parents.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death:
  • Curtain Camouflage: The realtor in "The Rainbow Cat" hides behind some curtains. At least, we're assuming that was the relator behind the curtains...
  • Creepy Doll: "The Staring Doll", obviously.
  • Cryptid Episode:
    • "The Wobi Wobi" focuses on an alleged lake monster at a summer camp and three boys arguing over whether or not it's real. It is, but it doesn't live in the lake...
    • "Kimyona Sekai" is one, though it deals with ghosts.
  • Dead All Along:
    • Everyone in "The House on 47th Street".
    • Nick in "The New Neighbor".
    • The man in the alley in "The Stranger".
  • Death by Irony: The dead woman in "I've Got You!" murders Mrs. Thompson's husband by dragging him under the ground. In the sequel "I've Still Got You!" the dead woman is killed again herself by being dragged under the ground by the ghost of Mrs. Thompson's great-grandmother.
  • Depraved Bisexual: Implied on Dawn from "The Second Stall". She's apperantley so stir-crazy that she rips her friend's face off.
  • Designated Bullet: "The Bullet That Found Its Mark". Two men get in an argument and one kills the other with an axe, but not before he manages to shoot a bullet into a nearby tree. Years later, when the man goes to blow down the tree with dynamite, the explosion sends the old bullet ricocheting right into his head.
  • Dragged Off to Hell:
    • We're assuming this is what happens to the protagonist of "The Black Record".
    • Gilda in "The Hour of Darkness" is caught by Shavis Cravis and dragged into the ground.
  • Driven to Suicide:
    • Kayako from "Kimyona Sekai". This causes her to become an onryo ghost.
    • Jennifer in "Blue Eyes". It's a part of a scheme to leave behind a corpse so twisted and bloody to cause her sister to rip her own eyes out.
    • Adam in "A Cry in the Darkness". After finding out his fiance has died, he throws himself off a bridge. Too bad she never actually died...
  • Eaten Alive: Happens to the man in "Nothing There". All that the ghost leaves behind is his head.
  • Eye Scream: The sight of her sister's eviscerated corpse in "Blue Eyes" causes Sarah to tear her own eyes out.
  • Face Stealer: "The Second Stall".
  • Fantasy Kitchen Sink: The "Legendary Beasts" series. Claire is chased by a goblin, a griffin, and a leviathan. In addition, She transforms into both a harpy and a mermaid.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: After the actress in "A Bad Encounter with an Actress at a Casting Agency" realizes that she'll never be famous and end up homeless and poor, she goes crazy, bites her own tongue off, and is taken to a psychiatric ward.
  • Good All Along: The creature with the red skull in the "Legendary Beasts" series. The injection his gives Claire while she sleeps gives her powers that allow her to escape the creatures coming after her.
  • The Ghost: Whalem Balem in "Whalem Balem". Each successive monster that terrorizes the preacher asks if he's going to wait until Whalem Balem comes. After the last creature's inquiry he yells "Nope!" and runs away from the cabin, meaning we never get to find out who or what he is.
  • Glasgow Grin: The antagonist of "Kuchisake-onna" sports one.
  • Gorn: "Kimyona Sekai" is by far Moon Raven's goriest video, complete with a ghost disemboweling multiple people and eating their intestines as they bleed everywhere and scream. One death is even punctuated with gurgling noises as the gravely wounded person bleeds out.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be:
    • Koji from "Kimyona Sekai".
    • The antagonist of "TEK TEK".
  • Heroic Dog: Ghengis in "The Hobyahs" saves Megan from drowning, rescues her from a creepy man that tries to kidnap her, and kills the Hobyahs after they take her prisoner.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Smila in "Did You Hear Something" is tired of her boyfriends leaving her because she's a bossy nag, so she marries a man with hearing problems that she can boss around all day. When she chokes on a fish bone while getting a midnight snack, he is unable to hear her calls for help from downstairs and she dies.
  • Hollywood Satanism: The priest in "The Haunted Church" is a practitioner, complete with red-eyed demons and a satanic spellbook.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Kyle in "The Outsider".
  • I'm a Humanitarian: "Wonderful Sausage", "Shavis Cravis", "Man-Eater", "Xanadu Beyond Beyond", "Kimyona Sekai".
  • The Insomniac: Henry in "The Stranger" can't fall asleep; this is only made worse by the creepy man standing in the alley outside his window. After he finds out the man is dead and tied to a pole with barbed wire, it's unlikely he'll ever sleep again...
  • Karma Houdini: Charlie from "The Wobi Wobi", who's an insufferable know-it-all that has to be right all the time. It's his open-minded friends that get killed by the creature.
  • Kid Hero: The kids Ashley is babysitting in "The Clown Statue" jump up and help her fight off the story's antagonist when it attacks her.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: A few, though none more literal than "The Bullet That Found Its Mark".
  • Large Ham:
  • Limited Animation: When there's any animation at all (which is a rare treat to be sure), it's mostly this.
  • Madwoman in the Attic: Happens to Mel in "A Cry in the Darkness". After she refuses to not marry the man her mother disapproves of, she is locked in a windowless room for twenty-five years and only fed bread and water, while her family claims that she died.
  • Mega Neko: One of the creatures that terrorizes the preacher in "Whalem Balem" is a gigantic jet-black saber-toothed cat.
  • Mind Screw:
    • True to the source material, "The Man Who Lived in Leeds". Also, some others like "The Rainbow Cat".
    • "The House on 47th Street". Two boys travel back in time and one of them dies, his death becoming a famous unsolved crime.
    • "The Black Cat". A girl visiting her grandmother is warned by her parents to not follow a black cat she sees outside her window. She does so one night and comes upon a field, where puppet arms come out of the ground and bind her before a man with red eyes kills her. The field then fills up with daisies, covering both her body and the man, and then she goes to heaven.
  • Monster Clown: One appears in "The Clown Statue", naturally.
  • Mood Whiplash: "Xanadu Beyond Beyond" for the most part is light-hearted and humorous, then the titular space alien bites the head off of the cat and kidnaps the children with the intent of eating them alive.
  • Mundane Ghost Story: "Hello, Santa!", "The Clown Statue", "The Second Stall", "The Surprise Roommate", "Did You Hear Something", "The Bullet That Found Its Mark", "The Stranger", "Backwoods Shack", "The Intruder", "Smiley Faces", "Did You Check the Children", "Blue Eyes", "Aren't You Glad You Didn't Turn on the Light", "A Cry in the Darkness", and "A Bad Encounter with an Actress at a Casting Agency".
  • Mummies at the Dinner Table: "Backwoods Shack". Of course, there is some disparity between the visuals and the narration here. The narration describes something akin to Ed Gein's "interior decorations," but the video just shows some rather tame skeletons lying around and shirt which may or may not be made from human skin.
  • Never Found the Body:
    • The victims of Shavis Cravis are never able to be located. Not even their remains can be found
    • After being shot by John in "Backwoods Shack", presumed Serial Killer Alan stumbles off into the woods. Though the rangers in town are unable to locate his body, they just assume he died of his wounds and leave it at that. This comes back to bite John weeks later after it turns out Alan survived being shot and he kills him.
  • Never Trust a Title: "The Wobi Wobi" sets us up with a campfire legend about a monster in a lake. It turns out the creature doesn't live in the lake, but in the woods beside it.
  • Nightmare Face:
    • The creature with the rust-red skull for a head in the "Legendary Beasts" series.
    • Shavis Cravis with his white eyes and pasty skin.
    • Mr. Widemouth, with his bat-like ears, gigantic eyes, and impossibly wide grin.
  • Nobody Here but Us Statues: In true horror fashion, the clown Ashley thinks is a statue in "The Clown Statue" turns out to be real.
  • Non-Answer: Henry in "The New Wife" evades all of his friend's questions about the strange woman they see in his car only a month after his wife's death. It's the corpse of his wife that he takes everywhere he goes.
  • Nice Shoes: The relator in "The Rainbow Cat" sports a a pair of multicolored ones.
  • Nothing Is Scarier:
    • "The Rainbow Cat". Don't expect any kind of explanation for the story's creepy events.
    • "The Stranger". It's never explained who killed the man in the alley and tied his body to the pole with barbed wire.
    • "Aren't You Glad You Didn't Turn on the Light". Valarie is killed by a murderer in her room while her roommate Jenny and Jenny's boyfriend sleep in the living room.
  • One Steve Limit: Jessica in "The New Neighbor" is horrified to learn that she shares the name of the dead wife of the ghost of her neighbor, Nick. It was her untimely death that caused him to commit suicide.
  • Only Sane Man: Yumiko in "TEK TEK", who tries to avoid the haunted trainyard like the plague. Her friend eventually drags her there and she winds up killed by the ghost.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: The creature from "The Window" is implied to have been a vampire.
  • Out of the Frying Pan:
    • The main character in "Kuchisake-onna" escapes from a potentially violent homeless man....only to find an even greater danger in the bathroom she ducks into to hide...
    • In "Kimyona Sekai", Reiko is the only one to survive the encounter with Kayako, only to encounter Kuchisake-onna later on.
  • Parental Favoritism: The parents' better treatment of one of their daughters over the other in "Blue Eyes" leads to the former gouging her own eyes out and the latter to commit suicide.
  • Police are Useless: The officers in "Smiley Faces" apperantly don't think it's a good idea to tell a woman that her new house used to be the den of a serial killer. Even after she wakes up one morning to find smiley faces painted in blood all over her walls, they just send a patrol car to cruise the house once at night. Is it any wonder she gets violently killed right under their noses?
  • Psycho Lesbian: Possibly Dawn from "The Second Stall", seeing as she's implied to have been Michelle's stalker and later rips off her face because she finds it so beautiful.
  • Replaced the Theme Tune: The first few animations featured a somber, piano-driven piece as the theme music. This was later replaced with a sinister choir-lead one, only for that to be replaced in turn with a mellow guitar tune. Starting with "Nothing There" the theme was changed finally to an Irish-flavored instrumental with fiddles and flutes, which remained as the intro music until Moon Raven's retiring.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: In "Kimyona Sekai", Reiko winds up on the receiving end of one from Matsumi.
    Matsumi: That's enough! You're not right, do you realize that, Reiko? You've got something SEVERELY wrong with you! I mean you eat BUGS. You carry SKELETONS around in your backpack?! And we're all here because you want to capture the ghost of a girl who died LONG before we were born. To take her home as a PET, no less? You belong in an insane asylum, you psychopath!
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: The antagonists of "The Outisder" and "The Haunted Church" each sport a pair.
  • Sea Monster: The Wobi Wobi, of the lake monster variant. Except it's not.
  • Stealth Sequel: "The Hour of Darkness" to "Shavis Cravis".
  • Snakes Are Sinister: A giant horned snake from the depths of hell terrorizes the preacher in "Whalem Balem".
  • The Sociopath: Reiko from "Kimyona Sekai".
  • Talking Animal:
    • Both the titular beasts from "Mr. Widemouth" and "The Frog".
    • The creature from "The Tailypo".
  • Too Dumb to Live:
    • Mei in "TEK TEK", who insists on exploring a haunted trainyard where a girl died twenty years before. In a subversion, it's her smart friend that she takes with her that is killed by the ghost.
    • Gilda in "The Hour of Darkness". Maybe it's not such a good idea to taunt the ghost of a child murderer and remind him that he's dead.
    • Sarah in "Did You Check the Children". Even after the man keeps calling and telling her to check on the children, she doesn't. When she finally goes upstairs after calling the police, he's waiting.
    • Benjamin in "The Tailypo" decides to eat the tail he shot off of a strange creature he doesn't recognize. The creature comes back to collect its tail later on...
  • Vengeful Ghost:
    • The dead girl in "TEK TEK" is not happy that she was killed by being sawed in half by a train. She seeks out the living to give them her fate.
    • The dead in woman in "I've Got You!" and "I've Still Got You!" spends her days searching for her missing son, killing anyone she runs into that can't give him to her.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Shavis Cravis just loves roasted chestnuts.
  • Why Won't You Die?: Uttered word for word by the father in "The Outsider" after his bullets have no effect on the story's antagonist.
  • Would Hurt a Child:
    • Shavis Cravis. He murders children, eats them, makes utensils out of their bones, and uses their skin to make clothes and furniture.
    • Mr. Widemouth. He tells the story's protagonist to jump out a two-story window with an imaginary trampoline at the bottom, tries to get him to juggle knives, and almost takes him to a children cemetery.
    • The creature from "The Wobi Wobi", which doesn't have any trouble slaughtering Ray and Dennis.
    • Xanadu.
    • Kayako.



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