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Quick Note About Post/Link Bug – SQUASHED

UPDATE: With the help of Nitro Themes, this bug has been fixed. Thank you!

Hi, everyone. I just wanted to give everyone a heads up that yes, I am aware of the weird bug that’s preventing direct-clicks to posts from loading properly all the time.

If you haven’t experienced it yet: for some people, attempting to click the post title directly will end up with the post either loading infinitely or redirecting to the main page. So as an example, clicking this link will either take you to the post but not ever load any content, or it will redirect and just dump you right back at the site index:

weird glitch one

However, if you use direct links (for example, clicking an individual post link from Google, Twitter, etc), click the comment link at the top of each post, or use the right-click-open-new-window, the pages and posts will load completely fine.

weird glitch workaround one

workaround 2

This bug showed up with another back-end glitch early this morning. While the back-end issue has been fixed, we are still attempting to figure out what’s causing the redirect for certain links. Hopefully, it will be fixed within a day, but even if not, please don’t panic! Just know that it is being worked on and there are multiple workarounds so that you can still read and comment on individual pasta pages.

Feedback on the new look is welcome, but be aware that if this issue is traced to the new theme and I can’t figure out how to squash this bug, this look won’t be sticking around.

Thanks for your patience, everyone.

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Submissions Are Open… Now! +Please Vote On Theme


First of all, I want to thank everyone for being patient. I’ve mentioned this to a lot of authors privately, but after the site upgrades and server move, a number of back-end functions managed to break themselves. Obviously, for security reasons, I didn’t want to announce this while it was still ongoing, but suffice to say that there was a period of time where I really couldn’t perform many important functions, much less feel comfortable re-opening submissions (honestly, the submission page probably wouldn’t even have worked properly even if I had enabled the form).

I think that everything is in working order now, though, so I don’t foresee any huge catastrophes if I turn on the submission form. Uh, knocking on wood, of course…

Since this period is opening almost half a month after I initially wanted to see it open, I’m going to also extend it further than originally intended.


This should mean that submissions are open during the entire winter break for the college students in the crowd, so I hope that those of you who were planning on giving us some Creepypasta during your holiday will find this sufficient.

Also, this is implied, but I’m going to say it outright as well: this means that all previous submissions from the Summer 2014 open period have been read and processed. If you did not get an email response, this means that your story in its current state was rejected. Please visit the FAQ for a detailed explanation on why I do not send out individual rejection emails – and please know that if you still insist on messaging me asking about your story even after this announcement, I will not reply. This is all covered in the FAQ and submission page details, so I’m not going to repeat myself here.

If your story was rejected, please do a rewrite before re-submitting. We have a large list of volunteer beta readers here, please consider contacting one (or more) of them to help you refine your pasta! Remember, there is no rush. This submission period may be two months long, but even if you miss the January 15th deadline, there will be more opportunities to submit your stories. Please make sure that you are 100% satisfied with your pasta before sending it in!


Secondly, opinions on the Halloween theme were very divided – a lot of you seemed to really like it, while many others absolutely hated it. Since there wasn’t a huge (voiced) trend either way, I’d like to have an anonymous poll where you guys can tell me where you’d like to go from here in regards to the theme. There are three options, and I think they’re all pretty self-explanatory, so without further ado…


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Seasonal Layout + Our Halloween Giveaway!


First, the obvious. Yes, we have a new layout going for Halloween! Consider it’s Halloween costume, if you will. I hope that everyone enjoys the look – it will definitely be up for a few weeks at least, and if the community likes it enough, we can easily keep it and just switch out the Halloween-themed banner for something less seasonal.

Just a few things of note about this current theme:

  • The mobile theme is unchanged – if you’re on a recognized mobile device, you should still see the mobile theme unless you click the “show desktop” link at the bottom of the page. The Halloween theme is a tad more responsive than our current theme, so please do give it a shot via mobile if you’re curious!
  • This should be obvious, but just in case: on the main page, you will only see the first 100 words of any post. Click the read more to view the full pasta and its comments section. I’ve been receiving a lot of requests for this kind of pruning on the main page, so I hope that this satisfies those of you who wanted a cleaner main page without sacrificing the ability to get at least some preliminary feel for the story before loading its individual page.
  • The movable cards (you should be able to easily drag them around in order to get a clearer view of each card’s content) should only display on the main page, and if you’re using a mobile device with a small enough screen, they won’t appear at all as they would make things a bit clunky-looking. I’m interested to hear what everyone thinks about the cards as a sort of “additional sticky” section – sometimes we end up with three or more sticky posts for whatever reason, and that always seems to confuse people who think having a few static posts means that there are no new posts below the stickies. This method will allow me to spotlight important posts (or featured pastas, another thing that’s been requested) without eating too much post real estate.
    • The “most recent video” card has to be manually updated, so please don’t be alarmed if it’s not immediately reflecting a new video post. I’m often sleeping when new posts go live, so I won’t be able to make that edit until I wake up and/or get home later that day.
    • Please also note that the recent video embed function only works with YouTube codes; that means that if you want your video pasta to end up on the card, it needs to be hosted on YouTube.
    • If you have ideas for other ways that we can use the cards, please let me know!
  • It’s my hope that the lighter post background + the dark scheme surrounding the post section will be a decent compromise between the two color-scheme camps. I get a few messages each month saying that the light grey on dark grey in the main theme is too hard on the eyes, but previous attempts to lighten things up were met with considerable resistance. Let me know what you think!


This year’s Halloween giveaway doesn’t have the cohesive theme of last year’s “Dead Skull” raffle – rather, it’s just a collection of fun, Halloween-related items that I thought you guys might enjoy.

ONE winner will receive all of the following items:

  • One complete set of deadspiderhands’ Halloween Postcard Set. This set is now sold out, so here’s a chance to get your hands on what I think is an absolutely fantastic set of creepy artwork. This set is being raffled with deadspiderhands’ permission, though I did purchase the item myself.
  • One bag of World Market Brand Halloween Pasta – yes, it’s literally creepy pasta. Of course this is included in the prize package!
  • One Necco Zombie Food Candy Bar. Described as “a mix of creepy hand, feet and brain shaped chocolate pieces filled with blood red caramel”, this sounds really… appetizing.
  • One pair of Bleeding Drip Taper Candles. As these black candles burn, they will drip a dark-red wax that looks like blood! Last year I included a skull-shaped candle with the same blood-dripping wax and it was very popular in the comments. I wanted to give away another candle like this because it’s such a cool idea, but I didn’t want to beat a dead skull horse by giving out the exact same item.
  • One Bloody “BEWARE” Wall Art Decal.
  • …and some other small tricks and treats! Nothing big, but I wanted to include some surprise items in this prize package as well to simulate a Halloween goody bag!


Please use the widget at the bottom of this post. Note that the raffle widget may not display properly on mobile – if that is the case, you may enter at this link.

This contest is only open to people 18 years of age or older, and I will only ship to a mailing address in the USA or Canada. This is non-negotiable.

All entries WILL be checked over. This means that if you enter and say that you tweeted but didn’t send the required tweet, that entry will be void. If you enter and say you commented and I can’t confirm it, that entry will be void. DON’T BOTHER CHEATING BECAUSE THE WINNING ENTRY WILL BE CHECKED AND CONFIRMED MANUALLY. If you fake an entry or don’t follow the instructions, all you’ve done is waste your time.

I will choose a winner and contact them within 48 hours of the raffle’s end. If I don’t receive a response within 48 hours of my email, that person will have forfeited their prize and I will select a new winner. So if you enter, please make sure you give a correct email address and whitelist “Creepypasta” in your spam filter.

Good luck!

*There is one referral link present in this post. If you purchase anything through our referral links, thanks – the small kickbacks I get from referrals add up eventually and allow me to cover the expenses of things like this giveaway, so everyone who uses such links to buy things has my appreciation!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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New Comment System + Other Features

As most of you have no doubt noticed, a new comment system has been implemented. We are now using the DISQUS commenting system, which will add the following features:

  • You can set up and customize your own Disqus profile – my hope is that this will satisfy those of you who kept asking for user profiles while allowing me to avoid the higher server cost and security issues that would manifest if we implemented user profiles via our blogging platform.
    • You do not NEED to register for Disqus; anonymous/guest commenting is still enabled.
    • However, having a Disqus profile will allow you to utilise the new comment system to its fullest extent: you will be able to subscribe to comment threads, receive notifications when people reply to or vote on one of your comments, follow other commenters (there’s a Disqus dashboard that acts in a similar fashion to a Tumblr dash or Facebook feed for the people and posts that you’ve followed).
  • You can edit and/or delete your comments without having to “request” deletion by me (this function was glitchy and slow as I frequently didn’t receive the deletion requests for hours after they were sent, often resulting in the comment being approved long before the deletion request showed up).
  • You will be able to easily upload and insert images into comments.
  • I will be able to appoint comment section moderators without actually having to give them access to the site’s backend; this will allow comments to be approved more frequently.
    • I already have some long-time and frequent commenters in mind for mod positions; please do not volunteer or sent me contact requests begging for mod access. I will only be recruiting a few mods at first, and if we end up needing more down the line they will be chosen by the mod team based on who we see contributing to the site’s discussions in a mature and useful fashion.
  • If a comment gets through the mod queue and you feel it’s over the line, there is a ‘flag’ function that will bring it to the moderators’ attentions.
  • For those of you who are very active and just like the acknowledgement of how much you’ve contributed to site discussion, there will be a ‘top commenters’ box on the sidebar.
  • Very long comments will be minimized until YOU personally choose to expand them. Similarly, the comment section will only load ‘batches’ of comments at a time, so you can tell the plugin to load more comments when you’re ready. This should make things less intensive for those of you who were complaining about having too many comments loading at once on your phones.
  • Clicking the “Creepypasta” heading on the Disqus form will show you the comment threads that are currently most active on this site.
  • There are some back-end benefits as well: the spam filter for Disqus is free, so I will get to save $$ on that front if it works properly (I currently pay a monthly fee for our spam filter – we get around 1000 spam attempts per day between the two sites, so believe me, it’s necessary to have some sort of filter). Additionally, having the comments hosted off-site should help with the site load.

I hope that you will all enjoy the new system! As of this writing, the comment import is about 80% done. If you find some posts where comments aren’t displaying yet, do not be alarmed. We’ve got about 6 years worth of comments that are being imported into the new system, and it can take up to a day on average, more if we run into any weird errors.

Two other new functions have been added over the past month (these aren’t related to the new comment system, but I realised that I haven’t yet made a post introducing them):

  • Hiding Content: You’ve probably noticed the (hide) link appearing next to tags and categories. This allows you to ‘hide’ a specific tag or category that you dislike. If you absolutely haaaate Ritualpastas, for example, you can ‘hide’ them and – as long as you don’t clear the cookie – you will not see any posts tagged as Rites & Rituals when browsing the site. To be clear, these preferences are not stored server-side; it uses cookies on your computer/tablet/phone/whatever. Just like the ‘add to favorites’ function, this means that you will need cookies enabled to use this function, and clearing the cookie will result in your ‘hide’ preferences being removed. Additionally, as the cookie is stored on your device, contacting me and asking me to clear it for you will not accomplish anything. You will have to do this yourself using your browser’s settings.
  • For those of you who wanted to know which pastas were the most popular each month, the sidebar now displays the top ten socially active posts. It’s currently set to display the top posts for the past 30 days, and it uses a combination of comments and social media shares to decide its rankings. Since the “all-time” top-ranked pastas are rarely dethroned, I thought that this would be a nice way to give attention to some of the newer pastas that are causing buzz.

Lastly, in regards to the Disqus system, we have a few decisions to make.

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Two Community Promos & Introducing a Beta Reader Contact Page

As those of you who visit the site regularly already know, I sometimes like to help promote projects that involve members of our community. Today I have two such promos for you – a book and a film – as well as a request for some input on a new part of the site.

First, let’s talk about the community projects.

The Thing That Stalks The Fields Film

With author David Feuling’s permission, a group of filmmakers is working on taking the popular pasta The Thing That Stalks The Fields from a story to a full-blown movie. I feel this is pretty self-explanatory, so I’ll just let the project-runners themselves do the talking:

The Story
The film follows a young man, John, who inherits a farm from his estranged father. Soon, John begins to learn more about the man who abandoned him, as well as a malevolent presence that seems to haunt him at night. The film explores John’s relationship, or lack there of, with his father as he is psychologically tormented by a creature that seems to have a particular interest in him.

What We Need & What You Get
We are prioritizing the authenticity of the story, so most of our budget is going towards our location and actors. Luckily, Ithaca College PPECS is providing equipment, which allows the rest of our budget to be used towards set essentials such as travel, food, and lodging as well as essential post production work.

As of this writing, they are 47% to their goal of $2,500 – so if this sounds like a film project that you’d like to see come to fruition, please do consider kicking a few bucks their way if possible. You can find their indiegogo fundraiser here, or use the widget below.

Alone in the Woods: Scary Stories, True Tales, and Other Disturbing Things

Brenden Dean, host of the Never Sleep Again Podcast, recently released an eBook compilation of creepy stories. He sent me a complimentary copy (thanks!) and asked me to consider promoting it if I liked it enough. Well, I did – so here I am, passing on the word to the rest of you.

You can read his blog post about the book release here.

Get ready for 242 pages of original horror tales featuring ravenous creatures, perverse psychopaths and malevolent demons, as well as true stories and popular articles from around the web. This is a cocktail of horror formulated to get you thinking about what might lurk in the dark, what truly haunts us, and what could be just around the next corner. Enjoy the sleepless nights to come.

The book is already available for purchase on Amazon here. If you’re interested but want to read a sample of the book first, you can either download a preview directly to your Kindle via the Amazon page, or you can download directly from his site in one of two formats: PDF or ePub. Those links go directly to the files, so you can right-click save-as on the links to start the download.

Available Beta Readers Page


Next, I’d like to talk about a very good suggestion made by Nessa:

Hey Derp,
Might it be possible to create a post on Crappypasta where readers might post their emails in the comment section (of course I would suggest not using a personal email address and rather one specifically for Creepy purposes)if they are willing to be Beta readers for Creepy authors? Authors could use these if they know their pasta is not quite up to par rather than just submitting and hoping for the best, or authors whose works have already ended up on Crappypasta might contact a beta to get in-depth one-on-one help with edits and improvements. Plus, this way when people send you “Can you edit my pasta plzzz?” emails/requests you can tell them no but link them to a post where they can contact people from within the community who would be happy to do so.
Or would this simply be redundant, and are there Creepy forums out there where this service already exists?
Thanks for your time and consideration, both in reading this, and in everything that you do for this site and community!

I think this is an excellent idea, and will go nicely with our already-existing Creepypasta Prompts page and the Crappypasta system. Of course, people who are interested in beta reading can also visit The Creepypasta Network’s forums as many aspiring pasta writers are already posting their in-progress works there, but I think that having a page where people can individually and privately access beta readers would also be valuable. I’m aware that not everybody feels comfortable with posting their unfinished work for at-large public consumption, and this more individual approach would probably be more comfortable for those people.

If you’re interested in having your contact information placed on the beta reader directory, please reply to this post with your information (how the author can contact you, any notes about how much free time you have or what types of stories you are/aren’t interested in reading, etc) and once we get a few available readers, I’ll create the page. After it’s up, it will work like the ‘More Creepypasta’ page where you can just comment on the specific page with the information that you want added/edited.

For now, I’m planning on calling it “Available Beta Readers” unless anyone else has a better idea. If you do, feel free to let me know.


Thanks for your time, everyone!

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July/August Submission Period – OPEN!

The submission form is once again open and ready for your stories!

The July/August submission period will run from July 5, 2014 – August 20, 2014.

If you did not receive a reply to your submission from the April/May period, your story was rejected. Do not to submit comments or contact requests asking for your old submission’s status. Please take the time to look at your story with a critical eye and re-work any issues before resubmitting. Remember, simply re-submitting a rejected story without any edits will not accomplish anything beyond netting yourself a ban when I notice that you’re spamming the same rejected story over and over.

If you are having trouble discerning why your story was not accepted and your pasta was not placed on Crappypasta, I suggest joining The Creepypasta Network and posting your in-progress pastas on their forums. Specifically, their Story Area sub-forum is designed precisely for writers to share their work and receive feedback.

The contact form has also been re-opened. As always, please limit use of this form for issues that are not already handled in the FAQ. If you submit a contact request asking for support with something that has already been explained in the FAQ or on the submission/contact pages themselves, you will not receive an answer. Please just use the already provided information rather than expecting an individual response – I took the time to create the FAQ specifically to avoid having to constantly hand-hold people through some of the more basic aspects of the website and submission process.

Due to recent events, both the submission and contact forms will now track your IP address when you use them. If you submit anything abusive or obscene, expect an IP ban from the entire website, not just the submission form. The form will also note your user agent/browser version in order to help me see patterns when the form inevitably refuses to work for some people. This information will only be visible to me and will not be shared or used for any purposes beyond what I just mentioned, but I wanted you guys to be aware that this data was now being collected.

Thanks for reading and good luck with your submissions!

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Admin Update 6/22/2014 & Games Done Quick Stream

Just a few things!

First things first, apparently the rumour mill somehow activated and started spreading that all the Creepypasta websites were closing down. I’m really not sure who started that rumour or where it’s being spread, but as far as I’m aware it has no merit. I’d already stated that I wasn’t shutting down, just taking a break from posting new stories – both out of respect for the victim and out of concern for the authors. While the incident attracted plenty of people who were merely concerned or checking out what the whole Slenderman panic was about, it also brought in a LOT of trolls who were attempting to leave really obscene, nasty comments on pretty much whichever story they happened to land on first. It wasn’t even attacking only me – it was also targeting the authors specifically. I was worried that, while the story was still in the news cycle and some outlets were still attempting to attach Creepypasta to various stories both new and old, posting any new stories would result in an inordinate amount of harassment directed at the authors.

Things seem to have calmed down well enough, and stories will resume on July 1st. The reason for the slight delay is that so any authors who may have changed their mind about wanting their work featured here will have time to reply and let me know before their stories go live. Same goes for any authors who want their credit link altered for the same reason (this applies to authors new and old, by the way – if anyone has followed your credit link in order to bother you, feel free to reply to your acceptance email and let me know if you want the credit changed/removed).

Authors who have been accepted for the main site or who are slated for Crappypasta postings will receive their emails within the next week or so if they haven’t already.

The book club and summer giveaway will also start in July. There is no change to the expected submission period dates.

I also want to congratulate the Narrators u-NIGHTed project for raising over $8000! Awesome job, guys.

If you need something to do during this last bit of downtime because you’ve already read every single pasta here, may I suggest Games Done Quick? It’s a fun video game stream project for a good cause, and since so many of you seem to be fans of Let’s Plays and the like, you guys might enjoy this. Here’s the basic rundown:

Games Done Quick is a bi-annual charity gaming marathon. Volunteers play games at incredible speed (“Speedrunning”) for entertainment. The event is streamed live online, non-stop, and all donations go directly to the charity Doctors Without Borders. This is the summer event, with a winter event every January (“Awesome Games Done Quick”).

Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières) delivers emergency medical care to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, malnutrition, natural disaster, or exclusion from healthcare in more than 65 countries.

The streams will also feature incentives and prizes. You can see their FAQ here, as it does an excellent job of answering most common questions. For a schedule of the games and when they’re streaming, here is the schedule. For a detailed look at the prizes and incentives and donations, you should go here.

Visit the official Twitter account here.

I’m embedding their Twitch stream/chat below, but if it’s not working for you for any reason, here is a direct link to their Twitch page.

Watch live video from SpeedDemosArchiveSDA on

Twitch chat rules apply even if you’re accessing from this widget:
Please be respectful of everyone and treat them equally. We don’t tolerate prejudice around here.
While twitch emotes are cool, gigantic walls of them, ascii emotes, and walls of text are not.
No porn/spam links and url shorteners like tinyurl.
Be a cool person and you should be fine.

Enjoy the streams and thank you for your patience!

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Narrators uNIGHTed Charity Drive & Streaming Project

I’ve been asked to help spread the word about what I hope will be a very successful and important charity project. I think that the primary organizers have done an excellent job expressing their motivation and goal, so without further ado:

On June 1st, a young girl was stabbed in the Wisconsin community of Waukesha. This terrible act was perpetrated by two of her peers and alleged friends.The assailants claimed that the attack was attributed to summoning Slender-man in the nearby forest and wanting to become proxies. The horrific crime has left the girl in stable condition in a hospital. This was a terrible tragedy and should not have happened. And while there are a myriad of factors beyond the urban legend of Slenderman that are attributed to this terrible incident, it is a duty to be vigilant and provide a respite for the victim and to assuage concerns about the concept of literary horror and urban myths on the internet.

Narrators u-NIGHTed is a group of narrators, authors, artists, musicians, and fans alike whose hearts pour out for the victim. As members of the Creepy Pasta community, we’d like to come together as exactly that, a Community. A community who will pool their efforts to raise donations for the victim and for the broader charity to aid other children, adults and families recovering from violent crimes via Furthermore to bring forth some light to the understanding of the Creepy Pasta genre.

In regards to the charity, Narrators uNIGHTed will be hosting a donation for the victim and to prevent horrific events like this in the future. In addition, there will be an awareness video generated narrated and performed by the members of Narrators uNighted. This video will be ran explaining the purpose of this donation and charity. The run of the drive will culminate on June 13th 2014. On that friday, a 24 hour there will be live stream on MrCreepyPasta’s youtube channel where several narrators, authors, artists, and musicians will showcase for entertainment and education. All ad revenue generated by both video and live stream will be donated to the charity drive as well. We are well aware that there are others out there performing a symbolic deed of awareness and while we applaud them, we also feel it is necessary to reach out in a broader scope. As such, we have arranged a symbol that respects the fight against violence and abuse. For this we have selected a thornless yellow rose wrapped in a blue ribbon. A symbol that bears in mind what is important: yellow and thornless for pure friendship and true compassion. And blue for the support of victims of abuse, bullying, and violence.

In the wake of this cruel event, many people have begun pointing fingers at the Slender-man mythology and by guilt of association, the Creepy Pasta sub-genre of horror. It is creativity at its root. A set of stories written by some and enjoyed by others. Much akin to our urban tales of old and the books written by our literary giants. It is imperative to understand that these things, like almost all works of the horror literary genre, are fiction. Many of these stories yes, are filled with an illusion of reality to them in an effort to make them much more unnerving. However, that does not change the fact that they are concoctions of fantasy. Sure, some of these stories are based on historical events or based upon a well documented case whose elements are terrifying. But these accounts are again: for educational entertainment and are well documented for their truth and real life consequences.

It is considered by many that common sense is applied to fantasy and history. We do not repeat the actions of real life monsters. We do not attempt to replicate the fantasy. We do not in any way condone those who fail to realize the line between fantasy and committing an atrocity. Nor do we condone a lack of security on the parts of the minds of those who read them. Many times when accountability is called into question, the blame is placed not on the perpetrators, but on the supposed fictional root causes. In most cases, the accountability and responsibility is to the teacher who failed to impart the wisdom of what is real and right, and most importantly, failed to pay attention. Please take this moment, if you haven’t, to remember that many things can be avoided, if you teach and to listen.

A long time ago, we used to gather around campfires and tell stories to spook ourselves. We used to gather around each other at sleep overs and dare each other to go into the bathroom and chant Bloody Mary. We did these things to entertain ourselves and creep each other out. However we always remembered that the sun still rose in the morning in the woods, showing natures splendor and breathing warmth and life. The darkness of the bathroom was quickly banished by the flick of a light switch, and what was once a silent black room would quickly be replaced by the smiling and laughing faces of you and your friends. Please, come together to help the warmth of that sunrise be felt by everyone. Please come together so that those who are struggling to smile, can find those smiles and friendly feelings again.

Thank you.


To find out more about the incident, click here for the cnn article.

All proceeds from the stream will be going to the girl and her family to aid with any fees that may have come with this horrifying event and to SafeHorizon, an organization dedicated to aiding children, adults and families that are victims of crime and abuse.

To find out more about Safe Horizon, check out their website.

For more information on how you can participate, please visit this post at the Creepypasta Network.

Other relevant information and ways to get involved:
Narrators uNIGHTed Facebok Page
Narrators uNIGHTed Twitter Page

Of course, even if you cannot donate or participate in any other way, it would be appreciated if you can help spread the word about this initiative. I think that most people around the world are aware of how crippling medical bills can be in the US, even with insurance, so I hope that we can help the family with this burden.

Any inquiries, media requests, or concerns should be directed to the contact information provided in this post, not myself.

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Statement on the Wisconsin Stabbing

I’ve recently been alerted to the horrific events that took place in Wisconsin.

I’ve received both messages of concern and blame, and while it seems that the Creepypasta Wiki is bearing the brunt of media attention and finger-pointing, I feel it’s necessary for me to make a statement.

First and most importantly, my condolences go out to all the families involved. I cannot even imagine how painful and confusing and awful this has to be for them. I don’t have children, but I can imagine how my mother would feel if something like this happened to me, and it absolutely breaks my heart to even consider her having to go through that. The families of the young ladies who committed this crime also have my heart going out to them – I know this can’t be easy for them as well, and I’m sure they’ll have to deal with mistargeted backlash and anger even while they try to get through such a trying time themselves. So when I say that I extend my deepest sympathies and my prayers to those affected, I hope that you understand that I mean it. I know that words can seem hollow or come off as mere lip-service to the cynical, but it’s the truth.

Of course, the next thing I want to talk about is this site and the creepypasta phenomenon at large as I’m sure that many people are here because they want to know precisely what is being blamed for this event.

I’m going to edit in this point since it seems to be a very common misconception held by many of the people coming here to express their outrage. SLENDERMAN IS NOT A REAL PERSON/ENTITY. As far as I’m aware, most news outlets have done their due diligence and thus no media personality is claiming that Slenderman actually exists, so I’m not exactly sure where people are getting this misinformation. However, I’m still seeing quite a lot of comments from people who believe that A) he is a real person and B) he owns and is responsible for every single Creepypasta-related website, tumblr, YouTube channel, Facebook group, forum, and wiki. This is simply not true. Slenderman is not, nor has he ever been, anything more than a fictional character created by SomethingAwful user Victor Surge. As is the case with many other fictional characters, he has fans who indulge themselves by creating videos, games, and fanfictions about him, but this does not make him real any more than such fandom would make The Walking Dead or Batman real.

I am not Slenderman. I did not create Slenderman. This website is not, as some people have claimed, a Slenderman fan site. To put it in perspective, out of the almost 1600 stories hosted on this website, only 29 even tangentially relate to Slenderman. That means that only 1.81% of the posts on this website are Slenderman-related, so when I say later on in this statement that I’m not very familiar with him and in fact tried to discourage/reject stories about him, I mean it and I believe the numbers back me up. I hope that helps alleviate some of the confusion! If you are actually interested in learning more about Slenderman, the best I can recommend is the Marble Hornets wiki. To my knowledge (which, admittedly, is limited when it comes to this specific topic), that is the closest thing to a repository of “accepted” Slenderman lore as it gets.

I hope that edit sufficiently addresses some of the concerns and questions that people were raising in the comments.

Okay, moving on, and getting back to the original text of this statement:

Creepypasta comes from the word copypasta, which itself is a play on the “copy and paste” function. They were short, creepy stories that people spread around the internet for fun. This website is one of the many Creepypasta communities that accept submissions; people write their paranormal stories, I read them and decide which ones I personally like enough to post, and visitors read them and post comments – usually from the perspective of how the author can improve as a writer. I think that, more than other Creepypasta websites, we focus more on being a writer’s community. We have a spin-off site dedicated to getting feedback (don’t use so many ellipses, please don’t write romance stories about serial killers, please remember to proofread – that sort of thing) for authors who ask for blunt community critique and I try to do community promos for writers who self-publish or work on other projects like movies, anthologies, comics, and so on.

Creepypasta is not solely dedicated to horror and murder or revenge fantasies, despite what some media outlets claim. They come up, of course – but so do ghosts, zombies, angels, mythology, urban legends, conspiracies, lost civilizations, aliens and sci-fi, vengeful deities, as well as real-world struggles, sorrows, and dangers. It’s a wide umbrella of inspiration, to be sure, but I’m sure that anyone who has ever browsed the horror or paranormal or sci-fi sections of a library or bookstore has noticed just how vast the possibilities are within those genres.

I think that most of you will understand when I say it’s hard to justify pinning blame on an entire genre of writing. Unless you’re okay with blaming the world’s ills on Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft, I don’t believe that it makes sense to say paranormal writing or an interest in the macabre should be blamed or even used as an indicator of a “sick” person (as a few emails have already felt the need to call both myself and all the authors here). The human race has long held and encouraged a fascination with things that go bump in the night.

So while I understand and accept that some people will blame us as a way to channel their anger and grief, I simply cannot agree. While I cannot speak for the owners and operators of the hundreds of wikis, websites, and YouTube channels that exist in the Creepypasta fandom, I believe that the community members here are aware that as the admin of this specific website, I truly care about the people who visit this website. It’s for that reason that I’ve tried to take steps to keep this from becoming a mere shock site and turn it into a place where we could foster the interest of reading and writing. Obviously, we cater to people who find interest in the paranormal and all the weird and creepy things that exist in the universe, but I believe placing blame solely on an interest in reading/writing about horror, paranormal, myths, urban legends, etc for a tragedy would be off the mark. Hundreds of thousands of people read scary stories, play horror video games, watch TV shows about ghost-hunting and all other varieties of the macabre and creepy (Hannibal and Dexter come to mind as recent wildly-popular shows that one could argue romanticized killing far more than this site ever could) and if we could truly blame any violent crimes solely on one specific form of entertainment as the trigger – well, I suppose it would be a relief as we’d be able to expunge said cause and clear the world of such awful happenings.

However, the fact of the matter is it can’t be that simple. Most people don’t watch Hannibal and turn into serial killers. The popularity of the Paranormal Activity franchise did not cause a spike in violent crimes. I play Skyrim as a pickpocketing rogue, but I’ve never so much as stolen a pack of gum, nor have I murdered anyone. You can insert countless examples here of people enjoying popular culture without acting it out in real life, so I hope that you see my point.

This isn’t to say that I believe that anything goes with regards to entertainment. I’ve mentioned it quite often in the comments here, as well as in the FAQ and on our writing review sister site, but I do draw the line with what I’m willing to accept and post as entertainment on my website. I’ve tried to contact writers who sent in things that troubled me – particularly teens who were clearly writing out their own unhealthy, violent revenge fantasies – and tried to direct them to websites or hotlines where they could find someone to talk to if they were having trouble. For the sake of both my own sanity and that of my readers, I have policies about flat-out rejecting things that I believed glorified abuse or suicide. I know that we live in a culture where, for example, sexual violence is considered so entertaining that one of the top-rate TV shows is entirely dedicated to a new assault every week (Law & Order SVU) and I believe it would be dishonest to say that things like that don’t contribute to people becoming desensitized. We recently had a conversation in the comments about “fridging” women in stories – the tendency for authors to violently kill off a woman in order to give a male character a backstory or motivation – and I absolutely believe that such a phenomenon, for example, does betray the internalized misogyny that tends to be prevalent in entertainment.… Read the rest


July/August Submission Period Announced + Community Promos

First things first, since people have been asking me this non-stop since the instant that submissions closed last month: the next submission period will be from July 5th to August 20th. So everyone please focus on your exams and other end-of-school responsibilities, you’ll have most of summer break to get your submissions in!

Also look for the book club we discussed in this post to go live somewhere in mid-June, along with (finally) another give-away! While the raffle prizes have already been chosen, feel free to weigh in with suggestions for “inspiration” book sources for the club in the comments either here or on the original post. I have a few books in mind already, but I’m open to hearing more ideas!

Next up, I just want to get the word out on some fun projects that the Creepypasta community has alerted me about. Please remember that the sites/projects listed below are their own individual endeavours and I am not affiliated in any way. This means that if you have questions about them, please direct said questions to the actual people involved, not me!

I get requests pretty frequently to “signal boost” kickstarters, but to be blunt – often they’re not really related or I just don’t think you guys would be that interested. However, in the past few weeks I’ve had two kickstarters show up in my inbox that I did think would be interesting to some of you. Even if you can’t donate, you might want to spread the word or simply keep an eye on these projects if they grab your attention!

  • The Neighbourhood is a kickstarter being run by a group of aspiring filmmakers… trying to make a web series about a group of aspiring filmmakers! The plot promises a creepy occult group in a small town (because that always ends well, right?) as well as conspiracy theories, mysterious kidnappings, supernatural aspects, and all that other fun stuff that we tend to like around here. There preview is slightly over-acted, but it still looks like an entertaining project. I’ll let the trailer fill in the rest of the blanks – click the widget to go to the kickstarter page and view the promo.

  • Days to Nights is another film project, this time a horror movie that presents itself as heavily inspired by Creepypasta stories. I’ll just copy/paste the plot description: “A man devastated by the sinners harvest. A mysterious event where every time the sun sets a full day of darkness follows. Letting pure evil exist in our realm. Over the course of a year humanity has withered away, leaving only the strong and the corrupt. He has been surviving for so long, it has put him in a state of repression. Now Carter is on a journey, one last time, to piece together the answers to his past and reunite with his love.” You can see the trailer and info through the widget below if you’re so inclined.

That’s it for the kickstarters. Next up is Ahriannah’s Kill the Killers tumblr and/or YouTube channel. If you’re active on Crappypasta, you’re probably already familiar with her goal to deconstruct all the various Jeff/Slenderman self-inserts and rip-offs that were flooding the queue. She wrote the well-received parodypasta Kill the Killers (Parody) for the main site, so if the name sounds familiar, that could also be why!

She made a short comic to act as a sort of basic introduction of her tumblr/YouTube channel’s mission statement, so take a look – I find that Ahriannah’s project is fun for both the die-hard and love-to-hate varieties of Jeff the Killer fans, as well as being helpful for those of you who are considering writing your own Jeff/Slender/Jane spin-off or self-insert story.

That’s it for today! I hope some of these projects interest you, and fingers crossed that everyone’s exams go smoothly!

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