Scary Paranormal Stories & Short Horror Microfiction


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Water is the cornerstone of life. It nourishes us, irrigates our crops and waters our livestock. Water is vital for all known forms of life. We rely on it to wash our cars, clean our food and produce our power. It has an effect on almost every activity in everyday life. Without it, civilisation would cease to function. Governments would collapse, crippled by an undefeatable enemy – drought. It would be a matter of days – no longer than a week – before every living being on Earth perished. In short, we cannot live without water.

Two days ago, we were forced to begin doing just that.

I don’t know how it began. Nobody left alive does. During the initial hours of it, theories ranged from the barely plausible, like a new form of greenhouse gas, to the ridiculous, such as a new type of light, one that only evaporated water. I remember those hours fondly – the true enormity of what had happened had not yet sunk in and hysteria had not yet clutched the human race.

What happened?

I’ll put it simply.

The first was that every single drop of freshwater on the entire planet evaporated instantly.

I don’t think I can do this event justice, but I’ll try.

Can you imagine every single river, every single lake, every single natural source of water drying up instantly, without rational explanation? I doubt you can, but that’s exactly what happened. It wasn’t restricted to natural sources, either. As far as I can tell, all the bottled water in the world also evaporated, as did that in water tanks and other similar sources. It also disappeared from other substances, including soft drinks, creating foul sugar compounds that would make those that consumed it quite ill. There was not a single drop of freshwater left anywhere on Earth for anybody to drink.

But by far the worst result of the lack of water was the nuclear reactors.

Without pressurised water, most of the nuclear reactors in the entire world – those that utilise purified water as coolant – had no available sources of coolant, and just under half of these had poor or untested failsafe plans. The resulting effect of this led to catastrophic nuclear meltdown in roughly 46% of water-cooled reactors. The world, already reeling from the unprecedented situation, fell into total anarchy.
International communication ceased after almost exactly twenty-four hours after it began.

But there was a second effect.

The saltwater poisoning.

Many people flocked to desalination plants in the first few hours, hoping for salvation.

They found none.

At approximately the same time as the worldwide evaporation, saline increased by fivefold in every sea or ocean on Earth. Desalination plants were able to cope with this load for approximately twenty hours. Then, fuel began to run low – and with the imminent collapse of civilisation thanks to the multiple nuclear catastrophes, no more was delivered. Thus, the last ever drop of freshwater on Earth was pumped out no later than midnight yesterday.

After the drought came the collapse.

With no water available, civilisation soon descended into anarchy. Governments, typical of authority to the very end, tried maintaining order. It didn’t work. Soldiers rebelled, shooting rioters and runners alike. Those who didn’t die were brutally executed moments after. They turned on each other soon enough, with only a few militaries intact from the carnage. The deserters fled, unwilling to stay and watch the extinction of Earth.

But then came the worst, far worse than anything before it.

There was, in fact, one source of water that hadn’t been touched.

I’m so lucky I realised before anyone else in my town.

It was blood.

Blood, which is over 90% water, was the only remaining liquid fit to drink.

And so some did.

At first, I didn’t believe it. It was too horrific.

Animals went first. The desperate drank the blood of cats, dogs, pets and feral animals of all kinds. Many offered too little blood to be of any value. The situation was made worse by the fact that I live in a rather large metropolitan city and beyond domesticated pets and the odd feral animal, there was no animals to catch and drink from. Perhaps those in the country fared better – I have no way of finding out, and frankly I don’t really care.

I knew then that humans were the only other option.

I first saw it twelve hours ago.

An elderly man, dressed in nothing but a torn dressing gown, slowly made his way down the street that ran in front of my house. He called for help desperately, croaking out that his entire nursing home was dead or dying, that the nurses had fled and that he was looking for help. He was so pitiful that I almost opened my door, if only to offer him some respite from the midday sun, and some of my sparse rations.

If I had been a second faster, I would not be writing this.

Before I could open the door, three people – two men and a woman – pounced from the shadow of a nearby tree. The poor old bastard had no chance. They leapt upon him, frenzied in their dehydration, and set on him with makeshift tools. It was the most terrifying spectacle of my entire life. One of the men had a hammer – he set about bashing the man’s joints in, one by one. Crack. Crack. Crack. I retched bile each time the hammer slammed into bone, so sickening was the crunch. The other had a gardening hoe. He hovered above the elderly man, bringing the makeshift weapon down once, twice. The tool cut through the man’s ankles like a knife through a steak.

The metaphor made me vomit. After I did, I looked back, if only to satisfy my own growing horror.

Oh, how I wish I hadn’t.

The woman, who was weaponless save for her own two hands, had straddled the man’s chest. Her hands were spread on the screaming man’s face as her own companions butchered him. Then, even as I watched, she dug her thumbs into his eyes. He howled like nothing I had ever heard before. She dug harder, pushing inwards and outwards simultaneously. When they were pulled free, blood and some even less discernible liquid splattered all over her. She grabbed them and ate them like fruit. I could hear the chewing sounds from my door. They bent to consume the precious blood and I turned away.

I call them the Drinkers.

There’s one thing I want to make very clear about them. They aren’t zombies. Nor are they affected by some external force that forces them to drink the blood of humans, such as a virus or disease. They are entirely human. I suspect that dehydration affects them worse than it does others and this forces them to drink from humans in a form of pseudo-cannibalism or perish. They represent the dark side of humanity. The Drinkers also seem to recognise each other through some subtle signal. Not being a Drinker, I wouldn’t know it.

As fast as I possibly could, I took my meagre supplies, some small comforts, this journal and my .357 Desert Eagle up into my bedroom. I pushed the bed against the door with my rapidly fading strength and piled furniture on it. The Desert Eagle has a full clip of seven, and I have one spare. Enough for thirteen Drinkers and – well, I’m sure you can imagine.

Another six hours have passed. I can really feel the dehydration now. My tongue feels numb and my skin feels like sandpaper. I tried to eat some bread before and I almost choked, with no saliva to moisten my throat. Now I’m hungry as well as thirsty. I don’t even know why I’ve kept writing this. Maybe it’s something to occupy me during the final hours of mankind. Maybe I hold some hope that a solution will be found and somebody in the future will read this and remember what it was like. Maybe I’m just delusional.

It’s getting worse. I’m breathing heavily and becoming more and more lethargic. This room feels like a sauna. I can almost see the heatwaves bouncing across the room, becoming more and more intense until I am literally cooked alive. It’s not a pleasant vision. My pen keeps slipping from the page as I suffer random bursts of weakness. I’m scared I won’t even be able to pull the trigger if the time comes.

I’m so terribly thirsty. The last time I urinated it burned. I haven’t defecated for a long time now. My vision’s fading in and out and my head feels like it’s going to split open from the intense pressure inside. My skin is so dry and leathery. I know I’m dying, but I’ve still got the Desert Eagle. Maybe I should kill myself before I lose the strength to do so. God knows it’s better than dehydrating to death or letting the Drinkers get me.

so thirsty
its dark and i’ve lost the gun
vision almost gone
i’m going mad
i’m dying
what’s that
so thirsty
somebody’s knocking at the door
they want to be let in
they say the drinkers are coming
should i
i don’t know
maybe i’ll go get a drink.
i’m so thirsty.

Credited to Archfeared.

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  • AlixeTiir

    Meh… Reminds me too much of day of all blood.


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    • Hello

      Well, water evaporates after time. You see, I think at the end all the water in his body evaporated, and he was dying of thirst.

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      Rating: +3 (from 9 votes)
      • Slenderman

        Hello? Ice.

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        Rating: -12 (from 14 votes)
        • Author

          I’m sorry I didn’t make it clear. The ice evaporated too.

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          Rating: +7 (from 9 votes)
    • Uiytjytfu

      One word: Ice.

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      • The Wind Blowing Through your Hair

        Ice is made of fresh water too, so it evaporated.

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        Rating: +13 (from 15 votes)
  • BananaCorn

    Hey good job Archfeared, I’m really glad to see this on the main site.

    Good for you.


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    Rating: +9 (from 9 votes)
  • Deathbecomesme

    The story was not bad…I liked it…..

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    Rating: +4 (from 6 votes)
  • ChronBon

    That was great. At first i was like, “this is corny”. Right when i thought that though, the story sucked me in. Great job!!

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  • Archfeared

    Thanks man.

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  • TheGame

    Fucking terrible.

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  • Helios

    It was good but kind of a rip off of that other story

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    Rating: -14 (from 18 votes)
  • ColdCoorsLite

    I~ kinda liked it. But kinda meh.
    Well written, soo, yeah, it’s good enough. :D

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  • PhenomGux

    Thats a pretty cool story, it\’d make an awesome movie if he didn\’t turn so fast

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    Rating: +10 (from 14 votes)
  • snuzzld

    Couldn’t get into it on account of all the holes. I know I shouldn’t nitpick, but I just couldn’t force myself to become immersed in the story because these contradictions were so jarring.

    All the fresh water disappeared, including in things like soda and juice, but what about foods? Near the end the man ate some bread, but you need water or some sort of liquid to bake bread. Did the water in things like milk evaporate, too? What about inside fruits, vegetables, and most importantly meat? It doesn’t contain enough water to keep you alive indefinitely since animals and crops require water to grow, but surely they could drink water that’s not quite fit for human consumptions.

    Furthermore, it only takes a pot, a fire and a glass to make seawater drinkable since the salt gets left behind when the boiling water becomes vapor, so you can boil away the salt, theoretically. Even if you don’t use this water for drinking (boiled water tastes pretty nasty) you can certainly use it to keep crops alive this ensuring we stay hydrated.

    And if there is still water in the oceans, why is there no rain? The water in the oceans still evaporates, still condensates, it would still rain. People could drink puddle water or morning dew.

    In short, there are numerous ways to stay alive without resorting to drinking human blood. Nice story, just a lot of holes.

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    • Anonymous

      Lol Pinkie yay!

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    • pumpkinspice

      after the author misspelled ‘Civilization’ I stopped reading. I was like dumb 12 year old writing stuff

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      • derpbutt

        “Civilisation” isn’t a misspelling.

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        Rating: +21 (from 23 votes)
  • President Obama

    This pasta was awesome! Definitely better than a lot of stories that have been on the front page lately.

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    Rating: +8 (from 8 votes)
    • Joe Biden

      So this is where you were friend.

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      Rating: +11 (from 17 votes)
  • ninja_grrl

    made me really thirsty when i finished reading it

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    Rating: +17 (from 19 votes)
  • Lolwut


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    • pumpkinspice


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  • Truncheon


    Long ago, the four nations lived together in harmony. THEN, EVERYTHING CHANGED WHEN THE FIRE NATION ATTACKED. Only the avatar, master of all four elements, could stop them, but when the world needed him most, he vanished. A hundred years past, and me and my brother discovered the new Avatar, an Airbender named Aang. Although his Airbending skills are great, he still has a lot to learn before he’s ready to save anyone. But I believe, Aang can save the world.

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    • Anon

      I think I just died of laughter

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      Rating: +8 (from 16 votes)
  • Woomobile

    \"During the initial hours of it, theories ranged from the barely plausible, like a new form of greenhouse gas, to the ridiculous, such as a new type of light, one that only evaporated water.\"

    Wouldn\’t a different form of electromagnetic waves be the more plausible of the two?
    The microwaves used in microwaves only heat water, and yeah, they\’d kill us, but if somehow bottles of water and other sealed containers evaporated, then it would have evaporated inside humans too.

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    Rating: +15 (from 15 votes)
  • KatieBug

    Ugh. So predictable. Boring. Lame. Not good. It was so corny and I was waiting for a twist at the end because I thought “No one would write a story this boring…” Guess I was wrong. Although, it was written well. ^civiliZation^

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    • pumpkinspice

      You don’t put capital letters in the middle of a word. it makes people want to drink your blood…

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      Rating: +8 (from 12 votes)
  • The blue stain on the wall

    first of all, alixe tiir, there was a bulliten posted by the moderator of this website banning the use of BUT WHO WAS comments, secondly, the story was pretty good 8/10, and oddly enough, I wrote a story that shares alot of these same concepts, I guess i can\’t post it now.

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  • mindshark

    nice job. i like the writing style. however, in the end i think the guy should have turned to his own blood to drink. that would have been coooooool

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  • Jazzy the Man (who is actually a woman)

    My only issue is if all the water in the world vanished, including that which was mixed in soft drinks, what was keeping the water inside living beings from vanishing and therefore leaving everyone dead since the majority of our bodies are made from water?

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    So it’s kinda like Dune?

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  • sykotic1189


    Story completely defies the laws of physics. rivers and lakes evaporating, possible but not plausable. Water evaporating out of sealed containers? that’s just down right impossible and stupid. Not to mention it takes more that 2 days to become fully dehydrated.

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    • Miek

      I think that the fact that it defies physics makes it even scarier.

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  • You get an F

    Oh wow, where to begin?
    The story was pure shit. The over usage of a thesaurus for making big words was your first downfall. The idea of water being gone from all the rivers, lakes, water towers, and other main sources of water was a decent idea, but to say it was just completely gone from everything was stupid. Lets look at this then, the story says water bottles are all dried up, soft drinks became these foul sugary compounds that would “make you ill”, hell even nuclear reactors lost their water. But somehow, humans retained the water in their bodies, because as everyone knows, the human body is much more water retaining than a nuclear facility.
    Also, a human can go roughly 8 days without water in the temperatures that your story seems to be set in (Roughly 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Longer if its colder)
    Can you imagine reading a story that doesn’t know what it’s talking about half the time, then insults you? I doubt you can, but that’s exactly what happened.

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  • asdasd

    Ehh, it was decent but I find most creepy pasta starts off with a huge GRIMDARK SO DEEP explanation of things.

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  • TheGuest

    Impossible to get immersed in, since the science fiction aspects are completely unfounded in reality. Science is plentiful and full of so many phenomena and more creative plot devices, that resorting to something so incredulous ruined the story.
    Water simply evaporated all the world, yet left no trace of existence; to be trapped by the atmosphere, to become water vapor in the air, somehow escaping bottles with no concern for the fact that they physically prevent it from doing so. And coincidentally enough, though water seems to be able to vanish from this dimension all over the world through all the types of matter, the fluids of living organisms are simply left in tact when we’re composed of a majority of water.
    Even if one were to suspend disbelief of such childish methods of setting up a story, the writing itself isn’t all too good. It’s not attention-grabbing, it’s not relateable, and it’s not unexpected. It’s a very overused cookie-cutter theme, simply adjusted with a short explanation of how even though it appears to be the same old crap, it’s really not.

    for effort.

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    • Anonymous

      Creepy pasta is very good when it defies science so shut up and stop hating

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  • Annoyed

    Not very well written, not scary, and the introduction to the vampirism was neither suspenseful nor unexpected. Bad pasta.

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