Scary Paranormal Stories & Short Horror Microfiction

Creepypasta

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This month’s topic was suggested by Dave Taylor, and big thanks to him because I was having trouble coming up with a topic!

It’s pretty self-explanatory. If you’re a reader only, why do you feel so drawn to reading scary and creepy stories? If you’re a writer, do you have a reason for your desire to create horror fiction? If you’re both, well, you get to answer both questions!

Last month I asked how you discovered Creepypasta, and I guess that this question is sort of the inevitable continuation – why did you stick around? What about creepypastas compels you to want to continue reading and/or writing them?

I look forward to seeing your answers!

  • StormWolfGaming

    I guess I like reading creepypastas because………well, I don’t actually know. I guess I just like scary stories and paranormal stuff, and I think I might try writing my own creepypasta one day. It will probably suck though. :P

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  • freihannahfrye

    HEY, I KNOW HIM! (Dave Taylor. Amazing writer he is)

    Anyway… the short answer to this question is: i love getting mindfucked.

    Whenever i’m watching movies or reading books or whatever i have a tendency to guess what’s going to happen next. 9 times out of 10, i’m right. With creepypastas and horror in general (unless it is a cheesy, popular horror flick) i am unable to do so. In fact, i don’t even attempt to guess. I get so caught up in the moment with these stories.

    I don’t write as of right now, but maybe someday. I used to a lot when i was younger, so maybe i’ll take it up again when i get older. I have some creepy ideas though… muahahha! :D

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    • Leanne

      i can totally agree with the mindfuck thing. Some of the creepypastas are predictable, but when you get lost in a really good one there is nothing better.

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  • Pastalover

    i read pastas to be entertained &be able to sleep with a good story on my mind

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  • Craver

    Also, I can hardly fall asleep unless I’m creeped out.

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  • KuKuKu

    I love reading pastas because it gives me an idea to what the unknown side is as well as on how it affects me. I have always had a strong curiosity for the unknown and love reading scary stories more than just watching them, not to mention how such an experience can unlock your mind to awareness on what is currently on the room with you.

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  • David

    My reason for reading these? It works my mind, in ways I can’t describe at times. Often frightening me, making me feel melancholy, or even make me get chills when I’m walking around at night. Some of the stories on this site, the sheer possibility is what get my mind working. All of the possibilities, and everything involving the stories makes me want to hear more. I’ve got to say, the fact that they are all tall tales is kinda frightening to say the least. Also, to put in my two-cents, these stories are much scarier than any “scary” movie I’ve ever watched. Yet, I hope that people continue on with making these wonderfully scary stories. ^^

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  • Daphney

    I have been very attracted to anything horror related my whole life as far back as i can remember. My fascination started out with vampires as a small child and then progressed on to more frightening creatures that I was only able to find in books and short stories. I have an extremely vulgar, greusome, and twisted imagination and i find it much more satifying to create my own design of these creatures to fill my self with a much more exciting fear while reading a scary story. Ive often thought about writting my own short stories but unfortunately i have found that i am unable to put these unsettling thoughts in my own mind onto paper. So, naturally i am always on the lookout for a new unsettling story so my imagination can run wild within the descriptions given by the writer. ive only just recently discovered this web site and god im glad i did! So far ive been very impressed with most of the stories ive read and am very much looking forward to future entries. Love you guys, keep up the great work!

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  • the cake

    i read them out of boredom. I’m also hoping that one will possibly change my perspective on life. a few have, minorly
    one example being, i can no longer take a shower without imagining some invisible monster is watching with his hands down his pants. not exactly how i wanted my daily life to be effected, but whatever

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  • http://half-waytoinfinity.blogspot.com MopHead

    I read them because some of them are actually quite good, and it gives me an opportunity to be a little bit sadist to those that are shite.

    I write them because it is a good prompt and a nice way to get stories out there.

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  • Reader

    I read creepypasta/scary stories because I like the feeling of dread it gives me. Its like the feeling that I am in danger but still stay safe. It’s paradox. And when I find a gem of a story, I feel like I am looking at an artwork, an awesome artwork.

    As for writing scary stories, I love it because I am amused by the realization that I can scare myself. It is the feeling of telling a dreary tale as fast as you can, like an adrenaline rush.

    Fast, because sometimes my sanity is on the line. Sometimes I even have to stop for awhile just to say to myself, “It’s just a story.”

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  • Nvious Natchi

    I actually don’t know why…even though the stories scared me but I keep returning here,reading and thinking about their existence..Other than that it’s because of the addiction.

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  • http://grakmarr.blogspot.com Dave Taylor

    I’ve been scaring myself with my own imagination for as long as I can remember. I had terrible nightmares as a kid, usually all along the same lines. When I reached the fourth grade, we started having ‘Creative Writing’ in school. Most normal kids wrote about normal things: I mostly wrote about my nightmares.

    And when the teachers would read them, I could tell that a little of what I was feeling had been passed along to them. That made the nightmares seem much less scary, to me.

    And when I got older and a little better at writing, I enjoyed it even more. These days, I would write even if no one but me ever read or enjoyed it – it’s just something I have to do, to feel fulfilled.

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  • Varin

    Well reading Horror for the better part of my life now (about 22 years out of 31 god I am feeling old) I just love the genre and well I do believe, that Horror is best expressed in short stories or microfiction or in really long books, so well its just the perfect place for me here, although I do enjoy crappy pasta as well, always good for a laugh

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  • Vincent McCloud

    Because, I LOVE being scared OUT OF MY MIND!

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  • Creepypasta Mistress

    just the feeling of being scared. its addicting and it makes you smile.
    of course we all have our breaking points. sometimes we get to scared. but its fun.

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  • LeoM

    I’ve never read many scary stories in my life, until now. I’m a reader of kinda different tastes but now that I’m at university I don’t have as much time to read as I had in the past few years… I realise I spend more time on the computer and on the web doing nothing, time that I could occupy reading the books I have, but after a day of lessons (or even in the weekend), I really don’t feel like putting my head on a book again for a while.

    The short stories here give me something nice to read before going to sleep, something quick and relaxing, and also a training for my english.
    Kinda funny that I prefer reading scary stories than watching scary films!

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  • http://justpengijunior.wordpress.com Creepypastagirl

    Sum times they are true like wolf reek and stuff

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  • bjaimes

    I really like to freak myself out. I often try to read at least one pasta on my phone before I go to sleep. Some of the stories are so good, i often find myself still thinking about them the next day. :)

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  • black.maiden

    reading stories like these keeps reminding me that im not alone for experiencing such and that sharing those ghost experiences would somehow (i think) could help others too on how they would deal with it

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  • Madison

    Well, I came here to read the story of Jeff the Killer but I was extremely scared. Once I read his story, I became “immune” to the fear and was instantly drawn to scary stories.
    It is something I come to often because it is interesting and there is always something new to read.

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  • EpicBeats

    I guess the reason that I enjoy reading creepy stories is because I’ve always had an interest in the unexplainable and thats exactly what most Creepy Pastas are.

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  • Alice

    The reason I read Creepy Pasta or horror stories in general is because I enjoy the thrill of it. Perhaps it’s because I know that even though I’m scared I’m pretty sure I’ll be safe.

    Sometimes it’s just because the author is talented at writing these stories and I can’t help reading. I also enjoy retelling the stories to people in person and watch them get creeped out.

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  • Len Lye

    Horror to me is such a degrading genre. Desensitization and the development of such clichés that maim the medium has become more and more prevalent in recent times. What pits horror in an even worse position is the fact that it sets out to create a sense of unease and dread in the audience, however that has become more and more difficult due to our increasing callousness towards displeasure in a haunting sense.

    I am loyal to this site not because it sets out to terrify its audience (though that is a wonderful side-effect when experienced) but it’s a sense of community and a collective mindset, still loyal to its sinking genre. Reading these stories doesn’t overtly frighten me too often (though it’s wonderfully appreciated) but gives me hope the horror genre still has life in it yet. Also the ingenuity of such talented writers gives me initiative to develop my own admittedly-poor writing skills.

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    • La Mettrie

      I have to say, I kind of chuckled a bit at your comment. “Well, the genre is pretty much shite, but GO TEAM!” Horror is probably the oldest genre, back to the days when Neanderthals would tell their little cave babies about how they’d be eaten by Aurochs if they were bad. Horror will weather hollywood’s shitty remakes and undead romances on sites like this, fed by those with a true love and fear of the unknown – people like us. Glad to have you here, Len Lye!

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    • Len Lye

      Yea… probably would’ve been easier to write it that way.

      Thanks though, means a lot.

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  • M&B

    We enjoy reading these stories because it helps us bond as brothers, since we share an interest for the unknown and the unexpected.

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  • Kana

    I just like the thrill of it, they leaves me scared for a few days but i love them anyway.

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