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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!

  • Jacop

    I read scary stories because its like going into another world. A world that could never exist, a world to escape reality

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  • http://gmail.com Kraig

    We read or write creepypastas because they’re fun to read.

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  • Gomb

    I enjoy reading these because of the thrill, wether it’s a sad story or a scary one, it’s something new.

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  • Sid

    It’s the pure thrill of it. We as humans long to be something greater than ourselves. Powerful things compels us to stay. Our curiosity is unquenchable and mystery intrigues us. That is why we stay.

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  • DxV

    I just submitted my first creepypasta, and I want to submit another on if the platform lets me. But let me answer the question.

    I want to keep writing because I am fond to the supernatural. I’ve had my own personal expriences with it, and I want to use them as my inspiration to keep doing this. I am still new, but I hope to improve.

    Ps:. My “e” on the keyboard works horribly. sorry for the mistypes.

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  • Benobi

    I read creepy pasta because paranoia is a powerful feeling. It’s not a pleasant one, but it can bridge the gap between fiction and reality in ways other feelings can’t. If I read a story and it creeps me out, in my head, that story has become real – I might stay up all night worrying that maybe that terrible thing really DID happen, maybe I AM next, maybe it’s all true. In that sense, creepiness can bring a story to life.

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  • Cindy

    After discovering creepypasta, I continued to read stories here because the different stories were just so interesting o.o, and I love reading so why not :P.

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  • Stephanie

    I stuck around simply because I like a good scare. While most people will run away from the things tht scare them I think the best thing to do is just face them head on and ,yeah, you will get scared but you’ll get over it. Why I write? I’ve only written one story which I’ve patiently sent to the admin which made me smirk when I read the January post because I feel good that I haven’t been badgering adman over there(three fingers to the lips to you for taking this job up btw) I write because I am an entertainer I enjoy entertaining people whether that be by singing or acting or writing

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  • Deadnaught

    i read and attempt to write because i am strangely drawn to anything remotely creepy/scary. when nothing suits my need, i try to make something that does

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  • Anna

    The Creepypasta stories gives me a special feeling. I love how original can the writers be and how awesome is that feeling of being scared even if you know that is only a story.

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  • http://mtype.tumblr.com Elmarco

    I write about things that people may think are real, and I try to come up with theories as to why the world operates the way it does.
    Mine pivot more on situations and events rather than blood and gore. In fact, out of about 7 stories I have written, only one of them has a mention of gore, and only briefly.

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  • Jade

    Well, after falling in love with the thrills and chills these stories gave me, I wanted to write my own. And I am proud of it. May write another soon.

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  • Koemii

    I guess I read them to get to that point when my heart is pounding, my ears are ringing, and a rush of adrenaline is running through my veins. That single short moment when I’m paralyzed in my seat, body trembling and little drops of sweat slide down my face, too scared to even turn to look around me. I love it.

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  • Ghost griffin

    I love scary stories, but I end up scares and I get paranoid. But the reason why is, if its like murder stuff and its grusom ( sorry don’t know how to spell it) it makes me feel relaxed kind of, DON’T WORRY IM NOT A MURDERER!!!!!! Anyway that it and um………….

    Hallelujah! Praise The Lord :D happy scares

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  • burning_ash23

    I’ve been drawn to anything that strays from the norm or what society considers it as such. Horror is just what I’m attracted to in the sense that it catches my attention over other genres simply because it’s the only thing that I can latch onto for reading material. Even the most simplistic scary/creepy story, if done right, can give you thrills that no other genre will. Fear is addicting, and to me, it’s one the most interesting feelings you’ll ever have. Creepypasta is full of talented writers. I am elated whenever a new audio is put up on youtube. I love reading the stories on here and will continue to be a fan of creepypasta for years to come.

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  • Rose

    It is the best distraction ever, I have a pretty tough daily life, and I have tried reading other genres, which don’t distract me at all, I just can’tfocus, but creepy stories scare me and substitute all my other feelings for fear, perfectl making me forget my miserable life as I read about peoplewho are in way. More fearful situations.

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  • Little E

    I read creapypasta bc when im upset or anger or anthing else I come on and read this to cheer me up.

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  • Grey

    Im something you would probably call a creepoholic. Im addicted to creepyness even if i dont want to be. People even say im creepy. I dont know what it is but something about getting your heart to beat fast is pretty awesome. I write beacuse 1. i want to share personal stories. 2. I want to share my opinions on the other side. or 3. i would love to send chills down peoples spines. ^0^ I beleive there are actual demons that try to make you break and these stories sometimes remind me the human will and God are stronger than the demons.

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  • Yui

    I like it becausE of the thrill I don’t get much of that where I live the closest I get to thrill is my nana telling at me

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  • ChillyFun

    I love creepy things and scary things in general. It’s just personal taste, I suppose. I read these things just for fun.

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  • La Mettrie

    I’ve always loved horror. There’s a video of me as a five year old telling my grampa a story that ends “and her HEAD FELL OFF!”. The story was The Green Ribbon, one of those stories that gets passed around camp fires like creepy pasta does online. I started looking for creepy posts on Funnyjunk or 4Chan, before searching it directly and ending up here
    I guess I love the impossible, intense worlds of scifi, fantasy, and horror. After reading Stephen King, Shirley Jackson, or Charlotte Perkins Gilman, you just keep chasing that thrill. As for creepypasta.com specifically – well, the variety, the comments, the amateur community… I could go on.

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  • Stheno359

    I’m looking for more stories,describing pain,arony and fear in people.You need more of those.There are so many boring pastas,too many.I don’t believe that there weren’t many better ones sent,but I guess instead of posting them the admin decided they aren’t and posted the shittier ones,like any other admin does.

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    • http://www.creepypasta.com derpbutt

      You caught us. There’s a vast conspiracy where the admin of every single website is working together to make the internet suck.

      Move over Cumberbatch, there’s a new Sherlock in town.

      ???????????????

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    • Stephan D. Harris

      Hey, the Jerk Store called.
      They’re all out of you.

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      • UndKeineEier

        The jerk store called? But, that jerk store burned down ten years ago… on this very night.

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    • Blackwing66

      I think you might be looking for the “I’m a goth-nonconformist” site.

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  • MahFishy

    I’ve always liked scary/creepy things. Ever since I can remember, I’ve been drawn to anything ‘odd’ or paranormal. Most of it, I just enjoy. I love seeing the process in which people create these ‘monsters’ and how they execute bringing about the fear. Much to my disappointment, most things that are labeled scary, really aren’t and that bothers me. Scary movies have a tendency to have a really solid, great idea, then completely ruin the whole thing with bad acting, bad special effects, and over-kill. So I like creepypasta because there are so many great ideas here and I get to visualize and sit in the dark with my laptop and these things actually become real in a way. I mean, I obviously don’t believe everything I read, but there’s nothing better than using your imagination to freak yourself out, haha.

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  • Blackwing66

    I enjoy reading the submissions on this website for the thrill of the horror. I love reading a post that, with the last few lines of the story, can send chills up my spine and make me look over my shoulder after reading it. I was recently directed to this site by a friend, and I was instantly hooked by what the site has to offer. I hope to start submitting my own pastas in the near future.

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  • anon

    Actually, I just want to point out what a jackass you were being when you posted the admin update 1/5. It strikes me as beyond extreme that you would immediately delete submissions from an author just because they asked about the status of their submissions. As a fan of creepypasta, but someone who has never posted to the site (but who means to and has a few ideas floating around), I find this method very off-putting and even offensive. people may get irritating sometimes, but there is absolutely no reason to treat everyone with such reckless abandon.

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    • http://www.creepypasta.com derpbutt

      I can’t tell if you’re trolling or if you just haven’t bothered to actually read what I’ve been writing and truly consider why that rule was made.

      It was made because it was necessary. As has been stated before, this is a one-person operation. ONE person reads all the submissions (usually around 100ish a day, though there have been days with as many as 300), reads and replies to all contact us emails, reads every single comment (manual moderation is necessary because so many people are tempted to use the comment sections for completely inappropriate things like posting threats and personal information of authors simply because they dislike the pasta they wrote, for one example) and replies to any questions that come up. This same person also deals with scheduling posts on the main site and on Crappypasta, deals with all the constant software and plugin updates that go on (and frequently break things) to keep the site in working order, and also has to monitor the constant attempts we get at hacking. I don’t exaggerate when I say that we get multiple hack attempts every single day. I also deal with all the types like you who feel that I am their own personal punching bag: I get some very nasty comments and emails almost every single day, whether it’s because I rejected their pasta, because I don’t like Jeff the Killer, or simply because I stood up for myself and actually reacted to the myriads of people who feel it’s okay to treat me as if I am not an actual person.

      So, with all that laid out, perhaps you understand that in order to keep the workload from getting completely out of hand, submission rules are necessary. It only escalated to this point – such harsh rules – because so many people were completely ignoring all of my rules and demanding that I treat them each as a special case, even though I’ve literally posted announcements begging for them to remember that I’m an actual person and to please respect my guidelines.

      You know how children can’t be trusted not to break things or stick their fingers into electrical sockets if left to their own devices? Consider this rule my last resort, my child-proofing attempt. Harsh rules go into effect because the community made it clear that they were incapable of following rules without this sort of immediate consequence. I didn’t want to have to bring it to this level, and I’ve been resisting it for months, but it got to a point where it was literally this or closing up shop. If you still cannot understand or empathize with why I had to do this and still feel it makes me a “jackass” to try and make running this site manageable rather than just shutting it down, I don’t think that I can change your mind.

      Suffice to say, if you are NOT one of the people who reads the FAQ, submission form, announcements, etc and still goes “well, but that doesn’t apply to ME”, then this rule will never be anything that you should even concern yourself with. It should be off-putting only if you were planning to break rules.

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      • Anonymous

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        • http://www.creepypasta.com derpbutt

          Thank you, your reply is very much appreciated. Most people don’t apologize to me in the comments if they say something rude, you might be the first, actually…

          And I understand about the typing. I’m having my own issues with it today because I’m all hazy on the combination of antibiotics/empty stomach (I can only drink water for the day), the short announcement I just made took me a solid 20 minutes just because I seriously cannot type like a functional person today and had to fix almost every other word =P

          But thank you, it really means a lot.

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