Scary Paranormal Stories & Short Horror Microfiction

Creepypasta

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We had just moved into a little ranch house in the suburbs. Storybook neighborhood – quiet, friendly neighbors, picket fences, the whole nine yards. Suffice it to say that this was supposed to be a new start for me, a recently single dad, and my three-year-old son. A time to move on from the previous year’s drama and stress.

I viewed the thunderstorm as a metaphor for this fresh start: one last show of theatrics before the dirt and grime of the past would be washed away. My son loved it anyway, even with the power out. It was the first big storm he’d ever seen. Flashes of lightning flooded the bare rooms of our house, imparting unpacked boxes with long creeping shadows, and he jumped and squealed as the thunder boomed. It was well past his bedtime before he’d finally settled down enough to go to sleep.

The next morning I found him awake in bed and smiling. “I watched the lightning at my window!” he proudly announced.

A few mornings later, he told me the same thing. “You’re silly,” I said. “It didn’t storm last night, you were only dreaming!” “Oh…” He seemed somewhat disheartened. I ruffled his hair and told him not to worry, there should be another storm soon.

Then it became a pattern. He would tell me how he watched the lightning outside his window at least twice a week, despite there being no storms. Recurring dreams of that first memorable thunderstorm, I figured.

It’s easy to hate myself in hindsight. Everybody assures me there’s nothing I could have done, no way I could have known. But I’m supposed to be the guardian of my child, and these are useless words of comfort. I constantly relive that morning: making my coffee, pouring milk over my cereal, and picking up the newspaper to read about the pedophile local authorities had just arrested. It was front-page stuff. Apparently this guy would select a young target (usually a boy), stake out their house for a while, and take flash photos of them through their window while they slept. Sometimes he did more. My stomach sank as the connection was made.

At the time, it was merely something from a child’s imagination. In retrospect, it is the scariest thing I’ve ever heard. About a week before the predator was caught, my son came up to me in his pajamas. “Guess what?” he asked.

“What?”

“No more lightning at my window!”

I played along. “Oh, that’s nice, it finally died down huh?”

“No! Now it’s in my closet!”

I’ve yet to see the photos police have collected.

Credit To: alapanamo

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  • Len Lye

    Ooooooh okay thank you for clearing the chronology up

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  • Konakona

    Awesome. 9/10 classic pasta.

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  • dead_serenade

    That was a great story! I love that dramatic moment when you realize along with the boy’s father that the “lightning” came from the pedophile’s camera and I also liked that twist at the end with the closet. Nice job! :)

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  • Anonymous

    Ahhhhh this was wonderfully terrifying! 10/10! Just because a few people take issue with your writing style doesn’t mean the story isn’t brilliant. In fact, I wouldn’t change a thing.

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  • http://Facebook Valkerie Nightstalker

    freaking epic

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  • Dad

    I can’t beleive he took so many pictures…. I asked the cops to burn them….

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  • Simon

    Wow. Awesome! this was a terrific read! Very original, clever, and frightening, in an urban-legend kind of way. I praise the author and I even want more from the same chef :) more pasta please!

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  • dani

    ew

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  • f

    :O

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  • http://creepypasta Pierce Simmons

    by far one of the best pastas i have ever read. The only pasta to have ever given me real chills down my spine. 11/10 amazing read

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  • Slushee Lightning

    Delicious pasta is delicious.

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  • http://www.vitaetmortis.blogspot.com Mr Brightside

    I’ve read a ton of these pastas recently and while they’ve all been good this one is the only one that’s really given me chills, its simple yet interesting premise is lovely.

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  • Anonymous

    one of the best pastas i’ve eaten! the ingredients were just right! my compliments to the chef!!

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  • http://creepypasta.com the cake

    the "now its in my closet" bit didnt make any sense. did the cops capture him, or is he chillin in the kid’s closet, taking pix of him? defuk is going on!? *brain explodes* mmmm brains

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  • michael

    lol i gotta memorize this and tell my friends this was hilarious

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  • ijones36 AKA reader of all creepypastas

    good so good in fact that it was on ifunny

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  • M.

    so friggin creepy! loved it!

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  • http://kfc.com chickenfingerlickinggood

    the part now hes in my closet really freaks me out but its a really good story

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  • Pedobe… Photographer

    I was… making a photo journal! Yeah, that’s it!

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  • Scaremenot

    Few stories creep me out, but this one is really disturbing

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  • Kyjed

    I would have killed that son-of-a-bitch! Fuckin pedobear. Epic story though, actually woke up some solid emotion in me.

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  • Anonymous

    Wouldn’t taking a picture from outside a window create a glare lol jk great story!

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  • FerretLover2

    It sent chills down my spine. Didn’t see that coming.

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  • Wolf

    Each of us have their own guardians. I am the guardian of many. It was not the weak human that was of true danger to you. He was merely a simple distraction I created so you would be safe from danger. Knowledge is power, and power is useless in the face of the creatures that roam this world. You have no need of knowledge that will disable you from living.

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  • awes0meaxel

    incredible pasta. love the unexpected ending. very scary in the way that it plays on a parent’s worst fears

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