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The topic for this month’s discussion post may seem a bit obvious, but I really am curious. It’s always very interesting to me to see how each new pasta is received; sometimes you guys end up totally hating one that I thought would get positive reviews, and sometimes I find ones that I’m not personally that impressed by have somehow captivated the whole internet and become a phenomenon (I’m looking at you, Jeff). I guess it does drive home the whole “enjoyment of writing is subjective” thing, to a point.

So please, tell me about your favorite Creepypasta of all time and why you love it so much. It doesn’t even have to be one posted on the site, but if it’s not here, please include a link where everyone can read it. Share with the class, kids!

September Discussion Post: Your Favorite Creepypasta, 7.8 out of 10 based on 4 ratings
  • Mia

    Its very hard to choose a favouite,but my personal favourite is candle cove. It just seemed like a few people discussing an old tv show,until the final comment. It chilled me right to my spine and got me reasearching about it and watching youtube videos of apparent ‘episodes’.

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    • jade

      same here, sadly it is fake, but a good pasta, very delicioces

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      • Marius

        no I do believe it’s real…

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  • Shogunfish

    It has to be psychosis, of all the pastas I’ve read that is one of the few I remember by name, probably because it had an ending that didn’t disappoint you.

    A close second and by far the one that has rattled me the most was the one where the girl finds her bother hanging from the rafters with a parasitic fungus growing from the back of his head, I can’t think of the name but that one really stuck with me.

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  • You want a username? YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE USERNAME!

    The Bad Dream, its so short and terrifying. Its spooky and well wrote, I can’t describe it. A soon as you read the words ‘The thing wearing mommy’s skin leant up’ You can imagine it. Eeeugh. You don’t know what happens. :'(
    And also, how can you not like Jeff? >:O

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    • BrobyDDark

      Yea, because everyone loves joker spin offs with knives. Personally, Slenderman is my favorite, Jane is my second, Jeff is my third.

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  • KB

    Candle cove all the way. Gave me shivers.

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  • RD

    I have a few. I’ll include a link if they’re not on this site.

    “Her.” It gets under my skin every time. Probably the best of all the creepypasta that threatens the reader, a device that never fails to hit home for me. The twist at the end had me glaring so hard at my computer screen I thought my eyes would pop out!

    “The Portraits.” Great example of an old school creepypasta. There aren’t enough pastas written in old school style nowadays, what with the mix of Slendermen and the long pastas set sometime in the narrator’s past that seem more concerned with developing the eccentric best friend character than scaring anyone. If this were written today, it would probably read like “I never really thought about it much, but I had a great childhood. During fifth grade, my best friend Sam and I used to go into the woods all the time to explore and play all sorts of wacky kids’ games as you do when you are kids. Sam was a real clever kid too, smart as heck but also impulsive and spontaneous, and he was always up for all kinds of fun. This one time we went…” and so on until the cabin is mentioned by the fifth paragraph. I miss stuff like this, and my other favourite pasta of that type…

    “The Angel.” The first scary story I ever heard, back when I was in elementary school, except the killer was inside the house in that version, calling from an phone extension. Still gives me chills. You can’t beat the first horror stories you ever read.

    “The Bad Dream.” A given, at this point.

    “The Message,” and in a similar vein, “Wake Up.” Perfect creepypasta that use the medium of the Internet better than most pasta. With “The Message,” you can’t even be incredulous, since even if you’ve got a wall behind you, the future you knows that and is trying to communicate something different through that message. With “Wake Up,” the whole immediate sense of danger it presents is like a punch in the gut. To me, both of them are a million times scarier than the longer pieces that eclipse them in popularity, and they serve as an excellent example of my mantra when evaluating creepypasta – creepypasta are not literary short stories. They need to be scary, first and foremost, and these two excel at that.

    “A Simple Ritual” (http://creepypasta.wikia.com/wiki/A_Simple_Ritual, also known as “A Little Gift” on creepypastaindex). I have a special place in my heart for ritual pasta, but this one gets special mention since a) it’s got meta-tastic references to other pasta, b) it takes place in Suffolk and c) I like the little theological twist.

    The Holders Series (theholders.org). Like I said, I love ritual pasta, and this is the the gold standard.

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  • Killjoy

    I love all of the ‘Lost episode’ and ‘Haunted game’ pastas, I have no idea what makes them so weird to me but they really captivate me, even though everyone else seems to hate them. One of my favorites that’s sort of related is “Broadcast interruption” the description in that story chills me to the bone.

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  • Hamster

    Candle Cove is my favorite. It was the first story I read here and I don’t know how I ended up on it but I really thought it was an old thread about a show. I think the best part was it didn’t go overboard and try too hard. The twist at the end was perfect in my opinion.

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  • bloodinthesnow

    I adore Candle Cove. I don’t know how many times I’ve read it but it gets me every time! Such a great story!

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  • Aleron XIV

    “Trick or Treat,” “Don’t Let the Cold Man In,” and “Mr. Widemouth” would have to be my favorites. “Trick or Treat” was a quite brilliant work, as it incorporated some of the elements of “Beings and Entites” pastas with actual historical events. “Don’t Let the Cold Man In” was well written and causes the cold to be scary. “Mr. Widemouth” was just beautiful. It had an excellent buildup and a chilling ending. I’m also quite fond of “You’re Not Scared, Right?,” “Sever the Cord,” “The Cave,” and “Salvation.”

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  • http://creepypasta.com/hope Dirjel

    Psychosis for sure. Candle Cove is also way above average, probably my second-favorite.

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  • You want a username? YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE USERNAME!

    Oh how could I forget Mr. Widemouth! XD That kinda lika furby bastard! I love Childhood memories that turn out to be more creepy than you remember.
    Candle coves good, but everyones said that.

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  • Anonymous

    Candle Cove is a good story with a good twist but isn’t scary.
    Psychosis is interesting as a suspense story, and creepy at best during some parts. I don’t think it’s scary though either.
    Both are great, don’t get me wrong. I just want to be scared.
    And lol @ ritual stories. I hate those. I can’t stand The Holders series.

    I said it on a recent Slenderman story that “The Rake” and “The Serpent Man of White Hollow Road” both scared (past tense) me a lot. They might not be the scariest ever, but both come to mind. If I reread them though, they don’t have nearly the same effect. The second one isn’t on here but can be searched on Google.

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  • Eleanor

    Ben and pshycosis are both my favourites, but I like Psycosis just that little bit more. I can’t even say why I love it so much, there are just so many things that make it brilliant and somehow terrifying (for me at least). One thing which is cool is that it isn’t clichéd at all, almost all the ideas are very different, and completely genius.

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  • Eleanor

    Just realised I spelt psychosis wrong twice… :L

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  • tentacleTherapist

    My favorite has to be Psychosis. I love pastas that mess with your head and play with feelings of paranoia. Those are the ones that really stay with you and really make you shiver.
    I also really like The Art of Jacob Emory, it’s one of the most original and well-written pastas. The storytelling almost overshadows the creepiness.
    Finally, I am really fond of a lesser-known (in my opinion underrated) pasta called Call Me Tomorrow, Okay? It’s not a masterwork, but it managed to pull off a really effective twist. It’s one of those stories that become creepier the more you think about it.

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  • Anne Onymis

    Stories like “The Bad Dream” and “Sarah O’Bannon” are my favorites. They use an event that is normal to everyone else (although “Sarah O’Bannon” required some additional information to make the situation normal), then alter the circumstances and make it a dangerous situation for the characters involved. By never saying who (or what) is the creature wearing the mother’s skin or the one who lived months without food/water, it lets you decide what it is. You will, naturally, assume it is your greatest fear or favorite entity (ghosts? a murderer? The possibilities range from normal to paranormal, depending on what you, personally, are afraid of or want it to be), or something that you don’t even know of (fearing the unknown is very common) that you really should have been worried about the whole time. Because of this, it also leaves a lasting impression on the reader.

    “Wake Up” is also one of my favorites. Again, it explains a situation and makes it seem normal. However, as it goes on, it again makes the situation dangerous for the characters involved… But this time, the only character in danger is you. Now, I prefer the version that says “torture” since it becomes a far more dangerous situation. Again, you don’t know who or what is torturing you (or raping you, if you prefer that version), so you can decide how horrible it is. Of course, it uses basic human instincts (self preservation) to ensure a response from the reader.

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  • William

    ‘Curious Little Thing’ from over at Ichor Falls (famous for Candle Cove). It was just so well written I felt like I could see exactly what the main character was describing. It’s disturbing without going into anything explicit, which is something you rarely see done well these days. It disturbed me so much I found myself mimicking the main character’s habit (I’ll try not to spoil it). My other favourites also at Ichor Falls include:

    ‘Lemon Blossom Girl’, ‘The Stillwood King’, and ‘People Without Eyes’ for similar reasons.

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  • Rebecca

    The Russian Sleep Experiment was one of the stories I read my first day on creepypasta and it has stuck with me ever since.

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  • LikeSnowLikeGold

    “Coatlicue” is my favorite so far. Why I love it so much? I’m not sure. Perhaps because I am going through a rough time in my life and I appreciate the story, even though it’s not that creepy.

    The others that stick out in my mind are:

    “The Man In the Snow” and “Psychosis”

    Man in the snow because the final line REALLY scared me.

    Psychosis because it is very well written and lovely.

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  • Eyrion

    Psychosis. I also loved The Curious Case of smile.jpg.
    Don’t hate on me, but I didn’t like Candle Cove.

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  • Nothing

    I know it wasn’t well received overall,but I always liked Dark Radiance. I can’t even explain why.

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  • apocalipserider101

    I personally liked The Curious Case of Smile.jpg because it has the madness add at final. I also loved all the Slenderman stories

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  • rhinoclaw

    my favorites are jeff the killer dont open your eyes and the boy who loved to read the boy who loved to read gets you on the edge of your seats for a unexpected ending

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  • Scorpion

    My favorite is “The Smiling Man in Black.” I think there’s a tie for the favorite genre though. I really just love all of it though. Anything freaky is good for me.

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  • Anonymous

    Tulpa is the only one that really impressed me. If it’s not on here, then http://creepypasta.wikia.com/wiki/Tulpa

    Creepypasta never really gets me scared while I’m consuming it, but at some points in life – when staring dreamily into a mirror, when going to sleep, when life is a blur – I tend to get frightened that my subconscious will remember the things I read. That some neurons within my brain will fire when it is in a vulnerable state – that the ideas planted within will turn to life in dreams and hallucinations.

    I’ve always found loss over your own consciousness or memory a terrifying thought. That’s what makes stories scary to me – not the thought that they might be real, but the thought that they might appear real. Tulpa played with that.

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