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Creepypasta

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While honeymooning in Maine, my wife and I stopped in the picturesque town of Boothbay on a particularly dreary and rainy day. Since our planned picnic was out of the question, we sought shelter in a dilapidated little antique store near the harbour. While my wife inspected the large chests and side tables near the door, I eagerly examined the antique tools and seafaring equipment inside the glass sales counter at the back. Being a collector of optics and mariner’s instruments, I hoped to find a sextant, or perhaps an old leather-bound telescope.

A particularly interesting piece caught my eye. It appeared to be a heavy brass flashlight, bearing a worn brown patina but remarkably modern in design. I asked the shopkeeper, but he could only tell me it was found in the same old sailor’s chest as several of the compasses and the sextant also on display. He inquired as to whether I would like to purchase it for five dollars, or perhaps have it for free. “It’s worthless to me, nobody wants it.” When I remarked about the price, he sighed wearily, and then reached into the cabinet and retrieved it for me.

“Here, see for yerself, feller.”

The craftsmanship was wonderful—quite durable and apparently hand-made, perhaps originating from somewhere in Europe. Worn lettering indicated it might be German, or perhaps Austrian, in origin. I twisted the bulb housing and a weak red beam swept out. Poking it into a dark corner of the shop, I was greeted with fantastic monotone swirls, moving and entwining with each other like a pit of eels. As I stared further into this unusual projector-kaleidescope, my fanciful mind invented ghoulish faces and sinuous, gnarled tendrils.

Shutting the device off, I turned excitedly to the shopkeeper. “Fantastic!” I said. “It must have an oil filter of sorts in front of the lens! I have two Victorian kalediscopes, but none that are illuminated like this.”

“You don’t get it, do you? Nobody gets it. They all come back to return it after a while.” The shopkeeper leaned on the counter and I could see that he was breathing heavily and perspiring. “They all think it’s some sort of trick… till they start seeing it when the light’s off.”

“That ain’t no projection, mister. That… damned thing, that light… it ain’t makin’ up those creatures. It’s just lettin’ your eyes see what’s already there.”

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  • BonerFruit

    D: That makes me paranoid…
    I like

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  • Anonymous

    sounds pretty damn useful

    i don’t want to get tentacle raped in my sleep by invisible monsters

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    • http://daenikaloweryblogs.blogspot.com/ Jane the Killer

      ohmaiblob so you like anime lol :p

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      • Holder of phone

        I think your referring to hentai

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      • Jeff the Killer

        Now I know what to do you when you’re asleep. >:D
        MUHAHAHA

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        • Aoi-kun

          .////. So ecchi….

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    • Shinra

      Haha sure. It makes it better if you can SEE the monsters, but that won’t stop the tenticleees >_<

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  • Wow

    Hm, interesting. I like it alot. If only there was more. Like a description of the creatures would be nice.

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    • Nebraska Jones

      The Alot doesn’t care whether you like it or not. Alots just want to be left alone.

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    • Cypress

      The imagination always invents something far creepier than a picture or a written description can produce.

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      • Numinor

        Indeed

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  • Cyarm

    Meh… kinda bored me… it’s like the pasta is half written. Shoulda had an ending where he shrugs off the warning… checks it out without lights, and becomes one of the ghoulish faces or something

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    • Jhe

      Man, that’s so GENERIC!

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  • Bacon

    WUT?

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  • Synful

    Fantastic! Finally a good one. I love it. ^_^

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  • Ma Cherie

    Oh wow.

    This sort of reminds me of LMLYUT’s mirror story on the forums.

    Creepy D:

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  • http://shirakoala.blogspot.com/ Shira

    so-so, not all that creepy. but still better than the recent pastas have been.

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  • Inan

    Then WHO WAS WIFE?

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    • P.E

      I was waiting for this lmaooo

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    • 00Waynebow

      Finland, obviously.

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  • Sanya

    Neat, this one makes me happy :3

    Especially so after reading John Dies at the End.

    The writing is really nice-it’s all flowy and I barely noticed that I was reading something at all. It sucked me in, all right.

    I like that it’s creepy in a more subtle way, rather than “BOO! I’M COMING TO GETCHA!”

    Now, if you’ll excuse me for my lack of coherence, I’m off to nurse my migraine~

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  • Wudu

    Sounds familiar with John Carpenter’s “They Live”

    The story seems abrupt. Is there a continuation of this?

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  • Gegner

    Very Lovercraftian creature descriptions. Very nice.

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  • Darkest

    Oooh… this one is good. Better than the others that have been around recently, at least.

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  • ME

    REALLY GOOD! i love when it talks about the unknown and how things are lurking where we cant see them

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  • anonymoose

    well, i liked it alot; i didn’t mind the ending.

    it was one of those you had to have a bit of your own imagination in.

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  • Dr.Creepy

    I likes it.

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  • The Person Formerly Known as ‘Noneya’

    I liked this one. Its better than one or two that have been up recently, and it leaves just enough mysteryous-ness for your imagination to fill up in.

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  • LOL

    lol @ anonymoose!!

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  • Anonymous

    so. who was creature?

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  • Abbey

    Haha Cool I like this one..

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  • anon

    I want that kaleidoscope now.
    Also, this sounds like something Mr. Welldone would approve of.

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  • Elpheba

    Me likey. Me wanty.

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  • akatz

    not bad

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  • dr. phelps

    wait…did cyarm propose that john should BECOME the demons?!?! BRILLIANT!!!

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  • Anonymous

    I WANT TO BELIEVE.

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