Scary Paranormal Stories & Short Horror Microfiction

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Do you know what a Cordyceps is? I didn’t either until 20 minutes ago. It’s a family of thousands of different types of fungus, grows all around the word in various rainforests and jungles. The awful thing about them is they’re parasitic, they grow on other animals. An ant happens to run into some spores, and then it starts to colonize his insides, starting with his brain. At some point, the ant starts to act visibly ill; standing in place and shivering, or walking in circles. If a fellow colony member sees him in this condition, he will be dragged to the border of the colony and exiled.

Then, when it’s almost over, the ant weakly climbs as high as he can up the vines, and locks his body on tight. Finally, he dies, and the fungus emerges from the back of his head, bursting forth like a long and foul fruit. After a short time, the little stalk spews forth its own spores, leaving the mummified and broken ant clinging to the stalk, his eye cavities filled with drying fungus.

I mention this because last night, when I was up on the roof of my apartment complex, I found my brother’s body.

He’s been back from 18 months on duty in the Philippines for less than three days. This was the first I’d seen him. My parents called me up the day before yesterday to tell me that he was on his way up. They told me he’d stayed in his room since he got home, and then suddenly got up and announced he was on his way to see me. They thought he was drunk, I’d thought he’d never made it.

He must have come straight up to the roof and died, by the smell of it. I was just finishing a cigarette, all torn up with anxiety and head throbbing, and when the acrid smoke vanished I caught a whiff of rot on the hot wind. It took me just a few minutes before I’d found him; face down behind the vents and fans. A slimy gray column rose up obscenely from the base of his skull, and a frozen waterfall of roots and tendrils was dangling from his eye sockets and mouth. At the top of stalk was small arrangement of feathery wisps, a white powder drifting idly from it tips.

The spores must have drifting over the north side of the building all day. My side of the building. I came down to my apartment to try to call up the police, and my headache was rising to a feverish throb. I got through the door, and the moment I reached for the phone, pain flared in my head, so bad I almost passed out. I’ve since tried three times and I can never get my hand up on it.

The same thing happens when I try to get up and leave the room; I feel spines of ice tunneling up into my skull and my limbs lock up and shudder.

The ants, in their last moments crawl as high up the vines as he can climb. This is so the spore will spread over more of the colony below. In the end, the parasite controls the ant with an almost intelligent drive. God help me.

The pain is almost blinding now, and a new thought has been rising up rhythmically in my head, like a record skipping. Up. Up. Up. It’s joined by an image of my office tower. It’s taller than my apartment, the tallest place I can think off and although the bulge on the back of my neck is the size of a peach, the skin stretched shiny, and I’m dizzy and my eyes are cloudy, I think I can make it there. Up.

No. I’m sick. I need help.

The building pulses again in my mind. The cold wind. The roof and the sky. These images and concepts dull the pain momentarily as they pass through my mind. I think I can get there. Up. Up.

If you live in downtown Chicago, I would get the fuck out.

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  • Beetle

    I quite like this one.

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  • Cyarm

    BUT WHO WAS CORDYCEPS?

    *phew* Thank goodness I live in Australia :P

    One kinda nagging thought annoyed me. He was unable to call someone for help on the phone… but he had enough time to write this on his computer, and send it to somebody? Logix = Whaaa?

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    • Doctor CreepyStein

      If you can write from the dead, you can write like that lol CREEPYPASTA LOGIC, and Cordyceps is the fungus

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  • Z

    Ooo. I quite liked this one. Creepy, with very well-done visual effects.

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  • pringles

    thank god i live north of chicago.

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  • Devon

    I live in Mississippi, so I think I’m safe, as long as it doesn’t get on the trains. The train from Chicago is a straight shot to where I live.

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  • eyepoppers

    that is a scary thought O_o it kinda reminds me of that movie the ruins a little.
    one thing i’m wondering is if he couldn’t even leave his house than how was his brother able to drive over?

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    • Ryan

      The movie was terrible, you should read the book. :)

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  • jaimie

    impossible. i don’t like it that much. she’s saying how there’s no strength to lift up the phone but yet, she can type or write this whole thing out. and get the strength to go all the way to her apartment building.

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    • Hello

      I think this is a perspective pasta. We are reading her thoughts as they occur.

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      • レモングラッブ (Lemongrab)

        The reader is never informed of the narrator’s gender, but I imagined her/him as female too. Maybe it’s because I’m a girl?

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  • evolution’s child

    this one is based off of an older creepypasta, but it only described what the fungus does,(with the ant example). this one is much better, but yea if he couldnt use the phone or leave, why could he warn everyone else on computer?

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    • 15236

      she/he didn’t write this down. It’s just like we’re reading his/her thoughts.

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  • Jennycat

    O.O i don’t live downtown but i do live very near Chicago!

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  • BonerFruit

    Oooh, I liket his pasta.
    It’s interesting.

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  • http://unowen.tegakie.com Kait’s Corpse

    well its a good thing i died in Canada. Now way am i screwed. But this was a seriously good story, not really scary but it makes you think.

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  • The person formerly known as ‘Noneya’

    Awesome.

    Too bad that fungus s only capable f growing on the outside of a human.

    Im not sure about other animals, but humans had all sorts of acids and antibodies that kill fungus if its on the inside. The funguses on the outside we can kill off with Gold Bond Atheletes Foot creme, or and expensive antifungal medication.

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  • Elbe

    This was the one that gave me an appetite for pasta. I saw it on /x/ earlier this week, and now I’m hooked. Thanks for posting it.

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  • Miss Betterdone

    …cordyceps?

    For some reason, I really can’t take this one seriously.

    …it could be because the entire time I was reading it, I kept thinking, “He’s being eaten from the insides by Grunty food.”

    -shameless dot hack fangirl-

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  • Miss Betterdone

    HOLY SHIT I GOOGLED IT. IT’S REAL.

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    • レモングラッブ (Lemongrab)

      O_o

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  • Skwirral

    Maybe cordydeps don’t recognize computers as a threat…they’ve been around a long time, but mostly in poorer regions and lower creatures (like ants, apparently), so they probably would have had time to develop an understanding of phones meaning a call for help…but computers are probably not old enough to be ingrained in the natural danger processes of the cordyceps yet. I imagine he could havw written, too, and gotten away with it.

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  • Sarah

    This one is more graphically disgusting than scary. Still good though. The descriptions are very well written.

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  • some guy

    OMG! i know a guy in downtown Chicago!

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  • Anonymous

    And just in case some one doesn’t know.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCOQ0VU24xw

    Cordyceps is fucking real.

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  • crimson

    very nice. i enjoyed it. reminded me of the flood in halo.

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  • Random Passerby

    This one would have scared me shitless, if I didn’t know what a Cordyceps really is. Yes, it indeed exists. But it doesn’t do anything like describe in the story, as far as I know.

    In fact, one species, Cordyceps synensis, or Chinese Caterpillar Fungus, which uses vegetable catarpillars as hosts, is used for medical purposes. It’s been used since ancient China in rejuvination treatments, to treat conditions such as impotence and fatigure, as well as increase fertility, bolster the immune system, and, especially in older men, revitalize the mind and body. Cordyceps also shows promise a treatment for Hepatitis B, malaria, and exposure to certain toxins. It also shows promise as a stress reliever, and pomotes heart and lung health.

    In fact, there is absolutely no known lethal dose of this stuff. In fact, I’d be much more worried about being allergic to the stuff than anything like in this pasta happening in real life. At most, you can expect a dry mouth, upset stomach, and nausea when taking cordyceps tablets.

    I’m rambling, aren’t I? Knowledge of Cordyceps aside, this pasta was worth a read. Not an awfully original concept, but well-executed.

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  • xDDDDDDDDD

    I’m from the Philippines and I’ve never heard of cordyceps before @_@

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  • Xantherian

    I really like this one, the end was excellent.

    As for all the questions about the narrator being able to type on the computer – maybe it was a loophole? I got the feeling that the fungus was stopping him from using the phone or leaving and getting help.

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  • shabam

    thats kinda creepy, the fungus like, takes control of the ant. eek o.o

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  • Reptilian Liar

    lol @ Bitterdone. I thought the same ;_;

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