Everyone knows the term "cheating death": it's when you get to escape the ending of your life, or the cruelness of how it will end or just the terror itself it carries. But everyone knows that Death will eventually catch up to you. Some people...

I was desperately broke. I suppose that was why I decided to suck up my pride and apply for a job at the Hindlewood Mansion. They were always in need of housekeepers at that big old place. In high school, a few of my...

I took the last drag of my cigarette and inhaled a deep breath, savoring the carcinogen-filled smoke inside my lungs before I drew it out again. I looked down at the smoldering butt in my hand and took a gander up at the green trees...

Albanie put her bare feet in the water and leaned back on her arms. She had her jeans rolled up to her knees. The night sky sparkled with a billion stars above her. She couldnโ€™t imagine a more perfect moment. She was so happy that...

Curtis held on to an unfulfilled joy for exploring. The prospect of discovering new places always enthralled him, and often, whether he was just lazing around at home, slacking off during a lecture, or just hanging out on a sober night with his friends, he would...

I knock on the door for the third time, the noise of my fist banging hollowly off the door and into the house beyond me. I wait. No answer. Itโ€™s weird. My father told me that he and my family would be here for when I got...

The โ€œparanormalโ€ world is composed entirely of the nightmarish delusions of terrified and insecure humans around the world, enriched by centuries of cowards and uneducated bumpkins; people who would rather take stock in the undefined hullabaloo of โ€œbeingsโ€, the metaphysical, the demons of their own...

I buried my grandfather last week. A deplorable man who made the lives of everyone around him miserable. He left me with nothing but bad memories and debt. I wished him dead every day till he passed away at the overdue age of ninety one....

((The following passage was found on an abandoned jump-drive two miles outside of Philadelphia. Though a somewhat longer passage, it has been passed on to, edited, and submitted by K.B. Miller. Original sources refused to disclose the exact location where such jump-drive was found. Therefore,...

I was one of those frail, sickly children for the vast majority of my early years. I was constantly being shuffled from physician to physician with one ailment or another; asthma, perpetual tonsillitis, severe allergies to everything. You name it I dealt...

I loved traveling. It was for research mostly. I worked as a paranormal investigator, going from place to place with my crew, to search for local โ€œsightingsโ€ or โ€œotherworldly instancesโ€. My team ran a rather well-known YouTube channel, โ€œThe Plasmaticsโ€. I guessed it was supposed to...

My first twelve years of school had finally come to an end. Senior year, with its numerous college, federal financial aid, and scholarship forms was over, and there was a universal sigh of relief among my class as graduation neared. The time had finally come...

I am writing this because I am interested in these strange creatures. I want to know more about their appearance, origins and behaviour. This is what I have gathered so far: Little is known about the mysterious creatures that seem to haunt dark, abandoned areas of...

August 2014 Book Club: The Mothman Prophecies

If you're not familiar with our book club posts, please read the explanation here. To summarize, each month I will select a book for the community to read in order to broaden horizons and foster inspiration and creativity. We do this in the hopes that expanding the Creepypasta writing community's frame of reference when it comes to all the creepy, paranormal, exciting, and just plain weird stuff in the world will result in less of the Mad Lips-esque copypasta submissions and more new, fresh stories for everyone to enjoy. This month's selection is The Mothman Prophecies, by the late and beloved John A. Keel.

First off: this book was turned into a relatively successful movie starring Laura Linney and Richard Gere. It's actually pretty enjoyable and, if you haven't yet seen it, I do recommend giving it a shot. However, please don't use it as a replacement for reading the book - the storyline in the movie is A) only loosely based on the book and B) only features a very small part of the much larger narrative in the book. The book touches on related events, Men in Black (Keel is actually the one who named the concept of MiBs as such!), a much larger focus on the fascinating "Indrid Cold" entity, other cryptids, and much more that clearly could not have fit in a simple feature film. Disclaimer: It should be said that these books were chosen with mature readers in mind. If you are under 18, please do check with your parent/legal guardian before reading these books. Iโ€™d really prefer to avoid a pitchfork-mob of angry parents who find this topic inappropriate for their kids. Iโ€™d also like to say that the opinions expressed in the books are, of course, the opinions of their authors and the people profiled only โ€“ Iโ€™m not advocating or co-signing any of the groups covered in these books. So how does this work? THIS POST is your book club. The comments here are where you should air out all your thoughts and ideas that spawn from reading the suggested books. Thereโ€™s no requirement for how fast you progress through the book, or even if you finish it at all, so please feel free to jump in and discuss the book whenever youโ€™d like. This book is "nonfiction" so many things can be discussed without fear of spoilers (after all, the main story arc does cover something that truly happened and it's a big strange to consider history as a spoiler), however - feel free to use spoiler warnings in your comments if you feel like you're about to bring up a certain twist or turn of the book that might come as a shock to someone who just started reading. As before, since the winner has been contacted and payout is in process, the raffle is going under a cut.