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Share Your Unusual Fears

Happy December, everyone! Since submissions are closed, I thought it might be nice to have a discussion topic that will be - I hope - conducive to inspiring new pastas. Closed submission periods are intended not only to give me time to catch up on the backlog, but also to give you guys time to work on new stories without any "pressure" from the open period's timeframe. We've discussed our biggest fears before, but this month I want to put a little spin on that same topic. What do you fear despite said fear making absolutely no sense? I'm not talking about classic fears like being killed or looking into mirrors at night or the zombie apocalypse. I mean little things that most people wouldn't consider scary, yet still give you a deep, true chill. Here's an example - this is my own, and yes, I know it's very silly: When using Google Earth or any sort of constellation/night sky map program, if I zoom in too close and stray too far from any landmass (or mapped star), I get a really uneasy feeling. So zooming in and accidentally pausing somewhere isolated in the middle of the Pacific, or somewhere with no known/visible celestial objects - I get seriously creeped out and have to scramble my cursor back to the safety of known, mapped places/objects. So yes, I get creeped out by maps! I expect it's more the isolation and unknown (to me) territory that is truly affecting me, it's just interesting that it manifests in such a silly way. I'm also sure this is why I'm so fond of submissions that deal with similar themes like exploration, deep-space travel, creepy sea beasts, and the like. I hope you see what I'm going for with this question now that I've revealed my slightly embarrassing fear! I'd love to hear your own next; if you have any thoughts or analysis about why [insert mundane thing] unsettles you so much, please share that as well! It's my hope that we both have a fun discussion as well as plant some seeds of inspiration for some new, unique creepypastas. As the raffle period has expired, I am putting the contest portion of this post behind a cut.

This month's discussion topic was suggested by EWR. As a community, Creepypasta fans tend to have a higher-than-average interest in writing. The comments on both Creepypasta and Crappypasta are full of constructive criticism, and we have hundreds of people contributing to the prompts section as well...

Over the past couple year and a half, we've slowly been accumulating lists of community recommendations for the best in creepy movies, games, books, and moreΒ - here's the round up of all the related discussion posts thus far: It's probably obvious from the post title, but this month we'll be adding to this series by discussing our favorite creepy comic books! Please weigh in with your personal top picks for any comics that you can conceivably call 'creepy' - this includes topics like horror, zombiesΒ (even zombie superheroes!), paranormal and ghosts, esoteric magic and the supernatural, aliens, cryptozoology, etc. If you think that it's a solid quality book and has themes that you could imagine showing up in a good Creepypasta, feel free to suggest away. Obviously, please refrain from suggesting horror manga in this post,Β as that already has its own discussion topic here. Webcomics are fine to suggest,Β and if possible, please remember to link to the webcomic's URL in your comment. I'll periodically update this post to make a masterlist of the comic books suggested, as I've done with past posts. As the entry deadline for the comic giveaway has passed, I'm putting the rest of this post under a cut.