FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

There are a few questions that are asked so frequently via our contact form that we’ve decided to address them here. If you’re curious about something not addressed here, feel free to use contact us to send in your question.

WHAT EXACTLY IS A CREEPYPASTA, AND WHERE DID THEY COME FROM?

Creepypasta are essentially internet horror stories, passed around on forums and other sites to disturb and frighten readers. The name “creepypasta” originally comes from the word “copypasta”, an internet slang term for a block of text that gets copied and pasted over and over again from website to website. Creepypastas are sometimes supplemented with pictures, audio and/or video footage related to the story, typically with gory, distorted, or otherwise shocking content.

While creepypasta today varies greatly in length and quality, and has become virtually synonymous with short horror fiction written by generallyt unpublished authors, older ones tend to be very short and follow a set of common formulas, ranging from anecdotal retellings to descriptions of rites and rituals (“ritualpastas”) and “Lost Episodes”.

Creepypasta.com, for its part, launched in 2008 while the original “creepypasta” meme was still new, and thus “classic” creepypastas were pulled from actual, ongoing threads on places like /x/ and Encyclopedia Dramatica. So when you see the 2008-2009 pastas that may seem really basic and/or sparse now, please keep in mind that these were the pastas that actually helped launch the genre entirely. Creepypasta was extremely ritualpasta-heavy (The Holders, in particular, were wildly popular) and stories tended to be short and vague, rather than the more fully realized short stories that has become the norm today. Once the site had finished archiving the “main” original pastas, Creepypasta.com began accepting submissions from its readers. Since then, we have only posted content that is either directly submitted to us, or solicited from other horror fiction resources.

ARE YOU MR. CREEPYPASTA, VICTOR SURGE, OR ANY OTHER OF THE WELL-KNOWN CREEPYPASTA CREATORS OR NARRATORS?

No, and though we’ve had contact with many of these individuals, we are not directly associated with them, and cannot guarantee that we can put you in contact with them.Β  If you’d like to make content with individual creepypasta narrators or the authors/creators of specific stories, please reach out to them via their own YouTube channels, websites / blogs, or social media profiles.

WHO OPERATES CREEPYPASTA.COM?

Creepypasta.com is currently operated by site owner Ian S.Β  Content curation, story selection and review, and editing are handled presently by Chilling Tales for Dark Nights creator/director and audio horror producer Craig Groshek, who reports directly to Ian. Groshek also assists with story thumbnail design, engagement with featured authors, soliciting of content from off-site sources, management of themed submission periods, and the answsering of questions sent in via the Contact Form.Β  He was also integral in the 2019 redesign of the Creepypasta.com website, and the implementation of its current sorting and navigation systems.

HOW DO I GO ABOUT GETTING PERMISSION TO ADAPT THE STORIES FEATURED ON THE SITE TO AUDIO, FILM OR TELEVISION, OR FOR USE ON MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL, WEBSITE, PODCAST OR OTHER PERSONAL OR COMMERCIAL PROJECTS?

Creepypasta.com contracts with the authors whose work is featured on this site to publish it here, but the site’s content curator, owners, and/or managers do not own the exclusive rights to the stories, or possess the copyright to them, and as such are unable to grant permissions to adapt the tales to other mediums, commercial or otherwise.

In order to obtain permission to feature a story on your YouTube channel, podcast, or stream, or to feature it in an anthology or other printed work, or to adapt it to a comic, film, television show, graphic novel, or any other medium, youΒ MUST get in contact with the cited author of the work directly to negotiate it with them individually.Β  There is no one “owner” or “creator” of creepypasta as it exists as a meme, genre, or term itself, and no one person can authorize requests to exploit the individual stories which exist within the communities that have formed around it.

If an author’s contact information is available, it will be featured at the conclusion of each story as part of their credit by-line. If the author is not identified, or is listed as anonymous, this does not mean the story is in the public domain and not subject to copyright law, or that you can freely exploit it for personal gain.Β  If you decide to adapt or feature stories from this website without the express written consent of their creators, you do so at your own peril.Β  Creepypasta.com takes no responsibility for damages you may incur as a result of violating the intellectual property rights of others.

Creepypasta.com may, at their own discretion, assist in connecting third parties with authors who are not publicly listed or otherwise difficult to reach, if a request is made via our contact form. In these cases, our assistance shall be limited to forwarding your messages to the authors/creators in question.Β  We will never, under any circumstances, provide a third party with a private author’s personal contact information without their permission.Β  After forwarding your messages to the party in question, it will then be up to them to decide if they’d like to make contact.

I BELIEVE A STORY OR OTHER CONTENT ON THE SITE IS PLAGIARIZED OR VIOLATES THE RIGHTS OF AN AUTHOR OR CREATOR. WHAT DO I DO?

If you believe a story (or other content) on the site infringes upon the rights of a third party, please use our contact form to inform us of the alleged infraction.Β  Efforts will be made to investigate and respond to these notification is as timely a manner as possible.Β  If you yourself believe your work has been featured here without your permission, also inform us, providing proof that you are the original creator or author and possess the copyright to the content, and we will respond accordingly.