Creepypasta and Internet Lore
What is a Creepy pasta?
Well, if you've been around the internet, chances are you have come across one or more of these 'creepy pastas' and didn't realize it. A creepy pasta is a horror related legend/image that has been copy and pasted around the internet. Most start out the same way, such as 'I bought this blank tape at a garage sale from a weird old guy' or 'I received an email with a weird attachment, so I decided to open it', among other popular ways to start out.
These stories tend to surround the appearance of a strange creature, such as Slenderman or the Rake. Others deal with cartoons, usually referred to as a lost episode, and some are even just completely made up with a fantastic story. Below are examples of some of the more popular creepy pasta, be warned the images following these are a bit creepy. If you are easily scared or prone to nightmares, I'd turn back now.
Let's start off easy with one of the most popular creepy pasta out there, Slenderman. Many have heard of him, either through a video game, browsing online or, unfortunately, through news media. He is usually portrayed as a tall, slim man with no face, wearing a suit and , at times, has tentacles. Not all images of him have the tentacles, I guess that's more personal preference on the spooky level you want. Stories of him involve stalking and traumatizing people, particularly children. There have been a few video games based around him, as well as the video series Marble Hornets, which featured a team trying to find the Slenderman.
As with any popular media, quite a few incidents have been connected to Slenderman, from a stabbing of a young girl in Wisconsin, to a girl who set her house on fire in Florida. Of all the creepy pasta, Slenderman is very close to being one of the more believable ones, which is even more frightening.
Jeff the Killer
Another popular one, Jeff the Killer. This one starts out as a teenager, Jeff, being bullied at school. One day, the bullies decided to attack Jeff with chemicals, which ended up in his face being bleached. After the bandages were removed, he saw his face and started to dip into insanity, saying how he just wants to smile and see his face all the time. Jeff eventually cut a permanent smile into his cheeks, and burned off his eyelids. After mutilating his own face, Jedd proceeds to kill his family and go on the run. It is said that he is still creeping about, sneaking into homes and whispering " go to sleep" before killing his victims.
Not sure about you, but I would be terrified to see him in my room. This is one of those close to believable stories, since there could easily be someone like this out there.
Also known as Smile Dog, this one originates from a supposed email that is forwarded around. The email just has an attachment of a picture, as seen above, and simply says "spread the word". As the lore goes, if the recipient does not forward the email, they will be constantly haunted by the dog in the photo, repeating the phrase "spread the word". The dog will continue to haunt you until you either die, or you send the email out.
Who even thinks of these? Some are boring, but others are very well thought out. Props to them. This one is always creepy to read about, since dogs are amazing creatures. You never think a Husky would be evil and haunt your dreams.
More creatures, this time one that resembles a Wendigo, the Rake. Though they look similar, they are completely different. The rake tends to stalk and attack people in a similar fashion to Slenderman (he's back, watch out). All stories about the rake are very similar, some even going as far to say the creature was spotted sitting on the edge of their bed with its back towards them. Some describe the rake as a weird humanoid dog, others say he's a humanoid with long claws.
This is one savage creature you do not want to have a run in with. Sitting on the end of your bed, really? Rake, why are you so weird.
For starters, I apologize for that picture. I am very well aware that it is rather frightening, and personally, makes me uncomfortable. Anyway, on to the first video based creepy pasta. This is supposedly a video of an episode for SpongeBob, which ended up being something totally different. The video is dark, grainy, with odd music and sound effects. It depicts the character, Squidward, going to a clarinet recital. The video goes south from there, with Squidward being booed off the stage. The scene then cuts to him sitting in his room, crying. This is when things get even weirder, so hold onto your seats. Flashes of images start to appear, images of dead children and disturbing imagery. The sounds begin to increase as well, and Squidward's eyes slowly become more realistic. In the end, poor Squidward ends up shooting himself, which ends up being very graphic.
I believe you can find this video online, but I'm not quite sure if it is the full video. The background of this video is said to be that a creator was fired, and in turn made the video. However, the show writer Casey Alexander debunked the legend, saying that is was 100% hoax. As that is good news, whoever made the video with the images is very messed up.
You are probably looking at that picture and thinking 'how is Mickey Mouse creepy?' Well, in this black and white clip, he turns into a rather warped version. Suicide Mouse is a simple clip of Mickey Mouse, walking down a street looking rather upset. Nothing too bad yes? Wrong, as the video goes on, the images become warped and the sounds increase in volume. As the lore goes, whoever watches the clip from start to end are driven to madness and commit suicide.
Some of these creepy pasta involving cartoons can get very messed up. However, they are usually just lost episodes or the "real meanings" behind certain shows. Suicide Mouse is neither, it is simply a repetitive and warped clip made to freak people out and make them paranoid.
Not even video games are safe from creepy pasta, say hello to Ben Drowned. If you couldn't tell by the image above, this one revolves around the video game Legend of Zelda: Majoras Mask. The story goes that a college student bought a used copy of the game from an elderly man at a yard sale. Now how many stories start with that? Anyway, as it turns out, the cartridge is haunted by the ghost of a boy named Ben, who, as the title suggests, drowned. After the student deletes Ben's save file, he is presented with disturbing glitches, and scary messages such as "you shouldn't of done that" and "you've met with a terrible fate haven't you?"
They say that spirits can attach themselves to objects they were fond of during their living time. Now if they can possess a video game, make it glitch out and talk to you, no idea. It is also noted that if you mention Ben to the online chat bot, Cleverbot, she will make references to this creepy pasta.
The Russian Sleep Experiment
Again, sorry for the disturbing picture. This is actually a personal favorite of mine, and I have no idea how to shorten it, since its a very long read, but I'll give it a shot. The basic plot of the Russian Sleep Experiment is that five prisoners of war are being forced to stay awake, so researches could observe what lack of sleep does to the human body. The prisoners are kept in a sealed environment, where the experimental gas based stimulant is administered. They are closely monitored, by microphones and cameras. However, as the days go on, things seemed to get worse. By day nine, some prisoners began to scream and run around the chamber, while others whispered into the microphones. Two of the captives who weren't screaming proceeded to tear the books apart, smear the pages with their own feces and paste them over the glass portholes. The screaming stopped along with the whispers.
On the 14th day, the researches decided to open the doors, revealing a horrific site. Of the five prisoners, only three were left, barely alive. One ended up dying after going under anesthesia, and the other two were brought back to the chamber after some complications trying to restrain them. One ended up dying, and the last remaining one was asked by a researcher "what are you?" The survivor replied " Have you forgotten to easily? We are you. We are the madness that lurks within you all, begging to be free at every moment in you deepest animal mind. We are what you hide from in your beds every night. We are what you sedate and paralysis when you go to the nocturnal haven where we cannot tread."
This doesn't even come close to the amount of detail in the actual story. If you are curious, google the Russian Sleep Experiment and read if for yourself. It is a fantastic, well written story that is very believable. I wouldn't be surprised if something like this did occur at one point in time.