Humans are curious creatures: we seek out that which scares us and sometimes, if we can’t find something to adequately frighten us, we make it ourselves. Perhaps it’s like an inoculation, something to help us not be so scared of things in the real world — or perhaps we simply like being frightened, having our hearts race in fear. So let’s dig into some of the creepiest creepypasta, shall we?

Creepypasta, for those not in “the know,” are short horror stories written for and distributed across the internet. Often they are copy-and-pasted from one website to another (hence the name — creepy copypasta = creepypasta).

So let’s take a look at some really good creepy ones.


“Psychosis”

I’m not sure why I’m writing this down on paper and not on my computer. I guess I’ve just noticed some odd things. It’s not that I don’t trust the computer… I just… need to organize my thoughts. I need to get down all the details somewhere objective, somewhere I know that what I write can’t be deleted or… changed… not that that’s happened. It’s just… everything blurs together here, and the fog of memory lends a strange cast to things…

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One of the best, most well written, and famous creepypastas out there, “Psychosis,” written by Matt Dymerski, is from the perspective of a young man on the verge of a psychotic break. He starts believing that the people outside — even his own friend — aren’t really who they say they are and refuses to leave his own apartment. It’s extremely well written and incredibly tense.


“The Basement”

Since I was little, I’ve always lived with my grandmother.

The subreddit r/NoSleep is a great place to read creepypastas and this one is a great one to start with. The narrator decides to save some money while planning his wedding, so he moves in to his mother and step-dad’s basement for a little bit. But whenever he goes to bed, he begins to feel a...presence in the room that’s watching him. The reveal of what it is just makes the entire story even creepier.

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“Foosteps”

This is long, so I apologize for that. I’ve never had to tell this story with enough detail to actually explain it all the way, but it is true and it happened when I was about 6 years old.

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r/NoSleep was also the place where the series Penpal started. Penpal, written by Dathan Auerbach, is a series of interconnected stories, all narrated by the same person who is telling stories of strange things that happened during his childhood. The first story — the beginning of everything — is “Footsteps.” The narrator tells the story about how, at age six, he used to hear footsteps every night and wake up at the bottom of the stairs. The ending puts the entire thing in a different light and leads into the other stories (“Balloons,” “Boxes,” “Maps,” “Screens,” and “Friends”), all of which are suitably tense and unbelievable creepy.


“Search and Rescue Woods”

I wasn’t sure where else to post these stories, so I figured I’d share them here. I’ve been an SAR officer for a few years now, and along the way I’ve seen some things that I think you guys will be interested in.

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Another series of interconnected stories on r/NoSleep, “Search and Rescue Woods” are all told by an SAR officer who’s job it is to find missing persons in a large, unnamed forest. Needless to say, what he actually ends up encountering are strange, unusual, and incredibly surreal. This series of creepypasta is actually being adapted into the third season of Channel Zero, called Butcher’s Block.


“Mickey’s Best Friend”

Note: This is a page that used to be found on a mediocre wiki site related to Disney. As you can imagine, this wiki was taken down because most of its content belonged to Disney. The pages of this particular wiki are now long gone except for an interesting page that I saved at the time of my visit.

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If you ever visit the Creepypasta Wiki, you will notice that there are loads and loads of “lost episode” creepypasta, supposed descriptions of lost episodes of popular television shows that destroyed or forgotten because of how disturbing or surreal they were. (The most popular one of these is probably Squidward’s Suicide.) “Mickey’s Best Friend” isn’t unusual in that regard — heck, it’s not even really a story, just a fake Wiki page describing an early Disney cartoon. It’s what the cartoon is about and the implications of it that really make it a good creepypasta.


“Phantom Limb”

It had been 6 months since the accident.

Sometimes the best creepypastas are the ones that can be described really quickly. The subreddit r/AskReddit had a thread “What is the best horror story you can come up with in two sentences?” and one of those stories was “The doctors told the amputee he might experience a phantom limb from time to time. Nobody prepared him for the moments though, when he felt cold fingers brush across his phantom hand.” Another redditor managed to turn those two sentences into a longer and far creepier story.

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“Satellite Images”

A friend of mine showed me how to use Google Maps. I’m sure you’ve seen it. It lets you use satellite images to look at locations all over the world. A few years ago, I was in a car accident.

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A lot of creepypastas show us frightening things using modern technology — generally, it’s videogames, but there are also the occasional ones who use more inventive things, like this one about Google Maps Street View. The narrator, who was paralyzed in a car crash, uses Street View to see other cities and locations, but then he starts to notice a woman who appears to be in every city he looks at. Honestly, this one would make an excellent Twilight Zone episode.


“annie96 is typing”

While playing around with WhatsApp, I stumbled across a weird chat history between two people I don’t know. It scared the hell out of me. When I tried to find it again, the app crashed, and kept crashing.

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Speaking of telling scary stories using modern technology, here is an excellent example of a creepypasta told by chat. This one is especially good, because the tension is ratcheted up by the animated “...annie96 is typing” messages. Slowly spreading out the creepiness makes the entire story feel like it’s actually happening. Keep that in mind while you wait for the next message to appear.


“The Russian Sleep Experiment”

Russian researchers in the late 1940s kept five people awake for fifteen days using an experimental gas based stimulant.

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This is one of the most well known and classic creepypastas. Of course, there is a reason why it’s a classic and that’s because it works really, really well. It’s about, well, a Russian sleep experiment, where five people are kept awake for a long period of time.


“Pale Luna”

-You are in a dark room. Moonlight shines through the window.

-There is GOLD in the corner, along with a SHOVEL and a ROPE.

-There is a DOOR to the EAST.

-Command?

There are a lot of creepypasta about videogames. I mean, a lot. But “Pale Luna” is slightly different from your normal “evil glitch” creepypasta — more specifically, it’s about an early text adventure, in the same vein as Zork and The Lurking Horror. In some ways, that actually makes the story — which is told in a very matter of fact way — even creepier, as the text adventure format gives you very little in the way of information and a lack of information definitely ups the uneasiness of scary stories.

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“Box Fort”

Alright, we all remember those cardboard castles of our youth, the ones that were better than any Fisher Price playhouse precisely because they had been painstakingly cut out, taped together, and decorated with our own hands.

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Another one from r/NoSleep, this story is about a group of sisters who decide to build a box fort around their house when their parents are away. It starts off as a fun little thing, but then slowly turns disturbing.


“911 Call”

“911, what is your emergency?”

“Yeah, hi, um...This is going to sound kind of strange but there’s a man stumbling around in circles in my front yard.”

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Sometimes having someone describe to you what’s happening makes something even creepier than actually having a description of what is happening. Everything is colored through their eyes. You can feel their fear. This very short creepypasta from r/NoSleep uses the format of a 911 call and it makes everything just a little bit creepier. This one is just short and sweet.


“Local 58 - Weather Service”

Sometimes, descriptions do not justice. Sometimes, you just have to watch.