Yes, it’s a stupid name. Creepypasta is a play on the term ‘copypasta’ which, according to knowyourmeme.com is defined as: ‘internet slang for any block of text that gets copied and pasted over and over again, typically disseminated by individuals through online discussion forums and social networking sites’. So it’s nothing to do with fusilli then, but still, a pretty stupid name.
But what exactly is a creepypasta? For the uninitiated, a creepypasta is a short horror story posted online. They’re written by amateur writers, anyone can upload a story to the creepypasta wiki, one of the most popular destinations for creepypasta aficionados. The suggested reading page is a good place to start, and they also have monthly spotlighted stories and creepy art contests.
The infamous ‘Jeff the Killer’
Creepypastas are presented as non-fiction, often containing supposed found journal entries or blog posts. Here are some highlights:
This pasta is set out like a forum with the posters trying to piece together memories of a mysterious children’s TV show, the titular Candle Cove. It has gained somewhat of a cult following inspiring sequels (vastly inferior ones in my opinion however), mock episodes, this amazing, kind of disturbing unofficial theme song and there’s even a Candle Cove Wiki! It’s a fairly short pasta and is a good place to start.
The Devil Game
This one is really interesting. It’s essentially a set of instructions informing the reader how to get in contact with the devil. The pasta does a really good job of building intrigue, mystery and an un-nerving atmosphere. It gives us a really un-conventional portrayal of the devil, not the clichéd man with a spiky pitchfork and a maniacal laugh but instead a much more insidious entity.
The Slender Man. Found him yet?
Gateway of the Mind
A very interesting and deeply unsettling pasta. It’s about a team of scientists who conduct a series of experiments working on the theory that if a person has all of their senses cut off they would be able to perceive the presence of god. The scientists find a test subject and surgically sever the sensory nerve connections to their brain.
What follows is a horrifying decent in to madness that builds to a grisly climax. The last line of this pasta is chilling indeed. Don’t expect to get much sleep after reading this one, find it here.
(Screenshot from the Creepypasta Wiki)
The Creepypasta Wiki
A bit strange this one. It’s not really scary; An Egg is a fairly short pasta with a really neat and thought provoking concept. To say too much more about it would spoil it; just check it out for yourself!
Penpal was written by a man called Dathan Auerbach who on reddit goes by the name of 1000 vultures. The story was originally posted to the subreddit r/nosleep. It is extremely long creepypasta, made up of six parts. Penpal was adapted in to a novel of the same name and film rights have been optioned by documentary film maker Rich Middlemas.
The pasta follows the story of a boy who is obsessed over throughout his childhood by a mysterious stalker. With it’s foreboding, creepy atmosphere and truly heart-wrenching ending, Penpal is not to be missed.
That was a whistle-stop tour of the cream of the crop of pastas, but it doesn’t even scratch the surface.
Remember that like all horror, creepypastas are best enjoyed alone at three in the morning with the lights off.