Encyclopedia Dramatica Facebook Reddit Twitter Urban Dictionary Wikipedia About Creepypasta is a popular subgenre of copypasta which consists of short horror fictions and urban legends mainly distributed through word of mouth via online message boards or e-mail. In recent years, some authors have re-appropriated the genre into an effective pretext for bait-and-switch trolling. Origin While folklores have been an essential part of cultural traditions for many centuries, the term "urban legend" began appearing in print publications as early as and became widespread through a series of books written by English professor Jan Harold Brunvand in the early s.
Since then, the word has become closely associated with short horror or mystery stories set in modern day. Starting in the s, chain letter e-mails quickly emerged as the primary medium for sharing such stories on the Internet. There are many forms of chain email that threaten death or the taking of one's soul by telling tales of other's deaths, such as the Katu Lata Kulu chain email, stating that if it is not forwarded, the receivers of the message will be killed by the spirit.
Another involved an email involving a homicidal Mickey Mouse, who will intrude the recipient's domain to kill him or her unless sent to the number of recipients Any lower they will suffer death, injury, paranoia, and bad luck.
The Internet slang term "creepypasta," which is derived from copypasta , did not enter the 4chan community's vernacular until mid, with the earliest known archived thread  dating back to July 6th.
Try Creepypasta, or Web Scares"  was published on November 12th, A Facebook  fan page has 9, likes as of October 28th, Creepypasta archives can be found on various sites including Creepypasta. Also referred to as "retarded creepypasta"  or just "bad creepypasta"  , they can be intentionally silly, anti-climatic or intellectually incoherent for comedic effect. Some of the more notable examples in this category includes "Then Who Was Phone? Film Adaptations Several creepypasta stories have been adapted into short films or episodic web series, some of the most notable examples including Slender Man , Smile.
According to the legend, he can stretch or shorten his arms at will and has tentacle-like appendages protruding from his back. Lavender Town Syndrome is a series of creepypasta stories and videos that detail a conspiracy to cover up mass child suicides. These suicides were allegedly caused by listening to the first version of the Lavender Town Theme in the Japanese version of the Pokemon Red and Green games.
Ben Drowned is an online legend about a haunted The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask cartridge for the Nintendo 64 video game console. The tale is often accompanied by a photoshopped picture of a sinister-looking Siberian Husky dog. And Then a Skeleton Popped Out is a parody creepypasta and sarcastic expression used to mock creepypastas that are too predictable in outcome or troll pastas that are poorly written on purpose. Candle Cove refers to a creepypasta story about a fictional TV show of the same name.
The story is about a group of people who are reminiscing on an online message board about a scary show they had watched as children before it was revealed that the show never existed. The Holders is a series of creepypasta stories about a quest to obtain a large number of magical items that will bring about the end of the world once they are brought together in one location.
The Grifter is an Internet an urban legend about a mysterious video clip allegedly containing footage that is so disturbing to the viewer it will traumatize the person. Squidward's Suicide is a creepypasta story about the character Squidward from the Nickelodeon animated television show Spongebob Squarepants. The Smiling Man is an urban legend about a tall, silent man who allegedly stalks strangers with a manic smile.
Jeff the Killer is a creepypasta story usually accompanied by an image of a pale, nose-less man grinning. In addition to the pasta, it is also popular as a pop-up image. In the fictional game, the player character must collect pets from their cages at the Gift Plane.
However, after inputting a cheat code, the game begins to show a darker, completely different side of itself. Channel Zero Channel Zero is a horror anthology television series which takes inspiration from popular creepypastas, including "Candle Cove" and "NoEnd House," which airs on the Syfy network.