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Day Fifty-Eight – “First Kill” (In For A Penny)

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forest“Remember—squeeze the trigger gently. Like I showed you.” Henry’s grip on the rifle faltered as he felt his father’s looming presence over his shoulder. The animal in front of him made an attempt to stand, but faltered as blood – thick, black, arterial – oozed from an existing bullet wound in its thigh and it crumpled to the ground again with a howl of pain.

The animal reached out towards him, silently pleading, and Henry swallowed against the bile at the back of his throat as he aimed between its eyes.

Please—!

The gunshot echoed through the trees – the animal let out a whimper, and fell still.

To find out more about In For A Penny, or for further entries, click here.

Day Fifty-Seven – “Susurrus” (In For A Penny)

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Two o’clock in the morning. She woke, as usual, to thebaby cot distorted audio from the monitor on the bedside table, the little green and red LED lights flashing in time with the baby’s wailing.

“S’your turn,” she mumbled, nudging the husband-shaped lump of duvet next to her before rolling back over onto her side.

Several minutes passed and she lingered somewhere in the limbo between sleep and consciousness; when she woke again it was to a blessed lack of noise from the monitor. The only sounds that came now were a voice whispering calming little nothings and the gentle susurrus of the baby’s breathing.

“Thank god,” she murmured, dropping her head and letting her eyes drift shut again just as her husband let out a muffled snore into the pillow next to her.

For more information on “In For A Penny”, or for further entries, click here. 

Halloween Tag Questions!

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Continuing the list of “videos to make when you run out of ideas”, I’ve put together a list of Halloween tag questions for any vloggers/bloggers struggling for material this October. The rules are simple: answer all thirteen, and tag an unsuspecting friend or two to do the same. SPREAD IT LIKE A PLAGUE, PEOPLE.

Ahem.

The questions are listed  below the video. Enjoy.

1) What’s your favourite horror movie?

2) If you were in a horror movie, how far do you think you would get? (Five minutes, halfway, all the way to the end credits…?)

3) Favourite scary video game?

4) Favourite scary story?

5) What’s one unusual thing that you’re afraid of?

6) What’s your first memory of Halloween?

7) What’s your favourite Halloween memory?

8) Best Halloween costume you’ve had?

9) Worst Halloween costume you’ve had?

WHICH IS SCARIER:

10) Werewolves or vampires?

11) Ghosts or zombies?

12) Creepy dolls or creepy clowns?

13) Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers or Leatherface?

Day Thirty-One – “End of the Line” (In For A Penny)

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Death stood in the doorway, watching.

He shook snow from the shoulders of his calf-length coat, brushing his shoes off on the doormat and doffing his boler hat respectfully. He didn’t really have to say anything, merely held out a hand; I took it and rose slowly out of my armchair, shedding my body like old snakeskin. I couldn’t help but glance down at my own still form, curiosity getting the better of me.

“It was quick,” he reassured me. “Like falling asleep.”

I nodded and followed him, clinging to his hand like a child.

“Where’re we going?”

“No idea.”

For more information on “In For A Penny”, or for further entries, click here.

Day Nineteen – “Wake Up” (In For A Penny)

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Sometimes, when undergoing extremelY stressful Or traUmAtic ciRcumstancEs such as a near death experIeNce, the human brain can shut Down ANd enter what is known as a fuGuE state in which the peRson drifts into an imaginarY wOrld of their own creation.

Often, traces of their trUe conscious will Mind remain, leaving clUeS and reminders ThrouGhOut the imaginary world – these messages could Be As Clear as letters in the sKy or as subtle as small print on a form. If encountered often enough, they will force the person to WAKE UP and face the trauma in front of them.

To find out more about “In For A Penny”, or for further entries, click here.

Day Fourteen – “Back and Forth” (In For A Penny)

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In for a Penny has returned! Apologies for the few-day absence.

We used to play on the swings every day after school – we looked out for each other, defended each other against the older kids and imaginary terrors alike.

Then you let your guard down. Just for a minute.

It was late, the park empty besides us two. There was a rustle in the bushes and you went off to investigate – when you came back, I was gone.

Now, you only go back there when you’re asleep. It’s even emptier in your head – just you and my swing, still swinging without me in it, and the rustling thing in the bushes.

To find out more about In For A Penny, or for further entries, click here.

The Creepypasta BAFTAs

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Creepypastas, for those who don’t know, are the Internet equivalent of camp-fire ghost stories; creative and creepy flashes of fiction and/or pictures that get passed around the Internet, reaching various levels of notoriety. Being both a fan of horror and flash fiction, I’ve read my way through my fair share of them; and so, in celebration of the upcoming Halloween, I present to you the Creepypasta BAFTAs!

[NOTE: I accept no responsibility for any nightmares caused by the contents of this blog post.]

Most Widespread Creepypasta Award – Slenderman

As far as I can tell from my extensive and arduous five minutes of googling, Slenderman originated on the Something Awful forums as  a competition entry – two photos of him lurking around a bunch of children, and an accompanying story about how those children went missing. He was quickly snapped up by other creepypasta creators and since then, has steadily risen to his position as the King of the Creepypastas. I’d bet the average person is much more likely to be able to describe Slenderman to you than define the word “creepypasta”, and we’ve yet to see any other creepypasta names like Jeff the KillerSmile Dog and The Rake get their own video game (though I’m sure it’s only a matter of time).

Imagine battling this guy on the xbox in the dark. Jeez.

For more information, click HERE.

Shortest Creepypasta Award – Knock

“The last man on Earth sat alone in a room. There was a knock at the door….”

This also wins the award for the oldest creepypasta because it was, in fact, written in 1948… well before Tim Burners-Lee gave birth to the Internet. As well as being a microfiction in its own right, it is also the first two lines of a short science-fiction story by Fredric Brown; having read the story, I much prefer the two-sentence version. Leaves a lot more to the imagination.

Longest Creepypasta Award – BEN DROWNED (or “Majora’s Mask”)

Okay, so maybe you’re groaning at this inclusion since it’s gone horribly viral, but this lengthy beast is still worth the time it takes to read. Comprised of chat logs, videos and prose, it chronicles the experiences of a young man who buys a Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask game cartridge haunted by “Ben”, who drowned in a lake as a child.

Read Ben Drowned HERE

Dumbest Creepypasta Award – The Day Of All The Blood and WHO WAS PHONE

One of the unfortunate things about fiction on the Internet is that sometimes, one has to sift through layers and layers of the mediocre and the downright dumb to get to the good stuff. These two pieces, however, are almost so bad they’re good. ALMOST.

Urge… to correct… spelling and grammar… rising…

 

I can’t tell if WHO WAS PHONE is a monumentally failed attempt at a genuine creepypasta or simply a parody by a trolling forum user – either way, it’s ridiculous. The Day Of All The Blood, however, is just downright – well – weird. I won’t explain it, but do enjoy this rather amusing dramatic reading complete with trippy animation.

The Childhood Ruiner Award – Squidward’s Suicide and Dead Bart

The “Lost Episode” is a common form for creepypastas to take, and these two are by far the most notorious examples. Both are anecdotes, in which the narrator watches an unscreened episode of Spongebob Squarepants/ The Simpsons – at first, the episode seems a little off, and gradually becomes more and more twisted until you will never look at Squidward Tentacles or Bart Simpson in quite the same way again. “Squidward’s Suicide” is the scarier of the two, but the last paragraph or so of “Dead Bart” really got me.

Read Squidward’s Suicide HERE
Read Dead Bart HERE

Best Plot Twist Award – Candle Cove

“Candle Cove” is told through an online comment thread, in which several users discuss their memories of a children’s TV show of the same name from the 1970s. It starts off innocent enough; but as the comment thread progresses, people’s memories of the show become more morbid and frightening…

Read Candle Cove HERE

Best Picture Creepypasta Award – Who Are You Running From?

This is an odd choice, perhaps, given that there are plenty of more disturbing creepypasta pictures out there, but I picked this one because unlike the many other haunted-games-console stories, the story behind this one is entirely true. Back when every kid owned a game-boy, there was an accessory called the “Game Boy Camera” which allowed you to take small, grainy photographs with your games console. On the menu were five options, the last of which was the word “Run”, a word which became responsible for scaring the pants off small children in Japan and America all through the nineties. When “Run” was selected, the screen would freeze for three seconds, and abruptly switch to this:

Needless to say, any child in possession of a Game Boy Camera lived in perpetual fear of accidentally selecting that option.

 

And, finally…

Scariest Creepypasta Award – The Russian Sleep Experiment

This one is downright disturbing: a gruesome account of how Russian scientists test a gas designed to keep people awake around the clock on five political prisoners, and the slow descent into insanity as the prolonged sleep deprivation drives the test subjects completely and utterly out of their minds. This resonated with me particularly, given that I’m an insomniac (I once stayed awake for near enough five days and ended up having a lengthy conversation with my cat before deciding that my bed had eyes and spending several minutes muttering that I wasn’t “going to sleep in that monstrosity” – true story). Quite a lengthy creepypasta, and certainly not for the faint-hearted, this story is so convincingly written in the style of a factual historical report that I almost genuinely believed it… it also made me feel rather queasy.

Read it HERE.

Honorable Mentions

Bad Dream

Short but sweet, this one is a personal favourite. It is not by any means the scariest I have have ever read, but the second person narrative and the excellent cliff-hanger are brilliantly executed.

Read it HERE.

PLEASE WAKE UP

Only a little longer than “Bad Dream”, this one-paragraph wonder uses meta in a way that leaves a lasting impression.

Read it HERE.

An Hour Ago

Very cleverly done, with chilling narrative symmetry – I had this as a runner-up for the Best Plot Twist Award.

Read it HERE

The Other Watcher

Not the best-written creepypastaa out there, but still worth a mention; a three-paragraph quickie that you read, read again, and then back away from very quickly as you realise what just happened. Another runner-up for the Best Plot Twist Award.

Read it HERE

And thus concludes my halloween master post… happy nightmares!

– AnnaMay