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Thursday, 31 December 2015

Torn From The Headlines: Creepypasta...


"Creepypasta", if I'm understanding this correctly, is the phenomenon of modern-day, Internet-spread, urban legends - campfire horror stories spread through the world wide web (the most famous, I guess, being The Slender Man, which even made it on to Supernatural as #thinman).

These tales of unnerving make-believe - almost all originating from "unnamed sources" - are perfect fodder for gaming inspiration, even if quite a large number skirt a bit close to the bone (tread carefully if you have sensitive souls at your gaming table).

If you're not inclined to trawl the recesses of the web hunting down strands of 'creepypasta', then the horror film web site Blumhouse runs a weekly feature, with the latest installment being about a mythical TV show called Where The Bad Kids Go.

This particular Videodrome-esque 'show' echoed a particularly gruesome tale from the site a couple of weeks earlier: Mr Bear's Cellar.


I love this idea of "lost" or "forgotten" TV shows or films as the modern equivalent of HP Lovecraft's sanity-molesting tomes - such as the Necronomicon.

This concept was encapsulated in the incredible episode of Masters of Horror, John Carpenter's Cigarette Burns, starring Norman Reedus as a film hunter on the trail of La Fin Absolue du Monde, a legendary lost movie with the power to drive viewers to madness.

Of course, the granddaddy of all Creepypasta sites is the Creepypasta Wiki, which has a really great introduction to the concept, that alone provides fuel for the inventive gamesmaster... and probably nightmares!

3 comments:

  1. I remember stumbling across the Candle Cove discussion threads some years ago.
    I did sort of believe it for a while. Hey, the US government admits to some really messed up stuff already, so you have to figure the stuff they won't admit to...

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    1. I remember coming across a story about the "suicide mouse" clip a couple of years ago, but simply logged it as an "urban myth", unaware of the whole creepypasta deal!

      And a Happy New Year to you and yours. Best wishes for 2016!

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