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They are the horror stories that circulate the internet, terrorizing innocent surfers with tales of gore, horror and death. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 scariest creepypastas.
For this list, we’ve taken the internet stories, whether they be rumor, fact or fiction, that scare us the most. Since we’ve already posted a video on creepiest video game rumors, topics like Ben Drowned, Sonic.exe or any hacked versions of Pokémon won’t be on the list. With that said, buckle up and prepare to hide behind your keyboards!
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#10: Abandoned by Disney
After a large-scale Disney-Theme Park called Mowgli’s Palace was abandoned for apparently no reason, one blogger decided to investigate it. Upon exploring the grounds, he found graffiti’d signs that said “abandoned by Disney” all over the place. Eventually, he entered an area off the main lobby that was labeled for “mascots only.” There, he found a crude Mickey Mouse costume lying on the floor, which got up, and proceeded to pull off its own head, revealing yellow, curdling blood. On the wall behind him read the words “abandoned by god.”
Imagine a zombie apocalypse, only worse. After an oil tanker spill, more and more people become infected with brain parasites, causing them to lash out and kill anyone and anything near them. One individual tries to take shelter in his bathroom, but a horde soon breaks into his house. Instead of trying to break down the door, they start to whisper constantly, trying to persuade him to join them. They are aware, they are smart and they are patient. After days on end, their offer starts to sound tempting…
#8: Smile Dog
No one likes chain-mail, especially when it has such a creepy attachment. Smile.jpg is the image of a sinister looking dog with human teeth. That sounds scary enough, but smile dog drives those who see him mad with fits of epilepsy and anxiety. He also asks the recipient to spread the word. If they don’t, the image changes into something more horrific, and will cause endless nightmares until the victim is driven to suicide. Some even say this creepypasta began with the image of the devil.
#7: The Rake
Nothing like a good monster to scare the crap outta you. A set of accounts describes a hairless creature that appears suddenly in the houses of its victims. It’s been known to stalk and terrorize its prey for weeks on end, though its motives are never clear. Those he targets are either filled with fear, or—oddly—concern for his wellbeing. One woman who met him in her bedroom one night lost both her daughter and her husband to this mysterious being. It’s enigmatic as much as it is terrifying.
#6: Squidward’s Suicide
The last thing you’d associate with horror is SpongeBob SquarePants, but this apparently lost episode would prove you dead wrong. An intern describes his account of watching an uncut episode of the cartoon prior to its airing, which begins with Squidward being booed off after a clarinet concert. What follows is a series of images that jump between Squidward sobbing and screaming and single-frame photos of murdered children. Finally, Squidward takes a shotgun and ends his own life with a pull of the trigger.
#5: The Keyhole
A hotel receptionist warns a customer that there’s an unnumbered room in the hotel he should not approach. Sure enough, the man finds it, and his curiosity gets the better of him. He looks into the keyhole, and sees a woman dressed completely in white, unmoving. The next day when he looks again; he sees only red. At checkout, he admits his deed to the receptionist, who tells him that a man murdered his wife in that room, and her ghost haunts it. She’s white as snow, and her eyes are completely red.
#4: Candle Cove
This is the one show you’d never want your kids to watch. On an Internet forum, a few friends discuss an old, local television show they used to watch, and how demented it seemed looking back. And even with a villain called the Skin-Taker and one episode that featured endless screaming from the cast of pirate puppets, the creepiest element came from the parents, who said that the kids had been watching nothing but static.
#3: The Russian Sleep Experiment
In the 1940s, Russian scientists sealed five political prisoners in a chamber, and pumped in a gas that prevented them from sleeping. Paranoia and silence followed, and on the 15th day the doors opened to a gruesome scene. One of the five was dead and torn apart; while the others had ripped pieces off their own bodies. Eventually, all but one of the subjects’ hearts stopped after falling asleep. Before he was shot and killed, the lone survivor said this: “Have you forgotten so easily? We are you. We are the madness that lurks within you all, begging to be free at every moment in your deepest animal mind. We are what you hide from in your beds every night. We are what you sedate into silence and paralysis when you go to the nocturnal haven where we cannot tread.”
#2: Jeff the Killer
One of the most famous creepypasta characters to date, Jeff the Killer is simply a psychotic murderer born of a fatal accident. After being badly burned during a fight with some local kids, the once innocent Jeff lost his sanity upon seeing his scarred face. After carving a smile onto his mouth and cutting off his eyelids, he viciously killed his mother, father and brother. The last he said before gutting them was “shhh, go to sleep.” The worst part? He’s still at large, haunting people with his terrifying visage.
Before our number one arises from our nightmares, here are few horrific honorable mentions:
- The Grifter
- The Angel Statue
- Robert the Doll
- Anasi’s Goatman Story
- Annora Petrova
#1: The Slender Man
He’s an icon of horror, gaming, and memes everywhere. A mythological faceless, pale man in a suit, this creature skyrocketed to fame with the game, The Eight Pages, where he relentlessly purses the player. Said to be able to teleport, stretch his limbs, grow tendrils, and has a tendency to impale his victims (mostly children) onto branches, the Slenderman will not be forgotten soon. Make sure not to look him in the eye or—
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