It's not even funny how late this is. I meant to do a Creepypasta countdown for Halloween, but I really wasn't on much last month. Now it's almost the end of November and I'm just submitting it.
I really wasn't feeling much like myself last month. I was pulling a hermit thing and being very anti-social. Well, I guess that's about normal by now. It's getting hard to tell if that's just how I am, or if I'm just in a temporary shit mood. I feel like I'm happier than that. I don't know anymore sometimes.
Anyway, you came here for a countdown, not to hear about any personal problems I may or may not be having. I'm happy to oblige because it takes my mind off of things, so here we go. A list of the top ten best creepypastas for your reading pleasure.10. The Holders Series
For background, The Holders is a series of ritual creepypastas involving a series of steps to claim certain objects. These objects must be kept apart, or else some great, cataclysmic event will befall us.
I enjoy this series for the most part. The fact that many of these were written by different authors is interesting, and allows you to see how creative many individuals can be when they come together. The challenges that face those who seek out the objects are incredibly difficult, which makes it believable that these are things that were never meant to be recovered and potentially come together.
I put this so low on the list because I do have a few issues with the series. Don't get me wrong, I do enjoy it, but just because I enjoy something doesn't mean I can't find some problems.
My biggest issue is with the fact that some objects grant the holder some kind of ability once they claim them. Key word: some. I could see why some people would put things on the line to reclaim some of these objects, but others simply fulfill some ambiguous purpose that is only revealed when the time that they all begin to be brought together arrives. I honestly can't see where the risks involved with the challenges would appeal to people if they're not granted something presently. The truth of the matter is that people suck, and they're more likely to pursue something if they're actually getting something out of it.
The mental institution setting gets a little repetitive. To claim many of the objects, you're told to go to a mental facility or halfway house. So many are set up like that, it's a bit jarring when you find one that isn't. I'd love to see more variety in the settings of these rituals.
The series is over all pretty interesting, and it leaves a lot up to the imagination about exactly what happens when they're brought together. Despite it's flaws, I can find enjoyment in it.www.theholders.org/?Special:Se…9. The SCP Series
I'm just going to go ahead and admit that I'm a huge sucker for stories involving secret government operations or conspiracy theories. These stories are VERY easy to screw up and go from intriguing to ridiculous. However, when you get one that manages to hold solidly all the way through, you're in for one hell of a ride. Those stories are the SCP series. If you haven't read these stories yet (though I'm assuming that almost all of you have), you're in for one hell of a ride.
The stories hold on so well because they don't go into detail about the location or teams involved in keeping the SCPs under lock. If they did, it would be easier to question the logic of the system. By leaving these aspects ambiguous, it's harder to question what goes on behind the scenes at the SCP foundation. All we know is that the government tracks down these explainable things, locks them away, and they're creepy as fuck. www.scp-wiki.net/8. BEN Drowned
This pasta holds a special place in my heart. BEN Drowned was the first creepypasta I ever read, and unlike something like Squidward's Suicide or Sonic.exe, it's not a first-time creepypasta that I'd think of fondly just because it got me into them. This is a legitimately good story.
The atmosphere is terrific. BEN Drowned is not a typical gaming pasta. I never want to pull my hair out and shout at the main character for never just turning the system off. I never roll my eyes at how stupid the scares are. BEN is a legitimately intimidating character. The reader can clearly see him affecting the main character even when he's not playing the game. It's understandable why the main character continues to play because BEN can affect his life ways that convince him to keep going.
The choice of game is spot on. Majora's Mask isn't something fluffy and charming, nor is it already a horror game. This was an E rated game with the potential to be unsettling, but never too over the top.
Every pasta that uses backwards music owes something to BEN Drowned. The only thing is, BEN Drowned actually made it creepy,
I'm setting this so low on the list, because, while it holds a special place in my heart, I've read things that are more unsettling since. BEN Drowned ends up as number one on almost every Creepypasta list, so I want to mix it up a little. creepypasta.wikia.com/wiki/BEN…7. Mr Widemouth
Mr. Widemouth is another one you've all probably read before. Because of that, I'll keep this brief. To me, the real creepiness in the story is when the author returns to the house as an adult. It makes you wonder how long Mr. Widemouth has been there, what he is, where he came from. What is his motivation? We don't know, and that's possibly scarier than a detailed backstory.6. Annie96 is Typing
I'm not going to lie, doppelgangers are one of the few things that scare the absolute shit out of me. It started when I was little and I'd have this recurring dream of going into the living room and telling my dad there was something in my closet. He'd get up and tell me there was nothing there, then I'd go in my room to check things out. After a while, he wouldn't come out, and I'd go into the room to see if he was alright. As soon as I entered the room, there'd be two of him standing there. Then they'd both turn to look at me and I'd wake up.
This story starts off with a boy talking to his friend, Annie, on a chat site. Things take a turn for the creepy when Annie starts messaging him and berating him for messing with her. Upon him asking what she's talking about, she tells him to stop standing in her garden and smiling like that...5. What You Don't See
This story is only a few sentences long. It'll only take you a couple of seconds to read it, but it's worth it. The less I say about it the better.
I can't find it written anywhere, but there are several YouTube readings of it. I'm afraid I can't go on YouTube on my laptop because of how my internet's set up at home. I won't be able to link it because of that, but if you can look it up on your own time, you won't regret it.4. Anasi's Goatman Story
I've praised this story a lot in my journals. I love this story. This is one of the few creepypastas that's left me unable to sleep.
People complain about this story having many grammar errors. It does have grammatical issues, but I overlook them for one reason. It makes the story more believable. This is a story supposedly told by a kid who encountered a creature on a camping trip that was more than a little interested in fucking with him and his friends. That's just it, he writes like a he's his age. He doesn't have "eloquent young boy syndrome" that I went on and on about when I reviewed Jeff the Killer. He's just telling his story, regardless of whether or not he gets every little word in place just how it should be.
The goatman itself is very interesting in how it's written. The worst thing it does is eat a hot dog, but it's somehow terrifying. The way it slips in and out of the group unnoticed is pure paranoia fuel.
I love everything about this story. If you haven't read it yet, you need to.creepypasta.wikia.com/wiki/Ana…3. The Showers
Have you ever had that teacher? That one teacher who's cooler than all other teachers. The guy who makes his lessons incredibly fun, isn't afraid to get off topic and converse with his students every so often, and may even toss out a curse word or two? The main character of this story has such a teacher. That teacher is Mr. Mays. One year around Halloween, Mr. Mays decides to share the scariest story he knows with his class. It also happens to be the scariest true experience he's ever had.
It's the story of the showers. It's also the story that leads the main character and his friend to search for the location years later... and ultimately wish they hadn't.www.reddit.com/r/nosleep/comme…www.reddit.com/r/nosleep/comme…2. Psychosis</u>
This is without a doubt one of my favorites. Seriously, read it. Go right now. I don't even care if you don't finish my list. Read this story.
Psychosis is a story about a man who becomes paranoid that those he's interacting with may not be who they appear to be. He refuses to leave his apartment. He sets up cameras to monitor the hall outside. He's obviously completely nuts.
Isn't he?creepypasta.wikia.com/wiki/Psy…1. Penpal
Before nosleep was invaded by click-bait stories and "My Dog Died and I Think My House is Possessed Part 80", there was 1000vultures and Penpal.
This is one of the scariest stories I've ever read in my life. I won't tell you too much about it. I went into it blind, and I believe that's how it should be read.
A man remembers the footsteps he'd hear at night as a child. He remembers the night he woke up, not in his bed, but out in the woods. From there, memories begin to surface and draw a pattern including a neighbor, a raft, a childhood pet, and seemingly innocent school project that set the horror into motion.
I'm only going to link the first chapter because this story HAS to be read in order. You can find the links to the next chapter at the end of each segment.
Prepare for nosleep to live up to its name. www.reddit.com/r/nosleep/comme…