Hey there, Pollywog!
When I wrote about overcoming Resistance in our creative projects, I mentioned that one thing I do to make work sessions more fun and relaxing* is listen to spooky stories, also known as Creepypastas.
Here’s a list of some of my favorites, told by some of my favorite Youtube narrators. They range from slightly creepy to downright disturbing (in the best possible way), and I hope they’ll help your productivity as much as they’ve helped mine.
At the very least, I hope they’ll give you a good scare and spark your interest in this new generation of writers and storytellers.
So without further ado…
Polly’s favorite scary stories
Elegy for Devil’s Lake. Written by Andrew Sova, narrated by Natenator77.
Bright Eyes. Written by Marcus Arias, narrated by Natenator77.
The Pastel Man. Written by Vincent Vena Cava, narrated by MrCreepypasta
Psychosis. Written by Matt Dymerski, narrated by Jeff Clement.
The Thing That Will Kill Me. Written by Ashley Rose Wellman, narrated by Will Rogers.
Real Hunger Can’t Be Fed. Written by H.K. Reyes, narrated by Andrea Rose and Jeff Clement.
The Tale of Robert Elm. Written by Nick Spence, narrated by Otis Jiry.
The Advent Calendar. Written by Michael Whitehouse, narrated by CreepyPastaJr.
The Tea Lady. Written by Ginger, narrated by Natenator77.
The Mourner. Written by Gareth Shore, narrated by Alicia Pavlis, with David Lewis Richardson and Peter Bishop.
The Smiling Man. Written by Blue_tidal, narrated by Jeff Clement.
Family. Written and narrated by Liam Vickers.
On a Hill. Written by Michael Whitehouse, narrated by CreepsMcPasta.
Vampires in Romania, written and narrated by Liam Vickers.
Bedtime. Written by Michael Whitehouse, narrated by Otis Jiry.
Mescalune’s Mobile Cinema. Written by Lex Joy, narrated by CreepyPastaJr.
Crazy Quilt. Written by S.E. Quinn, Narrated by Liam Vickers.
Forgotten Valentine. Written and narrated by Michael Whitehouse.
The Paranormal Investigators. Written by Vincent Vena Cava, narrated by Jeff Clement.
Water puppet. Written by Emma Froh, narrated by Otis Jiry.
The Swing. Written by Dan David, narrated by Jeff Clement
The Song and Dance Man. Written by Anonymous, narrated by Otis Jiry.
So funny… they’re almost deadly.
The Jimmy Rustler. Narrated by Liam Vickers. I’ve listened to this one almost a dozen times, and I still laugh until I cry. Genius.
The Day of All the Blood. Written by Jonathan Wojcik, narrated by Otis Jiry. Ditto.
Jeff the Killer, Hyper British Edition. Written by Captain Wuggins, narrated by Michael Leroi. You need to be familiar with the original Jeff the Killer story to really appreciate this. It’s hilarious.
If you’re a horror fan like I am, I hope you’ll give these stories a listen and let me know what you think. And if you have any favorites that I haven’t listed, leave a comment or send me an email, and I’ll check them out.**
*I’ve been obsessed with horror ever since I was five years old and I overheard my mom describe another adult as a ‘walking skeleton.’ I took her literally and spent the next few weeks too terrified — and excited — to sleep. I was sure the skeleton would creep into my room and wrap its bony hands around my throat.
This led to a lifetime of chasing chilling tales, and eventually, to these stories becoming less scary and more soothing. Kind of like… morbid lullabies. These days, it takes a lot to scare this polymath, but when it happens, it’s still thrilling.
**If they’re about well-known cartoon characters or haunted video games, I probably won’t include them. I appreciate these stories because they were some of the earliest creepypastas, but… how can I put this? No. Nope. A big old bucket of nope. Also, nope.