Midnight Dancer

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Have you ever had one of those feelings that something was wrong? I don’t mean during the day either, but at night. I mean that sudden unprovoked feeling of dread that commands you to wake. Funny, it’s almost like nocturnal evil gives something off that your sleeping brain picks up on. I had one of those recently. It forced me up at 3 a.m. Normally when you have that feeling you’d lay still feigning sleep, or if you’re feeling adventurous you’d take a quick check around the house. After you failed to discover anything you’d inevitably crawl back to sleep. I should have done that this time.

I should have stayed asleep.

That night I sat straight up. For the longest time I sat there staring into the dark of my house before I even realized that I was awake. Then came the fear, that slow strangling feeling that constricts your chest and worms its way down your throat. I was alone in my home wide eyed and afraid with no explanation. I couldn’t hear the tell-tale signs of a break in downstairs, or the phantom sounds of a leaking pipe. I had no reason to be freaked out, but I was.

Without much thought I got up and walked over to the window. I don’t know why I did. I peeled back just enough of the curtain to poke my head through and I stared out into my moonlit backyard.

I should have stayed asleep.

Outside prancing around my garden was a clown. It had ruffles around its sleeves and collar, baggy pants and floppy shoes. Its painted white face was even topped off with a big red rubber nose. It was without a doubt the last thing I wanted to see at three in the morning.

It danced in complete silence doing a step that only a madman or a child could understand. Its playful manner was haunting. I watched with dread fascination as it circled the garden trying my best to ignore the growing lump in my throat. It moved around pausing occasionally to play with my gardening tools or sniff the budding plants. Then it waltzed over to an oak sapling I had planted and disappeared. I blinked. This wasn’t possible. It walked behind the thin infant plant but didn’t come out the other side. I should have seen it the entire time but I didn’t. It was like the clown had walked through a door hidden by the sapling.

I should have stayed asleep.

I hoped that everything was some sort of waking dream. Pretending nothing happened was easier than the truth. The clown came back though. Night after night I watched as it danced around my backyard, and at the end of every night it would vanish the same way. One night it disappeared behind a garden hoe only for it to appear seconds later from behind the lawnmower.

Tonight I found it digging a hole in the middle of the yard. I’ve never seen it do something like this before and my immediate thought is that the clown is digging my grave. The hole got deeper and deeper as the clown dug until the top of the hole reached its head. Once finished, it stood at the edge of the hole motionless when out of nowhere it jerked its head around. My heart pounded so hard that I could taste the copper in my mouth. I’m about the tear away from the curtain when I see it bend down and pluck a flower. The clown put the stem between its teeth and planted the shovel firm in the ground before stretching out pretend suspenders and admiring its work like a farmer. My heart was still racing at this point but I was just glad that it didn’t see me.
As if the thing read my mind it turned on its heel and stared right at me. I never thought I’d actually pray for a heart attack. It spit out the flower and ran toward me its feet flopping to the sides. It stopped a few feet from the house grinning at me with filthy orange teeth as it pointed to the hole and waved me over excitedly like a child showing off a finger painting. Frozen in place the only thing I could do was furiously shake my head no.

The clown’s smile fell and it scratched its head as if confused. Then it walked over to the hole and pointed at it again. I would have told it to fuck off if I could. It stood there for a moment before animatedly acting out its “aha!” moment. It then waltzed over to the planted shovel and disappeared behind it. I stared wide eyed hoping it would reappear in the yard like before. I silently prayed for this until the moment I heard my closet creak open.

I should have stayed asleep.

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  • Commented on May 19, 2015 at 4:38 am

    I hate clowns to begin with so this right here fucked me up…. qwq *nails shut closet door* good job

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  • Commented on May 19, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    My mom just made big garden right outside my bedroom window…thanks for that.

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  • Commented on May 21, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    You know it would be good if you started making more story’s about the same clown because nothing gets more peoples attention than a whole lot of story’s because people love what they can continue to read and love.

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  • fluffymatt
    Commented on May 20, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    I can imagine that image thanks a lot also I loved it, it gave me goose bumps when I read it *throws closet out the window*

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  • Commented on May 19, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    I thought it was an awesome story 🙂

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  • Commented on May 20, 2015 at 9:57 pm

    Fuck I’m going to have a hard time sleeping before finals tomorrow…

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  • Commented on May 21, 2015 at 12:50 am

    Reviewing this one I got the chills. 12/10

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  • Commented on May 22, 2015 at 1:20 am

    Absolutely LOVED this pasta. I hate clowns so much and this was so creepy and suspenseful. 10/10 😛

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  • Commented on May 24, 2015 at 12:34 am

    As I was reading this, I was, like, “this isn’t creepy at all.”

    …until I got to that second to last line. Dx

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  • Commented on May 20, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    I love this one its good do more please. I loved the title. I wish i could write like this.

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  • Commented on May 20, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    Amazing! Great detail. definitely a good scare for our coulrophobia friends. Scared me. I’ll definitely be nailing some closet doors tonight.

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  • Commented on May 26, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    Clowns are one of mans worst creations. It’s very detailed and….. creepy. Like multiple choice.

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  • Commented on May 28, 2015 at 11:49 pm

    i really like this story, it’s got good plot and very good details.
    it literally gave me goosebumps and made my heart race.
    clowns can be funny but i’m not a fan of them when they get creepy, hahaha.
    good story, love it, keep it coming. 🙂

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  • Victoria
    Commented on May 21, 2015 at 9:59 am

    The thing is, if you’re not scared of clowns to begin with, this isn’t very impressive. Now I don’t hate the story, but it didn’t impress me either. The character didn’t act very realistically, and considering it was “night after night”, you’d think he would call the police? talk to someone? eventually yell at the clown to piss off? not just ignore what happened? If he assumed the clown was digging his grave, why didn’t he do anything? This is just one problem I have with the story, though. The figure of speech that the main character gave such as “I never thought I’d actually pray for a heart attack” broke the immersion for me. Why did he hope to die when what he was worried about in the first place was getting killed by the clown? (hence the mention of “digging my grave”). And I don’t think that the fact that it’s written in past tense helps this story very much. If he’s talking in past tense, then that means the main character is unharmed, which also breaks the immersion for me. This is just a few, though the main problems I have with this story. Am I being too harsh? It’s not my intention. :/

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  • Commented on May 22, 2015 at 6:54 am

    I really enjoyed this story, I felt really immersed in this one. I would like to feature this on my YouTube channel with a narration of it 😀

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  • Commented on May 22, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    Very creepy. I like the writing style. Maybe a bit more detail, perhaps.

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  • Commented on June 16, 2015 at 2:53 am

    Cool! This story was really scary, since I’m afraid of clowns. Good Job!

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  • Im_Cat_Bug54
    Commented on May 22, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    I like the writing style. 🙂

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  • Commented on May 24, 2015 at 7:02 am

    Short, simple and horrifying! I really enjoyed it.

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  • The One Potato
    Commented on December 22, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    Personally I love clowns and no matter what i will still love them.

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  • Commented on May 19, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    I found this really creepy and I like it. Maybe more vivid details next time. Also I love how you used the title multiple times in the pasta, made it seem more like a creepy poem.

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  • Commented on May 29, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    Oh my fucking clown. Good story though.

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  • Commented on May 30, 2015 at 3:25 am

    Hey Mr.Baubas I did a reading of your story if you would like to check it out.

    Here’s the link https://youtu.be/7Z-IIUGCnig

    I’m not trying to advertise, but I can take it down if needed. I hope you enjoy it! Let me know!

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  • Commented on May 30, 2015 at 6:55 am

    The Creepypasta was very original.Good job

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  • Commented on June 16, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    Freaky. Just crazy man. I would love to see more stories like this. I would give it 7 stars if I could.

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  • Commented on June 17, 2015 at 10:04 am

    Kinda saw it coming when he started digging but still got really bad chills. Holy shit. Good job, OP.

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  • Commented on June 17, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    Very nicely written! I give it 9/10 breads.

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  • Commented on June 19, 2015 at 7:25 am

    Damn! That was awesome! (: It gave me a perfect picture of it happening in my mind! Great job!

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  • Commented on June 24, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    I loved it ^~^

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  • Commented on July 8, 2015 at 4:46 pm

    This sent the chilly willies up and down my spine, feels like that clown is watching me now.. Thaaanks. Lol all in all good story, write more please!

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  • Commented on August 5, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    Great story, pretty scary! Keep up the good work!

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  • Commented on August 8, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    I love this 🙂

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  • Commented on May 21, 2016 at 6:44 am

    IT’S BACK

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  • Ellips8
    Commented on October 24, 2016 at 4:40 am

    This is so scary I wanna cry

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  • Commented on December 20, 2016 at 12:47 am

    9/10 ” I should of stayed asleep. ” Is said 4 times!!!!! To many times. If not for the clown coming in the home,digging a gave and stalking him. I would of given you a 6/10. Your ok now, I think that it is so good that I would like to see Midnight Dancer 2!!!!!!!!!! :3

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  • Commented on February 24, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    holy monkey nuts that was amazing i feel sick with nerves now ahaha that was great

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  • Maha
    Commented on April 23, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    I am scared of clown ……..gosh this was really creepy omg i m gone

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  • Commented on April 29, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    Aha! That gave me chills! Great story

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  • Commented on May 22, 2015 at 12:55 am

    well ain’t that swell

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  • Commented on May 23, 2015 at 10:25 am

    I thought this was a pretty good story. Good job!

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  • Commented on May 24, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    If you want to hear this Midnight Dancer read aloud, go here. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0rU3eVI5pCeBbwyeStyJKA

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  • Commented on May 24, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    Woah…it was good but a bit more detail would’ve made it better, definitely…but the whole clown thing just didn’t get to my head…I was expecting like a woman in a red dress or something honestly…

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  • Commented on May 30, 2015 at 9:38 am

    Hello. I did a video about this on YouTube made sure to give you credit in the description and a link to this page. I thought I would just leave a comment here to let you know. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbKMse5StYM

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  • Commented on May 30, 2015 at 7:18 pm

    i absolutely hate clowns, this is an amazing story and all, but ehhhhh *shivers* i don’t think i can sleep at all anymore.

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  • Commented on June 1, 2015 at 8:39 am

    Why didn’t he/she just tell a friend about this clown?
    The story was really good, I love the details and how youre describing the person’s feelings.
    But if that person was me I would start googling and asking friends around- Or even call the police. Dont want magic madmen roaming around in my garden ;_;
    Great story! 😀 Would like to see more! :3

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  • Commented on June 2, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7YZ7Pxno4w

    Here’s my narrative of ‘Midnight Dancer’ “I should have stayed asleep…”

    -Horrorstudio1

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  • Commented on June 3, 2015 at 7:58 am

    I made this a while ago and forgot to send it to you! Enjoy! https://youtu.be/63TAw2la18U

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  • Commented on June 16, 2015 at 2:38 am

    This is really good i love these type of things

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  • Commented on September 5, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    I really liked this. Maybe a little more detail but the fact I’m scared of clowns… it was a little creepy

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  • Commented on October 30, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    Simply incredible!

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  • Commented on November 13, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    For school we have to choose our favorite scary story and I was just wondering if I could possibly use this one?

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  • Commented on November 22, 2015 at 8:46 am

    I’m not scared of clowns, but this gave me the shivers.

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  • Commented on November 30, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    I really enjoyed this…short and sweet, with haunting punch line.

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  • Commented on March 13, 2016 at 4:50 am

    I already hated clowns, I didn’t think I could hate them more, untill I read this! Excellent pasta!

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  • Miss Muffet
    Commented on June 18, 2016 at 2:20 am

    no thanks
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  • Commented on October 11, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    Woohoo! My closet doesn’t have doors!… Wait a minute…

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  • Commented on July 4, 2017 at 11:44 am

    This frightened me to the core, I can picture it all in my head. I imagine it’s much more terrifying for those with coulrophobia (myself included in that) but even still, the mute, silly and playful actions of the clown have a very sinister quality to them. Very good pasta!

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  • Commented on August 6, 2017 at 3:04 am

    OMGGGGGGG WHYYYY I HATE CLOWNSSSSS *shoves everything infront of closet*

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  • Commented on May 22, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    hahaha that was hilariously small and funny that is why i love clown’s

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  • Commented on May 29, 2015 at 2:58 am

    I loved it, but why the clown? I’m having a hard time envisioning a bad clown let alone an evil one. But overall great story.

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  • Commented on May 18, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    eh not very good

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