Nyctophilia

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I’ve always loved the dark.

It feels warm and welcoming. Like a mask, hiding all the stress and emotion that the daylight shows so explicitly and replacing them with a sensuous feeling. The dark reveals your true nature and abolishes the facade you play during the daytime.

Yes. The dark is good. You can be yourself in the dark and not feel judged or threatened all the while by being yourself.

That’s why I love the night so much. You can just relax in the blackness, surrounded by nothing but shadow. Allowing the dark to overcome your senses and numb them down until you feel nothing at all but complete weightlessness.

Then, when sleep finally takes control, you are thrusted into even deeper darkness. Infinite darkness. Just black empty space. An endless void your mind creates to help you drift off into unconsciousness.

But why? Why is it always black? Have you ever thought about that? Whenever we close our eyes, we are met with black. But why?

You don’t notice it, do you? You don’t think about it. It’s just there. Like breathing, blinking. After a while your subconscious just accepts that when we close our eyes, we see darkness. Empty darkness.

Why is it then that people are scared of the dark?

An average human being will sleep for 229,961 hours of their lifetime. For one whole third of their life, they will live in darkness. Complete and utter darkness.

If we really were scared of the dark, why do we have the ability to close our eyes and sleep for so long. So long in the black oblivion.

You see, I think no one is truly afraid of the dark. That’s just an illusion. An illsuion we produce to trick ourselves into thinking that there is no such thing as monsters.

We’ve all heard that story haven’t we?

About the night terrors that roam around in the night – claws raised, teeth bared – ready to attack the young, naive child as they sleep in their beds, unaware of their demonic presence because they can’t see them. Don’t lie to yourself, you were like that once. Sitting awake, clutching at the sheets as your stare at your ceiling or glancing around your room. Perhaps you had a nightlight. A ‘Holy Crucifix’ of sorts that were used to ward off the monsters. To protect you.

Well I think, as you grow up, you begin to tell yourself that in all your childlike innocence, you were never scared of the evil that lurked in the shadows, you were simply afraid of the dark. That’s what you believe. As you grow up, you tend to grow out of this fear and relish in the dark like I do. But this fear can remain with you in adulthood. In fact it’s one of the most common phobias – nyctophobia. Even as a fully matured adult, you still fear the emptiness.

Or do you?

You see, the statistics prove that we spend a long time sleeping. A long time in the dark. We never seem to mind, even if we are terribly scared of that darkness. But why?

I think your subconscious is telling you that they are still there. A small part of you still holds strong on your childhood memories of being alone in the dark with the night terrors. But this time, you have no light to guard you. Obviously adults don’t tend to own those little night lights anymore do they? They say they don’t need them anymore. They call it a silly childhood fear of the dark. They say there is no such thing as night terrors.

But what do they know? If they lived long enough to mature into adulthood, they’ve probably never seen one.

My opinion is that we all have nyctophilia. A general love for the dark that helps us sleep. Even those that claim they have a fear for the night. They love the dark. I love the dark.

You really were never scared of the dark. It really was an illusion our minds created to reassure ourselves we are safe at night.

To reassure us that there are no such things as night terrors.

I love the dark. I always have. It feels…. Homely. Warm and comforting. Like I’ve always been in the dark. It’s fun being in the dark. Feeling free. Feeling… Safe.

I know you like the dark too. When you come home from work, tired and tense, and you flop onto your bed, stretching your aching muscles, getting ready to sleep. Yes. You love the dark. I know.

You still fear it though. An occasional scan around your room before you allow your body to shift into sleep mode. It’s amusing really.

You know damn straight what you fear and it ain’t the dark.

It’s me.

I like watching you sleep. The way you toss and turn, the way you sigh contently when you get comfortable… The way you jump up in surprise when you hear a noise.

You haven’t changed much from when you were a child. Not really. You still fear me.

But this time, I’m not going to let you get away. You are unprotected now. No nightlight. No nothing. Completely and utterly alone in the dark.

With me.

I’ve always loved the dark.

So have you.

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  • Commented on February 24, 2017 at 1:07 am

    This story is a great one, also gave me goosebumps a bit. One of the things that I wasn’t expected though was the POV of the narrator at the end.

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  • Commented on February 24, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    I reviewed this yesterday. I have to say, it calls back to some nice classing creepypastas. Goosebumps really shines when it comes to this. I enjoyed it. It could be added on though.
    Overall, keep writing. -Creepymasta

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  • Commented on February 25, 2017 at 1:38 am

    Its so good

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  • Commented on February 27, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    strangely enough I never was afraid of the dark. I loved the dark and was scared of scary creatures lurking in it. Even as a kid I knew that.

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  • Commented on March 25, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    Thank you so much for all the kind words, guys. I wrote this around the same time I wrote my other pasta (which is a horrendously bad story and I despise it’s existence) so I’m quite surprised at how well this turned out. The grammatical errors and constant use of rhetorical questions drive me insane but I’m actually proud of this pasta (considering I wrote it when I was 12 and didn’t know what a semi-colon was). I’ve always loved the dark and at age 15, I still do. So, I’m glad this story has done well. But, as I commented on my other pasta, it’s unlikely that I’ll write another story because I’ve sort of ‘outgrown’ my Creepypasta obsession phase. Even so, I appreciate all the support and I’m honoured by all those people who made audio tracks; I’ve listened to some of them and they’re wonderful. Thank you 🙂

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  • Commented on March 5, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    I can’t tell you how good this was. I really love plot twists like this. I got a free lesson out of it too.
    😀

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  • Commented on March 1, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    Very nicely done. Left me wanting to know what “it” is.

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  • Commented on February 24, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    Very unique story. More details would make it perfect

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  • k240
    Commented on February 24, 2017 at 2:58 am

    This story was really good. It actually made me look out of my window. It’s dark. I wasn’t expecting that ending though.

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  • Commented on February 24, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    Great story. I’m impressed that you were able to bring me to a certain creepy place that most writers can’t. You’re “flow” could use a little work, though, it tends to bother me, as a reader when the same word is repeated not too far from the first instance, or if it is just overused in general.

    For example, you used the word, “really” 12 times in this piece. At a certain point, it just started to feel redundant, which momentarily took me away from your writing.

    Still though, excellent piece. Wonderful idea, magnificent Story, and a great ending, even with the faults in redundancy I found myself enjoying this piece. Workout your little flow kinks and I’d say this is a 5/5 creepypasta.

    I enjoyed reading this very much.

    (Side note: I am no professional writer. My opinion is my opinion and you could very well know more than me. So by all means if you read your story over and decide it’s perfect, go with your gut.

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  • Commented on February 27, 2017 at 2:02 am

    by the way Triston, I subbed and joined the notification squad… Lucky subscriber #24, I hope you make it as a big creepster on youtube.

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  • Commented on March 14, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    me too love dark

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  • Commented on March 24, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    WTF. UNSPOILED SLEEPING FOR ME. GOOD ONE THO

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  • Commented on February 28, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    Fantastic new story (about time people ) … An extreamlly tasty pasta indeed. 10/10

    Oh and I do indeed love the dark…. I’m a true goth (not some wet end emo playing dress up).

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  • Commented on February 24, 2017 at 5:47 am

    That was awesome

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  • Commented on February 24, 2017 at 8:50 am

    gives a creeeeepy feeling

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  • Commented on February 25, 2017 at 2:01 am

    I found this kind of cliche and boring, but I see potential in you. Keep Writing! 3/10

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  • Commented on February 25, 2017 at 3:36 am

    now I’m not saying I’m MrCreepyPasta or CreepsMcPasta, but I did narrate this story on youtube. link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QU7BvmCFMnI

    (Looking for good Creepypasta’s to read)

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  • Commented on February 26, 2017 at 7:11 am

    Skillfully placed plot twist, very chilling and fear-inducing. 8.5/10, loved it so much and please continue your writing.

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  • Commented on February 27, 2017 at 1:58 am

    I loved sinking my teeth into this delicious pasta, great job, and kill me please. :3

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  • Commented on March 6, 2017 at 6:04 am

    I expected the night terror to be the narrator and it STILL gave me goosebumps. Jokes on you as I have a built in green lightbulb I keep on in my ceiling fan

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  • BEAT
    Commented on April 16, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    “Don’t lie to yourself, you were like that once. Sitting awake, clutching at the sheets as your stare at your ceiling or glancing around your room. Perhaps you had a nightlight. A ‘Holy Crucifix’ of sorts that were used to ward off the monsters. To protect you.” sorry, but you can’t say that. I never had a nightlight or sth like that, NEVER. And I never was scared of the darkness. I liked darkness since I was a litlle kid and I was never afraid of it.
    (sorry for my Enhlish, its not my first language)

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  • Commented on March 4, 2017 at 6:18 am

    It was a nice story

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  • Commented on March 12, 2017 at 12:04 am

    Your creepypasta was awesome, your use of words fitted perfectly within the theme. And i too love the dark 🙂

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  • Commented on March 14, 2017 at 12:11 am

    This was great it really made me think of how people are afraid of the dark but will sleep in it. The ending was a great twist too. Please keep up with the great work I’d love to read more of your stories!!

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  • Commented on March 15, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    Wow! that just made me smile and made me feel creepy

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  • Commented on March 19, 2017 at 4:51 am

    I’ve never been afraid of the dark. Just what’s in the dark.

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  • Commented on April 4, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    ICAR E WHATYOUT HINK

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  • Commented on April 30, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    Very well done. I liked the nice twist at the end. 5/5

    I narrated this over on Youtube. If you’d like to check it out and leave some feedback that’d be much appreciated.

    https://youtu.be/Fn5mMyMx88I

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  • Commented on September 16, 2017 at 6:47 am

    Even though I’m not afraid of the dark itself, I am terrified of what can hide in the dark. That is why I have a lava lamp near my bed, and a nightlight by the door. (Also so that I don’t trip on anything when getting up to use the bathroom.)

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  • Commented on February 24, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    I like the dark and cant fear anything because I suffer from a mental disorder but this creepypasta was awesome

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  • Commented on February 27, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    I love the twist at the end

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  • Commented on February 28, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    This is a really good story and I’ve seen it popping up on many other sites or apps I use. It’s an extremely well executed story and, though short, it entertained me for a good bit.

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  • Commented on February 28, 2017 at 11:15 pm

    I really enjoyed your story. Well written. It’s a beautiful master piece.

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  • Commented on March 1, 2017 at 2:18 am

    Great Job Man!

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  • Commented on March 2, 2017 at 2:13 am

    woah i love this! i am also a nyctophile! i truly adore the darkness, cos darkness is my friend xx

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  • Commented on March 2, 2017 at 4:38 am

    7/10 decent pasta

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  • Commented on March 2, 2017 at 11:24 am

    Really, really good.. Nice Work!!

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  • Commented on March 3, 2017 at 10:46 am

    Awesome..

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  • Commented on March 3, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    Wow, very interesting. It is true though, it’s the unknown of what is in the dark that I am scared of. Great read.

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  • Commented on March 3, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    It give goosebump at the end there. (goosebump feeling means unseen being is around you. and reminder like that give you a short six sense activation and you can feel it around you.)Well thats what my dad told me anyway.

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  • Commented on March 4, 2017 at 4:38 am

    Yep, it’s not the dark your actually afraid of..it’s what the dark may be hiding. Fear of the unknown. Fear of what you can’t see

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  • Commented on March 4, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    Nice story, the ending is definitely not expected. However, it’s not really creepy as it could be.

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  • Commented on March 5, 2017 at 9:20 pm

    The ending really got me. Still love my Christmas lights, even though I’m like, 15

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  • Commented on March 6, 2017 at 4:02 am

    Very good work. Hypnotic and ominous. I created my first youtube creepypasta from this story.

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  • Commented on March 7, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    Here is a link to the video reading I have done, in case anyone is interested in hearing the story. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8bBZsN6d_o

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  • Commented on March 7, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    It’s an ok pasta for me. I already figured where it was heading.

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  • Rachel
    Commented on March 8, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    I liked the feeling it gives you. It did seem a little repetitive, until the end came in. Then it made sense. I love the end, but maybe some foreshadowing to let readers know that it is a dialog, that could add more descriptive imagery that some others were looking for, too.

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  • Commented on March 8, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    I love it, especially the opening. I did find it got a bit repetitive, until the end, and then it made sense why some of that repetition was used. Perhaps a little foreshadowing would help, and that could help with more imagery that other responses were asking for. All in all, good work!

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  • Commented on March 9, 2017 at 12:40 am

    Like the idea, wish it was told with less, i don’t know assumption (all children were frightened at night, ect.). Also arachnophobia is the most common of the phobias, I don’t believe nyctophobia cracks the top ten…but I could be wrong about that, if that matters. Still, would read more by the author.

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  • Ryvan
    Commented on March 9, 2017 at 4:08 am

    can i put this on my website? i will give credit.

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  • TheDevilsReject
    Commented on March 9, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    It bad how much i relate to this person but im glad

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  • Commented on March 10, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    A really genuine and creepy story, also an interesting concept on the dark, really impressive

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  • Nameless
    Commented on March 10, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    The midle part realy look like a Vsauce Speech. Nice one, by the way. Well written, a bit frightening. The inner me is always saying theses things, so not a surprise, but still good. I’d say.. A solid 7/10.

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  • Commented on March 11, 2017 at 7:34 am

    I was very convinced in the first part, it made me understand the darkness and I kinda felt okay with it but at the middle there comes the weird part lol the end was a great twist tho very nice pasta (: keep it up

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  • Commented on March 11, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    Well I questioned it from the very beginning only because I also love the night. But am petrified of the dark. I sleep with the florescent light above my bed which NEVER gets shut off. I ALWAYS have a flashlight or somethjng that lights up on me at all times. I do this because as soon as all the lights are off and I’m I the dark I can feel them, and hear them and see them and sometimes I can smell their putrid odor of death and decay and sometimes sulfer or a burning wood smell. But the worst is when i feel them. So nope sorry i do love the night and still petrified of the dark. Not just cause I know whats actually in but because I know they can touch me . I don’t wanna find out what else they can do so I stay in the light. So the ending couldve been a bit scarier but I guess that ending basically was the story. Hmm ok

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  • Black_queen7
    Commented on March 11, 2017 at 10:44 pm

    Damn!! it’s a good one

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  • Commented on March 20, 2017 at 3:23 am

    This is really amazing. The ending was lovely. Though, when I was a kid, I was always afraid of what was in the dark, not the dark itself. Weird child. Well, on the bright side, the thing in the dark hasn’t gotten around to killing me yet. Or has it…?

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  • Commented on March 20, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    Hi BrokenMelodiesInMyHead. I represent Chilling Entertainment, an audio horror company responsible for the Chilling Tales For Dark Nights YouTube channel and the Simply Scary Podcast. We’re interested in featuring your work on one of our upcoming shows. If you’re interested in this opportunity, reach out to me at content@chillingtalesfordarknights.com.

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  • Laney
    Commented on March 21, 2017 at 3:11 am

    Holy jegus dude that is some goooodd writing

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  • Commented on March 23, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    Hmm interesting

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  • Commented on March 26, 2017 at 12:01 am

    It’s funny, I’m reading this while in the dark, all cozy in my bed. All lights off. Other than that, I rate this a four out of five. Because it was written nicely yet it didn’t creep me out. Too much. It’s right, I have always loved the dark, better than light. Cool twist, wonder what the creature is.

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  • Commented on April 4, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    I LOVE this pasta it kinda brought back the memory of the first time I read a creepypasta (it was Jeff The Killer) I actually LOVE the dark too and this site needs more pastas like this. Keep on writing dude!

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  • FlapjackTM2
    Commented on April 7, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    I’ve read this and would like to preform it as a monologue. I would like to know if I could somehow contact you for more discussion. Thanks. 😀

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  • Commented on April 22, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    I think this could be very effective if it wasn’t so drawn out. You repeat yourself quite a bit and make assumptions about your reader. Otherwise it is a good premise.

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  • Commented on April 22, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    This was great. I didn’t expect the ending at all. The story just kept pulling me in more and more though.

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  • Commented on May 1, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    Loved this story! keep writing.

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  • Commented on May 1, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    I don’t need to be an adult to adore the dark, well, dark is everything, dark is everywhere. I liked your “Creepypasta”(I actually wouldn’t call it that but eh)

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  • Commented on May 7, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    Wow, that twist though. In regards to the first comment, I believe that the point of view was altered, in order to flip the purpose of the anecdote. You even used a fallacy, Appeal to Ethos, in order to provide reassurence of the main character, that he knew how much time humans spent in the dark. The repetition of the phrase, “I love the dark, so do you” was very important, for it foreshadowed the outcome of the anecdote. Overall, the story was compeling and spectacular!

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  • Commented on May 9, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    I’ll never think of the dark the same. 😀

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  • Commented on May 12, 2017 at 2:35 am

    Very philosophical. Good read.

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  • frey
    Commented on May 17, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    loved it very creepy with a nice twist.

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  • Commented on May 24, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    I actually quite enjoyed this pasta. Finally one of these story’s managed to give me house bumps. I give a 10 on this.

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  • Hae
    Commented on May 25, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    My first thought was ‘oh damn’. Good job! I honestly didn’t expect the narrator to be a shadow monster or something.

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  • Commented on May 28, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    I liked this story. Its not your usual creepypasta but its something new and made me get some chills. Because I didn’t expect the end to be like that. It was great!

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  • Commented on May 30, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    i was not expecting that ending xD, great write

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  • Commented on June 3, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    The twist was boring

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  • Commented on June 4, 2017 at 8:06 am

    This was really good. I enjoyed the POV at the end.

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  • Commented on June 10, 2017 at 4:29 am

    BrokenMelodiesInMyHead

    I am currently working on a youtube project in which I will be featuring some creepy pastas. I loved this pasta and would be honored to feature it on my channel. It is my rule however that I get permission from any author before featuring their work. This is of course for copywrite purposes as well as personal respect for the authors. I was unable to find any contact information for you though. If you could please email me at quipsterpuck@gmail.com to let me know if I may please use this pasta on my project.

    Thank you
    Quipster Puck

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  • Commented on June 18, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    Spooky. I didn’t see that ending coming. Great creepypasta

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  • Commented on July 1, 2017 at 2:52 am

    Like the short and sweet of it, but it was repetitive in wording. Different adjectives or rewording the idea in different ways would have been great. I like the ending, just wish there were less repetition.

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  • Commented on July 11, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    i truly liked this, but the thing is i love the dark i’m just terrified of what’s in it.

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  • Commented on July 17, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    It really loses its creepiness when it’s a super predictable ending. You made it obvious from the start. The writing and grammar is pretty good though.

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  • Commented on August 4, 2017 at 8:23 am

    Guess who’s not sleeping tonight??

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  • Commented on April 5, 2017 at 3:49 am

    A little more detail would help, it’s also slightly redundant. Overall this is a very creative pasta.

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  • Commented on March 6, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    ?

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  • Commented on February 27, 2017 at 10:46 am

    This was a very very very very nice twist into a common feeling which everyone knows all to well and i applaud you for twisting it and creating fear out of a small “fear” we once thought was true and real, so thank you ever so much aha well done.

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  • ravi
    Commented on February 27, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    It was a good pasta but i think the end could’ve been better

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  • Commented on February 28, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    Very scary or fun to read.

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  • Commented on March 3, 2017 at 3:47 am

    i started to get really bored in the middle but as it got into the ending it started to get creepy but it was a little bit disappointing

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  • spooky_llcoolj
    Commented on March 6, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    honestly a great read i only killed my self 9 times through out the read a solid creepy pasta that made me want to shoot my brains out in a room(dark of course ) but keep it up you just killed more people the 9/11 with this classic?

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  • Commented on March 6, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    I think this is a great creepypasta because it tells us the truthabout darkness and we all love dark. Even when you are having fun at night.

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  • Commented on April 4, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    Great pasta

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  • Commented on April 5, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    Pretty Psychological, loved it. Great Write

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  • Commented on February 24, 2017 at 4:13 am

    Error, Error in inn c comi ng

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