The Gaper


Everyone has heard it. The voice in your mind that comes from nowhere, bringing absurd thoughts that you have to shake off. The voice urges us to pull into traffic, jump from deadly heights, and reminds us just how easy it would be to take someone’s life.

This phenomenon has been labeled as Intrusive Thoughts – Unwelcome involuntary thoughts, images, or unpleasant ideas that are upsetting or distressing, and can be difficult to manage or eliminate.

But how are these thoughts intruding? Where are they coming from? Why do they come?

There is a place rumored to exist between the living and the dead. This place, however, is not for the living or the dead. It exists just outside the reach of the souls who travel from this world to the next. It is a cold and dark place, and its only inhabitant is resigned to a lonely, miserable existence. It is beyond reach, but not beyond sight, and the poor create that lives in this real is forced to watch as the bright souls exit our world and continue their journey onward. The Gaper, as it is called, is banned from entering the next world, and so it stands with its mouth open and contorted in a frown of disbelief and anguish, watching as we pass within sight. The Gaper’s world is truly dark, and the only illumination comes in fleeting flashes from the traveling spirits. This comforts it, and in order to keep the lights coming, the Gaper nudges and prods us towards our end.

Psychologists have wondered why we get these intrusive thoughts, but the truth is, they don’t originate within out own minds. We are being used. Called to death like a match in the basement.

Original Author: Anonymous

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  • Commented on November 5, 2013 at 3:55 am

    I liked this pasta at first. It felt like it was building up to a neat revelation.
    But that 4th paragraph. I didn’t understand what I was reading, to be honest. It’s like the author had a lot of ideas that could have worked, but just spat them all out.
    The author had the right ingredients for this pasta, it’s just that he/she didn’t cook it right.

  • Commented on November 6, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    I had an ex we called the gaper.

  • Commented on November 7, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    I feel bad for the poor dude. All he wants is to join the Other World. 🙁

  • Commented on November 14, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    This story is just bull, how can something not from our dimension talk to us in our minds? How do we even know if it’s the Gaper or not?

  • Commented on November 14, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    This story is just bull, how can something not from our dimension talk to us in our minds? Do we even know if it’s the Gaper or not?

  • Commented on November 14, 2013 at 6:13 pm


  • Commented on November 26, 2013 at 1:46 am

    Good idea. Add some seasoning.

  • Commented on March 28, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    You burnt your pasta

  • Commented on June 4, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    Awesome. The pasta(plot) isn’t really even there, because this isn’t a pasta(plotted) meal(story). The sauce(details) are great, although there isn’t much cheese(creepy stuff). So it’s basically cheesy sauce dip. Awesome.

  • Commented on December 9, 2014 at 4:18 am

    I made the face and just felt incredibly stupid, good story though

  • Commented on May 19, 2015 at 2:50 am

    @StopAsking >_> um, it’s a creepypasta, why does it have to make sense? And… old are u? 6?

  • Commented on May 19, 2015 at 2:52 am

    Now tht I’m done with that, review time lol, really short, no plot but, this really makes me wonder and think , so…. I give it 7/10

  • Commented on June 21, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    It was very good. I cannot wait for the sequel.

  • Commented on September 25, 2015 at 11:04 am

    Not this one, and not creepy.

  • Commented on October 2, 2015 at 7:23 am

    Not a fan of this one. It left me asking myself too many questions, and not a what happened kind of questions but a what the ??? kind of questions. I think that this whole story could’ve been used as an intro into something very good. Try expanding it a bit.

  • Commented on May 8, 2016 at 9:02 am

    I loved it! It was, to me anyway, cannelloni. It was short, and a normal person, empty. But to me, and anyone else who read between the lines, it was filled with the most delicious sauce and cheese was sprinkled on top to add that creepy factor that only short stories can truly gain. As I said, cannelloni.

  • Redrawckitz
    Commented on June 3, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    Title was a lil misleading…

  • Creepy-D
    Commented on December 2, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    Was very misleading thought it would be longer pasta was 6/10

  • Commented on March 21, 2017 at 3:13 am

    So that’s where the voices come from

  • Commented on May 4, 2017 at 5:43 am

    Better than u all think…

  • Commented on September 30, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    I don’t understand the match in the basement part, and the 4th parahraph, so 6/10

  • Commented on October 3, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    I feel kinda bad for him, even if he is trying to kill us.

  • Commented on February 2, 2018 at 6:34 am

    This pasta is very tasty, imo.
    Makes me think.

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