The Licked Hand


A beautiful young girl is left home alone with only her dog to protect her. On the news that night, they announced there is a serial killer on the loose in the area. Before she goes to bed, she locks all the doors and tries to lock all the windows, but the one in the basement won’t lock. She decides to leave it unlocked, but locks the basement door and goes to bed. Her dog takes its customary place under her bed.

In the deep of night she awakens to a dripping sound coming from her bathroom. Half-awake, the girl feels the comforting lick from her dog and falls back to sleep. She reawakens to the dripping sound, reaches her hand down to the dog where she feels the reassuring lick and falls back to sleep. Once more, she awakens to the dripping sound. She reaches her hand down and feels the lick of her dog.

Now curious about the dripping sound, she gets up and slowly walks towards the bathroom, the dripping sound getting louder as she approaches. She reaches the bathroom and turns on the light. She is greeted by a horrific sight; hanging from the shower nozzle is her dog with its throat slit open and its blood dripping into the bathtub.

Something on the bathroom mirror catches her eye; she turns around. Written on the wall in her dog’s blood are the words “Humans can lick too.”

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  • Commented on May 8, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Instant classic for me. Reminds me of those campfire ghost stories that my friends told me when I was a kid that would keep me up at night.

  • Commented on July 23, 2013 at 3:02 am

    I really liked this, another instant favorite, like ‘The Crawling’. Sometimes, our subconsciousness shrouds us like a stone wall. We don’t look over the wall, because our mentality forbids us to. We know the item, this time it’s the dog, is under our bed, but there’s always that little nudge that says, “No, go look.”
    In most creepypasta stories this little nudge is what gives us such horrible fates.

  • Commented on September 2, 2013 at 6:44 am

    I’ve heard this before when camping and I absolutely love it. Brings back good ol camping memories. Thanks for posting its great.

  • Commented on October 28, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    I’ve heard this before, me and my friends used to pass this story around when we were younger. Safe to say we all shat ourselves. Fabulous. What a classic.

  • Commented on April 3, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Good, but I could guess the ending from the first lick. 2/5

  • Commented on October 20, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    Would have been better without the “humans can lick too” just leave it with her finding dog

  • Commented on November 9, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    Amazing twist at the end. But i’m going to give it a 8/10

  • Commented on December 30, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Thats awesome

  • Commented on January 27, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    Humans can lick to, NO NO THEY CANT thats gross

  • Commented on April 19, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    It was obvious from the title but still a creepy delight. Nice writing.

  • Commented on June 19, 2015 at 4:32 am

    Oh god, that was a nice, short, creepy one! 10/10 breads, you did well!

  • glory
    Commented on August 25, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    i laughed so hard..

  • Commented on September 2, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    I knew where this was going, but I still loved it!

  • Commented on October 5, 2015 at 2:57 am

    Love this story! It is a classic! I’ve heard a different version of this story. But it will never get old

  • Commented on November 2, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    I really liked this pasta it was very suspenseful and I really liked the ending with the blood message.

  • Commented on December 1, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    eh not feeling it.

  • Commented on December 10, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    Great pasta creeps me out and makes me glad that I have a cat.

  • Commented on December 17, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    Other humans lick, this human bites lol

  • Cileun
    Commented on April 18, 2016 at 12:09 am

    NU! You killed the dog, you could of killed her, but why the dog?
    I’m sad now, more than scared.

  • Commented on June 1, 2016 at 5:55 pm


  • David Brown
    Commented on September 6, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    This story was originally published in 1983 it was called Bedtime for Sam. It was written by David Brown / db martin.

  • Commented on November 21, 2016 at 12:29 am

    *reads pasta*……*Pukes intensely*
    *weakly* But y tho…

  • Art13
    Commented on December 8, 2016 at 8:39 am

    it’s good, but i prefer the one i read from “Even More Short and Shivery”, lengthier, but it sets the scene really well, honestly recommend anyone who hasn’t read it to try it out, it’s got a good 30 stories that would fit really well here on creepy pasta

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  • Commented on January 8, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    This brings back good memories of a retreat i once went on. There was big bonfire and we told ghost stories. My friend told this one and i’d been stuck on it all niht, smiling at how creepy it is I Love it!

  • Commented on February 27, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    the ending made me laugh and scared me a little at the same time .. but i really hate it when pets die .. good pasta though

  • Commented on April 3, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    WTF is the murder a perv

  • Commented on April 19, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    I liked this. It reminds me of stories me and my friends used to tell each other at sleep overs and such! It also makes me wonder what happens after the story ends.

  • Commented on April 29, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    Well written

  • Commented on May 2, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    This pasta if like soooooooooooo good I loved it so much the ending though that is so terrifying I am most definitely never gunna sleep again but still FANTISTIC!!!

  • Commented on May 18, 2017 at 5:22 am

    Short and sweet

  • Commented on September 23, 2017 at 9:16 am

    Omygoe this has to be the best tiny story I’ve ever read

  • Hilton
    Commented on October 18, 2017 at 11:44 am

    How did he (the murderer) even get in without wakeinf her when a sound of a soft drip does it. But creepy.

  • Vae Vobis
    Commented on October 22, 2017 at 3:53 am

    You literally just typed up a 40 year old, universally known, urban legend/campfire tale. How is that even a legit submission? Plus, this is more funny than scary, or so I’ve felt the 5,000 times I’ve heard it already.

  • Commented on February 15, 2018 at 9:09 pm

    Quite good! 9/10

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