Sarah O’ Bannon


Coffins used to be built with holes in them, attached to six feet of copper tubing and a bell. The tubing would allow air for victims buried under the mistaken impression they were dead. In a certain small town Harold, the local gravedigger, upon hearing a bell one night, went to go see if it was children pretending to be spirits. Sometimes it was also the wind. This time, it wasn’t either. A voice from below begged and pleaded to be unburied.

“Are you Sarah O’Bannon?” Harold asked.

“Yes!” The muffled voice asserted.

“You were born on September 17, 1827?”


“The gravestone here says you died on February 20, 1857.”

“No, I’m alive, it was a mistake! Dig me up, set me free!”

“Sorry about this, ma’am,” Harold said, stepping on the bell to silence it and plugging up the copper tube with dirt. “But this is August. Whatever you are down there, you sure as hell ain’t alive no more, and you ain’t comin’ up.”

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  • Commented on May 8, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    This story is more funny than it is creepy. None the less, I still enjoyed it.

  • Commented on May 13, 2013 at 7:14 am

    What if she was just in a long ass coma? I guess they don’t consider that in 1857

  • Commented on May 20, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    She still would have died with no food or water.

  • Commented on May 29, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    Didn’t make sense, too short and no details. Not that much of a plot. 3/10 Tastiness

  • Commented on May 29, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Ooooooooh just gave me chills!! Nice indeed! Going in my favorites!! ^0^

  • Commented on June 5, 2013 at 12:34 am

    My favorite story on here! 😀 😀 😀 If only you could favorite something more than once! It looks like you have created one of those rare stories that you either utterly LOVE or intensely hate.

  • Commented on October 29, 2013 at 7:48 am

    A classic of a smart man. Love this story good post!

  • Commented on May 16, 2014 at 9:48 am

    This is stupid. I made up stuff like this when I was 6.

  • Commented on October 30, 2014 at 8:19 am

    Not the twist I was hoping. Plus it’s too short. If this was somehow elaborated on and suspense was built up (heavily) it could have at least been a 3 star story.

  • Autumn
    Commented on November 4, 2014 at 3:20 am

    This is absolutely great. Had to read it to my entire family. 10/10!

  • Commented on November 14, 2014 at 3:58 am

    Love the concept but you could have taken more time to develop the suspense. Writing short pastas is very difficult to pull off. Especially those that stay with you long after they’ve been read. You had the right idea. Rewrite it, don’t rush it. You have a spark with this one… Light the fire.

  • patrick
    Commented on April 7, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    I found that the pacing of this pasta was a little tricky. On the one hand it could have been written a bit more poetically, micropastas tend to be pretty linguistically tight. On the other I really liked the casual nature of the narration and the abruptness of the ending. I love it as is and would never suggest a change but in future, when you’re punching as hard as you are with a good ending, you can afford to lean on it a touch more as a punchline. brah-vo!

  • Commented on May 19, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    Good story, but I didn’t feel the chill or the fright. This is great, I love it, but terror is an important part of the story.

  • Commented on August 5, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    i have seen some minor hate comments but i would love to see this on everything i read! it was fantastic and if you wrote this at 6 you r very twisted js lol plus its true. even if she was in a coma she would have a heartbeat and still breathing plus she would still need food and water or she would die in like a month or two.

  • Commented on September 8, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    I don get it ._.

  • Commented on September 27, 2015 at 10:58 am

    Very good, to hit it in a few lines is hard.

  • Commented on November 10, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    Delicious/10 quirky twist kinda kawaii

  • Commented on January 25, 2016 at 4:56 am

    I absolutely loved this pasta! Very creepy and would love to see a longer version of something like this if she had actually gotten out! But this is my favorite pasta yet!!!

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  • Commented on April 12, 2016 at 7:06 am

    You’re off to a great start…

  • Commented on June 2, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    I feel like I would be Harold in that moment because, yeah.

  • Miss Muffet
    Commented on June 18, 2016 at 2:30 am


  • Commented on April 29, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    Well written but could have used a little more suspense

  • Commented on September 9, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    It’s pretty good story

  • Guest
    Commented on July 28, 2020 at 10:19 pm

    Harold be like…I ain’t got time for any of that creepy shit

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