The Rake


During the summer of 2003, events in the northeastern United States involving a strange, human-like creature sparked brief local media interest before an apparent blackout was enacted. Little or no information was left intact, as most online and written accounts of the creature were mysteriously destroyed.

Primarily focused in rural New York state, self proclaimed witnesses told stories of their encounters with a creature of unknown origin. Emotions ranged from extremely traumatic levels of fright and discomfort, to an almost childlike sense of playfulness and curiosity. While their published versions are no longer on record, the memories remained powerful. Several of the involved parties began looking for answers that year.

In early 2006, the collaboration had accumulated nearly two dozen documents dating between the 12th century and present day, spanning 4 continents. In almost all cases, the stories were identical. I’ve been in contact with a member of this group and was able to get some excerpts from their upcoming book.

The Rake

A Suicide Note: 1964

As I prepare to take my life, I feel it necessary to assuage any guilt or pain I have introduced through this act. It is not the fault of anyone other than him. For once I awoke and felt his presence. And once I awoke and saw his form. Once again I awoke and heard his voice, and looked into his eyes. I cannot sleep without fear of what I might next awake to experience. I cannot ever wake. Goodbye.

Found in the same wooden box were two empty envelopes addressed to William and Rose, and one loose personal letter with no envelope.

‘Dearest Linnie,
I have prayed for you. He spoke your name.’

A Journal Entry (translated from Spanish): 1880

I have experience the greatest terror. I have experienced the greatest terror. I have experienced the greatest terror. I see his eyes when I close mine. They are hollow. Black. They saw me and pierced me. His wet hand. I will not sleep. His voice (unintelligible text).

A Mariner’s Log: 1691

He came to me in my sleep. From the foot of my bed I felt a sensation. He took everything. We must return to England. We shall not return here again at the request of the Rake.

From a Witness: 2006

Three years ago, I had just returned from a trip from Niagara Falls with my family for the 4th of July. We were all very exhausted after a long day of driving, so my husband and I put the kids right to bed and called it a night.

At about 4am, I woke up thinking my husband had gotten up to use the restroom. I used the moment to steal back the sheets, only to wake him in the process. I appologized and told him I though he got out of bed. When he turned to face me, he gasped and pulled his feet up from the end of the bed so quickly his knee almost knocked me out of the bed. He then grabbed me and said nothing.

After adjusting to the dark for a half second, I was able to see what caused the strange reaction. At the foot of the bed, sitting and facing away from us, there was what appeared to be a naked man, or a large hairless dog of some sort. It’s body position was disturbing and unnatural, as if it had been hit by a car or something. For some reason, I was not instantly frightened by it, but more concerned as to its condition. At this point I was somewhat under the assumption that we were supposed to help him.

My husband was peering over his arm and knee, tucked into the fetal position, occasionally glancing at me before returning to the creature.

In a flurry of motion, the creature scrambled around the side of the bed, and then crawled quickly in a flailing sort of motion right along the bed until it was less than a foot from my husband’s face. The creature was completely silent for about 30 seconds (or probably closer to 5, it just seemed like a while) just looking at my husband. The creature then placed its hand on his knee and ran into the hallway, leading to the kids’ rooms.

I screamed and ran for the lightswitch, planning to stop him before he hurt my children. When I got to the hallway, the light from the bedroom was enough to see it crouching and hunched over about 20 feet away. He turned around and looked directly at me, covered in blood. I flipped the switch on the wall and saw my daughter Clara.

The creature ran down the stairs while my husband and I rushed to help our daughter. She was very badly injured and spoke only once more in her short life. She said “he is the Rake”.

My husband drove his car into a lake that night, while rushing our daughter to the hospital. He did not survive.

Being a small town, news got around pretty quickly. The police were helpful at first, and the local newspaper took a lot of interest as well. However, the story was never published and the local television news never followed up either.

For several months, my son Justin and I stayed in a hotel near my parent’s house. After we decided to return home, I began looking for answers myself. I eventually located a man in the next town over who had a similar story. We got in contact and began talking about our experiences. He knew of two other people in New York who had seen the creature we now referred to as the Rake.

It took the four of us about two solid years of hunting on the internet and writing letters to come up with a small collection of what we believe to be accounts of the Rake. None of them gave any details, history or follow up. One journal had an entry involving the creature in its first 3 pages, and never mentioned it again. A ship’s log explained nothing of the encounter, saying only that they were told to leave by the Rake. That was the last entry in the log.

There were, however, many instances where the creature’s visit was one of a series of visits with the same person. Multiple people also mentioned being spoken to, my daughter included. This led us to wonder if the Rake had visited any of us before our last encounter.

I set up a digital recorder near my bed and left it running all night, every night, for two weeks. I would tediously scan through the sounds of me rolling around in my bed each day when I woke up. By the end of the second week, I was quite used to the occasional sound of sleep while blurring through the recording at 8 times the normal speed. (This still took almost an hour every day)

On the first day of the third week, I thought I heard something different. What I found was a shrill voice. It was the Rake. I can’t listen to it long enough to even begin to transcribe it. I haven’t let anyone listen to it yet. All I know is that I’ve heard it before, and I now believe that it spoke when it was sitting in front of my husband. I don’t remember hearing anything at the time, but for some reason, the voice on the recorder immediately brings me back to that moment.

The thoughts that must have gone through my daughter’s head make me very upset.

I have not seen the Rake since he ruined my life, but I know that he has been in my room while I slept. I know and fear that one night I’ll wake up to see him staring at me.

Original Author: Unknown

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  • Commented on April 24, 2013 at 1:16 am


  • Commented on April 24, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    The Rake has always given me chills. I’m still terrified that it might actually be real.

  • Commented on May 3, 2013 at 2:21 am

    I belive he’s real I’m in newyork ani can’t relly say I haven’t seen things

  • Commented on May 23, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    man thats creepy im scared that he might come to me at night

  • Commented on May 27, 2013 at 12:37 am

    He knows when your are sleeping, he hides when your awake! hes like creepy santa or something

  • Commented on May 27, 2013 at 6:07 am

    he probably is real. because slender is up in the woods at lake harden near Georgia and Jeff the killer is vary believable. but don’t go looking for them i am lucky to be alive after i spent the night at my uncles cabin at lake harden. came face to face with slender. he just stood there outside the cabin then vanished. i walked outside. at the time i never even heard of the slenderman. i saw a tall figure walking to the lake but it went to the right into the trees. as i walked back in to the house i tripped on a small black box. i wont say any more just dont go looking for him or the rake or any thing of the sort. i just hope i never see him again.

  • Commented on July 17, 2013 at 6:16 am

    Wow really good I loved it. I’ve written one pasta and it wasn’t very good, this gave me inspiration to write more.

  • Commented on July 28, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Sweet story I love that a monster made up in 05 is still kicking strong scarying people

  • Commented on February 19, 2014 at 12:38 am

    Creepy I lock all the doors before I go to sleep don’t want that creepy thing in my house

  • Commented on July 19, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    I love the rake’s claw hands they’re like stab stab slice. Hehe

  • Commented on July 26, 2014 at 9:15 am

    Darkboy990 I don’t think locked doors would do anything

  • anonomys
    Commented on November 3, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    this is indead a very creepy tale, i do think he is real and he is very evil, except yeah i dont think locked doors would help alot

  • Commented on December 10, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    he freaks me out

  • Commented on December 12, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    he is a terrifying monster its true but maby he is sad to he has no back story why he be evil

  • Commented on March 3, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    Lets not post slender encounters in the comments. (your infected now). The Rake is one of those long enduring pastas- wait…did that thing talk?

  • Commented on March 10, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    only ghost stories freak me out but this a good story

  • Mim
    Commented on April 9, 2015 at 11:19 am

    not scared but I believe he’s real, like Jeff the killer, Slender, Laughing Jack those ones.

    If they’ve been published, read my pastas, In the Mirror – the story of Ludovic Caesar, So… hungry…, and So alone.

    and just remember… The Rake is pretty much Santa so why do you let him in you house but you abandon the Rake? Rights For Rakes!

  • Commented on April 20, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    Mim teknikley (I don’t know how to spell :3) Jeff would bleed out and die but he is a creepy pasta so he may very well be real :3

  • Commented on May 28, 2015 at 9:05 am

    fuck i should not of read this. wait but how can the rake get in ur house if u lock everything that’s creepy and im in lonely in room fuck im going to post this comment and go down and play on my xbox one and next door is where my mum cooking chicken but great pasta

  • Commented on May 29, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    While I was reading this, the door cracked open making me jump out of bed really Really scared!! Oh God! Good pasta.

  • Commented on June 18, 2015 at 1:23 am

    Pff, who needs sleep?

  • Commented on June 19, 2015 at 3:14 am

    Yup, that sufficiently creeped me out. The creepy factor kind of slowly worked its way into the story and took root.

  • Commented on July 25, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    It wasn’t scary at first but built its way up

  • Commented on August 14, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    Good! I think this one is my favorite. This or Smile Dog. A can’t decide.

  • Commented on August 20, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    I love the character, The Rake is just a classic. Would like to see some sort of sequel or more ‘witness’ stories

  • GreenReaper
    Commented on August 30, 2015 at 12:01 am

    Out of all famous creepypastas out there, the rake is more terrifying

  • Commented on September 9, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    At our house, our AC would not work, so we crawled around the pipes, and found one of the pipes punctured. From the looks I would say the INSIDE. See if someone can make a Creepypasta out of that.
    P.S. That pipe story is true.

  • flaperjacks
    Commented on September 16, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    this story freaks me out and i like the dark now idk

  • flaperjacks
    Commented on September 16, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    hey d

  • flaperjacks
    Commented on September 16, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    i cant see your coments

  • flaperjacks
    Commented on September 16, 2015 at 2:48 pm

    this is one of my fav creepy posta in the wourld

  • flaperjacks
    Commented on September 16, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    this is one of my fav creepy posta in the wourld c

  • rake
    Commented on September 28, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    this is why I keep a weapon with me while i sleep.

  • Commented on October 2, 2015 at 9:59 am

    Oh great being a single mom of 3 this does not comfort me at all. Creepy!!!

  • dixiefayth
    Commented on October 2, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    wtf this has been around for a very long time it gives me chills

  • Commented on October 2, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    This is incredible! The way you described The Rake is incredible as if he’s gonna meet meet us tonight!

  • Commented on October 4, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    Why do I feel that if I meet him we would be friends

  • Commented on October 19, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    That was a good one

  • Commented on October 24, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    He is…The Rake
    I hope there is more to this pasta

  • Commented on November 12, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    i wrote a story of his daughter. shes my own charachter but i think she is amazing. i was never scared of the creep pasta people. i actually feel pity for them. everyone acts as thought they are monsters. what if to them we are the true monsters…….just think about it

  • Commented on November 13, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    This was the first creepy pasta I read several months ago, since then I’ve been hooked!! i love this one!!

  • Udontwannaknow
    Commented on November 20, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    We have to remember that only humans think or rationale so that means that the rake is an animal created by humans somehow because if it were an animal there would be more than one rake in the world.

  • Commented on November 20, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    This is the second scariest creepypasta ever! I think the scariest one is probably “Sandman.”

  • Jordan
    Commented on November 23, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    can someone help me find a slenderman story? i can’t find one

  • Commented on November 27, 2015 at 2:34 am

    Creepy as hell but I loved it. The rake is one of those things that makes you wonder…

  • Commented on December 16, 2015 at 11:59 am

    This is an amazing story. I just heard crack in my roofspace might sleep with my machete under my pillow

  • Commented on January 20, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    the Rake is really my favourite creepypasta character! I love most of the stories with him. Most creepypasta characters doesn’t creep me out so much, but oh god A GIANT RAKE IS COMING TO TAKE OVER THE WORLD!

  • Commented on January 24, 2016 at 6:08 pm

    I’m reviewing pastas more than I read already accepted ones, hence this very late entry.
    Absolutely outstanding, this must be one of the best pieces of work on this site. I will now I’m and scour this site for more entries by this author. Hat off!

  • Commented on February 24, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    I really like this! Good job and keep up the good work!!! like for n reason! The first one to like this can win a brand new iPhone 6 !!!!!! Just give me your address in a comment and if you like this first you will get the iPhone 6

  • Commented on February 24, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    Never mind some one liked it already

  • Commented on March 22, 2016 at 1:12 am

    im one of those people who doesn’t think it’s real but I’m still scared that they’re in my room right now…

  • Commented on April 2, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    That’s okay, I wasn’t planning to sleep tonight anyway

  • Commented on April 19, 2016 at 7:31 pm


  • Commented on May 7, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    The Rake is one of the scariest Creepypastas ever. I know he and the others are not real. But if they were…. I’d be freaking out and I would try to help protect my family in the house. My mom and her friend I mean. I would also warn my older brothers and younger siblings. And my dad and my mean old stepmom even though I don’t like her

  • Lane
    Commented on July 22, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    I am absolutely terrified of the rake but I’m not scared of what it will do I’m more scared of what it looks like. I just can’t imagine waking up to some naked bent creature staring at me but worst of all is when it screams.

  • Kai
    Commented on July 25, 2016 at 9:41 am

    Hey the rake is probably real so you dumb asses don’t do rituals and crap like that

  • Nick
    Commented on July 25, 2016 at 9:52 am

    Alright people what the person that said that they could think about us being monsters is probably true like she/HE said think about it people it may be true

  • Commented on July 25, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    Not probably real… It is real I have seen and heard it so you all shouldn’t go looking for it because if you do I wont feel sorry for what happens next.

  • Commented on July 31, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    The Rake is a very common creepypasta. Everyone might have heard of it. But it’s origins are still unknown.

    I’m not rating this pasta because it has become widely popular.

  • Commented on August 2, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    I refuse to ever sleep again. besides who needs it?

  • Commented on August 16, 2016 at 6:54 am

    The Rake one of the great classics of Creepypasta, and easily one of my favorites.

  • Commented on October 10, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    Thank god that it’s daylight right now… if I’d read this in the dark, I’d be properly freaked right out. Excellent pasta, much tasty.

  • Commented on October 19, 2016 at 5:31 am

    what an interesting story. I think that was really good.

  • Commented on November 28, 2016 at 4:01 am

    I wonder if he knows when people talk about him. He obviously knows how to talk and watches victims in their sleep. Is there a special way he picks them? I get chills every time I think about him and I love it. If he wouldn’t kill me it’d be cool to talk to him before I died. If you think about it he’s almost a guardian. There seems to be more to him than just a murdering creature and that’s what I love. His origin. His mind and the way it works. I just want to know more

  • Commented on November 28, 2016 at 4:11 am

    I love this. I love the Rake and everything about him. What I love the most is how mysterious he is. I wonder if he knows when people talk about him. He obviously knows how to talk and watches victims in their sleep. Is there a special way he picks them? I get chills every time I think about him and I love it. If he wouldn’t kill me it’d be cool to talk to him before I died. If you think about it he’s almost a guardian. There seems to be more to him than just a murdering creature and that’s what I love. His origin. His mind and the way it works. I just want to know more

  • helpmehelpmehelpmehelpmehelpmehelpmehelpmehelpme
    Commented on November 30, 2016 at 11:58 am

    Holy Christ, this is some good story. Hey bro, get me the knife.

  • Thepastafinder
    Commented on February 9, 2017 at 2:58 am

    I’ve actually seen the rake, it was in my yard. When I said whats that it stared at me, screamed, and ran off. I saw it a week later climbing a tree outside my property. Three days later, in the middle of the night, I heard it wail.

  • Commented on March 2, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    Ooh… What a beautiful story.

  • Commented on May 18, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    It is kinda creepy but I don’t get scared easily very good pasta for people who are easily scared I’ll give it a solid 4 and a half.

  • Commented on May 21, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    i wonder if the rake ever found the eyes that he needed.

  • Boby mc sloppy
    Commented on June 21, 2017 at 6:15 am

    this shit dank asf would wank 10/10

  • Commented on October 25, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    I wonder if he’s anything like the ‘Hat Man’ who is a frequent and documented vision shared by many methamphetamine addicts.
    Maybe he haunts those who do yard work.
    I can understand that. Going outside makes me burst into flames, and growing green things give me leprosy.
    Rake Men seem totally possle

  • Commented on October 30, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    yet another reason why i sleep up high

  • CreepyDude452
    Commented on November 15, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    Thing is, there is actual video evidence of the Rake on YouTube. It makes you wonder if there is a “Rake”.

  • Commented on February 4, 2018 at 7:52 pm

    I have always found rake to be very interesting. After I read this the first time I couldn’t sleep for a month. I sleep now, but the thought of it still haunts me.

  • Justin McClure
    Commented on March 26, 2018 at 2:27 pm

    oh my god…

    my name’s justin…

  • Commented on March 31, 2018 at 11:45 am

    I don’t scare easily but this is scary as all hell

  • Userunknown
    Commented on July 16, 2018 at 11:51 am

    The Rake is real. Or at least something like it exists out there. My ex boyfriend saw it.

    I don’t remember exactly what day it was but it was around two years ago, it must of been summer cause I remember the room being too hot, we always left the windows wide open. I was sound asleep so I wasn’t aware of anything that had happened until the next morning when he told me. He lived opposite a primary school in a small village in the South of the UK, a rural place surrounded by woods. Apparently, he’d heard a strange, shrieking noise from outside at three in the morning, across the road where the primary school was. So he decided to pull open the curtains to see what had made the sound. He hadn’t spotted it straight away, but when he did he was horrified, and my ex wasn’t the type of person to get freaked out that easy, he loved horror just as much as me.

    The lights had obviously been triggered by something as the primary school was lit up, this usually happened when animals ran in front of it. Except, according to him, this wasn’t an animal, it was the creepiest, most disturbing thing he’d ever seen. It was completely hairless and pale, like a human being but deformed, on all fours and moving in a really demented way, like it’s bones were breaking each time it moved. He’d thought it was a dog at first, a really large dog, but was mortified when he realised it wasn’t.

    Luckily for him, it didn’t notice him watching it from the window, he made sure to keep really quiet as he didn’t want to alert it. I don’t know how long he stood there for watching it, but I know he was freaked out enough to close the windows completely on a really, hot summers day, which is unlike him because he was always so insistent on keeping them open. I think he stayed up for the entire night and when he told me about it in the morning, I knew exactly what he was talking about. I’d read stories about The Rake before, seen some clips of it on YouTube. However, I always thought it was just a creepypasta or fanfiction, I didn’t know there was a chance it could actually be true. This completely changed my mind about The Rake, and I’m still terrified we might again encounter it in the future, I’m just thankful it hasn’t come back yet.

    Commented on December 18, 2018 at 3:16 pm

    I mean i belive in him but he does kind of freak me out but i like it i mean he is awsome but not worth dying over

  • Harriet77
    Commented on March 14, 2019 at 11:38 pm

    I have seen a rake from a few feet away, I was driving to work in rugley UK about 4 years ago. It was on the railway bridge about 10.50pm. There was street lamps. Never seen anything like this before or since. I do not do drugs or drink, I wasnt tired and there was no bushes/trees near.

  • Hunter
    Commented on May 14, 2019 at 3:14 pm

    The Rake may be real… but where did the first sighting of the Rake occur?

  • Mystery man
    Commented on July 5, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    Yo this might be real

  • unnown
    Commented on March 6, 2020 at 5:15 pm

    I saw him,when i was 9 i spent the knight at a caben and it went wrong i woke up and it was 3:40
    in the morning and i want out side to see a figur so i shind a light at it and i saw him the rake 2017

  • Johnb
    Commented on September 22, 2020 at 2:14 am

    I’ve seen this kinda shit and chased it down into the wood with a gun my homie and my pit bull they are not a joke I’m from placerville a old gold mining town and I know many locals with fucking weird story’s

  • Katherine b
    Commented on February 24, 2021 at 2:53 pm

    omg i pooped in mah pants when i read this

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