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Slender Man

SlendermanThe Operatorcharacter of the same name
In the mainstream media, creepypastas relating to the fictitious Slender Man character came to public attention after the 2014 "Slender Man stabbing", in which a 12-year-old girl from Waukesha, Wisconsin was stabbed by two of her friends; the perpetrators claimed they "wanted to prove the Slender Man skeptics" wrong.
The Slender Man (also spelled Slenderman) is a fictional supernatural character that originated as a creepypasta Internet meme created by Something Awful forums user Eric Knudsen (also known as "Victor Surge") in 2009.

Slender Man stabbing

2012 stabbing casenear-fatal stabbing of a 12-year-old girl
In the mainstream media, creepypastas relating to the fictitious Slender Man character came to public attention after the 2014 "Slender Man stabbing", in which a 12-year-old girl from Waukesha, Wisconsin was stabbed by two of her friends; the perpetrators claimed they "wanted to prove the Slender Man skeptics" wrong.
The attackers had discovered Slender Man on the Creepypasta Wiki, a website that hosts creepypasta.

Channel Zero (TV series)

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The story makes up the first season of Channel Zero, which premiered on October 11, 2016.
The storylines for the series are based on popular creepypastas.

Glasgow smile

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The night after he is discharged, he slices his face, leaving a scar in the shape of a smile, and cuts off his eyelids, so that he will never sleep.

Copypasta

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Creepypasta is a portmanteau of the words creepy and copypasta.

Toonstruck

Count Nefariousthe sequel to the video game ''Toonstruck
Toonstruck 2 is a story revolving around the sequel to the video game Toonstruck, which was developed but not released due to the commercial flop of the first game.
The increased interest in the Toonstruck sequel among the fan community resulted in many fan creations, including a Toonstruck 2 fangame project, a fan-made Toonstruck launcher for modern operational systems, and a creepypasta story centering around the unreleased Toonstruck 2 game.

Candace Newmaker

Although the puzzles continue, the game's tone shifts dramatically, and numerous references to child abuse appear; Newmaker appears to refer to Candace Newmaker, who was murdered during rebirthing therapy.
The 2017 web series Petscop alludes to Newmaker, with references including the name of the "Newmaker Plane," the setting of the titular video game, and several mentions of a character named "Tiara" as well as exploration of the theme of "rebirthing," although the connection was initially mere speculation.

Horror and terror

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Creepypastas are horror-related legends or images that have been copied and pasted around the Internet.

Legend

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Creepypastas are horror-related legends or images that have been copied and pasted around the Internet.

Cut, copy, and paste

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Creepypastas are horror-related legends or images that have been copied and pasted around the Internet.

Internet

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Creepypastas are horror-related legends or images that have been copied and pasted around the Internet.

Time (magazine)

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According to Time magazine, the genre had its peak audience in 2010 when it was covered by The New York Times. Jessica Roy, writing for Time, argued that creepypastas emerged in the 1990s when the text of chain emails was reposted on Internet forums and Usenet groups.

The New York Times

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According to Time magazine, the genre had its peak audience in 2010 when it was covered by The New York Times.

Waukesha, Wisconsin

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In the mainstream media, creepypastas relating to the fictitious Slender Man character came to public attention after the 2014 "Slender Man stabbing", in which a 12-year-old girl from Waukesha, Wisconsin was stabbed by two of her friends; the perpetrators claimed they "wanted to prove the Slender Man skeptics" wrong.

Machinima, Inc.

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In May 2015, Machinima Inc. announced plans for a live action web series curated by Clive Barker, titled Clive Barker's Creepy Pasta.

Clive Barker

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In May 2015, Machinima Inc. announced plans for a live action web series curated by Clive Barker, titled Clive Barker's Creepy Pasta.

Chain letter

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Jessica Roy, writing for Time, argued that creepypastas emerged in the 1990s when the text of chain emails was reposted on Internet forums and Usenet groups.

Internet forum

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Jessica Roy, writing for Time, argued that creepypastas emerged in the 1990s when the text of chain emails was reposted on Internet forums and Usenet groups.

Usenet

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Jessica Roy, writing for Time, argued that creepypastas emerged in the 1990s when the text of chain emails was reposted on Internet forums and Usenet groups.

Angelfire

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The story, posted on Angelfire in 2001, was written in the first person from the perspective of Ted as he and several friends explored an increasingly frightening cave system.

Polybius (urban legend)

PolybiusPolybius'' (urban legend)video game urban legend of the same name
Many early creepypastas consisted of rituals, personal anecdotes and urban legends such as Polybius and Bunny Man.

Bunny Man

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Many early creepypastas consisted of rituals, personal anecdotes and urban legends such as Polybius and Bunny Man.

4chan

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Many of the earliest creepypastas were created on the /x/ board of 4chan, which focused on the paranormal.

Reddit

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Major dedicated creepypasta websites started to emerge in the late 2000s to early 2010s: Creepypasta.com was created in 2008, while the Creepypasta Wiki and r/NoSleep (a Reddit forum, or subreddit) were both created in 2010.

Portmanteau

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Creepypasta is a portmanteau of the words creepy and copypasta.