From The Archives: Don't Listen To This!

Oct 31, 2014

Credit PumpkinRot

So this week's feature wasn't exactly buried under an inch of dust and parchment mites, but it speaks to the best part of this time of year: telling scary stories. Back in January, Word of Mouth looked into how these stories have made the jump from summer camp and slumber parties to the web.

The internet’s hunger for new, sharable content has sped up production of scary stories and urban legends. A bewildering number of web-forums, messages boards, and specialty websites are dedicated to sharing stories that have been passed around so often that no one knows where they came from, and which maybe, possibly, could be true.

The genre is called “creepypasta,” a silly-seeming name for some of the scariest stuff on the web. Will Wiles, wrote about "creepypasta," a genre he calls the folk literature of the web.

Don’t miss a particularly creepy dramatization of a creepypasta story that NHPR’s Taylor Quimby produced at about 6:45.