This video from my YouTube channel is a CreepyPasta that I wrote and narrated myself. Enjoy!
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The following is a video from my YouTube channel, Jack’s World. This video is my second attempt at writing and narrating a CreepyPasta. This one has a bit more cosmic horror than the first. Enjoy!
The following is a video from my YouTube channel, Jack’s World. This video is my first attempt at writing and narrating a CreepyPasta. For those not familiar with the term, a CreepyPasta is an internet based horror story. I’ve been reading them and listening to them for a couple years now. Now, I’m ready to craft my own. Depending on the response this video gets, I’ll make more. Enjoy!
In The Spirit Of Halloween, I Celebrate The Rise Of The CreepyPasta (The Internet’s Scariest Stories)
Halloween is less than a week away. By now, I suspect many he already consumed their fair share of horror and Halloween-centric content. I’ve even recommended some and it’s not too late to enjoy it.
However, at the heart of every Halloween celebration is horror. This is the time of year when we actively seek out the kinds of stories that will scare us. Even if you’re not a horror fan, this is the one time of year where you make an exception. You dare to test just how much you can fear you can take.
To that end, I’d like to share something that has only recently become one of my favorite internet phenomenon. It’s called a CreepyPasta. Rest assured, it has nothing to do with pasta. It’s just internet slang for a type of horror-centric legend that circulates on the internet. Think of them as scary campfire stories that you share online.
Some of these stories are just generic horror stories, but some can be legitimately scary. The infamous character, Slender Man, gained much of his backstory through CreepyPastas. There’s also a subreddit called No Sleep from which many CreepyPastas emerge. Some of those go onto become videos voiced by those with extra-creepy voices, such as MrCreepyPasta.
A lot of this is stuff that I was aware of to some extent, but it’s only recently that I’ve really started exploring the world of CreepyPastas. I’m even considering making one that I can put on my YouTube channel, Jack’s World. For now, though, and in keeping with the spirit of Halloween, I just wanted to introduce this world to others who might not be aware of it.
Also, to those same people a taste of the kind of horrors that CreepyPastas can offer, I’d like to share one of the most famous CreepyPastas of all time, the Russian Sleep Experiment. Please note that if you’re about to go to bed, you may want to save this for the morning. It will likely scare you in ways you never expected. Enjoy!
Everybody makes a fool of themselves at some point in their lives. It’s inevitable. Like traffic, taxes, and boredom at a doctor’s office, it’s an ever-present prospect. You’re going to do something stupid at some point. No matter how much time passes, you’re going to look back and cringe. You’ll feel so stupid at that moment that you’ll wonder how you ever managed put your pants on that day.
Some people have more moments than others. The capable people learn and grow from them. The idiots and narcissists never learn, but make endless excuses. I don’t deny I’ve had a number of those moments in my life. Some are more foolish than others. A few are things I’m not comfortable sharing. I will, however, share one that still makes me cringe and laugh with distressing regularity.
It involves a health scare that I had a while back. Don’t worry. It’s quite possibly the dumbest health scare you’ll ever hear about that doesn’t involve a hang nail or something a kid learned in sex ed. If anyone has anything stupider, I’d love to hear it.
Before I get into detail, I need to note the context of this scare. I’m not making excuses. I’m just highlighting that it didn’t come out of nowhere. This happened shortly after a close relative began undergoing cancer treatments. On top of that, heart disease ran in my family. I had a valid reason for being overly cautious about my health.
That didn’t make what happened any less stupid.
It happened one day when I was trimming my beard. I noticed a strange bump on my lower-right chin. It didn’t feel like anything I’d felt before. I tried to look closer. I couldn’t tell what it was through my facial hair. It didn’t feel like a bruise or an ingrown hair. It just felt like a regular bump.
At first, I shrug it off. Then, I start picking at it, as people tend to do with things they don’t understand. Naturally, it starts growing. At some point, it gets a little sore. I can feel it when I chew. That’s when my mind starts racing.
What if it’s a tumor?
What if it’s some malignant cyst?
What if it’s some crazy condition I don’t even know about?
I’m not going to lie. I did start anxiously browsing WebMD for information, which you should definitely not do. Browsing WebMD in hopes of determining how sick you are is like watching old cop movies to learn how to defuse a bomb. You’re only going to make it worse.
It’s because of that I seriously considered going to my doctor. I even promised myself that, if it still hurt after a week, I would make an appointment. Thankfully, it never came to that because I soon found out what it was in the dumbest way possible.
It was a goddamn pimple.
That’s it. That’s all it was. It was just a pimple that had somehow formed in my beard and got irritated, probably because I kept picking at it. I only confirmed it was a pimple when it randomly popped. Again, I was picking at it. Having had serious acne problems since I was a teenager, I knew what pimples looked like when they popped. This just happened to be a particularly large one that my beard hid.
I wish I could say it was a relief, but I just felt so stupid at the moment that I would’ve preferred something worse. I vividly remember looking at myself in my bathroom mirror with this deadpanned expression, as though I’d just tried to cut a steak with a soup spoon. I would’ve laughed if it weren’t so pathetic.
There’s a time and a place to worry about your health. A global pandemic is bound to put everyone on edge and for wholly valid reasons. However, you don’t do yourself any favors by being stupid. If anything, you’ll only find creative ways to make it worse.
I’ve had plenty of other moments in my life when I’ve felt dumb. Given current events, I thought I’d share one about my health at a time when we’re all a little extra health conscious. No matter the situation, we’re all vulnerable to doing stupid things. We just need to be a lot more careful during a pandemic.
If anyone else has a story about moments when they felt dumb, please share them in the comments. As long as we’re all stuck at home, we might as well use it as an opportunity for extra introspection.
This is a quick message to all my fellow Americans out there. If you’re living in another country with good internet access at the moment, take a break and count your blessings. I think we can all agree that there are a lot of Americans right now who need a hug, a kiss, and maybe a bottle of hard liquor.
These are scary times, I know. The day after an election has never been this scary before. There are people out there who genuinely fear for their lives, their safety, and their livelihoods. I understand that. Some scary things are happening right now and at the risk of belaboring those things, I’m not going to repeat them. I’ll just say this.
The human race has endured its share of dark, dire times. We’ve endured horrific catastrophes that sent our species to the brink of extinction. We’ve fought world wars, major economic depressions, and the collapse of civilizations. We, the human race, have found a way to endure. We’re strong. We’re resilient. We also are very good at making love and making babies to make up for our lost numbers.
With all that in mind, I implore you to take a step back, take a deep breath, and look forward. There’s only so much we can control in this world. The best we can do is keep moving forward and contributing in our own way.
I can’t do much other than tell sexy, romantic stories with my novels. I intend to keep doing that for the foreseeable future. I have so many stories to tell and I look forward to sharing them with a world that really needs to get laid more.
Beyond that, I intend to keep moving forward. For those of you who may find that difficult, I give to you the best possible medicine for fear and dread: funny animal videos. Enjoy!