Episodes 25.1 & 25.2: What We Talk About When We Talk About Modern Folklore

The website Creepy Pasta has become a nearly ubiquitous cultural phenomenon. This site offers users a chance to share short fiction in a variety of media. The stories are generally scary, but they range in genre from classic horror to speculative fiction to political thriller. It’s safe to say that among a subset of Internet users, a few of these stories have become legendary. Have the lines between written stories and oral tradition been blurred by the online community? Is this folklore? Are these stories urban legends? They’ve certainly left a mark, perhaps most infamously inspiring one attempted murder involving three 12-year-old girls. Join us this week as we celebrate our 25th episode, and explore the Creepy Pasta greatest hits from “The Russian Sleep Experiment” to “Slender Man”, and ask what this new form of story swapping means for modern culture.



Listen to Part 1 on iTunes

Listen to Part 2 on iTunes


Slender Man Stabbings – 20/20

New York Times – What Are Your Experiences With Internet-Based Urban Legends

New York Times – The Ghosts in the Machine

New York Times – ‘Slender Man’ Story and the New Urban Legends

TIME – Behind Creepypasta

Washington Post – The complete history of ‘Slender Man,’ the meme that compelled two girls to stab a friend

The Definitive Guide to Creepypasta

Candle Cove local kid’s show? – NetNostalgia Forum – Television (local)

Bustle – What Is Creepypasta

Annora Petrov – Creepy Pasta Wiki

Charges detail Waukesha pre-teens’ attempt to kill classmate – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel



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