For my ignorance, I never actually knew what a creepypasta was until about a year and a half ago. Not really having known a lot about them, I had not become familiar with any of the now more recognised names that are out there, for the truly terrifying stories that exist.
The first one that I came across, was one I saw some fan art for, on the horror amino app. It was for none other, than perhaps the most well-known creepypasta out there, called Jeff The Killer.
The version of the story I caught was the audio version, read by ‘MrCreepyPasta’ on his YouTube channel.
It is an absolute emotional roller coaster, and in all truth, is completely shocking and disturbing.
What Is It About?
Jeff is your average run of the mill teenage kid, who along with his parents and his brother Lou, have just moved to a new town and about to start a new school. On their first day, whilst waiting for the school bus, the brothers have a serious run in with some bullies. One of them, called Randy, pulled a knife, and Jeff, beat the living daylights out of the them causing all 3 of them multiple broken bones and stab wounds.
A few days later, at a kid’s birthday party, the three bullies, who have had a few days to plot their revenge come for Jeff, and they have a gun. Jeff with his bare hands, manages to kill one of them, but the other two, cover Jeff in bleach and flammable alcohol, and set him on fire.
Jeff barely escapes with his life. He is now horribly scarred and pulled unthinkably tight due to the scars from the burns, and his skin, is now a ghostly white colour on account of the bleach. So he’s never sad, similar to the joker, he carves a smile into his face. He now looks like something someone could have pulled out of a nightmare, and is now completely past the point of having snapped. When he beat up the bullies at the bus stop, he got this feeling, and he liked it. When he killed Randy before being set on fire, he got the feeling again, only much stronger, and this time, he loved it.
His first night home from hospital, he waits until everyone is in bed, and then gets up and brutally murders his parents, and before killing his brother Lou, he growls the words ‘GO… TO…SLEEP…’.
After murdering his family, Jeff would go on a killing spree, more brutal, bloodthirsty and terrifying, than anything the world had ever before seen.
How Was It?
This is a story that be read in text form in numerous places around the internet, and it can also be listened to as a sort of scripted short story/audiobook on YouTube.
I would recommend checking out the version on YouTube. Hearing the voices of the characters, and the haunting music, gives this already horrifying tale another dimension.
It ticks all the right boxes. It’s incredibly dark and descriptive, without over complicating things. The narrative tells you what you need to know, to set the time, place and mood, and does enough in the character development department. Your imagination can do the rest.
The story in itself isn’t a complex one, and it stays true to itself, in that it doesn’t try to hide behind overly describing a scene to pad it out, or leading you off on tangents with sub plots that ruin saga. Jeff’s character after the burning is completely malevolent, sadistic, and evil. He can’t look at anybody without complete and utter hate and disgust, and needs to watch everyone he sees and comes into contact with, suffer, and die in horrible ways, to satisfy, these feelings and urges he gets.
He has to be one of the more appealing modern horror villains in recent memory. The fact that he is a victim, and became a killer through the sheer weight of the circumstances, I guess, gives him that certain amount of appeal.
If you’re on the looking for a new horror villain in your life, you need not look any further. I suppose he shares one term of common ground with Freddy Krueger in the sense that once he became burned, he became something so much worse.