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Creepypastas are horror-related legends or images that have been copied and pasted around the Internet.[1][2][3] These Internet stories are often short, user-generated, ghost stories meant to scare readers. They include gruesome tales of murder, suicide, and otherworldly occurrences.

According to Time magazine, the genre had its peak audience in 2010 when it was covered by The New York Times.[1]

Famous creepypastas include Slender Man,[1][4][5] "Jeff the Killer", Candle Cove and "Ted the Caver".[1][6][7]

After two 12-year-olds committed stabbings in the name of Slender Man, some creepypasta administrators told their viewers that these stories have a fine line between reality and fiction.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Roy, Jessica (3 June 2014). "Behind Creepypasta, the Internet Community That Allegedly Spread a Killer Meme". Time. Retrieved 17 October 2014.
  2. Considine, Austin (12 November 2010). "Bored at Work? Try Creepypasta, or Web Scares". The New York Times. Retrieved 14 September 2015.
  3. Henriksen, Line (17 Dec 2013). "Here be monsters: a choreomaniac's companion to the danse macabre". Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory. 23 (3): 414–423. doi:10.1080/0740770X.2013.857082. S2CID 191466919. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  4. Fernando Alfonso III (August 2, 2013). "4chan hunts down the origins of an Internet horror legend". Daily Dot.
  5. Dewey, Caitlin (6 June 2014). "The complete, terrifying history of 'Slender Man', the Internet meme that compelled two 12-year-olds to stab their friend". The Washington Post. Retrieved 17 October 2014.
  6. "Who is "Jeff the Killer"? And is his picture haunted by a real death?". io9. 5 August 2013. Retrieved 31 December 2013.
  7. "13 Frighteningly Shareable Creepypastas". Mashable. Retrieved 31 December 2013.