Author Topic: Thoughts on horror stories/camp fire tales/creepypastas  (Read 1102 times)

Offline Munch

Thoughts on horror stories/camp fire tales/creepypastas
« on: March 18, 2018, 03:13:57 PM »
Being Atheist obviously makes the real world concept of ghosts and spirits and similar spooky elements null and void, but despite that, I have always had a love of horror stories, movies and lately creepypastas, ones done right of course.

The good thing about it is that horror covers a wide range of subjects, ones based on real life events like serial killers, psychopaths, being stalked, cannibals, psychological horror. I became a fan of the works of Junji ito due to this and have brought some of his works.
Given that, I do enjoy classic haunting movies, to me a supernatural haunting or demonic entity movie is just as realistic and the alien franchise, which also has some great horror elements to it, you don't have to believe the stuff in real life to find them scary in escapist fantasy.

I use to love listening to horror collections on cassette tapes as a teen like dracula and the picture of dorian grey and Frankensteins monster. I even remember on a school camping trip sitting around a campfire on a freezing night and being told scary stories by one of the teachers.

I guess I'm just curious, since horror reaches a broader subject then just supernatural, are there movies or stories you found chilling or entertaining at least?

Offline Baruch

Re: Thoughts on horror stories/camp fire tales/creepypastas
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2018, 03:52:14 PM »
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https://www.hauntedrooms.co.uk/8-real-ghost-stories-uk-british-true

My two favorite British ghost stories ...

1. A British serviceman, in WW I, who came home on leave to his family estate in Ireland.  He had a good stay and went back to the front.  Later his shocked parents got news that he had died in combat, some time before his last visit home!!

2. A British family, was setting up a home on an old Scottish site.  There was a tale, thereabouts, about a time several centuries past, when there was a war between clans.  This site had been a clan hideout.  At one point, the clan there had captured a piper from the enemy clan.  He was told, in no way should he warn his clan, if they came into the area, to avoid a planned ambush.  He did so anyway, with his pipes (coded message).  The clan punished him by cutting off both his hands, so he couldn't play the pipes anymore.  Under some flagstones, the modern family was excavating for a new foundation.  They found some flagstones, and a pair of skeletal hands hidden underneath!!
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Offline GrinningYMIR

Re: Thoughts on horror stories/camp fire tales/creepypastas
« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2018, 09:40:35 PM »
I listen to horror stories and creepypastas all the time, the paranormal scholar has one of the most soothing voices I’ve ever heard and she’s virtually always on my listen list. Many of the stories are for good fun and the true ones make for interesting reads. Corpse husband was a good narrator but he vanished for some reason or another.
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Offline Munch

Re: Thoughts on horror stories/camp fire tales/creepypastas
« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2018, 10:17:25 PM »
I listen to horror stories and creepypastas all the time, the paranormal scholar has one of the most soothing voices I’ve ever heard and she’s virtually always on my listen list. Many of the stories are for good fun and the true ones make for interesting reads. Corpse husband was a good narrator but he vanished for some reason or another.

I find Otis Jiry a very comforting voice to listen too. He's got a similar southern twang like Morgan Freeman

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Re: Thoughts on horror stories/camp fire tales/creepypastas
« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2018, 11:24:38 PM »
There's only been one creepypasta that I was unable to finish, because it hit too close to home. It involved a young boy, about the same age as my cousin-nephew, being vivisected by a demonic clown.

That said, I do enjoy a good horror story from time to time, and particularly horror mysteries. /r/NoSleep once had a series of posts narrated from the perspective of a park ranger, and these posts detailed his attempt to figure out why random staircases would appear and disappear in the forest, and why park management was so hush-hush about the whole thing. It was a really fascinating read, and I was a little sad when the guy finally ended the series.

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Re: Thoughts on horror stories/camp fire tales/creepypastas
« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2018, 01:40:24 AM »
I particularity like weird fiction and psychological horror.

Surreal horror is often very successful at changing how you look at the world, if only for a brief moment.
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Re: Thoughts on horror stories/camp fire tales/creepypastas
« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2018, 06:37:14 AM »
Being Atheist obviously makes the real world concept of ghosts and spirits and similar spooky elements null and void, but despite that, I have always had a love of horror stories, movies and lately creepypastas, ones done right of course.

The good thing about it is that horror covers a wide range of subjects, ones based on real life events like serial killers, psychopaths, being stalked, cannibals, psychological horror. I became a fan of the works of Junji ito due to this and have brought some of his works.
Given that, I do enjoy classic haunting movies, to me a supernatural haunting or demonic entity movie is just as realistic and the alien franchise, which also has some great horror elements to it, you don't have to believe the stuff in real life to find them scary in escapist fantasy.

I use to love listening to horror collections on cassette tapes as a teen like dracula and the picture of dorian grey and Frankensteins monster. I even remember on a school camping trip sitting around a campfire on a freezing night and being told scary stories by one of the teachers.

I guess I'm just curious, since horror reaches a broader subject then just supernatural, are there movies or stories you found chilling or entertaining at least?
I liked Rob Zombie's "Halloween", it were funny! Never cared for "Alien", everything was in the critter's favor.
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Offline Baruch

Re: Thoughts on horror stories/camp fire tales/creepypastas
« Reply #7 on: March 19, 2018, 06:51:41 AM »
I particularity like weird fiction and psychological horror.

Surreal horror is often very successful at changing how you look at the world, if only for a brief moment.

American life is surreal horror.  At least since Eisenhower.  Ars verite'
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Offline SGOS

Re: Thoughts on horror stories/camp fire tales/creepypastas
« Reply #8 on: March 19, 2018, 07:56:41 AM »
I like the idea of spooky campfire stories.  I just don't have any good ones, except for a couple of old classics like the hook hanging on to the car door handle.

Offline GrinningYMIR

Re: Thoughts on horror stories/camp fire tales/creepypastas
« Reply #9 on: March 19, 2018, 09:54:24 AM »
There's only been one creepypasta that I was unable to finish, because it hit too close to home. It involved a young boy, about the same age as my cousin-nephew, being vivisected by a demonic clown.

That said, I do enjoy a good horror story from time to time, and particularly horror mysteries. /r/NoSleep once had a series of posts narrated from the perspective of a park ranger, and these posts detailed his attempt to figure out why random staircases would appear and disappear in the forest, and why park management was so hush-hush about the whole thing. It was a really fascinating read, and I was a little sad when the guy finally ended the series.
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I know That exact story, and I’ve acrually spoken to the author of that story too. It wa as great read/listen but unfortunately it’s over now. In her own words she’s too depresssd to ever run it again
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Offline Cavebear

Re: Thoughts on horror stories/camp fire tales/creepypastas
« Reply #10 on: March 20, 2018, 03:35:37 AM »
The only things that bother me are real things.  Hornets, poisonous snakes, large dogs.

Movie monsters, supernatural creatures, etc don't bother me at all.  I do sometimes think about aliens.  If we AREN'T alone, the odds are good there is something nastier "out there".  But fortunately, it is unlikely we woukd ever meet.  I mean, either anything that could get to us would be just way too far advanced to contend against, and they are either peaceful or not.  Or they dangerous and can't get to us and are harmless or kind and neither matters. 
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Re: Thoughts on horror stories/camp fire tales/creepypastas
« Reply #11 on: March 22, 2018, 08:27:01 PM »
I like creepypasta and horror movies.   I'm actually fine with dead bodies, or bits of them.   Supernatural spirits are not a problem.   

The thing that really scares me though...

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Offline Cavebear

Re: Thoughts on horror stories/camp fire tales/creepypastas
« Reply #12 on: March 23, 2018, 02:31:14 AM »
I like creepypasta and horror movies.   I'm actually fine with dead bodies, or bits of them.   Supernatural spirits are not a problem.   

The thing that really scares me though...

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Offline trdsf

Re: Thoughts on horror stories/camp fire tales/creepypastas
« Reply #13 on: March 23, 2018, 12:42:32 PM »
I generally don't go in for horror tales -- when I do, it's either because they successfully sucked me into the world they've created for it (Lovecraft, Poe and Stoker come to mind here), or because they rejected supernatural horror and retained an air of plausibility, that it could be happening right next door and you'd never know it.  I mean, there was nothing impossible about Norman Bates in Psycho—and Bates was downright pedestrian compared to the real-life killer upon whom he was partially based, Ed Gein.

Outside of that, I prefer my horror diluted with humor, like Welcome to Night Vale.
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Re: Thoughts on horror stories/camp fire tales/creepypastas
« Reply #14 on: March 23, 2018, 01:09:09 PM »
The only things that bother me are real things.  Hornets, poisonous snakes, large dogs.

Movie monsters, supernatural creatures, etc don't bother me at all.  I do sometimes think about aliens.  If we AREN'T alone, the odds are good there is something nastier "out there".  But fortunately, it is unlikely we woukd ever meet.  I mean, either anything that could get to us would be just way too far advanced to contend against, and they are either peaceful or not.  Or they dangerous and can't get to us and are harmless or kind and neither matters. 
I'm the same way, all those fictional monsters don't scare me at all, because I know they're not real. But the real monsters, like the guy blowing shit up in Austin, or school shooters, those are truly frightening.
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