It makes a lot of sense that there are so many creepypasta memes. The origin date of creepypasta and the general public’s awareness of internet meme generation started to rise around the same time, at the beginning of the 2010s.
Just as scary creepypastas will spread across the internet and go viral, good creepypasta memes will take off and run wild through the creepypasta community. Cataloging and showing the best creepypasta meme content is a job that we’re more than willing to take on.
Here is a collection of the internet’s most popular creepypasta memes from the last two years, with explanations on what the meme is about and its origins in creepypasta lore.
This may be the perfect encapsulation of a creepypasta meme because it began as an image already. Because the smiledog.jpg creepypasta was one of the earliest creepypastas to hatch, there are no words associated with the image itself. Instead, this story was released around the 2008 debut of the creepypasta, rumored to have originated on the 4chan message forums. It was in 2009 when the first post of the smiledog.jpg was spotted on a different message forum.
While smiledog.jpg breaks today’s mental image of what a viral internet meme is, it deserves to be included because of the creepypasta meme’s importance to the subject matter.
Edgar Allan Poe
This one caught on around 2014 and we’re still seeing it manifest on creepypasta discussion groups. If you don’t know who the man in the black and white photo is, that’s writer Edgar Allan Poe, famous for writing The Raven and The Tell-Tale Heart. Poe’s horror and Gothic-inspired suspense stories laid the foundation for today’s horror literature. He’s the OG when it comes to creepypasta.
Jeff the Killer = Heartthrob
Another popular story in creepypasta, the tale of Jeff the Killer has kept many online readers awake all night. When you take the psychotically insane Jeff and insert him into the fanbase of another all-night internet buffet (Tumbr), the two surprisingly mix well together.
What we’re really curious about now is the percentage of One Direction fans that cross over into being Jeff the Killer groupies.
Be a Proxy
Riffing on what became a meme in its own right, the creepypasta proxy meme borrow from the “Keep Calm” poster that you’ve seen just about everywhere. This time, the meme’s creator inserted the Slenderman symbol and intensified the feels by asking the reader to become the willing minion of a creepypasta character.
Slenderman is probably the most well-known for having human proxies, so it makes sense for his symbol to be on the meme poster. For those into the macabre groupie thing, we can see you wearing a tshirt of this creepypasta meme at Slendercon.
Internet Rule #213: Because if it’s on the internet, why can’t it also involve cats?
Popular Music Combo Punch
What could work better together than combining a pop song that has nothing remotely frightening about it with a creepypasta that terrifies everyone? It seems every few months we spot a new one of these tying together the current big top 40 hit with one of the creepypasta legends. Most times the resulting meme isn’t too memorable but every now and then, yeah, we stop and smile and what we see.
Creepypasta Memes Logic
The best creepypastas all follow this model: Marble Hornets (dozens of videos), Slenderman (a story built on alleged facts), Majora’s Mask (based on the haunted Zelda video game the reader could have in their collection) and so on. The line between where the pasta originated and what is truth becomes blurred in the strongest creepypasta there is.
And at the root of that is our need to scratch our itch. Humans are curious, and if we’re interested in something we will chase after the explanation behind it, sometimes to our horror and shock.
Try to keep this in mind when it’s after midnight, you should be asleep, but there’s just one more creepypasta story that you want to read.